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June 23, 2024

7 bucket list experiences for your Valentine’s getaways

Love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it is the time of the year to shower gifts on your ‘special’ one. And when it comes to indulgence, what better way than to embark on a sojourn to help you both rekindle your special moments?

Discover Andaman’s hidden marine life without diving into the ocean– Head to the famed Havelock Island and choose the guided intertidal walks by the tropical retreat at Tilar Siro, Andamans – a CGH Earth property located along the white sands of Vijayanagar beach. As the sea recedes between two high tides, lo and behold, a new mesmerizing world of hidden creatures emerges! A perfect recipe for a romantic holiday!

Immerse in Puducherry’s intoxicating mix of provincial French flair and some soul-searching – Go for intimate walks together along Puducherry’s tree-lines rues, colonial mansions, the promenade, and beaches. Explore the French Quarter’s alluring history, spiritual culture, imaginative crafts, trendy shopping, and gourmet food. Make it even more special by opting to stay at one of the small but exquisite heritage properties – Palais de Mahe or Residence de l’Evėché, which are both perfectly located for the special experience. Throw in a visit to the utopian city of Auroville for sure!

Wildlife encounters on your safari transfer from one exquisite jungle lodge to another in Satpura – Explore adventures and divine indulgences together. Surrender to the allure of tigers, sloth bears, and more on a wild ride through the forests of Central India with the critically acclaimed Reni Pani Jungle Lodge and Bori Safari Lodge – touted as the world’s top ten wildlife lodge. When not on safaris, bask in the beauty and luxuries of the lodges – they are truly divine.

For an intimate rejuvenating getaway: Situated just a brief drive from Delhi on the expressway to Haridwar, Namaste Dwaar Resort serves as an ideal haven for those in search of a quick and rejuvenating escape. This serene oasis provides a retreat without the need for an extensive journey. Set amidst beautifully landscaped romantic gardens, the resort becomes a soothing escape for couples seeking quality time together. With numerous architectural marvels, it guarantees a memorable and indulgent experience for those desiring something truly special. Indulge in delightful dining experiences, partake in relaxing Ayurvedic treatments, or unwind by the outdoor swimming pool. The resort ensures an array of activities to eliminate any chance of monotony, whether it’s a leisurely stroll through the aromatic herbs in the organic garden or engaging in thrilling high-tech video games.

Spend a misty magical romantic day at Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, located in Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh. Escape to a luxurious stay amidst the majestic Shivalik Ranges. With its 5000ft elevation, the resort is surrounded by lush green mountains, making it the ideal destination for those seeking romance amidst stunning natural beauty.  Enhance your stay with sensuous Western or Ayurvedic treatments, a cable car, an infinity pool, stunning views, and culinary experiences. At Moksha, you can fully pamper your senses and allow the serene atmosphere to rekindle the romance in your relationship.

Gaze at a starlit sky with the one you love at the Gandhi Sagar Forest Retreat in Madhya Pradesh, Gandhisagar. In addition to the idyllic setting for stargazing, adventurous couples can explore various activities such as cycling, rope courses, jungle safaris, night jungle walks, ATV rides, air gun shooting, paintball and trekking.  If you’re craving more excitement, the resort offers the thrill of water sports like kayaking, jet skiing, and speed boating. For those seeking a different perspective, you can explore the skies through parasailing, hot air ballooning, and paramotoring. The possibilities for unforgettable experiences are boundless at the Gandhi Sagar Forest Retreat.

Sweeping Ocean Views, Endless Love: Jetwing Saman Villas, a romantic escape on Sri Lanka’s coastline, beckons lovebirds for an enchanting Valentine’s retreat. Nestled between golden beaches and coconut plantations in Bentota, just a scenic two-hour drive from Colombo, this boutique haven promises unparalleled luxury and privacy with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Immerse yourself in the infinity pool overlooking the ocean, indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments at Sahana Spa, and savour diverse culinary delights. With 26 carefully designed suites and a duplex villa, including options with private plunge pools, the resort offers an idyllic sanctuary for romance. What’s more, no visa is required for Indian visitors until March 31st, adding an extra touch of convenience to your romantic escapade.

Zara Flavia Dmello

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