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Pack your bags and head to these gorgeous rooms with the perfect views
With 18 long weekends ahead of us in the new year, most of us are already planning our future getaways. Fortunately, Marriott International offers a range of resort destinations which are at a short drive away across India for your next family staycation.
Take your pick from a range of specially curated holiday experiences and experience unparalleled luxury at pristine locations on your next staycation.
A short drive from New Delhi, The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa in Gurgaon is the perfect spot to get away from the chaos of the capital. Nestled in the shadows of the mighty Aravallis, and flanked by dense forests, the resort features a distinct architectural style that blends tradition and modernity. Take a cool dip in the Damdama Lake, try your luck at fishing or enjoy a lakeside family picnic – simple pleasures never disappoint!
In the Land of the Kings, there are few places more jam packed with cultural heritage than the capital Jaipur. From your base at Le Méridien Jaipur Resort & Spa, explore architectural marvels like the Hawaa Mahal, Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar on a trip that takes you through the ages, spanning centuries of valour, sacrifice and grandeur. Do not forget to pause and sample the delectable local cuisine on the streets of Jaipur, and shop till you drop in the chaotic lanes and by-lanes of Bapu Bazaar. A heritage trail with an exciting flavour of the modern, Jaipur beckons for your next family getaway!
In the midst of the Aravallis, immerse yourself in the culturally rich town of Pushkar from your plush base at The Westin Pushkar Resort and Spa. Pay a visit to Pushkar’s famous Brahma Temple and treat yourself to a picnic at the scenic Pushkar Lake while you’re at it. And if it is a desert adventure you crave, then a thrilling safari along the sand dunes of the Thar desert, is your answer. While the town offers a slew of exciting street food experiences, the resort’s dining options vary from sumptuous local cuisines to eclectic global delights.
As the sun rises over the horizon, catch a breathtaking view of the Jaisalmer Fort from your very balcony at the Jaisalmer Marriott Resort and Spa. Saunter through the town’s lanes and by-lanes, and you’ll stumble upon imposing havelis, museums and palaces, each weaving stories of their own, transporting you to the age of Rajasthan’s valorous royals. After dinner, enjoy panoramic views of the stark desertscape bathed in moonlight – a truly authentic Rajasthani experience that you can enjoy on your next staycation!
Goa is home to some of the most popular beaches in the country, making it a quintessential holiday destination; lounging in the sand with a book and a refreshing drink is as tantalizing a prospect as spending an evening at the iconic Goan beach shacks. Explore the other facets of Goa’s exciting culture through two luxury offerings in India’s sunshine state. While the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa at Miramar Beach boasts of North Goa’s premier gaming destination in Casino Carnival, Le Meridien Goa, Calangute is the perfect home base for a culture trail that takes you through the Chapora and Aguada forts, and the famed Arpora Saturday Night Market. No matter what your fancy, Goa is a destination that promises a wide range of experiences, each more exciting than the last!
At the W Goa, say hello to the alternative lifestyle that India’s sunshine state has championed for decades. Situated along the Vagator Beach, the resort offers easy access to some of North Goa’s most electric parties, as well as the Chapora and Aguada forts, two stalwarts of Goa’s colonial past. Enjoy free meals for two at the resort’s multi-cuisine restaurants and follow that up with a leisurely stroll along Vagator beach to burn it all off. Cap off the day with a leisurely spa session – you would be hard pressed to find a more fulfilling Goan getaway!
At the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa, the simple pleasures of life await you in the midst of the mighty Garhwal Himalayas. Set aside some time to discover the charm of Mussoorie on the many walking trails that weave through the dense forests and secret trails. Soak in the sunshine and silence of the woods, not forgetting to break journey at the roaring Kempty Falls, which are a sight to behold in themselves.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The Sheraton Grand Resort and Spa in Chennai is suitably far from the hustle-bustle of the metropolis to melt your worries away, but comfortably close to the culturally rich environs of Mahabalipuram. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mahabalipuram temples afford a dive into the architectural mastery of a bygone age, while the region’s sandy beaches are inviting to say the least.
Fresh strawberries with cream, hikes through verdant hills and picnics by waterfalls will characterize your stay at the Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar Resort and Spa. The hill station is home to a quaint culture, best encountered along the main market street. Additionally, for that adrenaline kick, the mighty Sahyadris will gladly welcome you into their fold for hikes and short treks. Perched at 4700 feet in the air, this luxury offering is your chance to soak in the foggy mists of the Western Ghats’ most iconic weekend destination.
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