India might maybe appear a spot to be tackled, fairly than someplace to chill out or romance, however we’ve had a few of our most memorable moments with family members on the subcontinent. There’s a wealth of locations to flee to, whether or not for a honeymoon, anniversary or birthday celebration.
What may very well be extra passion-kindling than a personal villa with a plunge pool overlooking the tranquil Arabian sea? Or indulging within the queen’s suite at a Rajasthan palace full with alcoves and a thousand vintage mirrors? We have now handpicked a few of our favorite locations for an amorous getaway.
SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
This rose-pink boutique palace within the coronary heart of Jaipur will take your breath away. A delight for all of the senses with no element ignored, SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace is the right alternative for a romantic metropolis break. E-book the Maharani’s House which overlooks the picture-perfect pool and has its personal eating room in addition to non-public butler and chauffeur. Whereas in Jaipur, take within the wonderful Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, dine al fresco with peacocks at Bar Palladio and have a nightcap (or three) on the glamorous Baridari set within the royal palace.
Raas Devigarh, Delwara
Make for the hills and savour the primary breathtaking glimpse of this transformed 18th century Maharaja’s palace. Raas Devigarh is about like a jewel in a panorama harking back to Andalucía, only a 40-minute drive from the attractive lake metropolis of Udaipur. The presidential pavilion suite has a personal pool and carved terrace overlooking the encircling village. Watching a sundown right here with a gin and tonic in hand, is a reminiscence to lengthy linger over.
Every room is exquisitely designed, with joyful modern touches set off towards the Rajput structure. The menu is seasonal and largely sourced from the palace kitchen backyard. Actress Liz Hurley was proposed to right here and plenty of celebrities have made the pilgrimage to this most discreet and heavenly of romantic retreats.
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
What may very well be extra memorable than being whisked to your lodge in a canopied boat, full with turbaned and white-gloved attendant? This deeply luxurious lodge is about throughout Lake Pichola from the traditional metropolis of Udaipur, away from the bustle and a serene alternative. From the arrival on the frescoed domed entrance (and showered with rose petals) to the candlelit terrace eating, every second here’s a pleasure.
The Oberoi contact is as mild as a feather and refined to perfection – put together to be totally seduced. We love the couples’ spa remedies, indulge within the ‘royal treasures’ signature remedy which culminates in a aromatic milk and rose petal tub.
Fort Cochin, Kerala
Fort Cochin is an interesting place; Ampersand Director Ellie Boulstridge calls it ‘The Venice of the east’. A colonial heritage island off the coast of Kerala and the oldest European settlement in India, Cochin is a tranquil vacation spot for a romantic getaway laced with historical past. Keep on the ethereal white-washed Brunton Boatyard lodge overlooking the waterfront.
The rooms are huge – soak within the bathtub whereas watching the lazy river site visitors out of the shuttered home windows and have your individual Service provider Ivory second. Days may be spent wandering by way of the tangle of flower-lined streets with Dutch and Portuguese villas and boutiques. The seaside has historical Chinese language fishing nets and scrumptious recent fish which may be cooked to order. Have dinner on the Taj Rice Boat restaurant and look ahead to dolphins gambolling within the sundown waters.
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
One other South Indian treasure, perched on the balmy Coromandal coast, Pondicherry is a kaleidoscope of pastel homes, carved verandas and Indo-French influences. Nicknamed the Indian ‘cote d’azure’ however decidedly extra relaxed, Pondicherry has romance in spades. Make for the charming 19th-century manor home lodge, La Villa, with its six suites, swimming pool and tropical backyard.
The bedrooms are symphonies of teak wooden, muted colors and crisp linens. Mornings may be spent exploring the Outdated French Quarter, look out for the blue enamelled avenue indicators and policemen in pink kepis, and luxuriate in café crème on the pretty Cafe des Arts. Because the solar units, expertise dinner à deux within the fountain adorned courtyard of the 18th century Les Dupleix, former house of the mayor.
The Bhuj Home, Bhuj
The setting of a love story throughout cultures – that of proprietor Jehan Bhujwala and his British spouse, Katie, The Bhuj Home, ancestral house of Jehan’s household, is run by the couple who stay right here together with their two youngsters. Set within the Rann of Kutch and shut to frame with Pakistan, Bhuj is an interesting frontier city with a powerful craft heritage. The 19th century property is each wreathed in historical past and a vibrant household house.
Company dine within the outside Bougainvillea lined courtyard underneath the desert starred sky and luxuriate in scrumptious house cooked meals – impressed by the household’s Parsi and Kutchi previous. The ambiance is straightforward however charming with each textile and artefact telling a narrative. Discover the native space; wealthy hen life, lakes and salt plains are all to be discovered alongside tribal villages. The block printing or ‘ajrakh’ at Ismail Mohamed Khatri’s workshop in close by Ajrakhpur is effectively price a go to.
Jalakara, Havelock Islands
The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are an archipelago within the shimmering waters of the Bay of Bengal. The scattering of paradise islands have gotten a sizzling vacation spot for in-the-know travellers looking for a romantic retreat. Azure waters, white sand and tropical jungle awaits right here – ideally visited between December-April.
Hailed by The Sunday Instances Journey Journal as ‘the good new lodge on the planet’, Jalakara on Havelock Island, owned by British couple Mark Hill and Atalanta Weller is a seven-room boutique property that completely captures the ‘eco-chic’ island spirit. For the final phrase in privateness, take the non-public villa clad wrapped in woven teak and cantilevered into the encircling hill, different beautiful decisions embody the Tower Room with its 360-degree panoramic views of the ocean and distant islands. The aromatherapy massages are serenaded by birdsong and the perfume of jasmine and sea-salted air – bliss!
James Jayasundera is Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Journey. Ampersand Journey create bespoke and splendid journey experiences to Asia, the British Isles and Southern Africa.
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