15 City/Weekend Getaways that are great Wedding Hot-spots too
If you’re looking to tie the knot away from the city’s hustle and bustle, here are some interesting options for you.
1. Atmantan Wellness Centre, Pune
A short drive out of Mumbai or Pune, this gorgeous spa is nestled in the valley protected by the beautiful Sahyadri mountains with views of the crystalline blue of the Munshi Lake sparkling. Atmantan Wellness Centre integrates traditional Indian healing practices with international therapies and modern fitness techniques that all translate into holistic healing of the mind, body and soul. A relaxing spa getaway, deep in the heart of nature, you can be sure Atmantan Wellness Centre has something for both the glowing bride and discerning groom and their guests not just during an intimate wedding, but to revitalize them after.
2. Taj Gateway Resort Damdama Lake, Gurgaon
Derived from the existing landscape, Taj Gateway Resort Damdama Lake Gurgaon welcomes you to a nature inspired sanctuary for the urban nomad. Located just 45 km from IGI Airport Delhi, on a sprawling 20 acres of land in the bosom of the Aravalli hills, near Damdama Lake. This enchanting lake is a well-known weekend getaway for leisure seekers from Delhi, Noida and Faridabad. A perfect destination for an intimate wedding where you can pamper your loved ones with the best of luxury. Recharge your mind with a brisk walk through acres of lush greenery, listening to a symphony conducted by birds. Soak in the crystal waters of their pool or get active with extreme adventure sports facilities in the resort and beyond, or indulge in a morning of golf with their mini-putting greens.
3. InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort blends world-class luxury with a renascent Coromandel style, located in Covelong within close proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mahabalipuram. Stylish hospitality meets contemporary comforts and conveniences in a 21st Century setting – a synchrony that echoes proudly along the many pillared hallways and corridors of the Resort. From the moment you and your loved ones arrive, you’ll be pampered by the InterContinental’s unobtrusive service and unparalleled amenities. The resort has a playground and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a sumptuous meal at the restaurant.
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4. Raichak on Ganges, Kolkata
Only 90 minutes from Kolkata, the proximate antidote to the stress of the madding crowd. Raichak on Ganges is different things to different people. A quality weekend getaway, relaxed business conferencing destination or a hub for destination weddings. Here, you can rendezvous with the glorious past while submerged in fine modern luxury. The magnificent citadel overlooking the river is the perfect hideout for stressed souls. Surrounded by nature, in the lap of lavish comfort, the Raichak on Ganges is indeed the experience of a lifetime! The Superior Rooms and the Presidential Suites offer comfort and warmth for a pleasurable stay with a breathtaking view of the most holy river in India.
5. ITC Grand Bharat, Gurgaon
Located amidst the ancient Aravalis, ITC Grand Bharat is just 37 km away from India’s capital city. Envisaged as a tribute to the glory of India this retreat is set in a verdant 1.2 sq.km estate, the mosaic of luxury experiences are encompassed through the 4 Presidential Villas, 100 suites, a stand-out, 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, elaborate culinary experiences, conferencing facilities and extensive spa, recreation and wellness services. With golf and spa as its key offerings, the retreat boasts of a one-of-its-kind ‘Golf Academy’ for budding golfers and ITC’s internationally acclaimed indigenous spa brand, Kaya Kalp covering 3251 sq. m with nine therapy rooms, including a couple suite, perfect for the newly married couples. The ITC Grand Bharat combines grandeur with intimacy, making it an ideal choice for your dream nuptials in this grand property.
6. Vivanta by Taj- Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai
Built on the ramparts of an Old Dutch fort, Vivanta by Taj– Fisherman’s Cove in Mahabalipuram offers 5-star luxury by Chennai’s coast. Just an hour’s drive from Chennai’s airport it is perfect for those who don’t want to travel far and celebrate the nuptials in the temple town of Mamallapuram. The paradise of choice for sun worshipers and water babies, the Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove marks the spot where the Bay of Bengal is at its serene and undisturbed best. The resort is home to European and Scandinavian style architecture and its kitchens send out the finest fare from the region and beyond. What’s more, a host of unique Vivanta Motifs also await you. For spirited mariners there’s champagne on the deck of a leisurely Catamaran Cruise, a day out fishing at high seas or a peek into the Olive Ridley Turtle Conservation project on premises. For the romantics, a moonlit dinner by the beach or an alternative dining experience at spectacular locales like the Watch Tower, the Upper Deck and the Bay View Point. And if all that activity invites a bit of fatigue, there’s no better remedy than a day of rejuvenation at the Jiva Spa for the wedding couple or their guests.
7. Novotel Imagica Khopoli
Novotel Imagica Khopoli is set amidst the scenic mountains of Khopoli, and offers elegantly designed stylish rooms, premium meeting room facilities, all day dining options, a swimming pool, gymnasium, and easy access to both the Parks. A perfect wedding destination near Mumbai and Pune. Spread across over 300 acres Hotel with theme park attractions, thrill rides and something for kids and adults alike, Imagica Theme Park is a fun-filled dream world and Imagica Water Park, the Mykonos themed water park has been buzzing as a day-party destination. A new addition, Novotel Imagica, adds to the charm of a fairytale holiday, offering world-class accommodation and services.
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8. Neemrana Fort Palace, Neemrana, Rajasthan
Most heritage resorts around Delhi have a wealth of historical treasures and architectural beauty. However, Neemrana, built in the 15th century, is not one of the most popular resorts for nothing. With seven palace wings built over 14 layers, tiered into a hill across 6 acres of gardens, this palace-fort is unique and beyond breathtaking. A short drive from the national capital, Neemrana Fort Palace features hanging gardens, two pools, an Ayurvedic spa and India’s first zip-line. Now add to that the luxury of 72 rooms and suites and you have the ability to make your wedding guests an offer they will not refuse. Invent your own past, present and future at this dream site.
9. Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, Alibaug
With manicured landscapes and sparkling pools tastefully arranged in a peaceful resort setting, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa – Alibaug, India offers a lavish retreat just 110 kilometers from Mumbai. By providing on-site amenities like a full-service spa and a charming library in a coastal setting near Varsoli Beach, they can tailor their services for guests on the go, as well as those looking for a restful retreat during the wedding celebration. Their commitment to providing a stress-free experience can be seen in the 156 rooms, suites and villas, each featuring a gorgeous private garden or balcony. You can share a fine dining experience in their two restaurants and three bars or host your memorable celebrations in their stylish, modern 5,000-square-foot event space.
10. Angsana Oasis Spa and Resort, Bangalore
Angsana Oasis Spa & Resort is located in Yelahanka, just 24.1 km from Bangalore. Tucked away amid the charming city of Bangalore, the Resort is positioned on main Doddaballapur Road. There is a conference room where wedding parties are being held and easily more than 200 people can be accommodated. Moreover, a pool-side seafood restaurant makes up the excellent dining option for the guests. The hotel is nestled in proximity to the must see places of the city like Hesaraghatta Lake, Avalahalli State Forest, Yelahanka Kere and Puttanahalli Lake. Having gymnasium and yoga room which help you relax and de-stress during the grand celebrations, Angsana Oasis Spa and Resort makes certain that you have a blissful time as long as you stay here.
11. Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa, Shillim
Only a 1.5-hour drive from Pune and just under a 3-hour drive from Mumbai, the hotel is nestled in the Sahyadri mountain range, a 5-minute walk from the small village of Shillim. Select from a valley, hill or forest view or a villa with a private pool. All of their villas feature spa treatment space. Share a table and the view with your loved ones at their seven enticing restaurants and bars or, when reserving their Dining Prive event, you can be in the view, enjoying locally sourced ingredients by the lake. Pamper and engage all of your guests with the resorts activities. They offer aqua aerobics and swimming exercise. Explore the area on a bike or a horse, watching birds or simply trekking through the forest.
12. Karma Lakelands, Gurgaon
Situated amongst luxury living options and a boutique golf course, is not just a beautiful event destination to celebrate ‘special moments’ but also offers indoor and outdoor amenities like; Bar, Spa, Gym, Squash, Tennis – Badminton courts, etc. With banquet hall and gardens adjoining the pool & golf course, Karma Lakelands is an ideal location for all your wedding functions. Set amidst Nature’s bounty, each Villa offers breathtaking views and is replete with modern luxury. Here, you’ll wake up to the singing of birds, find wildflowers outside your window and get a glimpse of eco-responsible living, in the lap of unmatched comfort.
13. Vivanta by Taj- Malabar, Cochin
Historians will tell you that Kochi is a modified form of the word ‘Cochazhi’ which in Malayalam means ‘small sea’. Some will insist that ‘Kochi’ was named so by traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan. Others will have you believe that Kochi is derived from the word ‘Kaci’ meaning ‘harbour’. There is however a new name which adds a fresh vibrancy to this historical location. Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, Vivanta by Taj – Malabar is a fine balance between yesterday and tomorrow. The lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. This arrival zone sets the tone for guestrooms and banquet facilities that deliver the ultimate in urban relaxation. The heritage wing, built in 1935, has graceful Victorian interiors that aptly reflect the inherent beauty of Cochin. And the tower wing houses newly renovated guestroom suites, each a delicate mix of the classic with the contemporary. Enjoy the celebrations at the venue, considered to be one of best business and conferencing destinations in South India.
14. Taj Madikeri Resort and Spa, Coorg
Perched 4000 feet above sea level in the midst of a 180-acre rainforest is the Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg. Enjoy the warmth and relaxation of traditional Kodagu architecture – the gentle sloping of roofs, tall pillars – all the rooms opening into a central courtyard. There are also enchanting entrances that give you stunning views of the stars and the sky. Romantic dinners around the property are also on the menu. Suites are built to accommodate nature so expect great views everywhere. Their temperature controlled Infinity pool will tempt you to take the plunge in any climate. And their large Jiva spa has rainforest views from every room. Whatever’s on your list for the grand celebration – you’ll find a great fit at Taj, Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg.
15. Della Adventure Park, Lonavala
For those who are seeking an adventurous trip near Mumbai, Della Adventure lets you enjoy an absolutely thrilling time with a bunch of your friends or family. Cloud-hugs, picturesque landscapes, and exciting activities – carry memories of a lifetime by visiting Della Adventure. Della Adventure Park in Lonavala is one of the best weekend getaways near Mumbai and Pune, it has everything to keep you excited with its various adventure activities. Apart from adventure activities, Della also has staying facilities with Resort and Banquets, Board Room and Training Room Facilities. They offer a choice of 5 multi-cuisine restaurants which include Cafe 24, PNF Restaurant & Bar, Creme Della, Parsi Dhaba and Sports Bar. It offers 163 luxury rooms and signature villas amidst the scenic hills of Lonavala.
This article was first posted on October 14, 2014 and updated on December 22, 2017.