A getaway from home is all you need to put city fumes and busy streets behind you for a few days

by Mini Ribeiro


Fret not if you cannot step out for a holiday to a faraway place when everyone else is doing so. No need to make complicated travel plans, flight bookings et al. Just pack and head to a hotel or resort in and around where you stay, or at best drive to one, closest to your city and check-in. A getaway from home is all you need to put city fumes and busy streets behind you for a few days. Be a staycationer for a change and simply relax with your family or indulge in an action-packed break, which your hotel curates for you. So what’s stopping you? Options are scattered all over India, but here are our picks.

Where? Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Arossim Beach, Cansaulim, Goa
What’s on offer?
Set within 45 acres of landscaped gardens with waterways and lagoons, this resort showcases 252 charming Indo-Portuguese style rooms and suites featuring spa-inspired baths, kitchenettes, and living rooms, combining elegance with distinctive regional character.
Enjoy a family getaway at this luxury resort and experience some unique things to do in South Goa. From yoga classes to unwinding at the Sereno Spa and relishing choicest delicacies at the Casa Sarita and Da Luigi to having fun at Camp Hyatt, there is never a dull moment.
No better place for a staycation than this, as there is something to engage every member of your family, with no element of monotony ever setting in.
How to book ?
Call 0832 272 1234

Where? The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai
What is on offer?
Popular as one of Mumbai’s landmark properties, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel undoubtedly stands out as the iconic sea-facing landmark in Colaba, South Mumbai. With a splendid view of the Arabian Sea and Gateway of India, alongside refined century-old hospitality, your holiday begins the moment you enter.
Leave behind the stress and fatigue of the city and surrender yourself to signature treatments that have been customised to suit every individual’s needs at Jiva Spa. This place pampers you to the hilt as you soak your senses in a soothing and sublime experience.
This hotel is renowned for its remarkable culinary experiences at Shamiana, Golden Dragon or Souk, or even the elegant Sea Lounge.
The hotel also offers various exciting activities for guests during their stay. One can travel back in time and walk down memory lane with the distinct Heritage walk of the property, which is replete with rich and varied stories and anecdotes.
So head back home recharged after an indulgent staycation here.
How to book?
Call 022 6665 0300

Where? Conrad Pune, Mangaldas Road, Koregaon Park, Pune
What’s on offer:
This iconic Art Deco-inspired hotel is the epitome of curated experiences, services and sophisticated style. The 310 luxurious guest rooms, including 20 suites offer the latest in-room technology with signature Conrad amenities – plush bedding and five-fixture marble bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and soak tubs.
Recharge yourself at the dedicated rejuvenation floor with the city’s first outdoor temperature-controlled pool, a dedicated kids’ pool, whirlpool, a 24-hour fitness centre, a full-service Conrad Spa and a salon.
A gourmand’s delight, the hotel offers 6 food and beverage outlets to choose from.
In keeping with the theme of Conrad – Stay Inspired, Conrad Pune has curated a list of quintessential experiences in Pune called the 1-3-5 experience to give visitors a unique and authentic feel of the city. Under this, the concierge service at Conrad creates a customized itinerary based on the number of hours available – 1, 3 or 5 and preferences – art-architecture, shopping, spirituality, food and beverage, to explore Pune.
How to book?
Call 020 6745 6745

Where? ITC Grand Chola, Mount Road, Guindy, Chennai
What is on offer?
With 600 keys, 10 food and beverage destinations reflecting ITC’s signature brand of culinary excellence and the spa brand Kaya Kalp, the ITC Grand Chola is an iconic asset for Chennai that lures every guest.
Witness the lighting of the lamps in the magnificent lobby of the hotel followed by a Bharat Natyam performance each evening.
Culinary excellence is taken to the next level here and playing host to the most comprehensive selection of fine dining in Chennai, the hotel offers guests truly unique choices.
This hotel presents guests with a slice of the local culture through architecture, art, shopping or Food Sherpa trails which enable you to explore the deep sense of heritage that Chennai offers or perhaps its creative side.
So, with a mix of lounging around in the opulent hotel to stepping out to absorb the elements of the city, a staycation here proves to be revitalising.
How to Book?
Call 044 2220 0000

Where? Trident Udaipur, Trident Road, Near Pichola Lake, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan
What’s on offer?
Set in 43 acres of lush green landscaping, Trident, Udaipur is located on the banks of the picturesque Pichola Lake and overlooks the tranquil Jag Mandir and the surrounding Aravalli range. The 139 deluxe rooms and four suites are a viewing gallery for the grandeur of Udaipur. With its exquisite interiors, best in modern amenities, fine-dining options and gracious and personalised service, this is the perfect place for a family staycation.
If being ensconced indoors is not up your sleeve, explore the fabled city of Udaipur, acclaimed worldwide for its beautiful lakes, medieval palaces and colourful bazaars.
Dining options at the hotel include – ‘Aravalli’ the all-day dining multi-cuisine restaurant and ‘The Terrace’, a global restaurant, while ‘Amrit Mahal’, the bar, serves a selection of spirits, wines and cocktails.
Recreational and leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and an exclusive Kids Club for young guests, to keep the entire family happily busy.
How to book?
Call 0294 243 2200

Where? The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences, Ambience Island, National Highway, Gurugram
What’s on offer?
With 254 Deluxe and Premier Rooms, 40 Royal Club Rooms, 28 Suites, 90 Residences: one, two and three bedrooms, this place spells a luxurious staycation and transports you to another world.
Their range of curated offers allow you to discover and explore, pamper and rejuvenate, celebrate and rejoice. From chocolate-making classes to wine-tasting sessions and from Zumba and cooking classes for kids to indulging in a lavish Sunday brunch at Zanotta, this hotel offers everything to ensure either a private and romantic time with your partner or a great family holiday with children.
Family dinners in Diya, the Pan-Indian restaurant with Sufi music can further prove to be relaxing.
How to book?
Call 0124 4425444

Where? Westin Kolkata, Plot No. CBD/2, Action Area – II, New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata
What’s on offer?
The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat distinguishes itself with the globally-acclaimed Westin experience of superb facilities, delicious cuisine, innovative wellness initiatives and personalised services, offering an invigorating environment and experience.
Featuring 314 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, each room boasts of an unobstructed view of the Kolkata skyline, the Westin brand’s signature Heavenly Bed® and upgraded Heavenly Bath® amenities, ensuring restful nights and blissful mornings. Thus, there can be no better getaway to relax and recharge for a family.
Seasonal Tastes is place to satiate your food and drinks cravings. The hotel offers over 2,000 square meters dedicated to wellness, so enjoy an invigorating massage at the Heavenly Spa by Westin or energize at WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio. To complement the range of rejuvenating therapies on offer, there is an outdoor pool too. So pamper yourself as a new you steps out after your staycation here.
How to book?
Call 033 4037 1234

Where? The Roseate, Samalka, NH-8, New Delhi
What is on offer?
With 50 expansive rooms, each equipped with state- of-the-art amenities to ensure guests a delightful stay and set amongst eight acres of luscious greens encompassed by over a thousand trees and water bodies, The Roseate New Delhi, envelopes you in luxury immediately.
Regally columned verandahs, understated, yet elegant interiors reminiscent of the royal lineage associated with the heritage of Delhi, are evident the moment you step in and make you feel like royalty.
With a swimming pool and gym, the Aheli spa and dining options like the Chi Ni and Kiyan, each guest is indulged according to his preference.
Furthermore, The Roseate New Delhi offers ‘Lifestyle Services’ for its guests consisting of bespoke lifestyle and handcrafted experiences professionally knitted in style.
This architectural marvel, stands out as a ‘first city resort ‘ in its genre, in India and offers an unparalleled staycation experience that you will cherish long after you have checked out.
How to book?
Call 011 33552211

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