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Ten Exotic places for your Honeymoon
Travel & Honeymoon - May 7, 2012
Mahua Kothi at Bandhavgarh National Park. A Taj Safari Lodge.
For those seeking an adventurous honeymoon, the Mahua Kothi gives you an opportunity to combine Safari and Wildlife viewing with luxurious indulgence in rustic surroundings. Spread across 40 acres the 12 charming cottage suites called kutiyas are filled with quaint local touches. Dining in Mahua Kothi is an exciting and unexpected safari in itself, with several deliciously surprising twists and turns. Fresh local ingredients, homemade accompaniments, fruits and veggies grown in backyards, ancestral cooking and dining customs, and quaint village traditions create never-before dining experiences that give each guest as much of a thrill as the daily game drives. For those seeking a cozy intimate dinner, there is always the option of a private dining experience in their private courtyard or on the terrace.
The heart of the Mahua Kothi experience is the interpretive safari and wildlife excursions brought to the lodge by the expertise of conservation specialists. While on Safari expect to spot a tiger, sloth bear, leopard, jungle cat, wild dog, Indian peacock and the Shaheen falcon. Unwind after the safari with an in-room Ayurvedic massage or a game of marbles or Chaupad.
Vivanta by Taj– Bekal, Kerala
Nestled in the midst of a rustic environment, Taj Bekal it is located on the meandering Kerala backwaters and Kappil River, in a stimulating, natural environment with easy access to the beach.
The sprawling 25 acre resort is secluded and romantic and recreates 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.
The dining spaces include Latitude the all-day dining facility, Ivory – a majestic dome shaped island bar with an enchanting water garden moat around it, barbecue by the pool side, gazebos for intimate private dinners by the Kappil waters and a whole lot more.
The indulgent Jiva Grande Spa offers the full range of Jiva signature treatments, special Indian therapies and dedicated ayurvedic consultations. Set against a setting of serene water gardens and lush tropical landscapes, all the treatment rooms have their own private courtyards.
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.
Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur
The luxurious Taj Lake Palace Udaipur- once the symbol of a Prince’s rebellion- is one of the most romantic hotels in the World. Scenic courtyards with blossoming lawns, lily-filled ponds, gush fountains and indoor spaces filled with period pieces and extravagant embellishments will transport you into a world of fantasy, romance and magic.
Each of the 66 rooms and 17 suites distinguish themselves by offering a different mood and period. With its opulent silks, richly coloured frescoes and ornately carved furniture it is almost impossible to choose one room or suite over the other. The Shambhu Prakash suite melds a variety of themes reflecting Mewar’s diverse history of ethnic cultures and its balcony offers the best lake sunset view in the World.
Private dining at the Lily Pond or the Mewar terrace, a shikara cruise, vintage car rides and rejuvenating treatments on the Royal Jiva Spa Boat- there are countless unique experiences to be had. Whatever you wish, in this royal dream, anything is possible!
Taj Exotica, Goa
For those looking for a tranquil setting Taj Exotica offers the truest Goan experience. Located on the southwest coast of Goa it is a showcase for relaxation with tropical-inspired design touches, grand architecture, a sun-drenched atrium, wide shady corridors, and flower lined patios.
Spread across 56 acres along a 700 meter stretch of Benaulim beach, the Taj Exotica boasts a variety of spacious rooms, suites and villas. Our recommendation: the Presidential Villa. With its private pool, private garden, sea view and 24 hour butler service it is the ultimate luxury experience.
Whether the romantic Adega Camoens or the thatched beachfront Lobster Shack, the property offers a host of dining experience where guests can look forward to a wide selection of delectable dishes and refreshing drinks. For the romantically inclined there is always the private dining at the beach.
Take the relaxation a notch higher: choose from the Jiva spa, the Exotica spa or the Outdoor Pavillion, where you can relax and rejuvenate your mind and body.
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 spend your honeymoon 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 hotels 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 – Kovalam, Kerala
Spread across a picturesque 10 acres, Vivanta by Taj– Kovalam, Kerala is a unique combination of a beach resort, backwater escape, a hill retreat and spa– an ideal honeymooner’s paradise! The architecture and décor are truly reflective of the local flavour of Kerala combined with Balinese influence.
The 59 hillside cottages with elephant-grass thatched rooftops and private balconies or sit out areas overlook the lush landscape, the backwaters, the seashore and the sea. The one-of-its-kind Premium Temptation Villa or the Presidential Nirvana suite has amongst other luxuries a private infinity pool overlooking the majestic Arabian Sea. With the sea and backwaters as backdrops, enjoy the food at Kovalam’s most celebrated restaurants where the flavours, aromas, live cooking sounds and artistic display come together in fine harmony.
Vivanta by Taj – Coral Reef, Maldives
Situated on Hembadhu Island, Vivanta by Taj, Coral Reef ensures you a thrilling experience even before you get there: there are only two ways to get there – either by the hotel’s luxury speedboat or the seaplane. There are few hotels in the world that offer such a romantic holiday– the location, the rooms and a plethora of experiences.
Honeymooners can choose from a bouquet of rooms, villas and suites. The 32 Premium Indulgence Villas are exactly as their name suggests– indulgence created over water! These villas are private heavens with a thatched roof and an outer deck overlooking the water with sun loungers and space for meals.
While the villas tempt you to be indoors, the hotel offers a diverse range of experiences and excursions: Island hopping, sunset cruises, and romantic escapades. Take off by speedboat to an exotic sandbank with a bottle of sparkling wine. Snorkel in the clear blue waters followed by a relaxing massage at the spa. This intimate evening continues with a romantic candlelit five-course dinner. A romantic turndown service adds a final exquisite touch to the evening. For the morning after- breakfast is served to your order in the privacy of your villa.
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa- Maldives
Located on the exotic Emboodhu Island (once known as the three coconut island), the resort is in the middle of one of the largest lagoons in Maldives, surrounded by crystal blue waters and covered with lush tropical flora.
Most of the resorts luxuriously designed villas are perched over the lagoon and offer you complete privacy in the middle of the ocean- some even have the luxury of a freshwater plunge pool on the private deck. The ultimate symbol of romantic luxury is the Rehendi Presidential suite. In addition to spacious rooms this award- winning villa boasts a 15 feet fresh water pool with a private sundeck, two ‘salas’ for relaxing and dining; and a beautiful suspended deck filled with powder soft sand and a hammock suspended over the beautiful turquoise lagoon.
Our favourite is the Ocean Pavilion. One can arrange for a private pavilion on the Indian Ocean with nothing but the gentle waves of the lagoon as company. Indulge in the experience of sitting at the edge of the world with a cherished companion, the sun setting on an infinite horizon and, if you get lucky, shimmering moonlight.
Rebak Island Resort– Langkawi, Malaysia
The soothing whisper of waves, the fragrance of flowers and herbs, the exclusivity of a private island and the comfort of sheer luxury offered by the Rebak Island resort, meld to offer a truly special tropical paradise experience– quintessential for those in pursuit of a private and romantic island honeymoon.
Rebak Island Resort- A Taj Hotel, is the only resort on the privately owned 390 acre Rebak island that commands a magnificent view of the Senari Straits bordering the Andaman sea with a pristine and secluded beach. The Rebak island, named after the native Rebak tree, is one of the 99 isles that make up the legendary Langkawi.
The newly appointed rooms have wooden flooring with contemporary interiors, yet retain the charm of a Malaysian dwelling. The rooms enjoy soothing views of beautiful landscaped gardens or the picturesque Senari Straits. Romantic, candlelit evenings are organised by a picturesque boardwalk, overlooking clusters of sailing yachts in the Marina. The resort offers a choice of luxurious accommodation, dining, services and activities that makes it an idyllic romantic seaside retreat.
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 resort evokes the spirit of the valley with its copper, local timber carvings and warm earthly colours. Its 82 spacious rooms and suites are an amalgamation of comfortable contemporary style and traditional Kashmiri design.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. Take a daytime, sunset or moonlight ride to the Dal Lake which is home to more than a thousand shikaras. The cool air scented with flowers, blooming lotus flowers and floating gardens of vegetables are all the perfect elements for a magical setting.
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!