A little indulgence is good for the soul and indulging in the finer things, once in a while can be a great way to reward yourself. According to us, travel is the best experience to indulge in, after all traveling is an investment that will never fail you – glamping in the mountains, heading for wellness retreats with extravagant spa sessions or soaking up jaw-dropping views from your private infinity pool are just some ways to experience ‘the good life’. So these are our recommendations for a getaway sure to knock your socks off.
The architecture at this ornate hermitage in Bhutan combines the colourful accents of traditional Bhutanese craftsmanship with clean-lined contemporary designs to produce a sleek and original vibe. Much of their produce comes from their own organic kitchen garden, which provides an abundance of of fresh and vital ingredients. If you’re lucky you may even see the royal family of Bhutan who regularly make this their restaurant of choice in the city. This retreat offers many fun activities like monastery tours, picnics in the field, archery, freewheeling etc. A full range of holistic, Asian-inspired treatments are available if you just want to spend your holiday in perfect relaxation.
Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and surrounded by lush Sal trees, this wellness retreat is located on 100 acres of a Maharaja’s Palace Estate. The many rooms here are designed in the colonial hill architectural style and feature panoramic views of the valley or of the Palace. The cuisine here follows the principles of Ayurveda which takes into account suitability to the body type and incorporates fresh natural foods low in fat and calories with an emphasis on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products in the meals. The chefs here also instruct in how to make these dishes at home so that one may continue on the path of healthy living.
Located at the foot of the iconic Thiksey Monastery, this luxurious camp has been inspired by the explorers of the British Raj. The campsite has been made organic and sustainable through the assimilation of traditional, local knowledge. Beautifully-furnished and spacious, these tents treat you to a stunning 360° panorama of mystical mountains around. Partake in exquisite Ladakhi cuisine prepared in the style of the chef’s family recipes intertwined with fusion cuisine. There are many activities sure to tickle your fancy like monastery tours, hiking, archery, cycling tours and cultural tours.
Barely 200 metres off the beach, the villas here are designed as inclusive, barefoot retreats, each with their own infinity pool looking out to the sea. The bedrooms provide natural light and boast of gorgeous coconut wood furniture along with modern luxuries. There is no restaurant on the premises, every meal is tailor-made to suit your culinary preferences which proves to be a private dining experience. The ingredients used are sourced from within a 50km radius of the area. For those whose soul is in need of soothing, we strongly recommend getting pampered with the extensive line of massages they have created in collaboration with Forest Essentials.
This opulent villa is a two-acre property on the gentle slope of a quiet hill outside Calangute. Built with Balinese influences, this villa overlooks huge private gardens filled with fruit trees, a mini-walking garden, a koi pond and a waterfall. Watch the sun set with a drink in your hand as you de-stress in your private pool. The owners of this nature retreat also run the Solita, a classic luxury yacht available for exclusive charter, which will take you out to sea to spot dolphins and down Goa’s secret backwaters and past quaint villages, transporting you to the world of old.
So which sumptuous haven are you splurging on?