6 Hotels And Villas To Head To For The Long Weekend This Diwali


2021 has been kind to us when it comes to long weekends. After Ganesh Chaturthi and Dussehra, Diwali falls on the last two days of the week and we head straight into vacay mode. So why not treat yourself to a mini holiday? At least you get to skip the tiresome Diwali cleaning while still celebrating the festivities in peace–a win-win, we say! Here are some of the best villas and hotels you can book for the coming holidays and make the most of the long weekend.

1. The Source At Sula, Nashik

Forget apples, a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. So raise a toast and bring in the festive celebration sipping on premium quality rosé from your luxurious suite’s private terrace or tree house facing the vineyards at The Source. And when you want a break from it in between, opt for an intimate meal amongst the vines or go for a VIP tour and tasting–your stay’s bound to be fun and relaxing.

2. The Leela Palace, Udaipur

We’re not kidding when we say you get the royal treatment here. The large majestic rooms and luxurious activities offered at The Leela say it all. Firstly, you’re presented with an option of 8 types of rooms to choose from, each with breathtaking views. And let’s not forget the elevated dining experience–whether you want to enjoy an Indian meal with your family facing the Pichola Lake or a personalised romantic dinner with your beau under a star-lit sky, they ensure that you check out with cherished memories.

3. Le Meridien Resort & Spa, Jaipur

Expansive rooms with sunken bathtubs, dual vanities, refreshing attached gardens and on-call butler service–here’s another property that assures regal vibes only. And of course, there’s more. Binge on authentic Rajasthani cuisine for lunch at the in-house restaurant Surya Villas and then head for a cocktail sesh at either of the two bars–Madeira Bar And Terrace or Palki Poolside Bar. Go sightseeing to some of the best heritage sites and after a long day of walking around, treat your muscles with some TLC at the hotel’s Explore Spa.

4. The Oberoi, New Delhi

The Oberoi’s special Diwali staycation package is ‘A Perfect Escapade at The Oberoi’. Rejuvenate yourself with a pool experience at the temperature-controlled outdoor and indoor pools, gorge on the splendid international cuisine and indulge in much-needed therapeutic spa treatments to re-energise your mind and body. In case you’re worried about the pollution in the city, the hotel takes care of it thanks to the state-of-the-art air purification technology that prevents entry of harmful particulate matter.

5. Glenburn Penthouse, Kolkata

For colonial and vintage decor lovers, Glenburn Penthouse is the definite place to be. It is an intimate haven of sophisticated luxury to savour the culture, history and cuisine of Bengal. But for us, the pièce de résistance is the rooftop terrace that leads you to the infinity pool overlooking the Victoria Memorial and other panoramic sights of the city. Don’t forget to check out the elegant library with french doors that lead you to a covered verandah and courtyard beyond–a gorgeous indoor sitting area but also a lovely space for small events and cocktail evenings. We’re mentally here already!


6. Cabo Serai, Goa

Take a break from partying in North Goa and head down South, the more quiet side with cleaner waters. Perched at a height of over 100 ft, Cabo Serai is home to spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding areas. Trust us, you won’t miss The Maldives once you’re here. You get to stay in wooden panel cottages or tents facing the beach and even enjoy meals on the white sand. The eco-conscious resort is built on the principles of sustainability and wellness, and you get to taste fresh and organic produce through nourishing meals and engage in yoga or meditation. Rest assured you’ll leave feeling fresh and ready to get back to your daily grind.



- Lifestyle Editor


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