Here’s our pick of romantic destinations with decor as stunning as the location itself
If there’s something we swear by, it’s the attention to details, especially when it comes to design. Be it gestures or experiences, there’s nothing we enjoy more than a well curated and thoughtful approach. And that’s why these getaways have made it to our wander-list.
Jilling Terraces, Uttarakhand
Set amidst the lush forests of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Jilling Terraces is reminiscent of an old country house. The 80 year old brick, stone and wood bungalow has been converted into a homestay and has been restored with an aesthetic typical of hilly areas. White washed walls, casement windows, high gabled ceilings with wooden beams and warm dhurries dot the interiors of this house. The four rooms – Buransh, Utish, Kamal and Padam take cues and reflect the colours of the flowers they are named after. Each room is spacious, airy and allows for sweeping views of the surrounding areas, especially the snow-clad mountains. On offer is also a standalone cottage called Ringol, with slatted wooden floors, timber ceilings and white walls. For those with an adventurous streak, Jilling offers treks as well.
Forest Hills, Tala
What sets Forest Hills, Tala apart from other destinations is that it has something for all travellers, no matter what their style. The eight luxury villas have distinct features setting them apart from the rest. While the Pink Parrot and Blue Butterfly, brought to life by ace designer Krsnaa Mehta reflect a touch of whimsical grandiose, those who crave the simple life should pick the all wood Woodpecker. Camel Cabin paints a picture straight out of the Arabian Nights, with a billowing canopy on the ceiling and rich red hues and Tree Hopper transports you to the Jungle Book, with its treehouse-like build. If you’re straight-up in the mood for some hearty indulgence and love modern décor, look no further than Glass House, designed by Architecture BRIO’s Robert Verrijt and Shefali Balwani. We love how the glass façade merges the indoors with the outdoors.
The Serai Resorts, Chikmaglur
If you want to experience nature in all its glory, and not give up on the earthy comforts the city provides, then The Serai Resorts is for you. The four villas come with their own luxuries - one with a jacuzzi, another with a pool, yet another has its own terrace while another offers designer interiors. The swanky interiors reflect wood and marble floors, contemporary furniture and boast a neutral colour palette. It offers several amenities – right from custom spas and lounge facilities to a signature restaurant and trekking trails to the surrounding coffee plantations.