Escape to Aman
Try these two specials from minimalist luxury hospitality chain, Aman Resorts:
Amankora, Bhutan: From 1 May to 15 September, Indians can stay for three or more nights at any of the four Amankora properties at Paro, Thimpu, Punakha and Phobjikha in Bhutan for Rs32,200 per night, for a double room. Price is 30% off normal rates and includes stay, all meals, guided treks and vehicles with driver. Taxes extra.
Amanyara, West Indies: When the World Cup winds down, you can plan a romantic seven-day retreat at Amanyara in the Turks and Caicos Islands, West Indies. Price is between Rs4,80,000 and Rs6,90,000 for seven days, and includes airport transfers, some water sports, all phone calls, all meals, one candlelight dinner at a romantic location, a 90-minute Zen massage, a private yoga or Pilates session and a private movie screening with cocktails, etc. Offer valid from 16 April to 31 October. Booking for both at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or Tel: (65) 6887 3337.
For the second year running, The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, ‘www.oberoiamarvilas.com’, was awarded the National Tourism Award in the five-star deluxe category. The Leela Palace Kempinski, Bangalore, ‘www.theleela.com’, won the best eco-friendly five-star deluxe hotel and Marari Beach, Kerala, won a special award in the eco-friendly five-star deluxe category. Log on to ‘www.cghearth.com’.
Around the corner
From the makers of Ananda In The Himalayas comes Shanti Ananda Maurice, in Mauritius. Promoted as a destination spa, it has 17 treatment rooms, all of which in a 50,000sq. ft area. All rooms are just a short hop to the beach, have huge bathrooms and outdoor showers. Go and check it out to see if it matches its predecessor. Shanti Ananda offers a variety of packages; get 20% off on all-inclusive packages until 30 April and 25% off on per night rates. Visit ‘www.shantiananda.com’.
For all seasons
The island of Koh Samui has a new luxury resort, the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, a beachfront property with 60 teak villas on stilts in a fruit orchard on the adjoining hillside. There are special introductory packages on offer (until 31 May) as well as specials for those also staying at other Four Seasons hotels in Thailand—in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or the Tented Camp Golden Triangle. Go to ‘www.fourseasons.com/kohsamui’.
The luxurious Beau-Rivage Palace on Lake Geneva, right opposite the Jet D'Eau, has special spring promotions from 1 April to 30 June. Get a room at this elegant French colonial style hotel with breakfast for Rs16,500 per night. Details on ‘www.beau-rivage.ch’.