As Monsoon breaks over the subcontinent, India slowly begins to reopen and domestic flights become available, it’s tempting to ride out the storm in open spaces and remote sanctuaries. We’ve curated a list of travel hideouts that are isolated and surrounded by nature in case you want to make your escape from today’s chaos a reality. Divia Thani of Conde Nast Traveller gave us her recommendations on luxury resorts that are worth the spend. Socially distance in style.
Pine N Peak, Pahalgam
The only 5-star resort property in Pahalgam, Pine N Peak is a stunning getaway nestled in the hills, 90kms away from Srinagar Airport. Picture waking up to a view of the snowcapped Himalayas, acres of pine trees. Start your morning with a horseback ride, or try your hand at fishing at River Lidder. Hike along the forest, or treat yourself to a bubble bath. Cut off from the news cycle, send your prayers to the mountains.
Ry Kinjai, Meghalaya
Ry Kinjai or Serenity by the Lake is a picturesque Resort-Spa that looks over Umaim Lake. 16kms from Shillong, the architecture of this resort preserves tradition and blends into the landscape. Inspired by Khasi thatch huts, you’ll sleep in luxury cottages surrounded by more greenery than you’ve ever known. Nothing spells rest and relaxation like hiding out by an untouched lake.
Devi Garh, Udaipur
One of India’s leading luxury hotels, RAAS Devigarh is an 18th century palace turned hotel in Delawar, a village by Udaipur. When you’re not treating yourself to champagne, head over to the temple ruins and soak up some history. Delawar was once a town of 1500 temples, now all in ruins leaving only the Eklingji temple for the curious tourist or pilgrim.
The Woods at Sasan Gir
Built on a private mango orchard, staying at The Woods at Sasan Gir is akin to a luxury detox. Feast on traditional vegetarian meals, and get in touch with nature without venturing into the wild. The tamed groves are reminiscent of a simpler time and a stroll through the orchards bring you closer to nature without the arduous strain of a forest hike.
The Kumaon, near Nainital
Nestled at the edge of a cliff, in Kasar Devi, this private mountain resort boasts of some of the most heart-stopping views. The historical town is home to a temple that has captured the imagination of countless poets and soul searchers, like D H Lawrence, Bob Dylan and Swami Vivekananda. Steep yourself in warm baths, and Kumaoni culture. This is where you wake up in the clouds.
Marari Villas, Kerala
Mararikulum is home to some of the best beaches on the Kerala coastline. If you’re not a fan of the traditional resort experience, you’ll love the boutique experience of the Marari Villas. The eco-conscious resort is ethically built and blends perfectly into the environment. Unwind in your own private villa complete with a private pool, take a private swim under the warm rain, catch up on reading, or just head to the beach.
Kahani Paradise, Gokarna
Kahani Paradise looks like a little hill growing out of the Gokarna forest. This luxury property is perfectly located, so you’ll have the forest behind you and beach in front of you. Take bike rides through the jungle or the stretches of empty beach, bring your dog on vacation if you like (you know it’s paradise when it’s pet friendly), and reconnect with nature, without compromising comfort.