Life can get chaotic and mundane, and sometimes all one needs is a break to make room for some much-needed calm. There’s no better way to do that than with your gal pals! If you wish to surround yourself with the beauty of mother earth and the company of your favourite people, then a cabin-style getaway or a resort that opens straight into the wild is ideal for your next vacation. With an influx of tourists during the summers, there’s bound to be a crowd at your typical vacation spots. To skip that and get some space, these unique boutique properties promise the perfect balance of fun and privacy.
From being at the foothills of the Himalayas to enjoying luxe treehouse stays, take your pick from our curated list of remote abodes across India.
Cabo Serai, Goa
Cabo Serai, an eco-resort is designed entirely by using sustainable resources that co-exist with mother nature. Based in the Cabo de Rama fort area, off the pristine coast of South Goa, this place is home to luxury, sustainability, wellness and mindfully curated experiences. Adulting is hard, and this time with your girlfriends should be cherished. Since the area is surrounded by natural biomes, with many serene and unexplored waterfalls, you can restore your energy and enjoy the composed sounds of mother earth. Cabo Serai also customises wellness experiences which are curated by professionals to find naturopathic healing through detoxifying programs, cliff-side yoga retreats, beach sundowners and village walks that will switch on Zen mode. If you want to make the most out of this break with your friends, resort to Cabo Serai.
The Machan, Lonavala
Cabin-like treehouses set in the hill station of Lonavala, Machan offers a balanced mix of adventure and contentment. A comfortable two-hour drive from Mumbai, the Machan is an exclusive experience in the ever-populated tourist spot of Maharashtra. It has a range of cabins on ground level to those rising 45 feet above the forest, with a private deck, an open-space shower, and a loft that also opens up to a sky full of stars—an occurrence that is a sight for sore city eyes. The property also consists of fun activities you can explore with your girls. From trekking trails to spa sessions, yoga and many such experiences, the Machan will rejuvenate and refresh your bond with your friends in ways you haven’t known.
Baale Resort, Goa
Nestled in the charming village of Aropra, Baale offers a welcome escape from the hustle-bustle of city life. With a range of seven Bali-inspired villas, each with a private swimming pool with a whirlpool (with floaties and floating breakfast options!), an in-villa chef's kitchen, a bar, a living room, a dining room and an open bathtub, this resort is a luxury tropical paradise in itself. It also includes a spectacular feature in views of paddy fields, a host of spa and recreational facilities and a members-only club which are all combined with personalised services and dining experiences and so much more. This property is a haven of peace, privacy and indulgence making it ideal for a relaxed getaway with your girlfriends. Just a warning note: Once you're here, you'll never want to leave!
The Westin Resort and Spa, Rishikesh
Looking for a super chic resort that is lowkey? This scenic property amidst the Himalayan foothills is what you should have your eyes on. Set in Rishikesh, it is only 45 mins away from Dehradun airport. Westin’s chain of hotels has been known to be immersive and big on recreational amenities, so you are at just the right place. A wholesome stay here with your loved ones is a worthwhile way of disconnecting from the buzzing city and reconnecting with your soulmates. Whether it's unwinding with a leisurely swim at the infinity pool or just staying in the comfort of plush rooms with a balcony serving scenic views of the surrounding nature, there are umpteen ways to treat yourself at this restful stay. With restoring massages, facials and foot baths, a good pampering session at the Heavenly Spa by Westin, will leave you with lasting results of a relaxed state of mind.
Khem Villas, Ranthambore
If you are planning a wild escapade (literally) with unceasing adventure with your gals, then there’s no place better than a unique luxe forest stay like Khem Villas to leave you all awestruck. Tucked away on the outskirts of Ranthambhore in Rajasthan, Khem Villas has extensive nature trails and walks around the jungle, where you can truly experience tranquillity. There are more amenities you can experience like their deluxe Age Veda Spa or devour their vegetarian cuisines that are made with handpicked herbs and vegetables. You can also choose to cruise along the river with your girls in their Bayliner Boat where you will not only see the Gharial but may also see rare birds and other aquatic species like the Skimmer, Osprey, Turtles etc. There’s so much to do at Khem Villas, plan a long stay because you sure would want to see it all!