Mahua Kothi in Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh is conveniently located in the middle of nowhere, along the outskirts of Bandhavgarh National Park (which has India’s highest Tiger population) and the closest airport is Jabalpur, 190 kilometres away. This Taj property has 12 quaint cottages or kutiyas decorated in charming local influences. You can enjoy the adventure of the safari, unwind at the library or by the swimming pool and simply indulge with the in-room Ayurvedic massages. The perfect combination of peace, nature, adventure and luxury creates just the ambience needed for romance.
Bangaram Island Beach Resort in Lakshadweep is a part of cgh earth group, a “5 decade long experiment in hospitality” in an effort towards eco-tourism. Over the 128 acres, there are 30 tiled-roof beach huts with the bare essential creature comforts and 4 bungalows that offer more space and far more privacy. Sparsely populated, the only residents of this island are resort staff and while there may be many things missing, you will never be in short supply of swaying palms, crystal beaches and some of the best diving in the world – again the best ingredients for romance!
Ri Kynjai near Shillong is quite the wonderland. This 45 acre property overlooks the Umaim Lake and every cottage is oriented towards the east to capture the sun rising over pristine waters. The architecture is inspired by the original Khasi thatch huts. Close to the Cherrapunjee – Mawsynram belt, this resort will be heaven on earth for those who see the romance in rain and if it’s not raining, take a romantic boat ride on the lake or a meandering walk through groves of pines. Also known for its fantastic spa, you can pamper yourself with hydrotherapy, traditional khasi massages and herbal treatments.
The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is known worldwide for its exquisite beauty. Located in the middle of Lake Pichola, it’s a dream of white marble and mosaic spreading across a 4 acre island. The structure itself oozes romance and luxury and the royal butlers, descendents of the original palace retainers, make sure that all guests are treated like royalty. The fine dining restaurant, Neel Kamal, overlooking the lily pond is so awe-inspiring that it’s the perfect place to pop the question!
Karikkathi Beach House is every honeymooner’s paradise. A private, two bedroom beach house available for rent, the Karikkathi has not only a private beach but is also fully staffed for your cooking, cleaning and serving needs. The house has a thatched roof and a view of the water from all windows. The well ventilated rooms are without appliances like air conditioners and televisions and neither of them is missed. Surrounded by 25 acres of palm groves but only 19 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, the isolated luxury of this place will surely make your partner swoon.
Chhatra Sagar in Nimaj, 95 kilometres from Ajmer, was created by Thakur Chhatra Singh in the late 19th century to harvest rainwater. Soon the arid dessert turned into a lush oasis and Chhatra Sagar, as it came to be known, became a choice destination for entertaining dignitaries. To avoid ruining its natural beauty, permanent construction at Chhatra Sagar was kept to a minimum and temporary luxury tents were set up for each party. These tents which are almost mini palaces can now be rented and make for a unique experience to be shared with your loved one.
Beyond at Sula Vineyards is perfect for every stressed out city couple looking to rekindle their romance. Surrounded by rolling, mist covered hills with vines heavy with fruit; each room at the resort has a lake view and overlooks the swimming pool. For those looking for more privacy, there is the 3 bedroom original Villa at Beyond to consider. You can Kayak in the nearby Gangapur lake or go for a leisurely bike ride on winding country roads that promise you wholesome but low stress workout. Of course, the stay comes with a complimentary tour of the vineyards followed by wine tasting session.
The Oberoi Amarvilas is situated in the backdrop of one of the beautiful constructions in the world, a universal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. The resort itself is built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture and has a splendid display of lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions. The Taj Mahal is visible from not only all rooms, suites but also the lobby, bar and lounge. The Amarvilas gives you the perfect opportunity to celebrate your love story while celebrating one of the greatest love stories known to man.
Nilaya Hermitage in Goa is serene, eclectic, fascinating and sexy. Tucked away in the hills of Arpora, it has gently curving walls cut of natural laterite stone, organically shaped free-form structures and natural pathways connecting scattered rooms. Each of the 11 rooms are individually designed and decorated with influences drawn from eastern cosmic elements and nature. The design as such is a jumble of Mughal, Mediterannean, Portuguese and Spanish influences and even some touches of Hindu temples. Despite being around for years, the resort still has the freshness and an almost other-worldliness that cannot fail to stir your senses.
Wild Orchid in the Andaman Islands is exquisite to say the least. It nests between the aqua blue waters of the Andaman Sea and green hills of Havelock. It is built with the produce of the land, in true Andamanese style and the spacious cottages are only a few meters from the sea. Surrounded by nature at its best, you wake up to the sounds of birds chirping, feast your eyes on flowers and butterflies and can enjoy your breakfast in your private balcony. Of course, for adrenaline junkies there is deep-sea diving and snorkelling. Either which way, the beauty of this place will make you fall in love, with the Andaman and each other.