Here’s the deal on cool summer stays

Here’s the deal on cool summer stays
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First Published: Thu, May 13 2010. 10 26 PM IST

Jungle lore: The Taj Mahua Kothi. The Taj Group
Jungle lore: The Taj Mahua Kothi. The Taj Group
Updated: Thu, May 13 2010. 10 26 PM IST
JUNGLES
Hotel: Taj Mahua Kothi/Taj Baghvan/ Taj Banjaar Tola/Taj Pashan Garh
Where: Madhya Pradesh
Jungle lore: The Taj Mahua Kothi. The Taj Group
Offer: Jungle Escapade
Cost: Rs13,500 per night per person
What it includes: The Jungle Escapade package is quite a bumper for the nature enthusiast who is fussy about immaculate linen. The highlight of the deal is the twice-a-day game safari. The package includes all meals, alcohol and laundry
Duration: Minimum two nights
Valid till: 30 June
HILL STATIONS
Hotel: The Xanadu Retreat
Where: Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
Offer: Summer Hill Fest
Cost: Rs6,555 for two people for two nights
What it includes: Buffet breakfast and dinner, nature walks, bonfires and live entertainment programmes
Duration: Two nights
Valid till: 4 July
HERITAGE
Hotel: The Golf View
Where: Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
Offer: Summer package
Cost: Starting Rs5,000 for double occupancy for two nights
What it includes: Accommodation and breakfast
Duration: Two nights
Valid till: 30 September
Hotel: Country Inn, Bhimtal
Where: Kumaon, Uttarakhand
Offer: Summer package
Cost: Starting Rs14,555 for two people for two nights
What it includes: Buffet breakfast and dinner, nature walks, daily movie screenings at a mini theatre, discount on spa use
Duration: Two nights
Valid till: 6 July
BEACHES
Hotel: Taj Garden Retreat
Where: Kumarakom, Kerala
Offer: Incredible Dreamscapes
Cost: Rs6,160 per night on double occupancy
What it includes: Accommodation plus breakfast and a meal
Duration: Minimum four nights
Valid till: 30 September
Hotel: Fort Aguada Beach Resort
Where: Goa
Offer: Incredible Seascapes
Cost: Rs42,700 for double occupancy
What it includes: Room and breakfast
Duration: Three nights
Valid till: 30 September
Hotel: The Leela Kempinski
Where: Goa
Shack up: The Susegado restaurant, The Leela, Goa. The Leela Group
Offer: Summer Getaway
Cost: Rs8,500 for double occupancy per night
What it includes: Accommodation, buffet meals, use of sauna and swimming pool and airport transfers
Duration: Minimum three nights
Valid till: 30 June
Website: www.theleela.com
Hotel: The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach
Where: Kerala
Offer: Summer getaway
Cost: Rs8,000 on double occupancy per night
What it includes: Accommodation, buffet meals, use of gym and swimming pool and airport transfers
Duration: Minimum two nights
Valid till: 30 June
Website: www.theleela.com
Hotel: The Lalit Resort and Spa Bekal
Where: Bekal, Kerala
Poolside: The Lalit Resort and Spa in Bekal, Kerala. The Lalit
Offer: Unified Holidays
Cost: Rs55,555 for double occupancy
What it includes: A dedicated holiday host who will be at your service throughout the stay, a trip to the historical Bekal Fort and canoeing and kayaking down the Nombili river, personalized yoga and meditation service and use of the fitness centre
Duration: Three nights
Valid till: 31 July
Hotel: Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort
Where: Goa
Offer: Summer Special
Cost: Starting Rs9,499 for double occupancy
What it includes: Accommodation, discounted meals and drinks, airport transfers, use of gym
Duration: Two nights
Valid till: 30 September
HOME STAYS
Home stay: Ek Chidiya
Where: Nathuakhan, 40km ahead of Nainital, Uttarakhand
Cost: Rs2,490 a night for double occupancy
Why: Ek Chidiya is situated in a village in the Himalayas. The place offers you access to the jungle as well as the mountains. A highlight is the Kumaoni food
Home stay: Hide-Out
Where: Near Mumbai
Farmhouse: The Hide-Out farm near Mumbai. Hide Out
Cost: Starting at Rs1,500 for double occupancy
Why: Hide-Out is an organic farm where you get to live in mud houses, make bricks and practise yoga
Home stay: Acres Wild
Where: Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Cost: Starting Rs2,000 for double occupancy
Why: This is an organic cheese-making farm. The farmstay allows you to spend two days on the farm, learn how to make cheese and enjoy the cool weather of the Nilgiris
Home stay: Philipkutty’s Farm
Where: Kumarakom, Kerala
Cost: Starting at Rs8,900 for single occupancy
Why: The villas of Philipkutty’s Farm are located on the edge of the backwaters of Vembanad Lake. They offer cooking classes, ayurvedic treatments and great Syrian-Christian food
Home stay:Spiti Rural Homestays by Mahindra Homestays
Where: Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Cost: Starting at Rs2,500 for double occupancy
Why: You can ride a yak, learn to cook, trek and farm in the high altitudes of Spiti
Home stay: Woodway Homestay
Where: Chikmagalur, Karnataka
Cost: Rs2,250 per night per person
Why: Enjoy coffee tours, birdwatching, trekking and local cuisine
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First Published: Thu, May 13 2010. 10 26 PM IST