Maya Sanur: Seaside elegance

Sanur is for water babies. Close to Ngurah Rai Airport and Kuta, this charming slice of the Balinese coast is all about sparkling blue beaches and lazing under the sun. Maya Sanur, with its endless lagoons and breezy seaside restaurant embodies all that the town stands for – perfect sunny cheer. We arrived early, well rested after a night at a nearby guesthouse. Our honeymoon was just beginning and we were as excited as a pair of puppies!

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Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon: Artful excellence

It’s proving particularly difficult for me to write about Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon. Frankly, the hotel has SO many redeeming qualities that I really don’t know where to begin. Should I start by describing its arty, renovated avatar with cutting edge interiors, a revolving art exhibition and a calming fountain outside the all-day restaurant that…

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Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport: Review

On my third visit to India’s regal capital city, I had the good fortune of staying at Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport, a four star hotel popular among frequent business travellers. While the spacious rooms and stellar service make this hotel an obvious choice for those wishing to stay near the airport, what truly…

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Barahi Jungle Lodge: Primeval Nepal

The verandah of my cottage at Barahi Jungle Lodge came with a pretty wooden chime that tinkled in the morning breeze and sent me rushing for pen and paper. I saw a jackal peek from between the bushes on one occasion and a bunch of local children enjoying boisterous games on another. Beyond the woods lay the Rapti River which is arguably the best part of the lodge. The ethereal boat rides in the morning fog and the dazzling sunsets unfolding over its shallow water will not be easily forgotten.

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Reclaim your childhood at Novotel Imagica Khopoli

I’ve always wondered why ‘playing’ with the aid of toys, or sometimes nothing at all, is only the purview of children. For adults, all ‘play’ is bound by rules, be it sports, video games or board games. Over a weekend at Novotel Imagica Khopoli, I realised two things – one, I was free to be…

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Club Mahindra Kandaghat: White-washed beauty

It was late evening by the time we reached Club Mahindra Kandaghat, a grand-looking garden resort complex protected by filigree gates. The temperature was around 11 degrees and the cold breeze made itself known to me despite my warm jacket. Club Mahindra Kandaghat is spread over what seems like a mountain in itself and there are many uphill climbs along storybook lanes to be had. We undertook one such mini journey in the dense darkness of the wintry night. Down in the lawns, the weather seemed even chillier. But our hearts warmed at the sight of the pretty private table nestled in a corner, covered with myriad delicacies like cookies, tarts, cakes and fruits.

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Ibis Styles Goa Calangute: Affordable, inimitable chic

In a seaside state-town that is dotted with shacks, villas, homestays and five-star hotels, Ibis Styles Goa Calangute comes as a breath of fresh air. It is a stylish yet affordable three-star resort in the heart of North Goa, mere minutes away from Tivai Beach and a short ride away from the famed Calangute and Baga Beaches. Designed in becoming hues of turquoise and purple, the hotel exudes exclusivity and all the salty, breezy pleasures of party-loving Goa. While the rooms are cosy but smallish, the swimming pools are lavish in size and design; and there are two of them.

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Peepal Kothi: Leaf-rimmed tranquillity

The evening waves a wand of coolness over Haryana. But even as the temperature goes down, the birdsong rises in volume. Seize the day they must, and in the last remaining minutes of light, their excited chatter and the intoxicating fragrance of freshly watered grass fills the air. Voices carry over long distances in this…

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The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal

The rugged abandon of a beach and the secret serenity of the backwaters come together in one of Kerala’s most exquisite resorts – The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal. Spread across a magnificent 26 acres on the Bekal coastline at Kasaragod, the resort is resplendent with lush coconut trees, vibrant birdsong and luxurious villas and suites with private Jacuzzis.

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Discovering Gholvad with Masters Paeridaeza

We have heard much about its Parsi heritage and chikoo orchards but Gholvad charms us from miles away, as we drive through mountain-flanked roads in the green, monsoon month of July. The cool and moist monsoon wind has already put us in a good mood and when we spot the lovely Masters Paridaeza, nestled among a dense cluster of trees, we’re certain that we’ll enjoy this homestay experience.

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Pench Tree Lodge: Where the Veranda Spoke

Pench Tree Lodge in Seoni is where the veranda seemed to have a voice. In the mornings, it sang of sunrises, birds, and a sky drunk on gold. During the day, it soaked my skin in mellow warmth. And at night, it came alive with the whispers of secret night creatures.

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The Resort: An escape within the city

The Resort on Madh-Marve Road is located right next to the beautiful Aksa Beach on Madh Island and is one of the few recreational resorts within the city limits of Mumbai. This luxury five-star resort is crafted for romantic escapades, family getaways and corporate outings. Given that you only need a weekend to experience the serenity of The Resort, it makes for an ideal mini trip to recharge your batteries.

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