10 weekend getaways that are perfect for this season

From quaint vacation villas in the hills to upscale resorts, we get you the lowdown on where to go this spring. Book them right away or bookmark them for later.

Time for a time out with your loved ones this spring! Image: shutterstock/monkey business images.
Time for a time out with your loved ones this spring! Image: Shutterstock/Monkey Business Images.

As parts of the country witness the coming of spring, complete with lush green views and florals in bloom, it’s the perfect opportunity to plan that much-awaited escapade. We’ve handpicked a clutch of resorts, hotels, and villas that you can bookmark for a getaway during the long Holi weekend or later this month.

Karan Mahal, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

Let the spring blossoms colour your getaway. Image: courtesy karan mahal srinagar.
Let the spring blossoms colour your getaway. Image: Courtesy Karan Mahal Srinagar.

No one does spring better than Kashmir. Pink-hued almond blossoms line the streets and gardens, soothing greens are a sight for sore eyes and it’s a riot of colours all around. Once the private residence of the erstwhile crown prince of Jammu & Kashmir, and now converted into a seven-bedroom luxurious homestay, Karan Mahal makes for grand lodgings in close proximity to Dal Lake.

Relive history as you enjoy the sumptuous dwellings. Each of the rooms and suites are fitted out with all the creature comforts one could need, along with elegant furnishings, handwoven carpets, crystal chandeliers, art deco furniture and more. Savour royal recipes featuring Dogra, Nepalese and Kashmiri fare and sip on cups of noon chai as you make the most of your stay. Book here.

Makaibari Bungalow, Darjeeling — amã Stays & Trails, West Bengal

Time, tea and tenderness. Image: courtesy makaibari bungalow, amã stays & trails, west bengal.
Time, tea and tenderness. Image: Courtesy Makaibari Bungalow, amã Stays & Trails, West Bengal.

This charming five-bedroom bungalow commands panoramic views of tea gardens and is perfect for a quaint getaway in the hills. The weather is cool and pleasant this time of the year and who can resist the charm of afternoon tea on the porch, paired with nibbles and desserts?

Designed on the lines of a tea planter’s abode, the bungalow retains its colonial-era charm with carefully curated knickknacks, cosy sit-outs, wallpaper by Sabyasachi and the like. Indulge in local delicacies and Nepalese fare, take a walk in the gardens, forage for herbs, or visit local tea factories; you won’t be short of things to do. Book here.

Araiya, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Cosy countryside charm. Image: courtesy araiya palampur.
Cosy countryside charm. Image: Courtesy Araiya Palampur.

Nestled in the Kangra valley with stunning views of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges, this boutique property is tucked away in a corner of the lesser-known hill station of Palampur and is just an hour away from Kangra airport. The 25 rooms and suites here are done up in vintage hues, each offering compelling vistas.

If it’s too nippy for a dip in the outdoor plunge pool overlooking the mountains, head to the Old Fox Bar at the property where you can settle in with a book and drink to keep you company. If adventure is more up your alley, there are several hiking and trekking trails to make use of. The scenery is especially pretty this time of the year with pear blossoms lining winding mountain roads. Book here.

The Leela Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Luxurious lake views. Image: courtesy the leela palace udaipur.
Luxurious lake views. Image: Courtesy The Leela Palace Udaipur.

Quick romantic getaway on your mind? There’s no better place than Udaipur to spoil yourselves with a dose of luxury. Overlooking the picturesque Lake Pichola, with the Aravalli mountains framing the view, this modern palace has all the makings for the perfect romantic holiday, with its traditional architecture, latticed balconies, and terraces as you sip on cocktails while the sun casts a dusky glow over the horizon.

Serenade your significant other with a meal at Sheesh Mahal, the resort’s candlelit, alfresco dining setting. Book yourselves a relaxing spa treatment, take a leisurely boat ride, or lounge by the dreamy outdoor pool at this luxury lakeside resort, you won’t be disappointed. Book here.

Munjoh Ocean Resort, Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Swish seaside getaway. Image: courtesy munjoh ocean resort.
Swish seaside getaway. Image: Courtesy Munjoh Ocean Resort.

Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep) is one of the country’s best kept secrets, and one of the largest of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. With its lush coral reefs, pristine blue waters and white sand beaches, this destination is perfect if you’re looking to go off the grid for a few days.

Get yourself one of the beach chalets or luxury villas at the Munjoh Ocean Resort. Spend your days in leisure as you take a dip in the ocean, go diving or kayaking surrounded by turquoise blues and even island-hopping. Or simply detox in leisure as you disconnect and pamper your senses. March and April are usually considered a good time to visit, before the monsoon sets in. Book here.

Chalet Windflower, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Wooden wonders in the woods. Image: courtesy chalet windflower.
Wooden wonders in the woods. Image: Courtesy Chalet Windflower.

Make this rustic four-bedroom chalet in the mountains your escape this season. With a jacuzzi overlooking snow-capped peaks, a cosy fireplace, and plenty of wooden accents that lend the property warmth, you’re far from the hustle and bustle of city life. Steam and sauna amenities are also available, and outdoor barbecues can be arranged upon request. But it’s the captivating views that will compel you to extend your stay in this little haven. Book here.

Grand Mansion of Saipem Hills, Goa

Enjoy a leisurely unspool in the pool. Image: courtesy grand mansion of saipem hills.
Enjoy a leisurely unspool in the pool. Image: Courtesy Grand Mansion of Saipem Hills.

Goa is one of those evergreen destinations you can’t really go wrong with. This plush six-bedroom villa close to Candolim beach features sprawling gardens and a lawn, an outdoor pool and plenty of amenities and activities to keep the family occupied. Wake up to lush green views with the Saipem hills in the distance, and after a long day of excursions or exploring local sights, unwind on the deck or take a leisurely dip in the pool. Book here.

Ayatana, Coorg

Get wowed by your own private waterfall. Image: courtesy ayatana coorg.
Get wowed by your own private waterfall. Image: Courtesy Ayatana Coorg.

March is one of the best times to watch coffee flowers blossom, and what better place than Coorg to see this? Spread over 100 acres, with lush waterfalls and mist-covered hills for company, this luxury resort makes for an ideal getaway. Cottages make up the boutique accommodation here.

Let your stress melt away with a pampering treatment at the property’s Wilderness Spa, followed by a meal at The Glass house, overlooking a private waterfall. We suggest whiling away your time at the resort’s infinity pool, with lush views to boot, followed by a day of exploring coffee plantations. Book here.

Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort, Himachal Pradesh

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Tibetan motifs and forest views. Image: Courtesy Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort.

Set amidst deodar forests just above the cool climes of Dharamshala, you’re cocooned in luxury in the little village of Dharamkot at this 80-room property. The tastefully-designed rooms and suites pay homage to the region’s Tibetan influence — from the colourful throws and spreads to decor accents. The biggest draw here is the indoor pool overlooking the tranquil forest. You can have the property organise a picnic for you outdoors or indulge in a traditional Himachali Dham thali that the chefs will whip up for you. Book here.

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Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond, Kumarakom, Kerala

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Traditional meets chic. Image: Courtesy Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond, Kumarakom, Kerala.

If you’re enticed by the idea of spending a few days by the tranquil Kerala backwaters, this waterfront retreat nestled on the banks of Lake Vembanad is a good pick. The accommodation ranges from villas with private pools to rooms with panoramic views of the lake. The hotel can set up high tea by the lake if you wish or fix you up with traditional Ayurvedic treatments. Take a boat ride along the backwaters, relish the local cuisine, or simply rejuvenate your senses in this peaceful setting. Book here.

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