Updated: Jan 24
The first long weekend of the year is right around the corner and it's a good time to take some much-needed R&R. Whether you wish to escape the cold with a beachside vacation in Goa or embrace the cold in the hills, or explore the allure of hidden gems off the beaten path, India unfolds a plethora of options for an unforgettable long weekend retreat. we've curated a collection of recommendations that cater to every traveller's whims and they promise a perfect blend of relaxation, exploration, and cultural immersion. These are the closest and most approachable destinations for a rejuvenating long weekend escape.
The Westin Goa
Looking to escape the biting winter chill? There's no better place than Goa. Nestled amid hustle-bustle at Anjuna North Goa, it's time to step into an epitome of relaxation and luxury. Book a day of rejuvenation at the Spa, enjoy a night at Drift or overlook the gorgeous sunset by the poolside, each experience promises to be one to cherish. At Drift executive chef Anirudh Deshpande has created a menu that is sure to tantalize the senses while electrifying jazz nights, live performances, fresh-off-the-boat dining, and DJ-driven nights promise an unforgettable experiences.
What's more? The Westin Goa has some special offers just for the Republic Day weekend! Indulge yourself with an extraordinary getaway with the exclusive Suite Life package. Offering a host of luxurious perks, enjoy a seamless journey with a one-way airport transfer, revel in the art of mixology with a DIY Cocktail kit as a welcome amenity, followed by Evening Cocktails at Haven. Start your day on a delightful note with a complimentary buffet breakfast and explore culinary delights further with in-room dining credit. Additionally, you get the convenience of 24-hour check-in/check-out. For those seeking an escape from the weekday blues, the Weekday Escape package offers a luxurious retreat. Enjoy a stay in upgraded, higher-category rooms, rejuvenate with invigorating yoga sessions and pamper yourself with a spa retreat.
Taj Bekal, Kerala
Escape to the idyllic haven of Taj Bekal for the perfect long weekend retreat. Nestled along the tranquil backwaters of Bekal, this luxurious resort embodies serenity and opulence, making it an ideal destination to unwind and rejuvenate.
Indulge in the ultimate relaxation as you immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of the resort's luxurious accommodations, each offering breathtaking views of the backwaters or lush gardens. Unwind by the infinity pool, bask in the warm coastal breeze, and savour exquisite culinary delights at the resort's fine dining establishments.
Taj Bekal seamlessly blends traditional Kerala architecture with modern luxury, creating an atmosphere of timeless elegance. Whether you choose to explore the nearby historic Bekal Fort or indulge in a spa retreat, Taj Bekal promises a long weekend filled with tranquillity, cultural richness, and unparalleled hospitality. Experience the perfect blend of comfort and sophistication at Taj Bekal, where every moment becomes a cherished memory on your short escape.
The Ritz Carlton Baku
Explore the unexplored destination of Baku at The Ritz Carlton which promises cultural attractions and buzzing nightlife. With direct a convenient 4.5-hour flight from Bombay and Delhi, Baku is closer than you can imagine. Being A 30-minute ride from Heydar Aliyev International Airport, with a painless e-visa process it is a destination where luxury meets cultural immersion.
Nestled in the heart of Azerbaijan's bustling Nisimi District, The Ritz-Carlton, Baku is located near iconic attractions like the Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of the Old City. Culinary enthusiasts can indulge in the rich and diverse offerings of Baku's culinary scene at The Ritz-Carlton, Baku. From Azeri delights in The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge to New York-style brasserie classics at Tribeca and Prohibition-era cocktails at Blind Tiger, the hotel promises a gastronomic journey.
Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur
Regal opulence and timeless charm await for a long weekend getaway at Royal Heritage Haveli. Tucked away amidst enchanting landscapes, this majestic haven transports you to an era of kings and queens, where echoes of bygone grandeur reverberate in every corner. The journey begins as you pass through intricately adorned gates, greeted by welcome drinks that set the tone for an exquisite experience.
Each room is adorned with intricate Rajasthani artwork and the dining experience is equally enchanting, offering the finest traditional cuisines in a setting that reflects the glory of the past.
Whether you choose to lounge by the pool, wander through meticulously manicured gardens, or indulge in a rejuvenating spa session, the Royal Heritage Haveli ensures an unforgettable experience steeped in regality. Heritage walks and curated experiences add an extra layer of charm, treating you to breakfast and Hi-tea throughout the day.
St Regis, Goa
With two new culinary openings Miri and SUSEGADO, St Regis Goa in South Goa is just where you need to be for a serene calming escape. Escape to a world of luxury and tranquillity with a long weekend at St. Regis Goa, a coastal gem where every moment is a celebration of opulence and relaxation. Nestled along the sun-kissed shores of Goa, this resort offers a seamless blend of contemporary elegance and the laid-back charm of the coastal paradise. Indulge in lavish accommodations, each with breathtaking views, creating the perfect backdrop for your retreat.
Treat your taste buds to an exquisite culinary journey at the resort's fine dining venues, ensuring a gastronomic delight. Whether you're basking in the sun by the expansive pool, pampering yourself at the Iridium Spa, or enjoying beachfront cocktails, St. Regis Goa guarantees a weekend filled with sophistication and coastal allure. Unwind, recharge, and make the most of your getaway as St. Regis Goa transforms your long weekend into a memorable experience of luxury and coastal indulgence.
Discover Anopura, nestled in the heart of the lush Indian countryside, as your ideal long weekend getaway. This enchanting six-room retreat offers a serene escape from the lively capital of Rajasthan, surrounded by vibrant gardens blooming with marigolds, frangipani, and roses. The air is filled with the sweet scent of florals and the melodies of birds, creating an oasis of tranquillity complemented by the aroma of nearby lemon groves. Unwind by the glistening pool against a backdrop of sand-coloured mountains or lounge in tabaris beneath pomelo trees, savouring the quietude with a good book and refreshing beverages. Discreet butlers ensure a seamless experience, while a skilled local chef crafts breakfast, salads, curries, and delectable desserts. Offering activities ranging from thrilling safaris and soothing wellness experiences to culinary adventures and iconic dining beneath the stars. With diverse accommodations, including traditional countryside villas and glass villas with plunge pools, Anopura isn't just a resort; it's your tranquil oasis celebrating nature and tradition.
Dharana at Shillim
As the new year unfolds, Dharana at Shillim invites individuals to embark on a transformative long weekend getaway, fostering a harmonious balance between mind, body, and spirit. Nestled in a tranquil haven, this sanctuary seamlessly blends luxury with sustainability, offering a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature in an untouched and pristine environment. Dharana at Shillim beckons you not merely to visit but to truly reconnect with your inner self.
Explore the healing power of nature with guided Nature Walks and Eco-Therapy, reconnecting with the earth and breathing in the revitalizing benefits of the natural world. Engage in interactive Wellness Workshops covering various topics, from nutrition to stress management, fostering holistic well-being.
Delight your taste buds with Culinary Retreats, learning the art of mindful eating and the profound connection between nutrition and overall well-being. Dharana at Shillim offers meticulously curated stay packages, such as the "Essence of Wellbeing," inviting guests on a transformative journey focused on holistic wellness. "Dharana Embrace" and "Dharana Experience'' combine luxurious accommodation with wellness activities for a deeper connection. Experience serenity at the Dharana Presidential Villa and Dharana Pool Villa, where silence meets pristine wilderness. Revel in exclusive amenities, including a private pool for warm mornings and interiors to foster a harmonious connection with nature.
Courtyard by Marriott Aravali Resort
If you're looking for a quick trip around Delhi NCR, this new property is the ideal setting for an unforgettable weekend getaway or a scrumptious brunch during the forthcoming long weekend surrounding Independence Day. This lavish resort, tucked away in the breathtaking Aravali mountains, guarantees leisure and business travellers an experience they will never forget. With scrumptious meals and a relaxing staycation, the resort is an ideal place for a family getaway. Take a dip in the pool or soak in the lush greenery.
Jehan Numa Retreat
Jehan Numa Retreat is a luxurious spa retreat located on the outskirts of Bhopal, adjacent to the beautiful Van Vihar National Park. The retreat is made up of 28 cozy cottages surrounded by lush greenery and features a premium spa. It provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. The retreat has two restaurants that blend in with the surroundings and offer a variety of Indian, regional and international cuisine, including dishes from the royal kitchen. The Greenhouse Bistro café follows the 'farm to fork' concept and serves seasonal, healthy food. The retreat is committed to preserving the environment and promotes eco-friendly practices. Whether you're a leisure or business traveller, the retreat is a perfect getaway that gives you access to nature trails and national parks in Madhya Pradesh.
WelcomHeritage Cheetahgarh Resort & Spa
Looking for the perfect destination for multi-generational travel can be a daunting task. However, WelcomHeritage Cheetahgarh Resort and Spa located in Jawai, Rajasthan, is the ideal spot for a diverse range of interests. Those who love adventure can enjoy spotting leopards and bears on rocky terrains, while culture enthusiasts can delve into tribal traditions. Spa aficionados and culinary connoisseurs can find solace in luxury. With a serene Aravalli, panorama spread over 20 acres, this 5-star haven offers lakeside tranquility organic gardens, and birding. There's no need to "rough it out" as WH Cheetahgarh seamlessly merges luxury and authentic experiences. Families and groups can choose from chalets with pools, two-bedroom luxury tents, and chauffeur-driven cars. This resplendent retreat is conveniently located near Jodhpur and Udaipur airports.
Jim Corbett, Taj Resort and Spa
A destination known for experiences rooted in nature and elevated by luxury, Taj Corbett Resort & Spa, has built a new collection of stunning Luxury Suites that will ensure you have a luxury break. Taj Butler service coupled with bespoke services and the unmatched hospitality that the Taj is known for, the 11 new suites have been designed to spark a #SenseofWonder in travellers. The luxury suites are a harmonious blend of nature and culture, with soothing earthy tones to add to the quietude. The plush living space delivers a unique forest bathing ambience for a rejuvenating holiday.
Situated within close proximity of the Jim Corbett National Park, the resort welcomes guests with its impeccable hospitality and curated in-house and hyper-local experiences. For the gourmands and connoisseurs of fine living, this epicurean haven offers a diverse mix of world cuisines at its themed restaurants and bar. Take your palate on a gastronomic journey, as skilled culinary maestros guide you through flavours, aromas, and textures of authentic Kumaon delicacies. Or unwind with exquisite drinks crafted by their skilled mixologists. Let your mind and body rejuvenate with the healing therapies at the award-winning J Wellness spa, where ancient Indian wisdom and culture are brought to life embodying the essence of wellness.
Located on a private island, Raffles Udaipur offers stunning views of Udai Sagar Lake and bespoke experiences. If you wish to rediscover the City of Lakes, reminiscent of its rich cultural heritage and experience timeless traditions, it's time to spend time in luxury at this resort. The enchanting Raffles Udaipur is also home to migratory birds and bountiful flora and fauna. Spread across 21 acres, the hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport. Begin your experience as the Raffles butler service escorts you to your private boat. Take in the gentle breeze and quiet whistles of nature while the boat gently takes you away from the mainland and into the illustrious world of Raffles.
Narendra Bhawan Bikaner
If you're looking for a luxurious escape, consider booking a stay at Narendra Bhawan in Bikaner. The rooms are unique and provide a peaceful haven away from the chaos of city life. Additionally, the hotel offers a variety of activities and attractions to suit all types of travelers. You won't want to miss their famous sundowners, royal thalis, and spa treatments. If you're seeking something specific, don't hesitate to ask the staff for recommendations.
If you're looking for a relaxing escape, I highly recommend visiting Jaisalmer. It's a popular destination known for its stunning landscape and warm weather, especially during the month of August when there is typically little rain. One of the best places to stay in Jaisalmer is Suryagarh, which is known for its luxurious accommodations and excellent service.
Noormahal Palace, an iconic Heritage Landmark with an untold story of a family legacy in Karnal - the kingdom of Raja Karna and the mystical land of Mahabharata. Nestled in the heart of Karnal, Noormahal Palace is an unparalleled experience of grandeur and elegance, reflecting the rich heritage and culture of India. From its regal architecture to its opulent interiors, the hotel provides an experience that is both luxurious and authentic. If you wish to transport yourself back to the Mughal era for a few days, with culinary delights, don't think before you book!
Soul and Surf, Kerela
Nestled in Varkala, Kerala, Soul & Surf is more than just a boutique stay. It's a vibrant community, embracing both yogis and surfers of all levels, all year round. Hoping to create a space that allows those seeking a unique experience: One that offers a soulful surf culture, in a sustainable, Earth-friendly format and serves local, hearty meals that are playful twists on regional fare. The rooms at the retreats are simple, but offer magnificent views, ensuring serene rest to be followed by either a meditative surfing session or a yoga session by the beach, in the morning. Varkala is well known for its untouched beaches, dramatically beautiful cliffs, and choppy waves.
With locations that are straight out of paradise, and stays that have a whole lot of heart, Soul & Surf is hard to beat if you’re looking to make a trip that’s exciting, yet slow, and makes you feel just a little bit transformed, given your improved yoga practice, and brand-new surfing skills.
The Sula Source, Nashik
Experience the beauty of Tuscany with a stay at this charming resort located within the stunning Sula Vineyards. Enjoy comfortable and stylishly decorated rooms and suites, or opt for a unique stay in a tree house with breathtaking views of the vineyards. Take a leisurely bike ride through the vineyards, indulge in a wine-tasting session with delicious meals, and relax at the spa with indulgent treatments. This resort has everything you need for a rejuvenating and unforgettable getaway
SaffronStays, Falcon Hill, Lonavala
Looking for a hillside escape? Make your way to SaffronStays Falcon Hill, a 6-bedroom luxury villa in Lonavala that boasts an infinity pool overlooking Lonavala Valley. Nestled amidst 16 acres of private, forested land near Aamby Valley and 5 minutes from the famous Tiger Point. Wake up with breakfast on your private balconies or drink cocktails from the bar amidst the scenic backdrop of the valleys. Along with fully-trained staff, the villa offers various amenities and facilities, such as refreshing yoga sessions and indoor games. Resembling the shape of a tiger leaping, this clifftop boasts a beautiful view of the sunrise and sunset across the hills. The monsoon season is perfect for visiting this viewing spot as it elevates the spectacle by creating tiny waterfalls all around and increasing the hues of the forest and meadows.