Hey guys! Happy New Year. As most of us my year also started with a list of resolutions that I won’t be able to keep up to. One of them is indefinitely to post more on the blog. I won’t lie I’ve been very careless with the way I’ve handled my page. I’ve lost my data more than twice last year. So basically more than posting, I need to start taking care of my baby.
So as most of you would know 2018 has been a year full of firsts. Especially when it came to my travels. It gives me so much joy in writing that I was able to an international trip with The Wanderous Tribe in the month of November. To be able to be hosted by such magnificent properties with the most stunning views was definitely a first for all of us. Since so many of you have been curious about the hotels and resorts we stayed at, today I am writing about the most loved property from my vacation in Sri Lanka- The Fortress Resort and Spa.
The resort was situated in the middle of Galle and Mirrissa in a beautiful town called Koggala. What I loved most about the place was the location, if you are looking for something untouched and plan on spending most of your time at the property. This place was just that. With the infinity pool overlooking the beach I doubt you will find yourself anywhere else. We were given a beautiful bungalow which was overlooking the sea. Trust me, it was pretty much the best view to wake up to. We were also given our very own butler who helped us through the property. Inside our rooms was a very plush jacuzzi with toiletries from Bvlgari(no complaints there :p) and an in-house smart tv which had over 400 movies to browse from. There’s nothing better than ending the day with a classic rom-com after a long day of shooting. The food at the resort was just spectacular, with me personally enjoying their local food there was something for everyone. The resort made sure that their menu is globally appealing which to me was a point up. Like a said, you wouldn’t want to leave the property. The spa was my highlight area there. I loved how majestic and personal they kept their spa area. Perfect for some downtime with my girls. So one of my dear friends who also is the CO-founder of the Wanderous Tribe had her 26th birthday there. The hotel staff went out of their way to make sure we have a gala time on her birthday eve. The energy of the hotel was so harmonious that even though we had long hours of shooting it felt like a vacation. I would highly recommend this place to lovers, families or just a group of girlfriends to come here enjoy the ambience, drink some great cocktails, enjoy the peace and make memories that would last forever.
The love affair with this Palace has been for a while. If you guys have been following me for long you would know the special place the property holds in my heart, as for the rest of you this was the magical place where I got to host my dream wedding. In the quaint little town of Bikaner, with friendly smiles and content faces lies Narendra Bhawan, retelling the story of the last reigning Maharaja of Bikaner, Narendra Singhji. The essence of the place itself will remind you of a luxurious experience yet still going back in time. The palace is a mix of modern art deco with hints of tradition in every corner. I know many of you have asked me about my experience as a bride there and how hard/easy it was to have a wedding of that scale in a place like Bikaner. Let me break it down for all the brides to be. Hopefully this helps you guys in finding your dream destination.
I know since the time I was engaged I wanted a destination wedding. A close set of people who actually love me and are happy to be a part of me taking this new journey forward. I know so many brides who wanted a beach wedding, I for one wanted a royal one. I came across Narendra Bhawan on one of the most used apps by me Instagram . My first thought was that this place was perfect for my Instagram quirks. Enough room for 200, which was the perfect size to my guest list. The next thing I knew I hopped on a train to Bikaner with my then fiance and sister. The minute we entered I knew it would be a special experience. The friendly energy of the staff to Nala the caretaker dog there to greet us with a warm welcome by Siddharth, pretty much the soul of the Palace. The most important checklist in my diary for a property is the comfort of a room but the feeling of being in a heritage property. Narendra Bhawan was just that, to their cute little bakery which btw made the best cold coffees with their finger-licking Rogan Josh. I pretty much experienced the best of both worlds when it came to cuisines I got to experience. My favorite was their Rajasthani traditional thali comprising of dishes that were the local favorites. I recommend it to anyone who gets to be in Bikaner. To be honest when you are in the property you don’t really feel like getting out and exploring the city. Start your day by booking a luxurious spa on their top floor with the ambiance nothing short from the Victorian Era. Take forward the day by sipping their infamous G&T’s by the poolside and soak in the sun. Your evenings will always end up near their decadent living area right next to the reception sipping cocktails and spending some quality time with your loved ones. Dinner can always be served at the Al Fresco dining area where you can listen to some great tunes that the property is playing all day long. Narendra Bhawan also offers the incredible experience which I personally have got to experience where you sit by the lakeside listening to some beautiful live melodies while the sun sets. That was definitely an experience one in a million. Whether you are looking to get married or just celebrating milestones. I say to experience the property once in your life and get to witness pure luxury.
I also got lucky enough to go there again, but this time it was with my girlfriends enjoying a two-day staycation where we were hosted by Narendra Bhawan in the month of August. I must say I fell in love with the place all over again. This time, I got to shoot some beautiful content and relaxed with my girls. Our days were filled with sun soaking, chilling by the poolside and getting to eat and drink the best the property has to offer. One thing about Narendra Bhawan definitely stands apart from the rest of the luxury hotels that I’ve visited, it has to be the hospitality. It’s very rare to find hotel staff that makes their absolute mission to ensure that one has the most breezy and comfortable stay. Narendra Bhawan was just that. There was absolutely no stone unturned when it came for us to be able to experience the best.