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May 18, 2024

Luxury airbnbs for a private summer getaway

Jade Crasto 
With summer around the corner, it’s time everyone starts planning the perfect getaway. But if you’re tired of staying in boring hotels and wish to have your own private space, then these luxurious Airbnb’s or rental homes are the best choice for you. Here’s a list of luxurious homes spread across India that will provide you with both peace and luxury.
Gudliya Suite at the City Palace – Jaipur, Rajasthan
Jaipur City Palace
Photo Courtesy: Jaipur City Palace
Located in the city centre, The City Palace is an iconic spot in Jaipur and home to the Royal family. The 300-year old palace has had guests like Princess Diana and Oprah Winfrey. In this magnificent palace is the Gudliya Suite which has turned into a private room for guests to rent. A stay at the City Palace will include an inspiring experience of the rich history, cultural heritage and artistic traditions of Jaipur’s royal family. Guests will be feted by a private butler who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions. Authentic Rajasthani meals can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the Aravali’s, and guests can enjoy their breakfasts in the company of peacocks who are often a sight at the Palace’s lush gardens. Guests can have access to an indoor pool, which is within the suite itself. The room can hold two guests and starts at ₹5,69,200 a night. The proceeds of each booking goes to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, which is a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting rural women and people of Rajasthan.
Casa Riviere by Lohono Stays- Karjat, Maharashtra
casa riviere
Photo Courtesy: Casa Riviere
Casa Riviere is a magnificent estate located in the quaint town of Karjat. The property makes for a great spot for a weekend holiday destination from Mumbai or nearabout. Its serene views allow you to relax amidst natural vistas of mountains, forts and rustic cave temples. The home which is spread across two acres comprises of five magnificent king-sized bedrooms, an entertainment area, a multipurpose court, a private pool and a vast manicured lawn. If you want to bond with loved ones through archery, horseback riding, tennis, cycling, paintball, and other activities, the residence guarantees an amazing experience. Casa Riviere provides freshwater fishing, excursions to tranquil ponds, a garden walk with over 400 medicinal plants, and other activities for visitors wishing to unwind. For those who choose to remain in, immersing your feet in the pool while sipping on your carefully prepared drink or enjoying in a peaceful massage may be just what the doctor ordered. The villa can hold 10 guests and starts at ₹1, 83,343 a night.
Kahani Paradise- Gokarna, Karnataka
Kahani Paradise
Photo Courtesy: Kahani Paradise
An unknown expanse of beach and vegetation lies to the south of Gokarna, along the magnificent coastline where the cliffs of the Western Ghats tumble into the Arabian Ocean. A gleam of heaven can be seen as the ocean softly folds into an estuary. Perched above the hills and giving 360o views of the contrasts of sea- and forest-scapes, this paradise offers a world of tranquil enjoyment amidst nature. It is unlike any other villa in India, with 6 suites, a Drawing Room, a Swimming Pool, Spa, and Dining Room overlooking a lush garden. Privacy is essential, and with no neighbours for miles, the villa is yours and yours alone. An attentive and kind team attends to your every need. The in-house chef obtains products from their own garden and the local organic market, and fresh seafood from the bay is delivered daily. At the facility, there are six suites. Each room has been constructed to offer breath-taking views of the ocean. Antique carved doors and lofty wooden ceilings compliment the elegantly designed rooms, which are furnished with authentic Indian furniture and tailored textile tapestries and carpets. The villa can hold 15 guests and starts at ₹1, 63,200 a night.
Maravilha Heritage Resort- Assagaon, Goa
Photo Courtesy: Maravilha
Maravilha, which translates to ‘Marvellous’ in Portuguese, is a two-century old villa that belonged to Goan landlord but has since been restored into a heritage boutique resort. Guests can enjoy their stay by relaxing in the swimming pool present in the backyard or can relax in a hammock swinging under the coconut trees whilst sipping a few chilled drinks. You can kick start your day with an amazing range of breakfasts choices. You will also have a variety of menu options to choose from the local Goan, North Indian, South Indian, Continental and Turkish breakfast menus. For the health and fitness enthusiasts, they have included gluten-free dishes too. For the foodie souls, they can opt for a specially curated menu from amongst the different cuisines of the world. To make your stay more fun, they can also offer you a live barbeque by the pool side or the front lawns, as you to tap your feet to the beats of a DJ or some live music. The villa hosts 16 guests and starts at ₹3, 00,000 a night.
Woodays Resort- Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
Woodays resort
Photo Courtesy: Woodays resort
If you wish to get away from the hustle-bustle of city life and to reunite with nature then this is the spot for you. Woodays is a picturesque ‘Boutique Huts Resort’ spread over an area of 24,700 sq.ft. at a height of approximately 8,136ft in the lap of Himalayas in Kufri, Shimla. You can experience a perfect getaway stay in a Nordic/Scandinavian styled hut which are ‘entirely’ wooden made from high grade timber. You get a panoramic view of snow clad peaks along with deep valleys of Himalayas. The property is in the vicinity of thick coniferous deodar forest and guests can have a nice walk/trek in the area. There is a restaurant and bar with multi-cuisine dining and also local traditional Pahari delicacies to soothe your taste buds. The resort provides an open sitting area along with bonfire and has a beautiful garden. This is more than a destination, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Ranging from magnificent morning sun beams to tranquil mountains, the area talks in its own joyful way, and clean air that takes away city’s dust from your spirit. The resort hosts 16 guests and starts at ₹1, 50,000 a night.
976 Panangad- Ernakulam, Kerala
976 Panangad
Photo Courtesy: 976 Panangad
976 Panangad is a luxury, boutique backwater villa at Panangad, a 20 minutes’ drive from Cochin City centre and Fort Cochin. Set right on the edge of the backwaters, this quaint property is in the midst of lush Balinese inspired gardens and outdoors. A wide floor-to-ceiling glass wall in the bedrooms provides panoramic views of the backwaters. Each room also has its own private bathroom with a shower. If the view from your apartment isn’t enough, two of the four rooms at 976 have adjoining plunge pools. With a communal infinity pool that overlooks the backwaters ahead. 976 Panangad is known for its experiences as well as its calm and panoramas. The villa hosts 8 guests and starts at ₹55,000 a night.
Soul Tree Villa- Lavasa, Maharashtra
Soul Tree Villa
Photo Courtesy: Soul Tree Villa
Although not an Airbnb, this villa is a must add to the list of luxury rental homes. Soul Tree Villas, which are nestled in the scenic surroundings of Lavasa and soaked in art, design, and décor from across the world, are more than simply a luxury weekend resort, they are your home away from home. Guests can choose from two villas, Villa 50 and Villa 111. Villa 50 consists of 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. With lots of room all around, the villa can comfortably accommodate 8-10 people and 4-10 children. After exhausting yourself with numerous rounds of entertaining board games or a ride through nature’s paths on their mountain bikes, you may enjoy yourself in the Plunge Pool or simply rest in the Steam Room. And what better way to unwind in the evenings than by watching a movie on a fully equipped Home Theatre system or reading a book from the huge library? The 5 bedrooms each have a unique name given to them. They are Emerald, Alexandrite, Amethyst, Citrine and Aquamarine. Villa 111 is a four-bedroom villa designed with the idea that individuals who want to get away from the city want to spend time with nature while yet enjoying opulent living. This lovely property is spread on a 1-acre plot and offers ample rooms to keep you and your loved ones comfortable. The property has excellent decor as well as a large living and dining space. A new, custom-built terrace is accessible from the living room. The villa is divided into two storeys. The top level has a living space, a 6-person dining area, two bedrooms with ensuite baths, a powder room, and a custom-built terrace. The bottom level has an indoor bar, a lounge with books and games, two bedrooms, and steps leading out to the garden. The villa can hosts 14 guests and starts at ₹30,400 a night.
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