25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian: A Munich-Themed Wonderland

25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian has a very convenient location: right across the Munich Hauptbahnhof tram station. Watch our video to get a feel of its fairyland Bavarian theme.

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Monkeys Galore at 25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin!

The four-star 25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin offers a fascinating peek into the Berlin Zoo along with the unpolished and edgy artistic ethos characteristic of the 25 Hours hotels. This review is definitely partial to the cuddly toy monkeys as well as great apes beyond the hotel walls!

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25 Hours Hotel Das Tour: Düsseldorf’s Design Destination

If beautiful Parisian-themed rooms and a gorgeous rooftop bar and restaurant weren’t enough lures, the newly opened 25 Hours Hotel Das Tour in Dusseldorf’s Le Quartier Central comes packed with irresistible freebies and inimitable little touches that travellers will love.

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Mekosha Spa, Kerala: Idyllic Ayurvedic Massage Retreat

The pristine Varkala Beach was our first introduction to Kerala, one of India’s most celebrated travel destinations. That was over five years ago. Today, Ayurvedic retreats have mushroomed all over God’s own country and every three to five star hotel boasts of Ayurvedic massages. Yet, the newly opened Mekosha stands in a space of its…

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Mercure Dwarka: Rare Oasis in Devbhoomi

It was towards the end of September that we undertook the 1.5 hour drive from Porbandar Airport to Mercure Dwarka. But looking at the bright blue skies and light green foliage, one would never guess that many parts of the country were still in the grasp of the last vestiges of monsoon. Nevertheless, the numerous…

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Staycation at Holiday Inn Mumbai

The vast lobby was very tastefully done, with walls plastered with botanical art, high chandeliers and the warm-toned lighting that adds an extra touch of luxury. We were given a room on the seventh floor, not with great views because this was an airport hotel after all, but with a comfy bed, soft carpeting, TV, writing desk and tea/coffee maker – all in an earthy colour scheme. The only thing missing was a balcony.

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Panchgani with Saffronstays Verandah by the Valley

It took us around five hours to reach Panchgani from Mumbai, with a little halt at Pune to break the long drive. We were glad to see that our homestay at Godavali Village was marked on Google Maps and a bumpy, pebble-strewn ride later, we were nearly at Saffronstays Verandah by the Valley. The route to the house had been turned marshy by heavy rains and we had to park our car outside a nearby temple. Once there, we could only see the roof of the house. Because to enter, one had to descend a longish flight of stairs. It was almost like making our way into a secret hideout.

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Offbeat Kochi with Ramada Resort Cochin

The rains had given us the slip for most of our time in Alleppey, but the day we chose to drive to Cochin, the skies turned grey and a light drizzle cloaked the landscape in mist. We had spent a wonderful two days at Ramada Alleppey and now it was time to enjoy a quintessential…

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Romancing the Punnamada backwaters with Ramada Alleppey

Ramada Alleppey is a hotel with a resort-like ambience, so you get your swimming pool, luxury Ayurvedic spa, stunning backwater views and leisure games at the price of a five star business hotel (upwards of Rs 5000 per night). We spent two nights here last month, where the days were windy and cloudy and yet, the Rain Gods spared us their unfettered wrath. It was the perfect weather to lie back and enjoy the gentle rhythm of the backwaters on a wooden houseboat.

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Ramada Bali Sunset Road Kuta: Accessible luxury

Kuta is more urbanised than Ubud or Sanur but its beaches are no less spectacular, it’s a good access point for the spectacular Tanah Lot Temple and luxurious Nusa Dua area and best of all, it lets you stay in a four start hotel for the price of a three star. Our stay at Ramada Bali Sunset Road Kuta, was made most memorable by a lovely dinner at the gourmet lobby restaurant, a sunset soak at the rooftop infinity pool and a couple spa session to soften the ache of a beautiful trip coming to an end.

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Maya Ubud, Bali: Wooded wonderland

Ubud was our second stop in Bali after Sanur, and so large and enticing was Maya Ubud that we changed our hectic travel plans and spent an entire day simply enjoying the various sights and pleasures the resort offered. Lined with traditional Balinese-style cottages that come with private gardens and pools as well as a serene golf course, gym and ethereal riverside spa, this resort is an extension of Ubud’s prime attractions.

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