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Five great places to renew your marriage vows

By Bhavna Kohli

Many couples want to celebrate and reaffirm their love and commitment to one another by renewing their marriage vows.  Here’s a guide to the Top five places to renew your marriage vows.

Taj Tashi Thimpu – Bhutan
Located in the capital city of Thimpu, Taj Tashi is the ideal base from which to explore the tiny kingdom’s culture, monasteries, street festivals and scenery.  In keeping with the enchanting surrounds, the hotel is a blend of Bhutan’s Dzong architecture and modern design.

The expansive, elegant & luxurious 66 guest rooms are adorned with swirls of hand-painted murals of clouds.  Choose to stay in one of the Suites and you can enjoy an unrivalled experience that includes distinctive canopy beds, walk-in closets, home theatre systems, standalone Christina bathtubs and a stunning view of the valley.

The Taj Tashi offers a delightful culinary experience that combines the best of Bhutanese with Tibetan & European cuisines.  Each of the hotel’s four restaurants is designed to a theme that elaborates on a different aspect of Bhutan’s vibrant Mahayana Buddhist culture.

Spend your days in a serene fashion – gaze at the mesmerising prayer wheels through the hotel’s panoramic windows, make short but rewarding forays into the vibrant local markets, or find yet more ways to relax with a special ‘Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath’ at the Jiva Spa.

Vivanta by Taj – Bekal, Kerala
Nestled in the midst of a rustic environment, Taj Bekal is located on the meandering Kerala backwaters and Kappil River, in a stimulating, natural environment with easy access to the beach.

Spread across 26 acres, the resort is secluded and romantic, amidst the charm and lush beauty of Kerala, and seeks to recreate the quintessential Kerala experience with a refreshing, inspired touch. The 71 stylish villas and rooms are inspired by the Kettuvallam house boats that are unique to this region. The luxurious rooms, some of them with plunge pools, offer a private retreat amidst lush surroundings. The rooms also offer a private courtyard, an outdoor dining area, rain shower and a soak tub.

With the sea and backwaters as a backdrop, you can enjoy the imaginative cuisine and an undeniably happening ambience. In keeping with the Vivanta promise of unexpected surprises and charming ‘Vivanta Motif’ experiences, this beach side resort offers signature must-dos that will linger for a lifetime. If you can think of it, the team at Bekal can make it iconic.

Vivanta by Taj – Dal View, Srinagar
Perched on Kralsangri hill that captures the finest panoramic view of the Dal Lake and surrounded by the majesty of the Zabarwan Mountains, it is a Paradise rediscovered. The view is stunning and changes with the seasons: Get a bird’s eye view of the spring-summer magical bloom of the Tulip Gardens, the snow-capped peaks of the Zabarwan range in winter, Gulmarg range in spring and the golden glow of the Chinars in autumn.
Spread across 6 acres, the property offers 82 spacious rooms and suites. All laid out with a variety of comforts in contemporary style with fancy flourishes of traditional Kashmiri design. Accented in copper, local timber carvings and warm earthy colours, the resort evokes the spirit and ethos of the valley. The vibrant reception leads seamlessly to a tea lounge, where you can unwind in the company of speciality coffees and the famed Kashmiri herbal tea Kehwa.
The indoor and outdoor venues are a treat for the senses and offer a plethora of unique dining experiences. Enjoy a romantic evening retreat for two or for a private celebration with the Wazwan experience, breakfast in the centre of the Dal Lake or at a private dining set up at the infinity pool. Best on a moonlit night!

Vivanta By Taj – Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai
The resort is built on the ramparts of a Dutch fort and is almost one with the Bay of Bengal. With its charm and individual character the resort is an idyllic setting for a seaside renewal of wedding vows.

Like all the Vivanta By Taj properties the renewed villas and rooms are a delight to stay in, but what sets this resort apart are the delightful and detailed theme options for weddings and celebrations. Apart from the grand Indian traditional setup, you can choose from a South Indian fare, a Beach Contemporary setup, a Romantic wedding, a Pure Elegant White theme or a Floral Fantasy. Each of these has been created with painstaking details. My favourite- the Romantic wedding theme: a heady mix of the beach with beautiful moonlit waters, flowers, fabric and soft lazy music makes you want to fall in love again and again and again…

Savoy Hotel – Ooty
Ensconced high on a rising hill, the Savoy Hotel sprawls over six acres of landscaped gardens, offering colonial style cottages that were built in the 19th century. Colorful flowerbeds merge to form a multi-coloured quilt around the cottages, adding to their gentle refinement and old English Charm. A quiet retreat, the Savoy Hotel offers a little pocket of paradise.

The hotel has 40 rooms all in a cottage style and open to the lush gardens. The cottages are tastefully decorated with a delightful old-world, ethnic colonial touch. The suites have intricately designed fireplaces and old fashioned desks that add warmth to the rooms.

You can celebrate with an intimate group of 10-12 guests, host a cocktail party for 100 people or go all out and have an exciting bonfire party for 800 people on the hotel’s lawns.

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