Resorts are a comfortable way to enjoy leisure and holiday time. Here are our five favourite Club Mahindra resorts across India for a happy holiday.
MOUNTAINSCAPES: Kandaghat Resort
Located a mere 25km from Shimla and 96km from Chandigarh at an altitude of 1530 metres, Club Mahindra Kandaghat Resort is easily accessible by train and road with excellent connectivity. Spread over 14 acres, the Kandaghat Resort is surrounded by green lawns and a beautiful blooming garden. Watch the Himalayan drama at dusk as the colours shift behind the mountains with a sun downer.
Cuisine: The resort’s specialities include hill cuisine bursting with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The fish from the rivers is made into fresh curries with subtle spices. Don’t miss the chicken anardana. Local veggie options like patande and sidu offer variety.
Activities: If you’re in these parts in November, trot over to the village of Guman for its Bhoj Fair that celebrates the deities of the hills. The resort organises village tours, nature walks and treks, adventure games like zip lining, paintball, commando net, monkey crawling, Burma bridge or rock climbing and indoor games and craft sessions for kids.
Special Features: Furnished apartments and suites, designated activity areas and wi-fi make the stay comfy at Club Mahindra Kandaghat Resort.
FOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS: Corbett Resort, Uttarakhand
Club Mahindra Corbett Resort in Uttarakhand, located about 240km from Delhi and 76km from Kathgodam, offers creature comforts in the midst of the jungle. It is easily accessible by both rail and road. The resort brings you up and close to the forest, the waterfalls and the River Kosi that flows by the Himalayan foothills.
Cuisine: Taste the fresh pahadi cuisine of the Kumaon hills with that special Corbett region touch, a liberal dash of sesame seeds or bhang seeds as dressing or garnish.
Activities: Go on safaris to chase the big cat. Booking ahead will help avoid disappointments as they fill up fast. Village walks bring you to witness the pace of life in the Kumaoni hills as do nature walks and fishing. The Club Mahindra Corbett Resort offers a range of indoor activities too.
Features: Multi-cuisine restaurants, bonfires and barbecues, spa, swimming pool, souvenir shop and activities like camping and safaris.
A SEASIDE SPECIAL: Varca Beach Resort
Club Mahindra Varca Beach Resort in Goa is located in South Goa and can be reached after a 45-minute drive from the airport. Varca makes for a diverse holiday travel experience, complete with seaside fun, distinct cuisine and a unique heritage that blends the local with a Portuguese past.
Cuisine: Food and drink is a highlight in Goa and at the resort you can have your fill of coastal cuisine and Goan pork specialities. Traditional Saraswat food and a variety of vegetarian dishes are available.
Activities: Beachside fun, water sports, indoor gaming consoles, and pottery making and cooking classes for kids are available inside the resort. Step outside to stroll around local churches and neighbouring bird and animal sanctuaries.
Special Features: This resort in Goa has as over 200 spacious apartments, 2 swimming pools, 2 restaurants, a recreation centre, a state-of-the-art gymnasium and a spa.
With Club Mahindra Varca Beach resort, ensure a memorable vacation in Goa with the family.
HERITAGE TRAIL: Club Mahindra Udaipur
Welcome to Club Mahindra Udaipur Resort, unarguably one of the best resorts in Udaipur for enjoying a family vacation in the lake city of Rajasthan. Located about 9km from Udaipur railway station and 32km from the airport, the heritage resort offers tranquility and relaxation that beautifully blends old-world charm and traditional Rajput hospitality.
Cuisine: Feast like a royal with the heritage cuisine of Rajasthan offered at the multi-ethnic cuisine restaurant. There is plenty to tease the palate from a sumptuous Rajasthani thali to a variety of options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
Activities: Club Mahindra is great for families with many activities to engage all members of the family. For wellness and relaxing, pick the spa or pool; let the kids mess around with indoor games and let loose on a trampoline or play a game of cricket. Try your hand at archery, pottery and sit back to watch a magic show with the kids.
Special Features: Enjoy a king size holiday here. Spacious and plush rooms, sprawling lawns and luxurious spas spoil you for choice.
With Club Mahindra Udaipur you are guaranteed a holiday to remember.
HEADS UP FOR FOODIES: Club Mahindra, Puducherry
Club Mahindra Puducherry Resort, located just outside town, lies on 24 acres of lovely sea-facing land. Its eco-friendly construction seems to blend in beautifully with the holistic spiritual vibe of the place. Old and contemporary features mix easily in the Club Mahindra Puducherry Resort’s studio apartments and comfy lounges and amenities area.
Cuisine: The highlight of your stay is the food where French staples share the table with local Tamil fare. Your breakfast can be French with coffee and croissants or a typical Tamil one complete with dosa washed down with South Indian filter coffee. Get your fill of idli, dosa, sambar and coconut chutney, spicy chicken and seafood like crabs and prawns and the flavoursome biryani. Trot across to the French quarter’s restaurants for some coq au vin, ratatouille, shellfish casserole, ragout de mutton or crème brulee or halt by a café for madeleines, eclairs and other French baked delights.
Activities: Hop on an ATV (All-terrain Vehicle) to zip on the sands or play a game of beach volleyball. Go rustic for a ride on a bullock cart and there’s always paintball, archery and other activities for recreation.
Special Features: Plush rooms fitted with easy comforts and modern amenities; a spa offering a variety of massages, a large swimming pool and a bar to unwind. Visit the neighbouring ashrams in Puducherry and Auroville, catch up on the local heritage and any ongoing festivals.
With Club Mahindra Puducherry Resort, one can ensure a fun-filled family vacation at Puducherry.
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