Your once-in- a-lifetime wedding precedes a far more intimate, magical time... your precious honeymoon - private, peaceful moments of pure connection to celebrate your love and build a secret storehouse of memories for the future. But what is the perfect environment for you? Would you like to walk through the halls of historic majesty in the palace of an erstwhile Nizam or nap under the dappled sunlight high up in a machan in the trees? Maybe you'd like to curl up in front of a fireplace with a view of mountain mists or swing together in a hammock under palm trees as the backwaters lap the shore. Choose a honeymoon hideaway from WeddingSutra's hand-picked palette of Taj experiences that are married to spaces and locations as unique as your union and guarantee memories that will last a lifetime...
1. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad – The Nizam Suite
On cloud nine…
Perched 2,000 feet above the city of Hyderabad is Taj Falaknuma Palace, a jewel amongst the clouds. Built in 1894, it exudes the opulence you can expect from being the former palace of the Nizam, once rumoured to be the richest man on the planet. The palace is enchanting. A five-star fairy tale spread over 32 acres, with its 60 rooms and suites authentically restored and refurbished as a labour of love by Her Highness Princess Esra, the Nizam’s Turkish wife. Each room provides marvelous views of the palace courtyard and the 400-year- old city of Hyderabad – a portal back to a time of maximalist extravagance and unapologetic indulgence.
The Nizam Suite, once the actual residence of the world’s richest man, is immaculate with ornate interiors and a private swimming pool. The duplex is the largest presidential suite in the country and gives you a taste of the royal life. Princess Esra’s personal involvement in the refurbishing is evident in the suite’s grandeur and sophistication. The absolutely luxurious Cararra marble bathroom with its stunning Jacuzzi completes the entire royal experience.
2. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur – Grand Royal Suites
A Rajasthani romance…
The Grand Royal Suites offer the chance to experience the traditions and lifestyle of the princely kingdom of Udaipur. Part of the original palace structure, heritage architecture and design is married to modern convenience and hospitality to make these the most extensive and welcoming suites you could stay at. Enjoy unparalleled views of the gracious Aravalli ranges, the oldest fold mountains in the world as they stretch through the golden state. Each suite has an attached terrace from where you can enjoy the early hours or late evenings having just emerged from or ready to tuck into the ultra-luxe Frette bed linen – an experience fit for a king, and his queen.
3. Taj Baghvan, Pench National Park – Machans
Love in the wilderness…
A distinctive honeymoon destination, the Taj Baghvan in Pench National Park is located on the banks of a stream, surrounded by deep forests. The Lodge is a cluster of individual bungalows with large courtyards, leafy private sit-outs, outdoor showers and exciting roof-top sleep-outs called ‘machaans’. Each machaan has a covered rooftop and is perfect for enjoying the cool jungle breeze or listening out for the calls of the eagle or any of the 300 species that resides within the park.
Each bungalow features high ceilings, earthy interiors in copper and turquoise and are reminiscent of a luxurious 1950’s getaway. The generously proportioned bathrooms are equipped with double vanity and there’s an indoor shower as well if you need a change from the outdoor one.
4. Taj Bekal, Kerala – Premium Temptation Villa
A honeymoon in God’s own country…
A heady, gorgeous, tropical paradise, Vivanta By Taj, Bekal is an eclectic property in Kerala. Twenty-six acres of lush garden with a view of the gentle backwaters, it is the perfect honeymoon destination. Within this green idyll lies the Premium Temptation Villa – one of the most magnificent suites – it is appointed with a king sized bed, a gorgeous living room, private courtyard with day beds, a plunge pool, a powder room and your own steam-shower room. Decorated in soft, soothing pastels and with mural art on the walls, it is designed for a relaxing honeymoon.
5. Taj Exotica, Goa – The Presidential Villa
Susegaad in the sunshine state…
Embrace the leisurely, the laid-back, the luxury of the Taj Exotica Goa. With 56 acres of lush greenery lazily sprawled on beautiful Benaulim beach in the southwest of Goa, kissed by the Arabian sea, this Mediterranean inspired resort is only 40 minutes away from the airport but worlds away from the hustle and bustle. The main hotel structure is surrounded by large, deluxe and luxury rooms and villas featuring old-world architecture, flower-lined patios and an atrium flooded with soft sunshine!
Then there’s the Presidential Villa with its personal plunge pool and garden. Inside, there are two plush bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms, and a spacious living room. It is the ultimate indulgence and comes with a personal plunge pool in the garden – a most romantic and relaxing experience. As a treat, the suite also comes with personalized butler service to meet your every need.
6. Taj Umaid Bhavan, Jodhpur - The Maharaja Suite
A very private retreat…
Both a magnificent example of Rajasthan’s heritage and a symbol of new Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is home of the erstwhile royals of Jodhpur and the world’s sixth-largest private residence. It sits proudly on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, looking out on the historic Blue City, the rolling sand dunes and the intimidating Mehrangarh Fort. Only twenty minutes from the airport with all the main shopping areas of Jodhpur in easy reach, the palace is also close to the Balsamand and Kalyana lakes. The Maharaja Suite is a magnificent presidential chamber; it embodies an earthy masculinity with a mirrored bar, a glass-tiled bathroom with a private steam room and an en-suite couple therapy room. Discerning visitors will immediately pick out the rich aesthetic and the valuable antiques in the room and appreciate the lavish dining area that enables a very private party without leaving the comfort of the suite – just one of the reasons the Maharaja suite is the most preferred abode of international celebrities!
7. Taj Madikeri, Coorg – Luxury Bliss Villa
A walk in the clouds…
Swirling mists on a verdant hill range at an altitude of 4000 feet, this hotel is nestled within a 180 acre living rainforest replete with delightful surprises! Like the Luxury Bliss Villa – 3300 square feet of pure pleasure, a four-feet deep heated plunge pool, high ceilings, large bay windows and a generous balcony. Three distinct rooms feature separate dining and living spaces, a beautiful bedroom and a retractable roof over the pool to open the sky out above you. Call the butler pantry for a treat as you cuddle up with your sweetheart in front of a cosy fireplace in this breathtaking villa.
8. Taj Vivanta, Srinagar – Presidential Nirvana Suite
Take a magic carpet ride…
Kashmir’s beauty has inspired poets and filmmakers and there are few places that rival the glorious panoramas from high up on Kral Sangri Hill. Surrounded by the majesty of the Zabarwan Mountains, with a bird’s eye view of Dal Lake, Vivanta by Taj – Dal View is the perfect secluded honeymoon escape. The perfectly named Presidential Nirvana Suite is a lavish 3000 square feet, adorning the top of the main complex with a view of the lake and the whole of Srinagar City. Enjoy the luxury of a private sit out and walnut wood carved light panels and sink your toes into the intricate magic of the legendary carpets of Kashmir as you let your imagination take flight.
9. Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur – Sukh Niwas Suite
In the realm of the senses…
The palace is heavy with history. The former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Rambagh Palace, it is an architectural masterpiece that transcends time. Arched stonework, rich drapes, crystal chandeliers, gold-leaf frescoes, opulent furniture and accessories are a delight to behold and immediately suffuse you with the impressions of luxury.
The Sukh Niwas Suite spells contemporary decadence with its large windows that open to soul-satisfying royal gardens and the spectacular Aravalli Hills. The private marble Jacuzzi seems to bend time, while the sun deck on the private terrace turns the romance up naturally. The bedroom is deliciously glamorous – it features a large circular bed with full-length gold-hued curtains.
And then there’s the gourmet appeal – exquisite, specially curated menus served with great flourish and unforgettable personal touches!
10. Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai – Premium Temptation Villa – Sea View
Stylish serenity for two…
Sand, surf, sea breeze all come out to play as you walk through the lush gardens and under the swaying palms in this, the best accommodation in Chennai. Lounge on a deck chair, feel the wind ruffle your hair in the sprawling balconies, gaze out at the Bay of Bengal and when you’re done, take a fascinating Dutch history trail. Style and comfort are the key here, surrounded by open spaces and state of the art facilities and furnishings.
The Premium Temptation Villa has French windows with an incredible view of the Bay of Bengal. You have every modern comfort, complimentary treats and surprises, a deep bathtub to luxuriate in, the sound of the waves and a private garden to take it all in. This is where serenity meets serendipity with everything the discerning, modern romance-seeker is looking for; an intelligent honeymoon retreat.