There’s no better time to whisk your partner away for a mini-break than Valentine’s Day. And this year, all you lovebirds are lucky because it’s falling on the weekend. Shirley Mistry tells you about some interesting packages on offer
If you don’t want to head out for a romantic dinner or go on a drive like every other couple in the city, what’s stopping you from getting away? With Valentine’s Day falling over the weekend, this is the perfect time to get out and book that vacation you have been meaning to take. Apart from having a great time with your partner and seeing a new place, a V-Day getaway is something you will remember for years to come. Read on to find out where you can head to this Valentine’s Day.
LOST IN THE HILLS
What better way to celebrate your love for each other than to block out the city, noise, mobiles and laptops and head to the Himalayas. Ananda at the Himalayas is great way to pamper yourself and your partner. Ananda offers various therapies drawing on the age old art of ayurveda, yoga and vedanta. They also have personalised couples’ yoga and a rose petal bath in your room. Ananda's nurturing three and five-night package includes spa experiences within your very own spa suite.
Price A 3-night getaway starts at Rs 26,400, exclusive of taxes
OUT & ABOUT
If you are the outdoorsy couple and would rather do something adventurous than cuddle under the covers, this option is perfect for you. At 19 Degree North, indulge in rapelling, car racing, jungle safari, zorbing, paintball shooting and rock climbing to get your adrenaline pumping. If you are looking for an overnight romantic escape, amidst nature, opt for the exhilarating Wilderness Picnics. Cosy up next to a bonfire and indulge in some star gazing with your partner.
Price On request
Contact 39807444/ www.aambyvalleycity.com
HEAD TO HONG KONG
If you like visiting new cities, now’s the time to head to Hong Kong. The Spring Lantern Festival, which marks the last day of the Chinese New Year, falls on Valentine’s Day this year so it is the perfect time to visit. You can go for long walks at the many beaches and even take a trip on the Star Ferry as dusk falls. You can also book a couple’s spa therapy and a romantic dinner on a cruise to finish off your stay in the city.
Price Packages start at Rs 27,600
Contact 67686970; SMS ‘holidays’ to 56767100
LIVE IT UP!
If you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day by having a few drinks and dancing the night away, SinQ Beach Club’s Scintillating Valentine’s Day Party is the ideal spot. The SinQ Beach Club in Goa is perfect if you want a nice, comforting Goan holiday complete with lazy afternoons, scrumptious food and some good alcohol.
Price Rs 1,500 per couple for the party.
FIT FOR A KING
For a royal and luxurious trip this V- Day, head to Jodhpur. The Ranbanka Palace hotel has a great Valentine’s Day offer, filled with exciting freebies. You can enjoy a private dinner on the lawn or in the Royal Dining Room, enjoy complimentary cake and a bottle of wine, complimentary full day sightseeing to the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur Museum, Local Market and Jaswant Thada among others. If you prefer staying indoors they also offer a complimentary 60-minute couple aroma therapy spa and complimentary usage of the steam room for 30 minutes. Sounds like a great deal to us!
Price Rs 14,999 onwards, per couple