Ayurveda Resort in Kerala – Somatheeram

Ayurveda Resort
My Ayurveda Resort experience in Kerala was fabulous!

One of the first Ayurveda resort in the world, Somatheeram should be on your wellness itinerary. Watch this video of my entire experience below.

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Ayurveda Resort

Located in Chowara near Kovalam, Somatheeram is one of the best Ayurveda resort not just in Kerala, but also in India. This wellness retreat began in the year 1985, when Ayurveda was generating a lot of curiosity amongst international travellers visiting Kerala. The nearest airport for Somatheeram is Thiruvananthapuram and after that it’s about a one and a half hour drive.

Ayurveda Resort

Somatheeram is not just an Ayurveda resort; it’s also a hospital. One can avail their treatments for various health issues and also those that are suited for relaxation and leisure. I checked in here just for 2 days and I could already feel the calm and peace thanks to all the greenery around the resort.

Ayurveda Resort

My room here was a traditional Kerala style cottage and it had an antique rustic feel. And oh so cozy!

Ayurveda Resort

Food is a very important aspect of Ayurveda. In Somatheeram, you will find a buffet spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But this is not just a regular buffet –  one can find a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, healthy juices and an authentic Kerala menu which is usually very nutritious. Also, the individual dishes are marked with the doshas they are most suited for – Vatha, Pitha, Kapha. This helps guests navigate the buffet as per food that is really suited for their body.

Ayurveda Resort

Ayurveda Resort

Ayurvedic treatments, therapies and massages are all available in Somatheeram. But these are basis the guidance given by the doctors there. Basically, during check-in, one’s healthy history, problems and concerns are discussed and basis that a treatment plan is decided. And this includes exercise, food and massage.

The property is also beautifully green. And very close to the beach. So the sound of waves is something that you will hear all throughout your stay here.

Ayurveda Resort

Ayurveda Resort

I absolutely enjoyed my stay at Somatheeram Ayurveda resort. It is an experience that I recommend you have when in Kerala. You can check out their rooms, rates, packages by clicking here.

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Poovar Resort with access to Backwaters and Beach

Poovar Resort
The best Poovar resort that can take you on a splendid journey through the backwaters of Kerala and also the Golden Sand Beach!

A Poovar resort that feels like heaven – the Estuary Sarovar Portico in Poovar, Kerala is one of the best places to stay while you are visiting this gorgeous island.

Watch this video from my stay in Estuary Sarovar Portico resort in Poovar for a visual tour.

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Poovar Resort

When it comes to resorts in Kerala, a lot of them end up being scenic primarily because of their location. But the Estuary Sarovar Portico takes its nature landscape to a whole different level. This Poovar resort is massive – filled with lots of coconut trees, various types of stay options and a restaurant that helps you experience local Kerala cuisine.

In terms of location, this is one of the best. Access to the backwaters and the beach right from the resort – what else can one ask for when in Kerala. And that estuary view is seriously underrated!

Poovar Resort

Estuary Sarovar Portico has a lot of options when it comes to accommodation. From Garden view rooms to luxurious villas with a pool. And they are even coming up with estuary view rooms and cottages. I stayed at their premium cottage and it was more than comfortable! Massive room, a dressing room and bathroom with a cute bathtub for two – I couldn’t really ask for more!

Poovar Resort

Poovar Resort

In terms of food, I was spoilt for choice during my visit. Firstly I had the ‘sadya’ meal here which was phenomenal. The Chef and the staff go the extra mile to get as many dishes as possible and give guests a true Kerala sadya experience. They also have a sampler dinner menu of sorts – so 4-5 different dishes, local to Kerala are part of the menu and the portions are small since there are multiple dishes. And this also included a delicious banana payasam. Usually they have a breakfast buffet which has everything – right from appams, to idli-dosas to the more common American buffet dishes. What caught my attention  in their breakfast spread was that they prepared their tea and coffee fresh right in front of you, and to suit your needs.

Poovar Resort

Poovar Resort

Poovar Resort

Poovar Resort

Poovar Resort

Poovar Resort

The resort has many amenities – 2 pools, a massive badminton court and play area, local tours, sightseeing and lots more.

Poovar Resort

Poovar Island is so beautiful – I don’t find as many people talking about it as they do for other places in Kerala. But this, in my opinion is one of the prettiest places that you can visit when in Kerala.Trivandrum is the closest airport to Poovar and it’s just about an hour’s drive from Thiruvananthapuram airport. And when you visit Poovar, do consider Estuary Sarovar Portico as your stay option. Its perfect for a honeymoon stay, a family vacation or even a corporate offsite. Check out all their details on their website.

Poovar Resort

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Greenwoods Thekkady Resort – So Green & Gorgeous!

Greenwoods Thekkady Resort
You’d expect a Thekkady Resort or hotel to be lush and serene. But Greenwoods in Thekkady is so gorgeously green!

Here’s a video from my visit to Thekkady Resort Greenwoods, Periyar Lake and a Spice Garden. Watch below.

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Greenwoods Resort is one of the best places to stay in Thekkady. Location wise it is very convenient – just in the beginning of the market side and about a 15 minute auto ride away from the bus station for Periyar. For anyone who is in Thekkady and looking for a fun resort with their family, kids or even if you are on your honeymoon, Greenwoods Resort Thekkady is an option to be considered.

Greenwoods Thekkady Resort

Greenwoods Thekkady Resort

The resort itself has a beautiful feel. Surrounded by trees and lush greenery, this place has that forest-like vibe. They also have a lot of spice plantations inside the resort itself. Spices are very common in Thekkady and you can do a mini spice plantation tour right inside Greenwoods resort! They have a restaurant and a pool area too. And also an area called Gokulam which is where you will find ducks, rabbits and a few Gir cows in their cow sheds. The resort promotes responsible tourism – they have a waste water recycling plant, tree plantation activities for guests and also use minimal plastic. Other activities in the resort include a Kerala cuisine cooking class, a Kerala style saree and lungi draping and a traditional Indian dance performance.

Greenwoods Thekkady Resort

Coming to the accommodation at Greenwoods Thekkady, they have superior and deluxe rooms, premium suites, villas with private pools. I stayed at Amaravathy – a premium suite with a pool and garden view. It is easily one of the most spacious cottages I’ve lived in and it was a super comfortable stay. A separate living room area (2 levels), a cozy bedroom with a balcony sit-out and a more than spacious bathroom.

Greenwoods Thekkady Resort

Greenwoods Thekkady Resort

In resorts like these, you could opt for an American Plan, i.e. a package inclusive of meals; so you don’t have to wander around in search of good, hygienic food. At Greenwoods Thekkady Resort they  have a restaurant serving Breakfast Buffet and A-la-carte Lunch and Dinner. And you will be able to fulfil your cravings for trying authentic Kerala cuisine here because they have it all!

Greenwoods Thekkady Resort

Greenwoods Thekkady Resort

I definitely recommend Greenwoods Resort in Thekkady. It’s a great place for a good holiday, honeymoon or just some time off to relax and unwind. You can check out their prices, packages and other amenities on their website.

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Amber Dale Hotel Munnar | Luxury Hotel & Spa in Munnar

Amber Dale Hotel
I recently stayed at Amber Dale Hotel in Munnar and my experience was amazing!

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Amber Dale Hotel is a luxury hotel and spa in Munnar. It is a beautiful property and boasts of the best view that one can get in Munnar. And that is absolutely correct. Once can admire endless stretch of mountains from various points in this property.

Amber Dale Hotel

In terms of rooms, you will find ones that fit every budget. I stayed at their premium Valley View cottages and it was one of the coziest rooms ever! Also the view was absolutely worth it.

Amber Dale Hotel

Amber Dale Hotel

This beautiful sit out is where I recommend spending a lot of hours, sipping on tea or coffee and enjoying the breathtaking view.

They do provide an in-room dining service as well and that includes a lot of Kerala specialities. 

And not just in-room, their breakfast buffet is one of the best ones I’ve tried – fresh local food, of course with a gorgeous view. Amber Dale Hotel

Amber Dale Hotel

I didn’t get a chance to try out their luxurious spa section, but I can imagine it to be very relaxing!

Amber Dale Hotel

With Munnar, as is the case with many hill stations, often the best of views come a little further from the main market area. This is just about 15 minutes from Munnar town and I recommend staying here because of the unparalleled scenic landscapes. The property also offers tours and other amenities like cycling, tea maiden costume (which you can see in my video thumbnail above), Kerala cuisine cooking demo, Barbeque and lots more. This is a beautiful getaway and one that I will surely cherish for life.

Amber Dale Hotel

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Alibaug Weekend Trip | U Tropicana Resort

An Alibaug weekend trip can be such a quick getaway from Mumbai.

Earlier in the year, I stayed at a luxurious villa on an Alibaug Weekend Trip. Check out this video from my trip.

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Alibaug weekend Trip

U Tropicana is  good property in Alibaug. In fact I have stayed at their regular resort rooms and also their villa and I can vouch for both. A villa is great when you are in a big group  and want to live under one roof. If booked well in advance, you can even find a steal deal online. And their individual rooms are great for privacy. Most of them are pool facing, with a cozy sit out.

Alibaug Weekend Trip

Personally, I enjoy taking a ferry ride or a speed boat to Alibaug. The drive is quite long – a 45 minute ferry ride versus a a 3-4 hour drive! So I would definitely recommend the water route. However, double check this mode of transport if you are travelling during monsoon.

Alibaug Weekend Trip

In terms of food, Alibaug is all about coastal Maharashtrian cuisine. So expect a lot of non veg! However, if like me you are vegetarian too, then U Tropicana has you covered. They do have a pretty decent veg fare.

I would recommend Alibaug for a quick weekend getaway. It gives that feel of being away from the city, without much travel. And there is quite a bit to do there – the beaches, the forts and more. So definitely explore Alibaug!

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Hotel Jade Garden Mysore – Clean & Comfortable stay in Mysuru

Centrally located, clean and comfortable is how I’d describe my stay at Hotel Jade Garden Mysore.

I came across Hotel Jade Garden Mysore and the one thing that made me choose it was the location. While travelling, I always look for properties that can quickly lead me to all the tourist spots and yet, not be in the middle of commotion.

Hotel Jade Garden Mysore is a budget hotel here and one thing I can vouch for is their hygiene. This is something I’m very particular about while choosing a hotel.

I stayed in their executive room and it was extremely comfortable. Clean sheets, ample towels, basic selection of tea and coffee were all there.

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Even their bathroom was basic, yet very clean. And generously refilled with toiletries everyday!

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

They have 2 restaurants inside the hotel. One if them is Saffron. This is the place were I enjoyed their breakfast buffet and it was quite a spread. A good mix of South Indian and western dishes. I stuck to trying out local cuisine – idlis, dosas and filter coffee was my daily staple! The idlis at Saffron deserve a special mention. They were fresh, soft and melt in your mouth. And the coconut chutney was perfection.

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

The other restaurant here is one of the most happening rooftop bars in Mysore. This is Iconic rooftop restaurant and bar and it had such a fun, chilled out vibe. Good music, good food and good cocktails!

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

This rooftop bar actually has an open section which has a bar and a few high tables. But they also have a more cozy dining area that serves delicious food.

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

From the outside, the hotel looks great. In the day time especially it makes for very insta-worthy pictures. And in the evening, when it’s all lit up it looks gorgeous as well.

 

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Hotel Jade Garden Mysore is a place that I would stay when I come back here. The staff, hospitality and of course the idlis totally made my stay here very memorable. When you visit Mysore, definitely keep this hotel in mind. You can check out their website for bookings.

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La Marvella Bangalore – Luxurious stay in Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore
I recently had the opportunity to stay in La Marvella Bangalore and it was beautiful!

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore offers luxurious stays in Jayanagar, an affluent residential and commercial area in Bangalore. Area wise this is pretty close to a lot of good places in Bangalore – eateries, malls and more.

For me, a key part of hotel stays is how clean they are. Some of the fanciest properties may not really be the cleanest! La Marvella was not only clean, but also very well maintained. Their rooms were spic-n-span, nothing seemed like it was out of order!

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

I also found their rooms to be a bit bigger than most hotels. They didn’t feel cramped, or busy. Very well spaced out.

Some of their rooms offer a view. Mine was the executive room and I was lucky to have this greenery right outside the window.

La Marvella Bangalore

One thing that was really interesting was this switch box. Everything just a press away! Switch boards are normally spread across the room. But this box just makes life so much easier! You could even operate the automated curtain from right here.

La Marvella Bangalore

If you love hotel bathrooms then welcome to the club! I just love big mirrors, shower cubicles and nice white towels.

La Marvella Bangalore

Their room is equipped with everything – bathrobes, ironing board, tea-coffee and a water heater, tv, wifi and in room dining.

La Marvella Bangalore

I did check out the restaurant Golden Oak, a multi-cuisine restaurant inside La Marvella Bangalore. And it feels nothing short of a fine dining experience. Highly recommend trying out their Shaam Savera – a delicious Paneer gravy and their Hyderabadi mix vegetable. And their steaming hot chapatis too.

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

Also, don’t miss their litchi stuffed rasgullas!

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore also houses Sohum Spa, a popular spa chain in India. And while I was there, they were offering a complimentary 15 minute foot massage.

La Marvella Bangalore

If massages are not your thing, then head to the roof top and chill by the pool. Because Bangalore weather is mostly amazing, you can catch a good sunset and also a nice view of the city.

La Marvella Bangalore

That was all about my stay at La Marvella Bangalore. I also got to check out their suites and they were more luxurious than I could ever imagine!

This is their Executive suite.

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

This is the Presidential suite.

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

You can find out rates, availability and all other details on their official website.

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Sheraton Grand Pune – Room Tour Video

A while back I stayed at The Sheraton Grand Pune and had a pretty goof experience.

You can watch this video where I take you through the Sheraton Grand Pune. It also includes a room tour.

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The Sheraton Grand Pune is one of the oldest five star properties in Pune. The hotel is now part of the Marriott group.

This hotel is located at Bund Garden, Pune and is pretty close to Pune railway station. In terms of amenities the hotel is equipped with a restaurant and coffee shop, a spa, an outdoor pool and even a roof top dining area. They have 2 pools – one for adults and the other for kids and both are located on the terrace, alongside Chingaari, their rooftop restaurant. They also have an in-house spa – Shine Spa. It is a very popular hotel among business travellers and is very well equipped with large conference rooms. The hotel is also known for its banquet halls for hosting parties, weddings and receptions.

The Sheraton Grand Pune does have that old world feel to it. Rooms and the lobby are reminiscent of an older hotel. Even the old style lift and the interiors are quite vintage in their feel.

While there are many luxurious and five star properties in Pune, the Sheraton Grand does provide a memorable and comfortable experience.

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