Family holidays are much-needed. We get so caught up in our daily routines that often we forget to really sit and spend some quality times with our loved ones. And summer break is the perfect time to head out with the family to someplace beautiful to create some lovely memories. We’ve handpicked some great retreats where there is something for everyone in the family.
Shivadaya is a designer boutique spa-retreat nestled snugly amidst apple orchards in Karjan village. Built from the ground up using the ‘Zero Wastage’ concept, this mountain hideaway is truly a marvel by itself. The 15 rooms here have splendid view of the mountains, valleys and orchards. You can even enjoy lunch with the family in the apple orchards or even by the gurgling Himalayan stream on special request. Indulge in activities like cooking, camping, hiking and trout fishing this summer at this spectacular mountain hideaway.
Hotel Highland park is a heritage property built in early 1960’s by Major Benjie Nedou. This quaint retreat is nestled in lush greens and surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountain ranges. They have one central building consisting of a reception, lounge and restaurant, offering uninterrupted views of the golf course and Mt. Apharwat and 35 tastefully done up rooms and suites. One can savour on the age old Kashmiri recipes in their dining area. Gulmarg is a popular destination for golfing and skiing in the North Kashmir and just the place to head to for some respite from the heat.
This retreat was once the house of a British army officer’s wife. It is said that legends like Gandhiji have visited this place. This charming house has innumerable little corners and hide-outs with great views for the guests to truly rejuvenate themselves. They have 11 beautiful rooms overlooking serene valleys and lush landscapes. What catches the fancy of many is the deck area- it is the central space of the house under the shade of trees making it the ideal place to spend hours with a good book and a great cup of tea.
Coral Reef is located on the soft white sands of Vijay Nagar beach. They have 27 rooms that are beautifully crafted and have all the modern amenties. Their restaurant is best known for the mouth-watering sea food. You can relax and rejuvenate with the family in their coral spa and spend some time in their infinity pool. You can also head for scuba diving while here.
Jim’s Jungle Retreat is an eco- conscious lodge set at a height varying 400-1210 meters above sea level. They offer 18 sophisticated lodges and cottages that are spread over 15 acre with views of the forest and the mountains. Spend hours by the pool with your family at this lodge and indulge in activities like jeep safari, angling, heritage walks and a lot more.