Now that the festive season is underway, holiday plans are on the front burner. The best winter destinations in India are well-known, but the choice of where to stay and where to get an exceptional experience that lifts it above the rest is the tough part. Here are a few suggestions
A Beach Symphony, Kerala
Winter is when Kerala unveils its natural charms, whether it is the Western Ghats or the backwaters. The state has upped its tourism quotient in recent years to showcase its attractions from backwaters and beaches to spice gardens and tea plantations, traditional wellness therapies and wildlife. It is now one of the top winter holiday destinations in India and the trendy destinations are Kovalam, Thekkady, Alappuzha, Vembanad, Munnar and Alleppey. The last named has become popular because of the Marari beach and its access to the backwaters. The hidden gem in Alleppey is A Beach Symphony, an exclusive, boutique-type four-cottage resort located on the pristine Marari beach. It was previously a cluster of fishermen homes till a Belgian couple brought the property in 2007 and refurbished the homes into themed luxury cottages. The two-room cottages accommodate four people each. Two face the sea, one has a plunge pool and the fourth has a private garden. The food is superlative and served by candlelight in the resort’s garden. The showers are alfresco, which makes an interesting change. This place is ideal for relaxing in a hammock or loungers scattered across the property or on the beach. The resort also organises boat rides in the backwaters.
Devi Garh by Lebua, Rajasthan
Those who frequent Bangkok will know one of its most popular attractions—the Skybar at the top of the Lebua hotel. The Lebua group has now taken over the management of three hotels in Rajasthan, including Devi Garh, one of the most gorgeous boutique properties in the state developed by the Poddars. Devi Garh by Lebua is a stunning hill-top fort palace that has been beautifully restored into a luxurious, sophisticated and romantic retreat. Nestled in the Aravalli hills, an hour’s drive from Udaipur, this all-suite resort lays emphasis on design