Tuesday, 06 December 2022 01:22

11 Soulful Retreats to Visit Before 2022 Ends

Contrary to popular belief, New Year's Eve is rarely as glamorous and cinematic as it is portrayed in films. Realistically, it usually entails a combination of pricey pre-fixed menus, volume levels so loud that you can't hear the person next to you, and late bedtimes that usually result in a groggy morning. If you're tired of starting the new year in a sleep-deprived stupor, consider a relaxing New Year's Eve getaway as an alternative option. You can plan a trip with the sole purpose of recharging your mind, body, and spirit for 2023. The suggestions below cover a variety of regions within India and are meant to inspire both practical and idealistic vacation plans.

 

 

Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Himachal Pradesh: Nestled in Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh's Shivalik ranges, Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort is just five hours from Delhi. Each room and wellness program at the resort aims to dissipate exhaustion and curate a unique experience to recover. The resort uses Ayurvedic, Eastern, and Western therapies in a tranquil setting to promote wellness. Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness complete this holistic triangle of disciplines. The resort's location at 5000 feet above sea level, in the Shivalik range, inspires a sense of oneness with nature. And the best part? You get to experience the Swiss Gondola to arrive at Moksha. The wellness resort serves Asian, Indian, and Italian cuisine. Indulge in a soul-soothing massage or swim in a temperature-controlled infinity pool under the blue sky. 

https://www.mokshaspa.com/ 

 

Marari Beach, Kerala: Located at an hour’s drive from Kochi, head to the tranquil Marari Beach for a rejuvenating experience and immersive understanding of the spirit of region, its diverse ecology and the surrounding communities. Think coconut groves, lily ponds, lush landscape, 97 species of butterflies, 350 species of endemic plants, 3 varieties of turtles, 10 types of frogs and around 80 species of birds.Adding to this, are the warm waters of the Arabian sea with a good dose of exploring the local fisherfolks’ fascinating daily lives.Marari Beach resounds earthy luxury in the details, from the vernacular-designed luxurious villas with private pools to the authentic experiences crafted – village visits, Ayurveda spa, Kalarippayattu and yoga lessons, birding and nature walks as well as the environment-conscious approach to everything they do.

https://www.cghearth.com/marari-beach

 

 

Fazlani Natures Nest, Maharashtra: Fazlani Natures Nest resort located near the popular hill station, Lonavala is a luxurious haven to immerse in nature to rejuvenate and rebalance the mind, body and soul. The resort offers bespoke wellness retreats which use a combination of alternate medicine approaches be it age-old science of traditional Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Physiotherapy or unique wellness offerings like 'Equine' therapy. Guests can experience forest bathing at the resort or can enjoy a dip in the pool or be involved in a variety of outdoor activities. The wellness cuisine at the luxury wellness resort plays an important role in helping guests achieve their desired wellness goals, drawing raw material from its large organic farms and fruit orchards for a Farm to Fork approach to ensure that only the freshest, healthiest, and fully balanced meals are brought to the guest's table. 

https://fazlaninaturesnest.com/

 

JehanNuma Palace, Madhya Pradesh: Legendary stories, UNESCO World Heritage sites, enthralling landscape and arts and architecture, Bhopal brims with bucket-list worthy experiences. And showcasing the Nawabi culture and its regal sophistication is the Jehan Numa Palace. An amalgamation of British Colonial, Italian Renaissance, and Classical Greek architecture and fringed with hues of floral appeals, the Palace is set on the green slopes of Shamla Hills. Still owned and managed by the descendants of the Bhopali royal famil, the hotel offers guests a quite a wondrous peek into the lives of the erstwhile Begums and Nawabs. Check out the fascinating photo museum located in the Palace, indulge in some incredibly satiating Bhopali food, watch the palace’s thoroughbred trot the tracks whist enjoying a freshly brewed cup of tea and allow yourself to be completely immersed in the timeless Jehan Numa hospitality. 

https://www.jehannuma.com/

 

 

WH Cheetahgarh Resort & Spa, Rajasthan: If Rajasthan is a more convenient destination and mix of wilderness, local experiences and the luxuries of a stylish resort stay is your call, the recently opened WH Cheetahgarh Resort & Spa in Bera, Jawai is your destination. Already clinching all stars on Trip Advisor guest reviews, the luxury resort comprises 20 lavish rooms, chalets and tents, the stylish intimate resort boasts of exclusivity, privacy and bespoke hospitality, encompassing all modern luxuries and facilities. While the resort features popular safaris, immersive experiences of Jawai that are beyond the leopard are also offered, such as guided village walks to learn more about the ethnic Rabari tribe and temple visits for stories into the spiritual beliefs and legends.  

https://www.welcomheritagehotels.in/hotel-details/cheetahgarh-resort

  

Maison Perumal, Puducherry: For an authentic Tamil Quarter perspective, stay at the 130-year-old Maison Perumal, a delightful boutique hotel with oodles of historical charm. The ambience, the rooms, the architecture and the staff – Maison Perumal is unlike any other and elevates a Pondicherry discovery of old streets, century old Tamil homes that still echo a bygone era, temples and traditional Tamil vibrant colours, by zeniths.

https://www.cghearth.com/maison-perumal

 

Kerala Backwaters & Spice Coast Cruises: Mesmerizing views of the greenpalms and mangroves, the gentle lapping of the waves,the sounds of tranquil nature, and lazily watching the locals go by their daily lives along the shores, cruising down the dreamy Kerala backwaters with Spice Coast Cruises is a detox for the soul.Spice Coast Cruiseshave converted traditional kettuvalams, the local wooden boats used since time immemorial along the backwaters, into gorgeous one- and two-bedroom floating hotels. Exuding simple earthy luxuries, fantabulous local cuisine is served by the cooks who double up as your guides and captain on the boat. Enriching experiences have been crafted that celebrate the diversity of the land, its people, and the culture. Go cycling into villages and paddy fields, touch the lesser motor-accessible communities, enjoy water sports from the luxuries of the houseboat, Spice Coast Cruises offers a unique way to soak in the essence of God’s own Country.

https://www.cghearth.com/spice-coast-cruises

 

ChokhiDhani Resort, Rajasthan:ChokhiDhani Resort is an ethnic themed resort, located in Jaipur. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the unique resort gives a taste of Rajasthani lice through its authentic cuisine, cottages with rustic interiors and turban-clad service staff.  The resort offers guests an opportunity to experience traditional artistry, culture, and its delectable cuisine all under one roof.The resort houses a swimming pool, spa, multi-cuisine restaurant and bar. The entertainment village, another unique offering of the group, has exciting cultural activities, shows and performances.

https://chokhidhani.com/

 

MANSION HAUS, GOA: The Mansion Haus, a heritage property turned boutique hotel and 18th Century family residence restored by Kezya De Bragança and Kathya de Braganca, is an ideal place to enjoy this picturesque former Portuguese colony. Guests will be charmed by its timeless architecture, curated gastronomic journeys, and luxurious stay at Goa’s most effervescent neighborhood, Anjuna. The luxury boutique hotel boasts of its neoclassical interiors paired with iconic Goan architecture and delicately balances the luxuries of a hotel with eco-friendly sustainable sensitivities. Gourmet cuisine that is organic and local ensures that every meal is an epicurean adventure to be remembered. The property is envisaged as a private escape for the conscious traveller providing the comforts, privacy, and familiarity of a home enriched by a wealth of history, art and culture. 

https://mansionhaus.com/

 

 

Renest Manali, Himachal: The resort is set away from the hustle and bustle of Mall Road, and instead looks out over the river Beas and the pine and cedar forests, as well as the mighty Himalayas. The hotel's food, decor, and tranquilly are all designed to promote guests' health and well-being. Relax in the spa, work up a sweat in the gym, sauna, steam, or play a round of pool, carrom, or table tennis in the games room. While on vacation in the hills, you can partake in any number of adrenaline-pumping activities led by trained professionals. Trip highlights include a hike and lunch by the Beas River, a visit to the Tibet Monastery, and a soak in a steaming hot Sulphur spring. The nearby Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, and Naggar Castle are all worth visiting.

https://www.renesthotels.com/renest-river-country-resort-manali/

 

Taj Hotel & Convention center Agra:How about celebrating this New Year’s Eve with a view of majestic Taj Mahal. Yes! That’s possible at Taj Agra. Infini, the rooftop restaurant and lounge at the Taj Agra, has a view of the Taj Mahal, as does the infinity pool. This hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway thanks to its spacious 4.5 acres, close proximity to the Taj Mahal, and luxurious rooms. The hotel provides guests with access to an on-site fitness centre, spa, and outdoor areas. The Taj Agra is the perfect venue for a cosy celebration, whether you choose to spend it with close friends or family; either way, it will help you welcome the new year in style. In terms of gastronomical offerings, you can choose between Palato, an all-day diner, Daawat e Nawaab, and two lounges to satisfy your hunger as the year comes to a close.

https://www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-hotel-and-convention-centre-agra/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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