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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The Rosewood Hotel, Gulmarg: For the solitude-seeking couple
Nothing makes for a more picturesque setting for a romantic getaway than the place christened as Heaven on Earth. Nestled in the high reaches of the pristine Himalayas is The Rosewood, a luxury hotel that stirs in an added element of delight to an already awe-inspiring experience of exploring the beautiful landscapes of Gulmarg. The rooms and suites here have been done up to exude a luxurious vibe, which is enhanced manifold by the spectacular views of the Gulmarg golf course and Apharwat mountain ranges. Imagine cozying up by the fireplace in a dimly-lit room designed with Oakwood furnishing and stonework, and enjoying moments of togetherness as the snowfall outside paints a picture perfect backdrop for a memorable love story!
Cost: INR 5,460 per night*
Location: Reservoir Road, Gulmarg
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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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The Lalit Temple View, Khajuraho: For the sensual couple
Overlooking the western cluster of these famed temples, The Lalit Temple View is the just right for celebrating the essence of pure love. Borrowing from the diversity of desire celebrated in the Khajuraho sculptures, The Lalit Temple View follows a policy of inclusivity and caters to guests of different sexual orientations, relationship statuses, gender and cultural backgrounds. They also have Shiva Vivaha festival commencing on the eve of Valentine’s Day, so there’ll be enough romance in the air to help you connect with your significant other on a whole different level. Ignite the passion with a stroll around the temples of love and follow it up with a wellness couple treatment at the Rejuve Spa.
Cost starts at: INR 9,000*
Location: Opposite Circuit House, Khajuraho
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