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14 Indian Destinations on my to-explore list!

I love India! I’ve fallen in love with every Indian destination I’ve visited so far. Not many, but enough to make me fall in love with my country.

Like any other traveller, I also have an extremely vast to-explore list. It’s so vast, that I fear I won’t tick off every destination. Anyhow, along with the frenzy international destinations, my list also has amazing Indian places the traveller in my craves to visit. Because, I still remember the vast tea gardens in Darjeeling, the sunflower fields in Punjab, and the gorgeous snow in Kashmir. This assure me there’s more to what’s been shared about India, there’s more than what meets their eyes!

And thus, I’ve this exclusive list of destinations I want to visit in India. Read on to know why their significance on making to the list-

 

Lachen

 

Indian Destinations - Lachen, Sikkim

The simple, and serene beauty of this place is why I crave to visit Lachen the most. I have this intuition that I will either fall in love with Lachen, or fall in love with life on my visit to this heavenly place. You know what I mean?

 

Leh-Ladakh

 

Indian Destinations - Leh ladakh

I have to go here! I envy people who have been to Leh Ladakh. I listen to their Leh stories like a 2 year old excited about her first story! I’m damn sure the snow laden mountains, crystal clear water, and the fresh cold wind at Leh Ladakh will put all my life’s puzzle back together.

 

Kerala

 

Indian Destinations - Kerala

Because what is prettier than tall coconut trees, boats and backwaters? (Snow, but never mind :P) There is a reason why Kerala’s called ‘God’s own country’, and nothing speaks better than experience. Get it?

 

Madhya Pradesh

 

Indian Destinations - Madhya Pradesh

Safari. No other reason. I want to go on Kanha Safari so bad!

 

Himalayas

 

Indian Destinations - Himalayas

A girl loves mountains. A girl loves snow laden mountains more!

 

Dalhousie

 

Indian Destinations - Dalhousie

Dalhousie is pretty well known for its pleasant climate, and natural beauty. I don’t see any reason to not visit this beautiful indian destination. I could settle down here…for like a month. :)

 

Jaipur

 

Indian Destinations - Jaipur

For all the alluring forts, and to discover why is it called the pink city. Do you know why?

 

Shimla

 

Indian Destinations - Shimla

I wanna visit everywhere it snows, and I cannot imagine skipping Shimla. Plus, I really really want to travel in that train reading my favourite series – Harry Potter. Because, what is life if not a little bit filmy?

 

Darjeeling

 

Indian Destinations - Darjeeling

Oh my! I have been to Darjeeling before, and such pleasant memories this place has to offer. I could visit this indian destination every other year just to bring some love and freshness right back in my life. I absolutely, irrevocably love Darjeeling.

 

Pondicherry

 

Indian Destinations - Pondicherry

This indian destination is on my list for I can imagine me and my sisters fooling around the beaches, gossiping, and enjoying our love-hate relationship to its best. So, yeah for a quick getaway with my sisters!

 

Munnar

 

Indian Destinations - Munnar

I really want to take a solo trip in life, and I want to go nowhere but Munnar. I want to sit on top of a hill and just ponder over life, and being alive in general. No extraordinary dreams.

 

Nainital

 

Indian Destinations - Nainital

Because look at it. Doesn’t it look like the perfect place for a picnic. Told you, no extraordinary dreams. Just the regular human-y dreams.

 

Shillong

 

Indian Destinations - Shillong

See the 3 kids in the pic? Well, I would love for them to be me, my brother, and my sister! Just being our silly selfs in Shillong will be one hell of a memory to share with our respective kids later in our life. Okay, too much na?

 

Rishikesh

 

Indian Destinations - Rishikesh

I’ve high expectations from Rishikesh. I want it to show me who I am. Too much to ask? I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

 

So, this is my to-explore list in India, hoping to cross off 1-2 destinations this year. There’s more to this list, but for now these Indian destinations are on priority.

What’s your travel plan for 2017, and the absolute silly reason behind it? Do keep us posted!

Love & happiness…always!

FI

16 Motorcycle Tours in India Every Biker Must Explore!

Motorcycle tours in India, because the thrill of maneuvering your bike through difficult terrains is second to none!

If you are a biker who loves the idea of experimenting with different routes, then Motorcycle tours in India are for you! India is home to some of the most difficult trails and ranges that make for fulfilling bike rides.

Any biker would swear by these 16 routes for motorcycle tours in India!

Steeped in natural beauty, the trails test the biker’s endurance. The bikers are overwhelmed with joy on reaching the destinations after taking these challenging routes.

Are you a travel enthusiast, looking for a bike tour in India? Then, look no further! We have collated 16 of the most fascinating routes in India that every biker must explore once in their life.

Let’s feed your bike some adventure!

1. Manali-Leh Ladakh

 

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Manali – Leh Ladakh is not a route meant for the faint hearted. This route is considered to be one of the most difficult routes to ride on. This trip calls for a minimum of 15 days, as you just can’t rush through this route. You will find this ride to be magical, thanks to the extraordinary view offered by the snow clad mountains. the beautiful valleys and nature wrapped in the blanket of clouds.

 

2. Shimla – Spiti Valley

 

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The natural and awe inspiring beauty that one witnesses on the route is absolutely breathtaking. Riding on the Hindustan-Tibet highway the adrenaline rush you get is beyond compare. With apricot and apple orchards of Kinnaur valley and Satluj River to keep you company on the way, ride to Spiti Valley gives every rider the correct dose of adventure and excitement. Thus, Shimla to Spiti Valley is one of the most beautiful motorcycle tours in India!

 

3. Bangalore- Kannaur

 

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Exhilarating is the word that best describes this journey! Leave the madness and chaos of the city behind and enter the lap of nature in a matter of few hours. Bikers love this route for the spectacular views and the hassle free rides alongside the exhilarating nature.

The best part is that this scenic biking trail is home to several scenic lakes. These lakes make a beautiful pit stop for you to sojourn amid your bike tour!

 

4. Siliguri-Yuksom

 

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Be it any season, riding through Darjeeling and Sikkim is always fun!

Apart from the beautiful valleys that you pass, this route also offers glimpse of the mighty mountain range of Himalayas. You also get to peek at the gorgeous Kanchenjunga while you are on the adventurous bike tour. Ride through the colourful markets of Kalimpong, and don’t forget to treat the foodie in you. All in all you get several opportunities on this route to explore the untouched beauty of North India.

 

5. Bhalukpong-Tawang

 

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Another beauty and another adventure await you on the rather difficult route of Bhalukpong to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

Stop along several villages on the way and soak in their amazing culture. The sight of lush green mountains and deep valleys is beyond spectacular. Avoid the colder months of December to February as it can get difficult for you to ride while ice cold winds hit you on the face.

 

6. Barmer-Bikaner

 

Brmer-bikaner

 

Riding through this dessert route can be challenging, but there’s no challenge a biker can’t overcome! The endless stretches of sand can tire you a bit but it is not every day that you get to ride through the majestic Thar Dessert. The minimal traffic on the roads makes it for a dream ride and can actually make you feel like a royalty.    

 

7. Guwahati-Khasi Hills

 

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This one can get quite daunting what with the damp and wet roads to keep on alert. Once you have made it past Shillong up till Khasi Hill, the sight of the lush green landscape and exquisite mountain range will enthrall you. The wondrous waterfalls and living root bridges you cross on the way make for an awesome stopover for photo-ops.

 

8. Mumbai-Trivandrum

 

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You will pass through the beaches of Goa, and the tourist-friendly Cochin and Alleppey among others. The breathtaking views of the coastal area will give you a fun and vibrant view of western India. Moreover, whenever you feel tired just pull over and walk on to the countless beaches you’ll pass through to relax and lounge.

 

9. Delhi-Mandawa

 

Delhi-to-Mandawa

 

The cultural richness of the place combined with the forts and palaces one comes across on the way adds to the charm of riding through this route. Pass through the historic cities of Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur and Pushkar and indulge the tourist in you by stopping over and checking out the beautiful monuments these places are home to.

 

10. Chennai – Pondicherry

 

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You can enjoy the magnificent views of the beaches of Southern India while on a Motorcycle tour on this route. The East Coast Road is a smooth one, and thus, makes for a fun riding. You can stop at Mahaballipuram on the way, to soak in a bit of history. For the foodies this place is like a treat as the food they serve here is lip-smacking!      

 

11. Rann of Kutch

 

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A ride through the white salt desert of Rann of Kutch on a full moon night is a vision every biker dreams of!

Push your bike to the limits of its speed while soaking in the surreal sight of this white dessert. Start from Surendranagar through Dhrangadhra and reach in time for the Rann of Kutch dessert festival that starts from mid November and extends till end of February.

 

12. Mumbai – Goa

 

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Surreal is the word to describe this route. The roads are clean, smooth, and make for an easy ride all the way to Goa.

The picturesque beauty of the coastal area adds to the charm and the several green stretches that you encounter on the way acts like a cherry on the cake. This is one fun adventurous ride you can plan anytime of the year and we assure you that it will not disappoint you ever!

 

13. Pollachi-Chalakudy

 

Pollachi-–-Chalakudy

 

This one is another of those absolutely gorgeous road trips down South for motorcycle tours in India. It takes you all the way from Tamil Nadu to Kerala, and the route is marked with scenes of lush valleys and greenery all around. The best part about riding through this forest area is that the ride makes for a cool one especially through the area of Valparai all the way to Athirapally.

 

14. Old Silk Route

 

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This route connects Lhasa in Tibet to India through the Jelep La Pass in Sikkim. The ride provides spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the beautiful landscape in the vicinity. You can start your journey from Gangtok in Sikkim and go up to the Nathang Valley.

On the way you can stopover at the splendid Menmecho Lake, Mandakini Waterfall, and view the entire winding route from Thambi View Point. Seasons to avoid are from January to April when the roads are covered with snow, and it becomes nearly impossible to maneuver the bike on such a terrain. Thus, this route is considered for some challenging motorcycle tours in India.                                 

 

15. Puri-Konark

 

Konark-to-Puri-road

 

It can’t get anymore spectacular than this! The cool wind brushing past your face, the trees on either side of the road to shade you from the sun, acres and acres of farm lands, and some interesting small villages on the way, makes this journey absolutely mesmerizing. Enough for you to come back for it again!

 

16. Pamban Bridge (Rameshwaram)

 

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Opened in 1914, it was India’s first sea bridge. Pamban Bridge was also the longest sea bridge in the country till 2010.

This cantilever bridge connects Pamban on Rameswaram Island to Tamil Nadu. This is one of the must motorcycle tours in India for every bikers bucket list. The spectacular view of the deep blue ocean is a sight to behold. A ride on this amazing bridge makes for an once-in-a-lifetime adventure that no biker should ever miss!

 

So, where do you think will your next adventure be? Don’t forget to keep us posted!
Safe Travels!

Vivanta by Taj, Fisherman’s Cove, Covelong

23 Beach Resorts in India with Spectacular Views!

Waking up to the sight of an amazing waterfront is the stuff dreams are made of.

These 23 utterly fabulous beach resorts in India (and hotels) are making the dreams of every traveler come true!

A perfect blend of exotic and serene, these luxury beach resorts offer breathtaking views that are bound to leave you mesmerized for life.

Visit one of these unbelievably beautiful and romantic resorts in India to experience the joy of sipping your morning coffee while enjoying the spectacular view of the sparkling turquoise sea water below, clear azure sky on top, the sound of roaring waves hitting the shores and the sun seeping into your room through the window.

Now if this doesn’t sweep you off your feet, we bet nothing will!

Did this sound interesting enough? Then, dive in to find eye catchy, marvellous resorts for your next adventure-

1. The Leela Kovalam, Kerala

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

With a cliff-top setting overlooking the pristine blue sea, The Leela Kovalam, is re-defining opulence like no other.

Among India’s top luxury beach resorts, the place offers world-class amenities like palatial accommodation, mouthwatering cuisine and seamless service apart from the breathtaking views that one can enjoy right from the luxury of their room.

A short distance from the Trivandrum airport, The Leela has the perfect setting and ambience that will make your heart skip a beat each time you’ll visit the place with your loved ones.

 

2. Grand Hyatt, Goa

 Beach Resorts In India

 

This beautiful looking, marvel of luxury, is located centrally between the North and South Goa!

Overlooking the stunning waters of Bambolim Bay, Grand Hyatt, Goa, is spread across 28 acres of lush green land and offer guests ample opportunities to relax and unwind while enjoying the warmth and hospitality that the hotel takes pride in.

From savouring delectable variety of food to enjoying a fashionable night out at one of the hotel’s many nightlife lounges, Grand Hyatt, Goa, offers an unforgettable experience.

Among the best beach resorts in Goa, the place is complemented by the largest banquet facility in the region, which makes it an ideal destination for wedding, conference or any other private event.

 

3. JW Marriott, Mumbai

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

This is where elegance meets modernity.  Boasting an unparalleled location overlooking the majestic Arabian Sea, JW Marriott is setting new standards in luxury, sophistication, service and experience.

Owing to its Michelin rated Arola Restaurant & Bar and award winning Quan Span, the hotel has become the new face of style and extravagance in the city.

When here, one can choose to relax in many of its beautifully designed beach view rooms & suites or enjoy world-class facilities like a well-equipped gymnasium, outdoor infinity and saltwater pool and a full service spa among others.

 

4. The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Pondicherry

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Dreamy setting, elegant rooms and quiet surroundings best describes the beauty of this place.

Spread across 35 acres of untouched nature by the beach, the Dune is an eco-friendly village that provides a unique blend of modern and traditional architecture.

Designed with the purpose of laying emphasis on the harmony of mind, soul, and nature, the place offers an exclusive holiday experience that is hard to find anywhere else.

The organic gourmet food, the range of Ayurvedic treatments, yoga & meditation classes and other alternative therapies including Watsu that the place specializes in makes it a one-of-its-kind luxury beach resorts in India.

 

5. Ozran Heights Beach Resort, North Goa

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

There is something mesmerizing about this place!

Exclusively located at the Ozran Beach in North Goa, it is among the most scenic beach resorts in India.

Frequented by both foreigners and Indians, the warm hospitality of the place will permeate your heart and you would never want to leave the place.

This is an ideal place to refresh and rejuvenate your body and soul, the Ozran Heights Beach Resort is an abode of peace, elegance and luxury, all under one roof.

 

6. Holiday Resort, Puri (Orissa)

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Among the premium hotels in the area, Holiday Resort offers an impressive combination of wonderful location, majestic view of the sea, cutting-edge facilities and luxurious rooms among others. The sheer magnificence of the place lies in the sense of openness and romanticism its setting offers.

Sit and laze around while enjoying the fascinating greenery all around or even better the sea waves washing past the shore.

The place has luxury and beauty written all over it and a visit here will surely leave you wanting more of this absolutely stunning and peaceful resort.

 

7. The Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Towering over Marine Drive, this landmark hotel is among the most sort after luxury hotels in the country.

Offering expansive suites and unparalleled view of the elegant Queen’s Necklace, The Oberoi is epitome of everything sophisticated, luxurious and stylish one can ask for during a holiday. This is a perfect place to visit with your loved ones.

Moreover, an experience at The Oberoi is bound to leave you hypnotized!

 

8. Taj Exotic, Goa

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

The Mediterranean style luxury beach resort is spread across 56 acres of lush garden and has 700 meters of dedicated beach frontage.

The tropical-inspired design of the hotel boasts of sun-drenched atrium, wide shady corridors and flower lined patios. You can have the time of your life by staying in any of their 140 spacious deluxe and luxury rooms and villas including two Presidential Villas with an attached plunge pool and overlooking the beautiful Arabian Sea.

A must visit place, indeed!

Taj Exotica, Goa is the hotel for you, if you crave for romantic walks, enchanting views and everything in between.

 

9. Vivanta by Taj, Bekal (Kerala)

Beach Resorts In India

 

Explore some of the most beautiful pleasures and experiences life has to offer at this gem of a place.

This place offers you everything you need. From stylish villas to individual courtyard spaces and from private plunge pools to the well maintained manicured lawns and exotic gardens.

Vivanta by Taj can very well be described as Kerala’s best kept secrets.

The 71 stylish rooms and villas with Kettuvallam house boat motifs woven in Balinese design offers an incredible view of the lush landscape, the backwaters, the beach and the sand beyond.

Magical indeed!

 

10. Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Vast expanse of the sparkling sea, rare variety of flora and fauna, serene surroundings, clear blue, the rainforest are some of the things that makes staying at the Sinclairs Bay View an unique experience.

When you are not in a mood to enjoy any of these rare sights, simply dine at the hotel’s alfresco restaurants offering an array of scrumptious variety to choose from while enjoying the sunset by the Bay of Bengal.

This is what dreams are made of, isn’t it?

 

11. The Leela Palace, Chennai

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Elegance thy name is The Leela, Chennai!

Drawing inspiration from the Chettinad Dynasty, the hotel’s architecture exudes royal opulence. The first and the only seafront luxury five-star hotel in the Chennai,

The Leela Palace is equipped with world-class amenities and elegantly designed rooms to make your stay into a truly unforgettable experience.

 

12. Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, Gopalpur

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Enjoy the quietness of Gopalpur beach by staying t the luxurious Mayfair Palm Beach Resort. The bewitching beauty of the resort has been enticing tourist for years now and it serves as an ideal place for lovers and honeymooners.

The languorous sea and the clean and serene environment add to the charm of the place.

Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, Mayfair Palm Beach Resorts in Goplapur is a heritage property that offer tourists with an unforgettable holiday experience.

 

13. Hotel Sea Face, Kovalam

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Warm white sand, plenty of sunshine, undulating coconut trees and clear blue water of the Arabian Sea are some of the things that welcome you as soon as you set foot in this stunning property.

Situated right across Hava Beach in Kovalam, Hotel Sea Face is among the stellar properties in the area.

Complete with luxury cottages and villas and ample activities for tourists to make the most of their stay, the charming ambience of the place is sure to make you come for this place again and again. 

 

14. Marbela Beach Resort, Morjim (Goa)

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Offering a great combination of style, comfort and local flavors, Marbela Beach Resort in Goa is among one of the best luxury beach resorts in the country.

This resort wonderfully captures and celebrates the beauty, architectural history, the spirit and the revelry Goa is most famous for.

Surrounded by the simple pleasures of stunning sea waterfront, privacy and beauty, the place attracts a very loyal clientele of chic and well-known people. A highly recommended place, Marbela Beach Resort is a perfect place to let your hair down and have fun!

15. Zuri White Sands Resort, Goa

Beach Resorts In India

White sand, serene blue sea, lush meandering pathways; the Zuri White Sands Resort in Goa is a reflection of everything that Goa is known for.

An award winning five star luxury beach resorts, Zuri White Sands stands on the picturesque white sand beaches of Varca. Spread across 38 acres, the resort boasts of stunning views of the cerulean water, Goan style luxury rooms and lip smacking authentic Goan and international cuisine.

So, if you are planning a getaway with your loved ones this weekend, Zuri White Sands Resort is the place to be in.

 

16. Paradise Isle Beach Resort, Karnataka

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Waking up to the sound of sea waves and a fantastic view of the sparkling sea water is a norm at Paradise Isle Beach Resort.

As the name suggests, the place is a paradise of lush green landscape, gorgeous views of the sunrise and sunset, playful ocean which is perfect for swimmers and relaxed surroundings.

The first and the only luxury beach resort in Karnataka, Paradise Isle Beach Resort is nestled among four to five islands and so a paradise of sorts for pleasure seekers and connoisseurs of beauty.

 

17. Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort, Mahabalipuram

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Spanning 44 acres over the tropical and scenic land of the Bay of Bengal, Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort is nothing short of a wonderland.

Ideal for memorable holidays, the hotel is equipped with all the modern amenities that cater perfectly to the needs of today’s discerning travelers.

Take a dip in the hotel’s infinity pool or refresh yourself at its 27,000 square-foot gigantic pool; either way you are bound to feel rejuvenated at the end of your trip.

 

18. Turtle on the Beach, Kovlam (Kerala)

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

A boutique hotel, Turtle on the Beach is the perfect blend of modern aesthetics and warm hospitality. A truly luxurious five-star property, Turtle on the Beach offers stunning views of the tropical gardens overlooking the Hawa Beach.

A popular place among travelers to Kovalam, the property is an ideal place for you to relax at as it is far from the maddening crowd of the city and offers you ample opportunities to spend some lone time while enjoying the beauty of your surroundings.

 

19. Cherai Beach Resort, Kochi (Kerala)

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Among the best resorts in Kerala. One can get to stay by the beach!

Cherai Beach Resort in Kochi offers views and amenities to make the each day of your stay worthwhile.

You could boat your way into the glorious backwaters of Kerala, and live your life to the fullest! This could actually be the best honeymoon destination in India, considering the serenity it’s surrounded with!

 

20. Bangaram Island Resort, Lakshadweep

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

To enjoy the nature at its best, a visit to Bangaram Island Resort in Lakshadweep is a must.

The resort is a treasure trove of beauty and at every step you are sure to discover something stunning. The pristine water of the sea, the warm silver sand, coral reefs and a stretching canopy of palms; makes this place a jewel among resorts on the island.

From swimming in the warm sea water to scuba diving to kayaking, one can enjoy plenty of water sports here. No matter what you do, the place will create the illusion of you being the sole person in the vicinity owing to the tranquil setting.

Ah, complete bliss!

 

21. Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort, Havelock Island

(Andaman & Nicobar Island)

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Offering a breathtaking view of the unspoiled and absolutely stunning beaches of Andaman, Eco Villa Pal Beach Resort is your perfect getaway if you seek solace in the grip of Mother Nature.

Because the area is sparsely populated there is a possibility that you can discover some pristine region as you embark on a nature walk in the nearby areas.

The surroundings are quiet, and thus, you can enjoy the most stunning views of the nature in the morning from any of the cottages on the property.

 

22. Agatti Island Resort, Lakshadweep

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Most of the beaches and islands in Lakshadweep fall under the unexplored category and this is what makes staying at the Agatti Island Resort an absolutely enchanting and mesmerizing experience.

The water here is in the shades of turquoise blue, green and even white at some places. The beach resort is surrounded by a stunning spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, lush green coconut palm trees and blue lagoons.

An artistically conceived resort, the places merges with the environment it is surrounded by to give its guests a magical and delightful experience.

 

23. Beach Resorts In India Vivanta by Taj, Fisherman’s Cove

 

Beach Resorts In India

 

Commonly called as the Fisherman’s Cove, Vivanta by Taj is among the best and most luxurious beach facing hotels in the country.

Built on the ramparts of an old Dutch Fort, the hotel offers the most stunning and charming views of the Bay of Bengal.

The hotel staff is hospitable and makes every possible effort to make the stay for the guests an unforgettable experience. Pampering the guests by offering the service of a semi-private beach where you can sit and relax in the company of nature while enjoying a spa treatment or an exotic meal specially prepared by the well-trained chefs of the hotel.

It can’t get more romantic than this!

 

So which among these is your pick? Do write to us in the comments below.

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