Come summers, and the people set off for the nearest hill-station or favorite summer destination, seeking respite from the oppressive heat. What a relief it is to be in these places, with the cool air and relaxed environs providing the much needed calm to your senses. The presence of several luxury resorts at these destinations ensures that your stay at these destinations is not just exciting, but also comfortable. With their luxurious amenities and outstanding services, they make sure that you spend your time in the most relaxed and comfortable way. If you are planning a summer getaway, then here are the best luxury resorts at your favorite summer destinations.
The Ibnii Spa Resort, Karnataka
The Ibnii Spa Resort in Coorg is a luxury resort spread over 12 acres of wooded areas dotted with lakes and lush green patches. It’s interesting to know that this resort was once a coffee estate. At this resort, you have the option of staying at the Pool Villas which have fabulous interiors along with a private plunge pool and Jacuzzi. You can also stay at the wooden cottages, the experience of staying at which is similar to that of a tree house. When it comes to dining, the resort has three restaurants – The Fig (multi-cuisine restaurant), Baalelle (pure vegetarian restaurant) and Masi Kande (open air BBQ diner famous for seafood delicacies). In addition, you can also enjoy relaxing spa therapies during the course of your stay.
Special features: If you are an explorer or someone looking for adventure, then this resort is for you. The Ibnii Spa Resort offers nature walks through the forests along with fishing trips to freshwater lakes. You should also try the coffee sojourns, during which you can take a guided tour with coffee experts through the coffee plantations.
The Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor, Uttarakhand
There is no doubt that Uttarakhand is one of the best summer holiday destinations in India. A stay at the Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand makes your holiday all the more fun, exciting and luxurious. This fabulous resort was once the home of the British Commissioner of Police, General Sir Henry Ramsay. This place boasts lovely accommodations that simply exude an old world charm. It is a perfect haven for those wanting to experience the calmness and quietness of nature. There are authentic “pahaari” cuisines to be enjoyed with the fresh garden produce at Acorn, the all-day dining restaurant.
Special features: This resort is perfect for those looking to sit back, relax and spend some quality time with their family and friends. Apart from this, there are different kinds of walks to be enjoyed through hills, forests, villages and the local landscape. During your walks to these forests, a naturalist will accompany you to identify wild animals like martens, ghoral, wild boar and barking deer. Hiking through the dense and lush forests consisting of pine and oak can be quite an exciting experience.
Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa, Maharashtra
Mahabaleshwar is one of the most famous hill stations in Maharashtra and is visited by tourists in large numbers. It’s here that Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa is located, amidst pure peace and tranquility. Its rooms are furnished in a chic modern style with beautiful views of the wooded area around. Dining is no less than a gourmet adventure in the resort, thanks to the several in-house restaurants like Chingari, Latest Recipe and Longitude. Fancy a drink of your best beverage while swimming? Head to the Plunge Bar, which lets you indulge in it gleefully.
Special Features: No visit to Mahabaleshwar is complete without paying a trip to a strawberry farm and filling your basket with strawberries which you have collected yourself. In case you happen to be here during the Easter weekend, make your way to the Mapro Strawberry Festival at the Mapro Garden. It’s an annual event which is a favorite with the locals.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Ananda in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand is one of the best resorts for family vacations in India. Situated at the foothills of Himalayas, it is the best destination for Yoga, meditation and spa. The splendid location of the resort, which offers spectacular views, along with the excellent accommodations, ensures that you relax, unwind and rejuvenate in a way like never before. At one point of time, the resort served as the royal residence of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal. The serene ambience of the resort along with the excellent programs offered by it, causes a soothing effect on both your mind and body.
Special features: During the course of your stay here, you can participate in various outdoor activities like mountain treks, nature walks, river rafting, and incredible wildlife safaris. For those seeking solitude and tranquility, the resort promises plenty of that.
The Khyber Resort & Spa, Jammu and Kashmir
The Khyber Resort & Spa in Gulmarg, Kashmir, resembles nothing short of a fairytale. Tucked away neatly in the Himalayas, the resort enjoys a fabulous location, and is enveloped by green vegetation that is indigenous to hilly areas. The beauty of the resort is enhanced during the winters, when it is completely immersed in snow, thereby making it even more beautiful. The resort also boasts four restaurants: Cloves, Nouf, Chaikash and Calabsh.
Special features: Indeed, the Khyber Resort & Spa, with its amalgamation of Kashmiri architecture and contemporary designs, looks as exquisite as ever. In addition, the resort also has a spa, fitness center, swimming pool and a host of other activities that you can try during your stay here such as skiing, golfing, trekking, and so on.
The Oberoi Cecil, Himachal Pradesh
If you are having plans for summer vacations for family, then the Oberoi Cecil in Himachal Pradesh is the right place for you. Nestled in the mighty Himalayan ranges, it dates back to nearly a 100 years, and lets you experience the true British grandeur. A stay here will transport you back in time as you walk on its wooden floors, enjoy the evening besides its fireside, relax in its colonial-era furniture and take in its historic aura. The views provided by the hotel though are simply unbelievable at times.
Special features: During the course of your stay, you can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities like taking a colonial heritage tour, enjoying a walk in the woods and a train ride. Another wonderful experience is by the pool, which lets you enjoy magnificent views of the surroundings.
- SpiceTree Munnar, Kerala
A great place to spend your summer holidays in India is Munnar, in Kerala. After reaching Munnar, you should head for the SpiceTree Munnar. Situated between the lush green Kannan Devan Hills and Bison Valley Hills, SpiceTree is an exotic mountain resort with 14 luxury suites and two pool villas. However, its location alone is reason enough for you to book a stay or two. The interiors are a mixture of traditional Kerala architecture and modern elements. From each room, you can enjoy the outstanding views of the incredible vistas below.
Special features: You can enjoy various activities during your stay here, including tea tasting, yoga and meditation, treks, cooking classes and photography expeditions. A particular experience which you should not miss, is a stay at the Pool Villa, which has its own infinity pool and private deck. The villa also comes with a Victoria copper bath tub to just sink yourself in and relax.
The Naini Retreat, Uttarakhand
If you are planning a trip to Nainital and wondering where to stay, then The Naini Retreat would be the best bet for you. It is a heritage hotel located in close proximity to the Nainital Lake, and once served as the residence of the Maharaja of Pilibhit. The retreat has an old-world charm about it, but equipped with modern amenities. Apart from six types of accommodations equipped with the choicest of comforts, there are 3 restaurants where you can have a fine dining experience. The special dishes from the Kumaon region are a favorite with the guests.
Special features: There are ample opportunities for entertainment, besides indulging in rest and relaxation. You can play a game of golf, go for a boating ride, take a cable car ride and try horse riding.
Vythiri Resort, Kerala
Wayanad is another great place to escape the unrelenting summer heat. A high-altitude rural district, its blessed with a salubrious climate and incredible wildlife. Tucked away in those dense lush forests of the hills of Wayanad lies the Vythiri Resort. Want to feel the touch of nature while enjoying the modern day comforts? This is where you should be. Stretched across 150 acres of coffee and cardamom plantations, the rooms resembles those of planters’ cottages. There are a variety of accommodations to choose from.
Special features: Healing and rejuvenation is best experienced through a combination of exotic and therapeutic treatments at the Ayurvedic center of the resort.
Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kerala
It’s all about conversing with nature at the Niraamaya Retreats at Surya Samudra at Kovalam in Kerala. Situated right beside the Arabian Sea, it consists of 31 traditional heritage cottages with French doors. The rooms, which are a mix of the traditional and the contemporary, are aesthetically pleasing with their open-sky showers and verandahs on the beach. Dining is a fine affair here, as you are given the resort’s “destination dining” experience, which is a candlelit dinner on the sandy beach.
Special features: Since you are in Kovalam, you should enjoy a cruise on its backwaters. Another option is visiting the mangroves, enjoying photography or engaging in some bird watching.