Saturday February 13, 2010,

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India’s favourite romantic luxury hotel recommendations!

New Delhi, India – February 13, 2010 – Planning how to spend this Valentine’s Day with your loved ones this year? Move over the clichéd red roses and a candle light dinner...TripAdvisor®, the world’s most popular and largest travel community, recommends a getaway to a romantic luxury hotel to make this Valentine’s Day extra special.

TripAdvisor® today announced the top 10 romantic hotels and resorts in India, based on TripAdvisor editors and travellers. From tranquil mountain hideaways, fairytale desert settings, to relaxing beaches, these properties offer a perfect romantic outing that won't fail to leave a lasting impression.

“Valentine's is a perfect time to indulge in a romantic getaway. Be it an overnight stay or a long weekend, it is a perfect time to stay at a fine hotel or a resort and enjoy a bit of romance. Since, this year Valentine’s Day is falling over a weekend, we’ve picked some delightfully romantic Indian getaways to help you make your day a memorable one”, said Sharat Dhall, Managing Director, TripAdvisor India.

  1. The Oberoi Amarvillas, Agra

The Oberoi Amarvillas ranked #1 of 82 hotels in Agra

Amongst the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in India according to TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers' Choice awards

Wake up to the glorious sight of the Taj – the universal symbol of love, bathed by the first rays of dawn. Let the nights be filled with the magic of the Taj by moonlight. Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the resort is a splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions with rich interiors that take you back to an era of Emperors and Princes.

-        As one TripAdvisor traveler said, “The Oberoi Amarvillas is simply amazing. As with all Oberoi hotels, we were greeted with a welcome drink, garland, and chandlo. The view of the Taj Mahal is spectacular. An interlude at The Oberoi Amarvilas is truly unforgettable.”

-        In the words of another TripAdvisor member, “This property is more than just a nice hotel to stay at while you're visiting Agra to see the Taj Mahal. It's a whole another reason to visit Agra. My wife and I stayed here for two nights on a short anniversary getaway. The view has to be seen to be believed. The grounds are lush and immaculate. The aesthetic of the pool area is superb. The food is among the best we've had at any resort, and we've stayed at more than a few . The service is the best part: efficient, friendly, and extremely polite without being obsequious. The staff went out of their way to facilitate a balcony dinner for us, whipping up a beautiful romantic setting without being asked to, even calling in an electrician to make our raclette-maker work. There were several other instances of outstanding service during our short stay”.

  1. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace ranked #1 of 98 hotels in Udaipur

Amongst the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in India according to TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers' Choice awards

Visitors will feel like honored guests of the Maharana at this lovely white marble palace that seems to float royally on the still waters of Lake Pichola. Set amid awe-inspiring fairytale gardens, this 250-year old palace may be the most romantic hotel in the world. As a testimony to courteous love, the palace brims with princely details including marble pillars, ornate glasswork, intricate paintings, and much, much more.

-         “Something we are still raving about. A once in a lifetime experience! Right from the rose petal welcome, surprise upgrade to Rang Mahal, champagne-spa, honeymoon surprises, and warmth of the staff.” said one TripAdvisor member

-        According to a TripAdvisor member, “Like so many travellers have confirmed the hotel is stunning and the service is second to none. The hotel is a destination and experience in itself.”

3.    The Leela Kempinski Goa

The Leela Kempinski ranked #7 of 365 hotels in Goa

Amongst the Top 10 Family Hotels in India according to TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers' Choice awards

-        “We stayed in lake side rooms of Leela. The rooms, cleaning and hotel staff were awesome. It also has a private beach, and provides every facility inside the campus.” said one TripAdvisor member

4.    The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, Kerala

The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach ranked #3 of 46 hotels in Kovalam

Amongst the Top 10 Family Hotels in India according to TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers' Choice awards

Kerala’s largest beachside resort is cradled between two sweeping beaches. Perched on a rock-face, this 5 star deluxe resort offers the most panoramic views of the famed Kovalam shoreline. Along with spoiling you with a host of impeccable dining and entertainment options.

-        As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “Our stay at the Leela was simply amazing. We stayed in the Club on the honeymoon package and would definitely stay there again. The food, the service, the luxury....none of it could be topped. Thank you, Leela, for making our honeymoon so memorable.”

-        “This is a fantastic hotel. It overlooks the Arabian Sea, and is on top of a rock hill. The cottages are beautiful, and well equiped. One has to take a buggy to go to the main hotel.The restaurant and bar are beautiful, one of the best I have ever seen.”

5.    Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Taj Rambagh Palace ranked #2 of 227 hotels in Jaipur

Amongst the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in India, Hotels with Best Service and the winner of Overall Top 25 hotels in India according to TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers' Choice awards

For nearly two centuries, the Rambagh Palace has been home to generations of royals. Built in 1835 on a modest scale for the queen’s favourite handmaiden Kesar Badaran, it was later refurbished as a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge. In 1925, Rambagh was converted into a palace, and became the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

-        A traveler mentioned, “It is an exquisite place, where every surface gleams and everyone has a smile for you. Our palace room was just a basic room tucked away in the former "women's wing", it was absolutely delightful, spacious and complete with a golden canopy above the bed, mirrored fireplace and a window seat lined with a dozen or more gorgeous silk cushions. If you want to experience luxury and service and enjoy a romantic holiday at the same time, I highly recommend you experience it at the Rambagh Palace.”

-        In the words of another TripAdvisor member, “Rambagh used to be a Maharaja palace, and when you stay there, the combination of the history of the place and the service, makes you feel like royalty too! The grounds and palace are beautiful, the rooms big with very high ceilings, the stuff is very helpful.If you should splurdge for once in your life, splurge here! You will not get such an experience anywhere else for less.”

6.    Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

Oberoi Rajvilas ranked #12 of 227 hotels in Jaipur

Oberoi Hotels’ elegant new oasis of comfort and luxury is the Rajvilas Hotel. It is spread in thirty acres of landscaped gardens and pools in the Pink City of Jaipur. The hotel revives the gracious life-styles of the princes of Rajasthan, discreetly blending in modern amenities and facilities. Discerning travelers can now experience India’s most romantic and fascinating destination in world-class comfort.

-        A traveler mentioned, “It’s so beautiful and a must visit for everyone.”

-        “We stayed here for only 2 nights. I wish I had booked it for longer. All personal requirement is met by staff at any time at reasonable price. Check in was easy and our room was ready and waiting for us , and it lived up to it's photos . The room was spacious with a small balcony, a small anti room with a safe & wardrobe and a good size washroom with toiletries and fresh towels . This was clearly the best hotel we stayed at. If we come back to Jaipur sometime again, we would certainly stay here.” said one TripAdvisor member

7.    Wildflower Hall hotel, Shimla

Wildflower Hall hotel ranked #2 of 95 hotels in Shimla

Amongst the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in India and Hotels with Best Service according to TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers' Choice awards

The Oberoi's luxurious and award winning Wildflower Hall hotel is the perfect place for romance, is serenely isolated and affords spectacular views over the cedar forests and snowcapped peaks. The hotel's luxury spa is a particular delight for couples, with its private suite and of course views. Couples can also enjoy relaxing together in the outdoor Jacuzzi, and take romantic walks though the fragrant forest accompanied by a gourmet picnic hamper. For those who like adventure and adrenaline, there are also plenty of activities such as white water rafting, horse riding, and ice skating on offer.

-        One of the travelers said, “The rooms were lovely with gorgeous views of the mountains. The location is truly breaktaking. The staff is friendly and attentive. In short, you won’t go wrong staying at the Wildflower Hall. It was a wonderful experience.”

-        “Arrived after two train trips from Delhi that because of fog lasted 12 hours. Arriving in the hotel tired, hungry and dirty they had the room ready and with the minimum of fuss checked in within 5 minutes of arriving and went down for an excellent dinner within 20 minutes. Views from the terrace, with the plunge pool are just breathtaking. Spa the best we have ever used with outstanding treatments. Bedrooms very comfortable & quiet. Attention to detail by the management ensured a very high standard of service and nothing went unnoticed. This is a great place to chill, enjoy nature, look at outstanding scenery & enjoy great food & drink, whilst enjoying a really first class service.” said another TripAdvisor member

8. Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh

Ananda in the Himalayas is ranked #1 of 21 hotels in Rishikesh

Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests, overlooking the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance, Ananda is the spiritual pathway to the ultimate, discovered through the union of body, mind and soul. It is not just a retreat that will leave you breathless with the enchantment of its surroundings, but assists in redefining lifestyles to include the well-known traditional Indian wellness regimes

-        One of the travelers said, “It has been one of my best experiences ever .I must have really been blessed to have had an opportunity to be at Ananda. The team was excellent and as one says, it’s the people that make the difference. They were fantastic, the food was exceptional and the SPA …no words to express the experience.”

-        “This was one of the most remarkable experiences I've ever had in my life. The location is miraculous. Views of Rishikesh and Ganga. Fresh air. Incredible sunsets. The grounds are beautiful. What made this place most special was the service. Never before have I experienced such absolute care - from every single staff member.” said another TripAdvisor member

9.    Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore

Oberoi Vanyavilas is ranked #1 of 11 hotels in Ranthambhore

Those of you looking forward to club your Valentine holiday with wildlife tour in India, then Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is the place to be. The Oberoi Vanyavilas offers 25 luxury tents that are fully loaded with all the modern comforts. The restaurant here are exquisitely decorated and features hand painted frescoes of flowers and animals by the celebrated miniaturist Mohan Singh Kumawat.

10. One of the travelers said, “This hotel, if you can call it that, is beautiful. It isn't a hotel, it's an experience. The hospitality is superb, the food is delicious and the attention to detail intense.”

11. A traveler mentioned, "This hotel is unique. I am not a tent lover, but Vanyavillas was the great choice. Welcome drink, cold towels, tea and cookies before safari, fridge full of cold water to take on our safari trip, so many of litlle touches,... And food, absolutely fabulous, the chief is great, we even took cooking lessons and he gave us recepies and spieces which is hard to find in Europe.”

10. Coconut Lagoon. Kumarkaon

Coconut Lagoon hotel ranked #2 of 16 hotels in Kumarkaon

Amongst the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in India, Family Hotels and the winner of Overall Top 25 hotels in India according to TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers' Choice awards

Water and history are the defining elements at Coconut Lagoon. Water surges in clockwork rhythms on its shores, through its canals and pools. And history stands watch from the grounds above. From the centuries-old beams of the heritage mansion to the carved woods of the reception, the past comes alive as liquid reflections, mirrored in ripples and shards wherever you look.

12. A traveler said, “This is a really peaceful place with a stunning backdrop. The little villas are gorgeous. Definitely worth going there, spend at least a couple of days here. The food is great too.”

13. “If you wish to experience the best of keralite hospitality coupled with serene green surroundings , coconut lagoon in Kumarakom is the right place to be in.Right from the time you are taken to the hotel entrance in a jetty to the time when they wave farewell to you , the hospitality is simply commendable.” said a TripAdvisor member who had recently visited the hotel

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