After what seems like a week of intense partying and vibrant celebrations, we could really use a little downtime to recharge before we return to our daily routine. A retreat away from the city is what we’re thinking of – a getaway that involves appreciating the little things that city-life denies us and we are really looking forward to a little quietude and rejuvenating our body, mind and soul. This week, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite getaways for some soul-soothing and reflection.
1. Poovar Island Resort, Trivandrum, Kerala
Between the Arabian Sea and the mountains of the Western Ghats and opening out to a dream beach this place is truly paradise. The backwaters near the ocean, the beach and the lush greens are like a dream! They offer 86 rooms which include the Land cottages, Ayurvedic cottages and Floating cottages. You can indulge in activities like bird watching, motor boat cruise, excursions, outdoor barbecue and even take up some ayurvedic treatments. The meals include culinary treats include fresh catch from the sea, exotic spices, orchard-fresh fruits and vegetables everything served here is like a feast.
2. The Shivadya, Karjan, Himachal Pradesh
ShivAdya is a boutique spa-retreat nestled snugly amidst apple orchards in Karjan village. It commands spectacular views of the verdant valleys, lush apple orchards, tall Deodar trees and the snow-capped peaks in a landscape that seems to belong in a painting.The reason we love it? Because it is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet we aren’t bored because of the immense activities there are here to enjoy like mountain biking, trekking, nature walks, cooking classes etc.
3. Hilton Shilim Estate Retreat & Spa, Shilimb, Maharashtra
Hilton is a much lauded spa-retreat sprawling over 320 acres of sylvan setting of the Shillim Estate neighboring the Sahyadri range that perfectly complements their yoga, meditation, and personalized spa treatments. They offer 18 spa villas, 15 pool villas, a spa restaurant, tea house, organic garden and spa pool. Their spa has treatment rooms with private gardens and al-fresco showers, a meditation cave or the relaxation center, and even a yoga pavilion. They encourage activities like pottery and cooking classes, mountain biking, horse riding and more.
4. Jim’s Jungle Retreat, Nainital, Uttarakhand
This eco-conscious wildlife speciality lodge is located on the periphery of the world famous Jim Corbett National Park. Set in 15 acres of lush refuge, this retreat is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts who want to engage in bird watching and wildlife walks and safaris! At this forest’s edge, the retreat offers 18 sophisticated lodges and cottages with forest and mountain vistas, countless bird-spotting opportunities, instinct-sharpening walks and safaris, and hours by the pool or on your private verandah. Amazing, right?
5. Kairali Ayurvedic Village, Palakkad, Kerala
Kairali is a haven of quietude and transformation. It’s an oasis of experiences such as spa therapies, yoga classes, meditation along with a chance to reconnect with nature – the village is a culmination of holistic living and nature. The wellness center is spread across 60 acres in lush green surroundings and has just 30 rooms. Kairali is an ideal way to soak in Kerala and its age-old traditions. So, brush aside your appointments, forget about your cubicle and let your mundane life take a break.
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