5 romantic hotel experiences for the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway

There’s no better way to say, “I love you”. 

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With February already on the horizon, it only means one thing—the season of love is in the air. While everyone shows their feelings for their loved one in different ways, both big and small, if your idea of romance is a peaceful vacation where you can spend time with your partner, then these hotels across the country—from a regal property in Rajasthan to a chic brand-new mansion in Goa will be right up your alley. 

Book an entire villa for the two of you
The Orchard Manor

If you’re looking to profess your love for your partner through a grand gesture, then booking an entire mansion nestled amid verdant farms in Anjuna and a stone’s throw away from the beach will be one way to do it. A secluded property away from the throng of tourists, The Orchard Manor is a 12,000 square feet, six-bedroom villa that comes with a staff of 15, including two private chefs ready to whip up whatever you fancy. The six suites are all done up uniquely, and feature grand indoor and outdoor baths. Plus, there is a lavish pool to unwind in too. 

Whisk them off to a private island
Raffles Udaipur, Udaipur

Nothing spells romance more than the city of lakes, and if you’re looking to dial up the V-day vibes a notch, then the Raffles Udaipur, which is located on a private 21-acre island in the middle of the Udai Sagar Lake and can be reached by a boat, will fit the bill perfectly. The property marries English, Islamic, and Rajasthani influences in its palatial architecture—it features European-style manicured gardens and is dotted with elaborate fountains. With rolling hills and the shimmering lake around you, you’re guaranteed plenty of quality time with your loved one surrounded by mesmerising views. Inside, have a drink with a book for company at the floor-to-ceiling library in the Writers Bar. And when you’re done reading, the lavish suites are perfect to wind down in.

Spend quality time amid nature
Treehouse Getaway, Bandhavgarh

Imagine staying with your partner in the heart of a national park, hugged by nature. That is what the Treehouse Hideaway in Bandhavgarh National Park promises you. With its five intimate tree houses that are named after the trees they’re built on—mahua, tendu, peepal, banyan, and palashyou’re in for a truly romantic vacation. When you’re not relaxing and enjoying the lush views from your hideaway, make the most of the machan (a platform on a tree) that overlooks a watering hole—you might not see the elusive tiger, but keep an eye out for sambhars, deers, and jackals. If your loved one is a nature enthusiast, then this should be on your list!

Experience the magic of snow together
The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, Gulmarg

For a getaway straight out of a fairytale, head to The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa in Gulmarg. The ski town in Kashmir transforms into a postcard-worthy wonderland come winter, and is not to be missed. After all, there are very few things lovelier than the crisp mountain air, pristine white valleys blanketed with fresh snow, and the company of your beloved. Located high in the imposing Pir Panjal range at a height of around 8,825 feet, it is spread across an expansive seven acres. Expect jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped Affarwat peak and the Gulamrg Gondola, which is one of the highest ski-lifts in the world. At the resort, make the most of the acclaimed spa treatments to relax with your partner. 

Gift them the ultimate royal treatment
Amanbagh, Ajabgarh


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The ancient palaces and forts of Rajasthan are synonymous with old-school romance—relive that era at the magnificent Amanbagh, which is nestled in the Aravalli hills. The dusty-pink arches and cupolas of the resort’s Mughal-inspired structures will make you feel like a true royal. Stay in the opulent courtyard haveli suite that comes with stunning views of the pool and a private terrace. 

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