By Nivi Shrivastava
The best way to know someone is to travel with them to unexplored destinations, and what better occasion than Valentine’s Day? Whether you are newlywed, an experienced rock-solid pair or a couple in the making, a romantic trip in the month of love should be on your annual calendar to strengthen the bond and passion. For the last-minute planners, here are some fabulous options to choose from and surprise your better half on the day of love.
Kaudia Estate, Kanatal
The snow-covered hills and pine-fragrant air is an ideal destination for couples planning to rejuvenate and rekindle love. At the Kaudia Estate, a luxury homestay in Kanatal, Uttarakhand, plan a romantic holiday with your partner to discover the best views of Himalayan sunrise and sunsets in the region. An offbeat and unique destination surrounded by lush cedar forest, rows of blossoms, and an exotic view of the valley, the resort-style property is exclusive and perfect for couples who wish to spend time in natural surroundings. Surprise your partner with an unforgettable dinner under the starry skies with a bonfire and barbeque, and live music for Valentine’s Day at this beautiful destination.
Six Senses Fort Barwara
From picturesque views of the forts and palaces to lush green landscapes, Rajasthan makes for the most royal destination. To experience the royal charm of Rajasthan and experience the wildlife safari, heritage, or a movie night under the stars, plan a trip to Six Senses Fort Barwara. The historic property features two restaurants, a bar and lounge, 30,000 sq ft Six Senses Spa and fitness center, and 48 beautifully appointed suites, including five marquee suites with stunning views. Couples can also book signature massages, Ayurvedic treatments, nurturing facials, mindfulness practices, and personalized wellness programs based on the preventative principles of Eastern medicine and result-oriented Western influences for a relaxed holiday.
If beaches are your fun space, there’s nothing better than Goa. Head to W Goa and be inspired by the vibrant culture and free flowing energy of the town. W Goa captures the rustic and dramatic landscape of Goa as well as its cosmopolitan, multi-cultural vibe, injecting Vagator with the exuberant spirit. Take it easy, party or simply take a dip in the pool to enjoy a relaxed vacation. Soak in the V Day vibes with the carefully crafted Aphrodisiac menu, infused with diverse flavor notes, along with a candle –lit dinner, and more.
The Kumaon, Uttarakhand
Plan a sweet escape to the hills and answer the call of the mountains with an unforgettable, romantic retreat in the heart of the Himalayas. The Kumaon sitting atop a ridge, surrounded by the sanctity of the Nanda Devi Range, boasts of diverse experiences where one can disconnect with the tangible workings of the world and reconnect with each other. For your Valentine, plan a romantic date with a gorgeous candlelight set up under the stars, a cozy dinner in the library, or at the gourmet restaurant that sits in a cantilevered structure of floor-to-ceiling glass with undisturbed views of the Himalayas.
Six Senses Vana, Dehradun
Whether you are a couple or single, give yourself a gift of self-love this Valentine’s Day. Disconnect from everyday life and cherish self-love and care in the untouched foothills of the Himalayas. Book a minimum 4-night stay to enjoy the special week of self-love offer for an exceptional wellness experience. From Rose themed décor to making your body scrub, dosha churnas, face mask, to a strawberry-themed breakfast buffet, Six Senses Vana brings to you a week-long self-care retreat, from February 7 to February 14. One can indulge in self-love, exploration, and rejuvenation with a well-balanced week of transformative experience.
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
What’s more romantic than Taj Mahal, the world’s most exquisite testimony to undying love. To rekindle the romance in an unforgettable backdrop and unparalleled hospitality, head to the Oberoi Amarvilas. Inspired by Mughal palace designs; with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions, this property is as luxurious as it gets. Dine under the clear blue skies and enjoy the iconic view of the Taj on a romantic getaway with your beloved.
Brij Gaj Kesri, Bikaner
Soak in the grandeur of the royal living at this manor house in the heart of Rajasthan. From an intimate dinner setup at the poolside, a heritage tour of the city, or a sundowner on the dunes. A must-try is the chef’s special traditional Rajasthani delicacies, a feast for two.
Explore the one-of-a-kind immersive getaway and savour the romantic dinner set up under a canopy of open skies and endlessly twinkling stars that transport you to a wonderful world of romance. The soothing Sufi evenings and some divine fare will make Suryagarh Jaisalmer a perfect Valentine’s getaway for you and your beloved. The hotel has thoughtfully and meticulously curated the trails and experiences like the Thar Dinner at Celebration Gardens, Dinner on the Dunes, Breakfast with Peacocks, Sundowners etc.