New Delhi, India – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine
It is said that stories of true love never die and with a nod to famed romantic couples throughout the times, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts celebrate romance with a collection of enchanting honeymoon retreats perfect for present day romantics.
Monumental Love While most cannot express eternal love by commissioning a beautiful mausoleum in their beloved’s honor, couples can experience the ultimate monument of love first hand at the Taj Mahal. The celebrated monument, often styled “a dream in marble,” is said to have taken at least 22 years to build for the beloved spouse of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Take in the breathtaking views of this testament to love from the serene oasis of The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra. The resort evokes a sense of calm within the bustling city of Agra, with romantic highlights including illuminated pools, picturesque fountains and exquisite frescoes.
Princely Appointed A perfect retreat for honeymooners, The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, located in the peaceful Rajasthani countryside, is an elegant oasis set amidst 32 acres of beautiful gardens, pools and fountains. The exquisite resort is framed in a fort setting, with spacious rooms, luxury tents and villas complete with private pools clustered around intimate courtyards. Couples can experience an ancient blessing ceremony at the 280 year-old Shiva temple presided over by the priest (Pundit). Nestled on a small island amidst verdant greenery and redolent with the fragrance of exotic water lilies, the temple is located in the center of the resort and is connected to the rest of the hotel by a stone bridge. Following the blessing ceremony, couples can dine under the stars with a romantic five-course dinner for two at Pool side, overlooking the beautiful swimming pool and the Shiva temple with live classical Indian music, the mandolin and the flute as a backdrop.
Enchanting Palaces Known as the “Venice of the East” and the “City of Lakes,” the city of Udaipur boasts some of the most beautiful lakes in the state complimented by jaw-dropping palaces along its banks with design elements dating back to the Rajput-era. The majestic estates of The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur pay homage to the historic city’s royal heritage. Conceived as a traditional Indian palace, the hotel’s ambience is set with reflecting pools and fountains overlooking the charming views of Lake Pichola.
Adventure Awaits Set against a backdrop of the Aravalli cliffs, The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore combines the thrill of adventure with starry-eyed romance. Located on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, the resort encompasses landscaped gardens and more than a thousand fruit trees. A variety of wildlife can be found within the National Park and the accompaniment of trained guides lend to the experience. This luxury jungle resort exudes dramatic sun-kissed decks that over look private walled gardens and luxury tents with finely embroidered canopies.
Romance is in Bloom Set amidst tropical gardens in the heart of the storied ‘Garden City’ itself, The Oberoi, Bangalore exudes a luscious bloom of exclusivity. Fish ponds, lush green lawns and a 75-year-old rain tree around which the hotel was built are just a few testaments to this well-manicured estate. Enjoy a soothing dip in the outdoor pool surrounded by palms and frangipani or retreat to the hotel’s tranquil Ayurvedic spa. Honeymooners can rejuvenate within this resolutely green environment, while taking in the sites and activates that the city of Bangalore has to offer.
Natural Retreats Snowy peaks mixed with the enchanting combination of flora and fauna set the scene at Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas. Enjoying days filled with hikes through the cedar forest and nights spent relaxing under the stars in the outdoor heated whirlpool, guests can immerse themselves in the tranquility of the natural surroundings of the resort. Fire places and oriental rugs enhance old world charm and beauty, while the spa pavilions and spa suites aid in the relaxation and wellness programs offered. Thrill seekers alike can enjoy the adventurous activates set in the magnificent surroundings, such as river rafting and mountain biking.
Photos (from top to bottom): The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur The Oberoi Vanyavilas The Oberoi, Bangalore Wildflower Hall, Shimla