Its that time of the year when the cold gloomy winter shows signs of thawing and the scent of sweet spring blossoms fill the air. Just as the Earth shakes off its weary grey coat and livens up the atmosphere with shades of red, green, blue, and yellow, so its time to shrug off the dark grey hopeless feelings that winter brings and replace it with warm and exciting thoughts. Its no wonder then that we celebrate the season of love this time of the year.
Valentine’s Day has just become a little more special this year because it falls on a weekend holiday giving a whole 24 extra hours to relax, unwind and indulge with your loved one. If there is someone special in your life (and some extra cash in your pocket, wink!), get on that romantic getaway and discover the joy of sharing your life with that someone. You know you both deserve it!
With that said, here are five romantic places you can whisk away your love for the Valentine’s weekend.
5 Romantic Places to Getaway This Valentines
Kalmatia Sangam, Almora
Set in the scenic hilltop just off Almora in Uttarakhand, this enchanting Himalayan resort is a place that is the stuff of fairytales. The luxurious settings of the cottages offer a stunning view of the mountains and the valley and is a dreamy location to watch the sunrise and sunsets.
Activities in the resort include forest walks, relaxing massage therapies, meditation, waterfall walks, riverside picnics, Kumaon village treks, shopping for local souvenirs, wildlife excursions and visits to historical and religious places of interest. If nothing else, you can cozy up in the warm comforting cottages or have a romantic meal for two at their popular Sangam Restaurant.
To learn more about tariffs, accommodation and activities check out the official website.
KTDC Tea County, Munnar
Kerala’s most famous hill station, perched at about 5000 feet up in the Western Ghats is another wonderfully romantic spot you might want to whisk your loved one away to. Munnar is prime tea estate land so expect to be encompassed by all round greenery and misty hillside views. The air here is sublimely pure, with the smell of the eucalyptus wafting in the soft breeze.
Activities here include wildlife spotting, golf, fishing, mountain climbing, a trip to the Eravikulam National park, a dam cruise, boating and shopping for spices and local handicrafts. You can book into the KTDC Tea County Hotels & Resorts to enjoy additional facilities like Ayurveda therapies and para-gliding and trekking arrangements.
Lakshman Sagar, Raipur
Lakshman Sagar in Raipur, Rajasthan is a perfect romantic destination with a wild touch. Whether you want to indulge in romantic lakeside dinners with live barbeques,cocktails and local music performances, enjoy soothing massages, go on nature walks or indulge in a bit of star gazing, you’ll be able to do it all in a relaxing ambiance.
There are tailor made experiences for everyone including local liquor tasting sessions and goat herding for the adventurous. Other entertainments include yoga and meditation sessions, vegetable harvesting, village tours, Raipur fort visit, jeep safaris, and a trek to Fatehgarh fort.
The property itself features a couple of common dining lounging areas; a single rock cut swimming pool; a sun-deck for sunbathing, a customized itinerary, a unique menu, private dining & live cooking; a man made private lake with lounge decks and an organic vegetable garden. For more details visit the website.
The Dune Pudukuppam
Some 14 kilometers off Pondicherry lies the eco-friendly beach hotel The Dune surrounded by 35 acres of untouched natural beauty. The Dune claims to be an oasis of peace and tranquility and a secret healing retreat offering therapies from around the world. The Paradise Spa has a yoga hall, an Ayurvedic pharmacy, a medicinal laboratory, an aromatherapy steam house, a heated chlorine-free swimming pool, a multi-gym, a boutique and a beauty treatment center if you’re interested.
You could also indulge in some indoor and outdoor sports, fly kites, or simply lounge on the tranquil beach with a good book or two from its vast library collection. While at the Dune you can also check out their organic farm where much of the produce is harvested for the restaurant and food bar. If you want a romantic hideaway with the best beach view, book the Tower Suite which is just a couple of minutes away from the beach. For more details check out the Dune website.
Marari Beach Resort Alappuzha
Want to really unwind at a place where there is no TV, Internet, conference room or room service? Then Marari Beach Resort in Alappuzha, Kerala is your ideal getaway. Spread across 36 acres of untamed beauty, you can wander through the groves of trees and past thatched cottages, lounge in hammocks amidst swaying palm trees, dive into the cool waters of the Arabian sea, or lounge in your own private pool.
The resort comes with its own fully equipped Ayurveda center and offers special yoga classes for those who don’t mind a bit of twisting and stretching of a different kind. You can also indulge in some specials like the backwater motor cruises, sunset boat rides and houseboat cruises for an extra fee. Or you could just learn the local cuisine, go on a bullock cart ride, or chill with your loved one with a long walk on the beach. Learn more about this magical destination at its official website.
Where do you plan to whisk away your loved one this Valentines?0