Planning Your Long Weekend? We Tell You Where To Go, And The Luxe Places to Stayby | August 05, 2019
Long weekends are elusive, and when we see one in sight, we grab it greedily to make the most of it. The coming week offers two possibilities for long weekends, and we are looking forward to indulging in some R&R and unwinding from our stressful city lives. It could be a scenic drive, a strong kneading massage or just a detox, everyone’s idea of what constitutes a perfect weekend differs. So, whatever your idea of an ideal weekend is, and irrespective of what city you are in, we have a bunch of getaways you can escape to, and a handful of luxe properties that will pamper you to bliss.
A cliche, we acknowledge, but also a no-brainer when it comes to a weekend escape. Goa in the monsoon isn't as much about the beaches, shacks, and seafood, as much as it is about the green surroundings, popular cafes, and boutique stores to shop at. Besides, a road trip down to G-town in the monsoon can be a fun experience—straight out of the movies. If you find yourself headed to Goa, might we suggest you bunk at either Ahilya By The Sea or Botanique Goa. Give the clinical hotels and their endless lobbies a miss for these elegant boutique properties nestled in nature and equipped with pools, that will ensure you a warm and personal experience. Book quick!
Book here: Ahilya By The Sea
Book here: Botanique Goa
Alibaug is a hop, skip, and jump away from Mumbai, and perfect for a quickie. And while taking a ferry is not an option in Mumbai monsoons, one can definitely enjoy the drive there. Soak in the beauty of nature and get away from the fast-paced city. Dine at new favourites such as Boardwalk by Flamboyante or Bohemian Blue for delicious food and great ambiance. To stay, make Mango Beach House your address. Comfortable for a large group of friends, the minimal and Mediterranean-style property will serenade you. A short walk away from the beach, there is also a pool for when you want to swim in the rain.
Book here: Mango Beach House
Lonavala is a two and a half-hour drive from Mumbai and is a go-to for a last-minute retreat. And while Lonavala doesn't exactly paint an exotic picture, the thought of staying in a treehouse most definitely does. The Machan is an eco-resort in Lonavala that offers unique tree houses that are 40-feet above the forest, giving you stunning views of the lush greenery. You can enjoy this view while in bed or as you shower. They always sell out quickly, so book stat.
Book here: The Machan
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Uttarakhand has a lot of exquisite sights to offer that nestle in nature's lap. Lansdowne, for instance, is breathtaking and revered for its colonial architectural marvels nestled among thick oak and pine forests. Here you can indulge in activities such as trekking, bird-watching, boating, and paddling. If you are someone that enjoys nature, you could also head to Corbett National Park. The luxury of an open-jeep safari on a drizzly day, surrounded by lush greens is an experience in itself. But if you seek relaxation, there is nothing better than a spa retreat at Ananda to unwind. Disconnect from people and the world at this luxury wellness retreat spanning 100 acres, surrounded by Sal forests and overlooking the town of Rishikesh. The retreat integrates Ayurveda and yoga with contemporary wellness, and also offers healthy organic cuisine for your physical and mental wellbeing. This may not be the break you envisioned, but it could be the detox you need.
Book here: Ananda Spa
The summer capital of the British, Shimla is magical all-year-around: even when it isn't enveloped in soft, white snow. Make The Wildflower Hall your home for three days for an unforgettable escapade. The hotel is hidden in a Cedar forest and resembles a colonial English manor. Better yet, the hotel has an indoor heated pool ideal for the monsoon, and the poolside deck overlooks the valley offering unparalleled views.
Book here: The Wildflower Hall
Udaipur can be that plush, luxurious escape that you crave to overcome your mundane life. Enjoy your stay at the Amet Haveli that was designed along the lines of the Mughal gardens of the Agra Fort and the Red Fort in New Delhi. Beautifully elegant with heavy dark wood furniture, cool whites, and bright pops of colour, you can savour a romantic dining experience at Ambrai, which overlooks Lake Pichola.
Book here: Amet Haveli
A scenic six-hour drive from the city, Coorg is the perfect destination to hit during the monsoon. It is pleasant and refreshing surrounded by lush greens and coffee plantations. If you find yourself in Coorg, book yourself at Evolve Back for a luxurious experience. Ensconced in the cocooned comforts of a lush 300-acre plantation paradise, the resort is perfumed with the subtly intoxicating aroma of coffee and spice. You can even choose to opt for a gorgeous staycation at the Hikkana Halli Estate where you can choose from four luxurious villas.
Book here: Evolve Back
For the coffee aficionados, head to Chikamaglur that is dense with coffee estates and offers boutique villas in the midst of coffee plantations. If you wish to spend your monsoon with a steaming cup of coffee in hand, then book your stay at Halli Berri. Known for their sustainably farmed, handpicked, and shade-grown gourmet coffee, Halli Berri is home to a charming cottage that can be rented by solitude seekers. It allows you to experience a day in the life of a coffee planter and just slow down.
Book here: Halli Berri
Take an expedition to the ancient village of Hampi in Karnataka that is dotted with numerous ruined temples. If you are someone that wants a vacation with a side of history, head to Hampi. While there, stay at the Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace. The hotel provides views of stunning rugged forests and boulders forming its backdrop. Just four km from this UNESCO World Heritage Site, its fort-like entrances, stone-paved boulevards, arched hallways, and regal chambers mirror the famed palaces of a bygone but glorious era.
Book here: Evolve Back
Puducherry is the centre of culture, colonial architecture in bright and vivid colours, art galleries, cute cafes, and antique shops, along with the famed Auroville of course. When there, pick an address in the French Quarter. Our pick? The gorgeous and canary-coloured Palais de Mahe. With its majestic courtyards, deep verandahs, and a gorgeous, extremely ’grammable pool, the colonial hotel lies close to the sea where you can enjoy the cool sea breeze.
Book here: Palais De Mahe
Give the more popular Ooty a miss and head to quaint Coonoor, one of the three Nilgiri hill stations. Smaller and quieter, you can hike, visit tea plantations, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Stay at the gorgeous Albany Cottage by Isparva that is perched amidst lush greens. Super charming with its old-world style and furnishing that complements, the property is like a luxurious home away from home.
Book here: Albany Cottage
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