Thinking of spending your winter break with your family? Want to welcome in the New Year with some peace of mind? Here are our top four picks to help you welcome in 2018 with some silence and much needed family time:
- The Forest Secret – Kabini
This jungle safari Unhotel lies along the edge of the Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary in the pristine solitude of Kabini. Just four hours away from Bangalore this affordable luxury lodge is the perfect forest hideout. You can go on jungle safaris led by experienced rangers to many of Kabini’s nooks and crannies. Look out for large herbivores – elephants, bisons, sambars and bonnet macaques, and if you are lucky, you might spot a predator or two. Alternatively, hop on to a boat for a safari and watch animals and birds come out for a drink to the river. But the best part of the whole affair are the rooms. These rooms have
exquisite private balconies that open out onto views of the forest. They are thoughtfully designed for luxury while mindful of leaving the surroundings unblemished. If you are the adventurous types, you might just want to spend a night in one of our ‘glamping’ tents – glamorous camping. The tents come with a private deck and an open bath tub for a touch of romance and adventure to your jungle getaway.
- The Forest Refuge – Western Ghats
This snug hideaway is located on the border between Goa and Karnataka. Nestled at an altitude of 600 meters in the Western Ghat forests, the Forest Refuge invites guests to disconnect from all things digital and truly be at one with nature since it is far away from connectivity. It offers cosy rooms which allow for privacy while also providing guests the perfect view of the jungle and nearby waterfalls.
Visitors can indulge in various activities including trekking, bird watching and seasonal workshops like pottery. Hosted by adventure sports enthusiast and the pioneer of white water rafting in South India, John Pollard and his wife, this retreat promises to reconnect our primal selves with the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Come here to be wrapped in the arms of nature, communing with the environment and meeting interesting people over a campfire.
- The Happiness Farm – Near Chennai
This happiness retreat lies 45 minutes away from the airport, on the outskirts of Chennai. It is a place of serenity, wellness, rejuvenation, farm food, peace, and happiness amidst pristine nature. Spread over 9 acres, this farm is an ideal haven for city dwellers looking for some urban detox. The owners of the farm aim to bring their guests closer to themselves by organising yoga, mindfulness and moon circle meditation workshops led by experts. This coupled with simple, fresh farm food is enough to cleanse your system.
Located inside a quaint village, it aims to bring guests closer to a life devoid of complexities. Mingle with like-minded fellow guests in the evenings. Apart from a meditation regime, you can have a lot of free time for yourself. Tuck yourself in the creativity corner and be inspired to write a book or simply pen your thoughts. You can take nature walks in the village or , village walks and cycle around. Just remember the mantra “Happiness is key”.
- Mountain Retreat – Mukhteshwar
Tucked away in a small hamlet in the midst of a valley and an oak forest near Mukhteshwar, lies our serene Mountain Retreat. This homestay is as quaint as can be – it is comfortable, warm, cosy and every corner has a story for the keen traveler. Locked on all sides by nature, it is the perfect place to be any time of year. Perfect to unburden and recuperate. You have unhindered, premium views of the Himalayan mountain range.
Indulge in a variety of activities here like hiking, bird watching, stargazing and of course catching up on that book you’ve been dying to read or that game of carrom to play with the kids. The silence of the mountains is truly profound.