Long weekends and travel plans are a match made in heaven! In case you’re confused, here are some places in India that you can visit during a long weekend for a memorable staycay!
Converting barren land into a self-sustaining property is no mean feat and it took Oleander Farms years to do it, complete with a massive manmade lake. Located an hour and a half from Mumbai, the property houses beautiful rooms including premium, lake view, and pool view. They even have some popular restaurants including Saltt, Common House, Coffee House among others. Start your day by opting for a trek to Kondana caves, enjoy a lovely breakfast at Coffee House followed by a dip in their stunning pool, pot a plant with your name tag, learn a thing or two about plants at Kensho nursery, and lunch at Saltt. In the evening, opt for a wine tasting session at Vintage Wines, and then finally call it a day with some craft beers at Common House. Sounds like the perfect getaway, no?
Hideaway Beach Resorts
If you’re looking to travel internationally, it doesn’t get better than Maldives as the country is just a three house plane ride from Mumbai. Our pick? Hideaway Beach Resorts! Situated in Haa Alifu Atoll and spanning 297,000sqm, Hideaway is home to the first Yacht Marina in the Maldives. The property offers a number of activities including snorkeling, water sports, yoga, and sunset cruises that you and your frineds or family can participate in. Sounds like the perfect holiday, no?
The Blue Sheep Hostel, Himachal Pradesh
There’s nothing like backpacking across a city and living in a hostel. If you happen to agree, here’s a place that you and your plus one are going to fall in love with. Located in Himachal Pradesh, The Blue Sheep is a cozy hostel run by a family nestled in their organic orchard. There are plenty of things to do around the property including taking a hike or a leisurely swim in one of the river pools nearby.
Vatsalya Vihar Udaipur
If you reside in North India and want to plan a fun road trip with your partner or friends, how about going to Udaipur? There’s plenty to do in the city like visiting forts, and wildlife sanctuaries, and indulging in the delicious local chaats and mithais. You can also stay at Vatsalya Vihar as it’s close to the center of the city and it’ll be convenient to move around. The property houses beautiful villas and suites and offers plenty of activities including recreational games, cycling, and rejuvenating spas.
Rainforest Retreat, Karnataka
Rainforest Retreat is an eco-lodge that practices sustainable tourism and emphasises on environmental awareness, while making the stay as comfortable for the guests as possible. They are located on a certified organic spice farm (Mojo Plantation) in one of the most scenic parts of the Kodagu district.
You can book a stay in tents, deluxe cottages or plantation cottages that are made of natural materials and powered by eco-friendly 12V solar lighting. A percentage of the organic waste from the hotel makes its way to the biogas plant that help in the kitchen, while the rest is used as a fertiliser for different crops of coffee, kokum, cardamom, and vanilla.
Evolve Back Cabinet
Formerly known as Orange County Kabini, Evolve Back is one of India’s best wildlife and jungle eco-lodges. It sits right on the edge of Nagahole National Park, surrounded by the Kabini River.
The resort features 28 spacious cabins; the design inspired by local tribal villages. The huts either have a private plunge pool or an outdoor Jacuzzi. Their main eco features include reverse osmosis water filtering in every room to eliminate reliance on plastic bottled water and state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant to reduce impact on nature. They also use windmills to generate electricity. How cool is that?
Gogunda Palace Udaipur
Located just 25 kms from Udaipur, Gogunda Palace is a sprawling fortress-palace that was the location for Maharana Pratap Singh’s raaj tilak (coronation) in 1572. Today, you can sleep in the very room in which he was crowned king. The 16th-century Gogunda Palace with its ocher yellow walls, gorgeous mural work and richly upholstered vintage furnishing offers an authentic royal experience.
The property includes 40 beautifully restored and well-appointed grand suites and rooms and the Raaj Tilak Suite (coronation room) even comes with an outdoor jacuzzi set under a pergola on one of the terraces. The serene pool, built on the site of the palace’s former baoli (stepwell), is a great place to relax after exploring the countryside on village walks.
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