When it’s the furthest corner you’re looking for, on a beach, in a jungle, or even a lake, these beautiful hotels fill pass your test
Neemrana properties always promise stories – thanks to their loyalty toward preserving the country’s heritage. The Bungalow used to be a Danish Colonial House, which is now flanked by a 17th century Danish fort and a 14th Century Pandya temple. Book the Princess Louise room, their largest, done up in sea green accents perfectly echoing the meaning of the town’s original Danish name – Tranquebar or ‘place of the singing waves’.
There’s no denying that staying in a tent on a pristine white almost-virgin beach is romantic. Add to that the material comforts of air conditioning and you know you’ve snagged a winner. Its location on the Andaman Islands also guarantees a roster full of activities – diving, trekking, fishing, kayaking and even massages. If tents sound too hippie, they also have gorgeous villas and cottages eco-constructed with thatched roofs and floor to ceiling windows.
The tea estate is a Colonial style property that’s been converted into a luxe getaway overlooking the magnificent Kanchenjunga. Besides the considerable delights of old world charm, like antique bath tubs (with a view), old-fashioned wash stands with Venetian mirrors, and four poster beds, you are also promised a delicious menu and an indulgent spa. Choose the Water Lily Bungalow (four suites) for super privacy.
Some believe that the most romantic spots are those with plenty of history. If you follow the same train of thought, then the 14th-century Ahilya Fort is where you need to set up base. The luxe space pays homage to the 18th-century Holkar queen, Ahilyabai Holkar, who ruled from here. Her quiet and ethnically decorated quarters (the Narmada Suite), looking out onto the river is the ultimate romantic spot; if you discount a sunset sail down the Narmada river.
What cinches this boutique hotel’s romantic appeal is the black marble pool and the adjoining private sundeck that comes as bonus if you book the 1,200 sq ft Devi Garh Suite. If the pool’s sensuous appeal proves to be too much, the cliff-top hotel’s surroundings, drenched in sun or moonlight, make for the most dramatic Instagram backdrops. The Devi Garh is am 18th-century palace, so the architecture and décor are truly royal. But the facilities on offer, including Jacuzzis, and mini golf tours, are as modern as they come.