Tired of staying in the standard cookie cutter hotel rooms? You know what we’re talking about – The white linen bed, monotonous colours and a LED TV set. Basically rooms that lack character of any sort and are devoid of inspiration. We, for one, believe that escaping monotony is what holidays are all about. Why not skip the obvious this season and head to places with rooms that are far from the ordinary? From rooms straight out of a fairytale book to colonial Raj-era cottages- there is a lot to be experienced. We bring to you 5 quirky retreats that surely will make your travels more livelier than usual.
Sprawling over 150 acre, this resort is undoubtedly a treasure trove for nature lovers. Vythiri is set amidst a tropical rainforest with stone-lined pathways covered by majestic trees. They have 4 categories of rooms: Tree house, Vythiri heaven, Honeymoon pool villa and Honeymoon villa. The cottages here are designed in a way to allow guests the luxury to fully experience the surrounding sights and sounds. Cane is used to furnish these cottages and wooden rafters are found on the ceiling. The cottages here are equipped with jacuzzis, private pools and the suite overlooks a stream.
The Orchard at Peora is inspired by Tuscan farmhouses. The village of Peora is in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand and is surrounded by Himalayan ranges and pine forests. The rooms here are large yet intimate and cozy. The furniture at this retreat is curated from the luxury and boutique brand ‘Warisan’ and the tiles and marbles here are imported from Italy. The Orchard has large terraces with each room which opens up to endless views of the lush green valley and mountain peaks and also serves as perfect deck for star-gazing on a clear night.
Wild Mahseer is amidst lush tea gardens of Assam, which is one of the best tea growing regions in India. They have 5 bungalows, including one exclusive Heritage Bungalow that is 108 year old and 4 cozy tea bungalows which are named after different process of tea procurement. The rooms of these Raj-era bungalows are very well decorated with an array of exquisite ornaments, paintings and wall hangings that are handpicked from different corners of the world. Their dining area ‘ First Flush’ is converted from a tractor-shed and offers unique blends of Assamese dishes and nuances of vintage Britain. This tea paradise which is in the ‘Land of Blue Hills’ offers more than 72 varieties of tea for you to mix and blend to make that perfect cup.
Paatildun is an opulent wildlife lodge nestled in the foothills of Himalayas. They have Kumaoni-style cottages that are a seamless symphony of indoors and outdoors with a private plunge-pool pool, cozy sit-outs and open air showers. Vintage furniture adds more charm to these cottages. The cottages also have a grand standalone metallic bathtub. Additional to this the cottages have a winding staircase that leads up to the ‘star bed’ – for those who fancy sleeping under a blanket of stars.
Cottage Jeolikot is a gorgeous retreat with a sloping roof and a fairy-tale ambience. Nestled at a height of 4200 feet above the sea level, they have 5 rooms that combines the best of 3 styles: the Raj-era, Kumaoni influences and the Modern-era. The floor is adorned by the warm Sheesham wood covered sparsely with patches of cotton durries, while the vintage Kumaoni carved wood is used for windows, doors and frames. Meshing well with the wood work are great shades of cotton for the curtains and lamp shades.
So, which room catches your fancy the most?