Quick Romantic Escapes

It’s that time of year again. When florists, chocolatiers and card makers make a killing and the colours pink, white and red are around every corner.  If you aren’t the kind to indulge in the above, Condé Nast Traveller recommends whisking your partner away to one of these great—read: romantic—escapes from three Indian megacities.

Go on a romantic adventure in Shimla - Indulge in signature therapies like Himalayan Romance or Journey to Tibet at the hotel’s simply named The Spa, lounge in the infinity whirlpool, swim in the heated indoor swimming pool, or work out at the gym. 

Awaken your senses at Ananda Spa - Ananda in The Himalayas is a romantic getaway set in the serene mountains overlooking the Rishikesh Valley. 

Retreat into the forest in Coorg - Head to the hills of Coorg to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Sail with your love in Kumarakom - Head to the picturesque backwaters of Kerala for a special romance aboard a houseboat

Sun, sand and little R&R in Goa - Sunbathe at the beach, walk around quaint areas, unwind with a massage, indulge in rich seafood. 

Travel back in time in Matheran - A closer getaway from Mumbai, scenic Matheran appeals to the romantic at heart as much as it does to the adventurist. 

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Quick Romantic Escapes

Pool side at the Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas - Drive up to the snow-capped retreats of Shimla and go trekking or skiing together. Kufri and Narkanda are popular spots. Top it up with a stay at Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas by Oberoi Hotels for a memorable experience. Nestled high in the hills amidst 22 acres of pine and cedar forest, the hotel has two restaurants, a bar and butler service.

Quick Romantic Escapes

One-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool at Ananda in the Himalayas - Ananda offers various packages, but for a truly intimate experience, go for the Couples Connect package, which consists of a three or five-night stay coupled with spa treatments in the privacy of a couples-only spa suite. The three-night version offers an array of treatments for two, including Ananda Touch, Ananda Fusion, Aromatherapy massage, Himalayan Honey and Rose facials and the special Couples Connect Ritual by Ila.

Quick Romantic Escapes

Premium Indulgence Room at Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri, Coorg - Find your way through the wild forests of Madikeri, challenge each other to a rock-climbing race in Kakkabe or simply spend the day fishing in Dubare. To de-stress and invigorate your senses, check in to Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri and unwind at the in-house Jiva Spa and ask for one of their 15 signature treatments like Abhisheka, Samattva or Vishuddi .

Quick Romantic Escapes

Spa at The Zuri Resort and Spa, Kumarakom - The Zuri Resort and Spa, Kumarakom, offers overnight cruises onboard The Laguna, its opulently decked houseboat. Sail through tranquil Vembanad Lake and rediscover nature at its best, as the beauty of the lagoons take your breath away. After the cruise, head to the Maya Spa at the hotel for a couples’ spa treatment as well as soothing massages and therapies. The Maya Seduction is particularly popular with guests.

Quick Romantic Escapes

Sea View Room at Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa - The Park Hyatt Goa, a retreat tucked away near the Arossim beach, offers a couples-only spa package called Mithun at its Sereno Spa. Get intimate with an aromatic steam, dip into a rose petal bath, get a full body massage and finally, detoxify with a marine wrap. Tuck into Goan fare in the hotel at Casa Sarita, North Indian cuisine at Masala or Italian at Da Luigi, and kick back at the Village Cafe or by the poolside bar.

Quick Romantic Escapes

Verandah in the Forest, Matheran. Photo: Tom Parker - Trek up to the Garbert Plateau, enjoy long walks with your loved one amidst the old trees, picnic along Charlotte Lake, and watch the sunset from one of the 33 viewing spots overlooking misty valleys. For a different kind of romantic experience, stay at the Verandah in the Forest by Neemrana Hotels, and step back into the 19th century.