A BOHEMIAN GETAWAY IN ALIBAUG

Weekend getaways often work like quick breathers from our monotonous, automated schedules. For the Independence Day (August 15) long weekend, we chose to stay at Bohemyan Blue Stay, Alibaug…

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GLAMOUR-FILLED GETAWAY AT PLANET HOLLYWOO BEACH RESORT, GOA

Yes, we love staying in homestays and sharing a meal with the locals, but a dose of glamour and sophistication – once in a while – doesn’t hurt much. On our recent trip to South Goa, we chose to stay at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort located in the quiet village of Utorda and returned feeling like a celebrity. Owned by director Sachin Joshi, this 10-acre beach resort is the first Planet Hollywood resort operational outside the US. It is the only second such resort after Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.

PERSONALISED OPULENCE AT ITS BEST
We were picked up from the airport by a courteous, knowledgeable driver in the owner’s very own brand new white Audi! How’s that for a grand entry to the hotel? Post a warm welcome and quick check-in procedure, we were guided to our suite.

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Striking red sofas in the living room, a private massage chair, soft mood lighting, well-stocked bar, sleek sound bar where you can dock your personal music device, bedroom with an interesting slice of Hollywood memorabilia, a spacious bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and walk-in wardrobe – our suite had it all!

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PAMPER YOUR MIND, BODY & SOUL AT HILTON SHILLIM ESTATE RETREAT & SPA

When my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year, I said some peace and solitude. So, we opted for a three-day getaway to Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, near Pawana Lake, a 45-minute drive from Lonavala. Set amidst the breathtaking landscape of the Sahyadri mountain range in the Western Ghats, the 320 acre property offers undisturbed natural beauty, topped with complete seclusion and serenity.

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Since it was a warm summer’s day, it was nice being greeted with a cold, fragrant towel, a glass of fresh juice and some homemade energy bars that instantly helped us regain all the vitality we had lost during the five-hour road journey from Mumbai to Pawana Lake, courtesy the traffic jam at Mumbai-Pune expressway. Yes, our stomachs were growling with hunger and we headed straight for breakfast, obviously a healthy one.

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Post a hearty breakfast, we were escorted to our discreet King Spa Pool Villa – a 205 sq m villa, with a private pool and lawn area as the name suggests – and we were more than delighted to make it our home.

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Apart from offering breathtaking views of the valley from the private deck, the villa featured a sun bed to spend some relaxing time outdoors, a beautiful stone bathtub with candles to amp up the romance factor, outdoor and indoor shower with indulgent bath amenities and, not-to-forget, a royal four poster bed. Clean, contemporary and elegant. Read more

How to stay fit on a vacation

EXPLORE ON FOOT

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Ditch bus, train and taxi. Walk it instead. Walking is a great form of exercise, and above all, helps you save a lot of money when you are out sightseeing. While burning loads of calories, walking also helps you go deep into the local culture, people, food and music.

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FOUND THE RIGHT TRAVEL PARTNER YET?

With travel becoming a lot more meaningful and goal-oriented, you’re always on the hunt for that perfect holiday companion who augments the whole experience. Here’s how to choose a buddy who not only has similar travel sensibilities but also shares mutual humor and, above all, the expense

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You may have often heard your loved ones saying “Chalo, do din kahin ghoom aate hain…”
Travelling is no more what it used to be – packing your bags and setting out with your entire family only to take a break from the boredom and monotony of everyday life. It’s no more about putting up at a luxurious hotel and sightseeing with a tourist guide all day. Today, holidaying is more about “travelling with a purpose”. More and more people have started believing in meaningful travel. Travel has become a very serious aspect of their lives and a lot of thought goes into planning vacations. While some people travel for self-discovery and personal growth, others travel to get over a heartbreak and make new friends. While some travel for health and wellness purposes by opting for yoga and meditation packages, many look at volunteer travel as an opportunity to contribute to the society.
As a modern traveler, you wish to fulfill your travel purpose and squeeze in as many amazing memories as you can without being constrained by any boundaries. For the same, most people either prefer to travel solo or with a like-minded traveler, doesn’t mind if she or she is just an acquaintance or a stranger. The idea of travelling with someone only because you are close to them is passe. Read more