With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you have the perfect excuse to get away from your hectic lifestyle and spend some memorable time with your better half. Whether you’re planning a romance-filled holiday or looking for a great honeymoon stay, these five luxury hotels promise to create bespoke romantic experiences for your partner and you.
Vivanta by Taj in Bekal, Kerala: For the luxe couple
As you step into the premises of this luxury hotel spread over 26 acres right by the sea and the backwaters, be prepared to revel in a series of romantic experiences. Begin your romance-filled holiday by checking into their Premium Temptation Villa—a luxurious, sprawling room with a plunge pool, outdoor shower and a large tub. Follow this up with a candle-lit gourmet dinner by the river, under the orange and lavender twilight sky, and look forward to the surprises the chef sends out. While you tuck into a sumptuous meal of grilled seafood and more, don’t forget to toast your togetherness with a bottle of fine wine.
For an extra serving of romance and rejuvenation, cruise the backwaters on their Kettuvallam (houseboat), listening to the song of the waves, and of course, indulging in a spa-on-the-boat, especially crafted for a couple.
Cost starts at: Rs 8,100* per night for two
Location: Kappil Beach, Kasargod, Bekal, Kerala
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Sharoy Resorts, Wayanad: For the high-on-nature couple
If you’re a nature lover, and enjoy spending time together exploring hidden forest trails and jewel-toned lakes, boating through calm waters or spotting wild animals, then a stay at the Sharoy Resorts is tailor-made for you. A premium luxury resort amidst the lush forests of Wayanad, with the beautiful Bansura Sagar Dam in the background, a stay at Sharoy is all about soaking in the breathtaking beauty of the place while spending time together.
Check into their Lake View Romantic suite that offers stunning views of the lake and mountains, and every possible amenity to make your stay comfortable. Go for their jungle safaris into the heart of the Wayanad forest, explore the local villages, try your hand at tribal archery, or trek to the Chembra peak.
Cost starts at: Rs 8,900*
Location: Bible Land Post, Manjoora, Wayanad, Kerala
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ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad: For in-love-with food couple
While the ITC Kakatiya in Hyderabad is well-known for its plush 188 rooms and suites and its warm hospitality, it’s also an amazing place for couples who love to take off on gastronomical adventures together. Be prepared for a fine dining experience at the various in-house restaurants.
Begin your culinary exploration at the K & K, where you can relish lip-smacking kebabs cooked in Peshawari clay ovens, tandoori delights simmered in the Iron Tandoor, and Dumpukht dishes slow cooked to perfection. Head to Dakshin, for coastal cuisine curated from the four south Indian states and a temple town ambience. Do try the mouth-watering appetizers from the Iyers Trolley. Next, hop over to the Deccan Pavillion with its multi cuisine menu with international and regional dishes. Be sure to sample their Mid-Night buffet as well as the Andhra Shrimp Curry and Super Food Slaw.
Cost starts at: Rs 7,957*
Location: 6-3-1187, Near Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad
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The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace, Udaipur: For the royal couple
If you’re looking forward to a romantic yet royal experience, head to the Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace in Udaipur, to live it up like the Kings of yore. Nestled in the Aravali Hills with breathtaking views of the Fateh Sagar Lake, this is a heritage luxury hotel that has been lavishly restored to its former palatial glory. Begin your romantic interlude by checking into one of their majestic rooms, preferably the Palace Suite or the Maharani Suite with their sprawling floor space, plush interiors and stunning views of the hotel’s verdant gardens and the Fateh Sagar Lake.
Once ensconced into these royal suites, head to the Maharana Courtyard for a private, candle-lit dinner. You can also enjoy an assortment of barbecues and grilled dishes at Aangan, while savoring the views of Sajjan Garh Fort and enjoying performances by traditional Rajasthani folk dancers. For authentic Rajasthani meals and continental specialties, enjoy the food at Padmini—another in-house restaurant that’s well-known for its royal Rajput ambience and delectable food.
Cost starts at: Rs 31,739*
Location: Opposite Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur
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Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino, Gangtok: For the ‘spa-licious’ couple
Tucked away in the Himalayan forests in Sikkim is the beautiful Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino— a jewel of a resort that offers signature treatments at their sprawling spa and also offers a chance to play the roulette at their in-house casino. While the stunning location and the breathtaking views from your hotel suite will notch up the romance quotient, it’s their special couples’ spa packages that your sweetheart and you should try. Their full-body massages on a ‘Zero Gravity Bed’ that feels like ocean waves rolling over the beach, is to die for. Also go in for their Aromatic Seaweed Body Wrap, to detoxify and rejuvenate.
Cost starts at: Rs 16,800*
Location: Lower Samdur Block, Gangtok
So, choose a bespoke experience perfect for your beloved and you, and create a romantic holiday around what both of you enjoy the most.
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*Prices are subject to change