Romance and luxury are two absolute essentials for a memorable holiday. When planning your next rendezvous with that special someone in your life, here are five romantic and luxurious hidden gems to consider. Yes, both the destination and the hotel will add memorable chapters to your love story. You definitely won’t be disappointed…Take notes…
Let the sparks fly at: Nahargarh, Ranthambore
Nestled between the Aravali Hills and Vindhyan Plateau in Rajasthan, Ranthambore is home to one of India’s largest wildlife sanctuaries, the Ranthambore National Park where the Royal Bengal tiger reigns supreme. The open grasslands, picturesque lakes and ancient ruins of Ranthambore Fort are also a habitat for other wildlife including deer, jackals and flying foxes. At a short distance from the park in the surrounding wilderness is a grand oasis called Nahargarh. There’s little that compares to the luxuries of royalty and at Nahargarh, you can experience extravagances fit for a king and queen. The impressive white façade of this 16th century style fort palace leads in to blooming gardens and open courtyards decorated with idyllic fountains. The 80 spacious rooms and suites at Nahargarh reflect regal grandeur with traditional architecture and furnishings that include carved poster beds, vintage chandeliers and stained-glass accents. All the accommodations open up to a private or shared patio where you can enjoy al fresco dining. After a jungle safari, cool off together in the swimming pool where giant marble elephant statues watch over you.
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Ignite passion at: The Lalit Temple View, Khajuraho
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khajuraho finds itself on the romantic list for a very good reason. It’s here that the temples of love can be found dating back to the Chandela dynasty. Noted for its architecture but more so for the erotic sculptures that cover the exterior walls of the temples depicted in stone carvings, Khajuraho is the land of Kamasutra. Add luxury to your romantic getaway by staying at The Lalit Temple View, a 5 star hotel. Housing 47 suites and rooms with the finest amenities, recreational facilities include a swimming pool, a putting green and bicycles for hire. Indulge your senses and ignite your passion at the Rejuve Spa with several wellness couple treatments. After dinner at the hotel’s multi-cuisine restaurant, Panna, let the sparks fly as you enjoy a moonlight stroll at The Lalit Temple View before making your way back to your room.
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Let love blossom at: The Rosewood Hotel, Gulmarg
“If there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this” said the Sufi scholar Amir Khusrau about the Kashmir Valley and so right he was. The heart of its beauty is Gulmarg, an alpine-esque ski resort that’s both a summer and winter playground. Take a romantic ride on the Gulmarg Gondola, a ropeway that ascends to a height of 3,950 metres for the most stunning 360-degree panoramic views of meadows and mountains. If star comfort is what you’re looking for during your stay in Gulmarg, The Rosewood Hotel offers old-world charm and modern-day comforts amidst a setting of picturesque pine trees. Within luxuriant interiors, cosy up together in front of a fireplace and watch a spectacular snowfall or enjoy a wholesome meal while wistfully looking out at the scenery through large bay windows of the hotel’s restaurants. Revisit romance at The Rosewood Hotel and revel in it together.
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Celebrate togetherness at: JCT Houseboats, Alleppey
With the moniker ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala guarantees sensory experiences that will stay with you forever. Alleppey is just one of the many jewels in the Backwaters of Kerala, a 1,500-kileomtre emerald labyrinth of meandering canals, rivulets and lakes flanked by swaying palms on the shoreline. Quintessentially quixotic, sail through the Backwaters of Kerala on JCT Houseboats and discover hidden islands and quaint seaside hamlets that you won’t find on any map. At this floating haven filled with the choicest luxuries that include a private air-conditioned bedroom, be pampered by a fully trained staff. Enjoy the culinary delights prepared by your private chef who’ll cater to your taste buds with the freshest regional cuisine. On deck, snuggle up with each other as you watch the sublime scenery pass by or gently swing on a hammock with cocktails in hand.
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Raise a toast to each other at: The Windflower Resort and Spa, Coorg
Fondly referred to as the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg is blessed with nature’s bounty. With the smell of coffee and cardamom in the air, the rolling hills are speckled with flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls. Pristine and pure, Coorg has all the trappings for a romantic retreat. Amongst them is The Windflower Resort and Spa which is spread across 10 hectares of a verdant and aromatic coffee plantation— makes for a blissful hideaway that’s tucked away like a hidden treasure. The villas and suites at The Windflower Resort and Spa are designed to ensure the utmost privacy and pleasure by way of the choicest amenities and features. R and rest and relaxation go hand-in-hand here with the surrounding lush green. There’s plenty to add to it like an infinity pool and a Jacuzzi where you can unwind together under the twinkling night sky before enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner. A sanctuary for couples, The Windflower Resort and Spa exudes luxury and romance.
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