Romantic Getaways: Glenburn Tea Estate & Boutique Hotel Darjeeling India

Over the years, love takes a back seat for many couples. Planning a romantic getaway rejuvenates and brings the passion back. If you are looking for a destination to unwind, relax and renew your relationship, visit the Glenburn Tea Estate & Boutique Hotel tucked in the Darjeeling area in eastern India. Winner of the Traveler’s Choice Award for 2011, the hotel features in several international and national publications.

Glenburn Tea Estate

The Glenburn Tea Estate is located in the hills of the Darjeeling area, popular worldwide for its tea. Started by a Scottish company, Glenburn is now a family-owned business for several generations.

Overlooking the Kanchenjunga Mountains, the peaceful plantation retreat is perfect to bring couples together.

Days are sunny and warm and the temperatures hover in the lower ’40s during winters. In summer, when things get unbearable for several parts of India, the Glenburn Tea Estate boasts a moderate 60 to 70 degree Fahrenheit.

Accommodation

The peaceful sanctuary offers several suite and room options for discerning travelers. Each room transports you to a timeless era of beauty and romance with embroidered linens, fruit baskets and flower vases.

The rooms have a distinct feel and vibe to them. They open up to a private verandah or patio offering breathtaking view of the mountains, rolling hills, flowing rivers, wildlife and the huge tea estate. October through December is the perfect time to indulge in snow-clad views of Kanchenjunga Mountains.

The fare includes the meals featuring local, South-East Asian and European delicacies.

Things to do

Along with enjoying each other’s company, you may want to spend a day at the Glenburn lodge and campsite. Located close to the river and mountains, the lodge offers a destination to enjoy a bonfire or a candle-lit dinner. Take a tour of the tea estate and make a day trip to the gorgeous hill town of Darjeeling. Laid back and picturesque, the area will enthrall you with its ethnic and peaceful lifestyle.

From moderate to extreme, the area is dotted with several hiking trails, an ideal activity for intrepid couples. Also, you may partake in river rafting and fishing. However, if you are all in for a blissful session, the hotel also offers an array of massage and beauty treatments.

Packages

Although there are many packages offered, the romantic package is ideal for you! The package sets its intention right from the onset by offering a chauffeur-driven car ride from the Bagdogra Airport and a picnic in one of the picturesque spots. Other services included are a candlelit dinner with a bottle of champagne, tea tour and tasting sessions, guided tours, reflexology and massage sessions and a cookery class.

Getting There

By plane: Flights are available from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati to Bagdogra.
By train: Train services from Kolkata are also available.

For details and information contact:

Glenburn Tea Estate (Tourism Division)
DLX Ltd.
Kanak Building
41, Chowringhee Road
Kolkata – 71, WB
India

Phone (mobile): +91 98 300 70213

Restaurant Review: Parabola, Powai, Mumbai, India

Ambience & Service: Rodas is a surprisingly small hotel. At first glance, you wouldn’t believe it to be a 4-star hotel! But what truly sets a hotel apart is the interiors and focus on service and this is where Rodas stands out. Parabola, which is their flagship 24-hour café / restaurant, is located bang at the entrance of the hotel. One actually notices it first, even before the front desk. Its large glass doors give a preview into what one is getting themselves into. Typical of any high end hotel, the interior décor is simply stunning. It’s a largely plain white theme giving one the sense of more personal space than there actually is. The layout is non-orthodox meaning there isn’t really a shape I can recall to describe how it is structured. Its slightly oval but square at some ends. The furniture is wooden while the chairs are a modern mix of wood and steel. The service is top notch and at 5-star standards. Pretty impressive for a small 4-star hotel located 40 kilometers from the city centre. The staff are courteous and chatty so feel free to discuss anything you wish with them.

Food & Pricing: The menu has something for everyone’s palette. Being a multi cuisine restaurant, one finds local dishes like Thanjavur Kolambu (typical south Indian dish) to Irish stew and Boxty potatoes. Being one of the few 24 hours establishments in the region, it is hugely popular for its midnight buffet – which runs from midnight till about 3 am. The buffet serves dishes like Steak Diane, Lobster Catherine, pastas, pizzas and even custom sandwiches. The cost is about Rs. 400 for the midnight version, but they run buffets through the day as well. That’s costs a tad higher at about Rs. 600 per head. The pricing is definitely very modest given the quality of food and service. One of the highlights of the place is the desserts. The buffet has on display some of the most mouth watering and sinful desserts I’ve ever had. The black and white chocolate mousse was simply delicious. Besides that the mashed fruit pie was unique and very tangy.

Summary: Parabola is unique, refreshing and great value for money. Fantastic and energizing ambience topped off by personalized service makes it a treat to be here. The through the day buffets provide tremendous bang for the buck especially when the range of the menu has something for everyone. Definitely a must visit for those who are in the neighborhood and works for one and all – couples, families and individuals alike.