With Christmas and New Year around the corner, here’s your final chance to avail of these great year-end hotel deals! In our roundup, you will find staycations and tropical island paradises; special packages and fun activities, from snorkelling to trekking to wine tasting to coffee plantation visits. Oh, and we’ve got a carnival too. So go through the list and start booking your perfect festive vacation right now!


Maldives: Six Senses Laamu

Plenty of holiday specials at the Six Senses Laamu (sixsenses.com/Laamu) in Maldives between December 23, 2016 and January 3, 2017! Take your pick from integrated wellness programmes and special culinary sessions with chefs. For the kids, there are various creative, educational and sporting activities along with fun pirate snorkelling. Add to this activities like treasure hunts and night explorations. There will be special Christmas and New Year’s Eve events, as well as reef dives, snorkelling and guided stargazing sessions.


Mauritius: The Oberoi

Spend your holiday by the tropical paradise of Turtle Bay at the The Oberoi, Mauritius (oberoihotels.com/hotels-in- mauritius) with these great holiday offers. Uptil January 4, 2017, avail of the ‘Unforgettable Experience’ stay offer from Euro840 a night doubles. Enjoy complimentary activities like water sports, gymnasium, star gazing, wine tasting, nature walks, hatha yoga, sound meditation, sculpture class, henna painting and cooking demonstrations for adult guests and a special ‘pirate’ treat for kids on Christmas Day. On the 31 st, enjoy a Gala Dinner for Euro270 per person. The offer includes daily breakfast and fresh fruits in your room, airport tranfers (for certain room categories) and complimentary wifi.


Uttarakhand: Jaypee Residency Manor, Mussoorie

Jaypee Residency Manor (jaypeehotels.com/residency-manor) in Mussoorie is a sprawling property, spread across 9 acres on a hilltop with some great views of the Doon Valley. The hotel is offering two special packages for New Year’s Eve. The Gala Dinner and Stay Package (3D/2N) in a room category of your choice. This includes high tea, dinners and unlimited drinks, multi-cuisine buffet breakfasts, a picnic and a New Year’s Eve party. On January 1, there will be a champagne brunch with live music. The other offer is a Gala Dinner Package which includes a multi-cuisine dinner on December 30 and 31, 2016.


Uttarakhand: The Claridges Nabha Residence, Mussoorie

The boutique heritage property, The Claridges Nabha Residence (claridges.com; +91 1352631426/427) in Mussoorie, is offering an exciting New Year’s Eve package for December 30 and 31. This will include complimentary meals, a fireworks display, a gala dinner and fun activities on New Year’s Eve. Guests can redeem credit of 2,000 per room against liquor. The room rates will be as follows:
Deluxe Double Room for 39,999 doubles
Deluxe Duplex Room for 44,999 doubles
Claridges Room for 44,999 doubles
Club Room for 47,999 doubles


Maharashtra: Anandvan Resort, Bhandardhara

Spend your holidays in the picturesque Western Ghats at the Anandvan Resort (anandvanresorts.com) in Bhandardhara. The resort’s 2N/3D Christmas package comes for 40,000 (double occupancy)for a lake-view cottage. It also includes a boat ride in the lovely Arthur Lake, a visit to the nearby Amruteshwar Temple, a guided forest trek, all meals and a barbeque dinner on Christmas eve. The 2N/3D New Year Package for 45,000 includes all of the above along with a 25% discount on sessions at the resort’s spa as well as welcome and farewell hampers.


New Delhi: The Imperial

Delhi’s oldest luxuy hotel, The Imperial (theimperialindia.com) has some great Christmas and New Year packages coming up this holiday season. The Christmas Package (₹21,999, December 24-25) includes a stay for two for a night, a special Christmas Eve dinner, buffet breakfast and gifts for children. The New Year Package (₹21,999, December 31, 2016 to January 1, 2017) includes a stay for two for a night, a New Year Eve dinner and a buffet breakfast, as well as a late check-out. Extra room for two children comes at ₹10,500 excluding taxes for both packages.

Tamil Nadu: The Leela, Chennai

The Leela Palace Chennai (+91- 44-30958077; theleela.com) launches ‘Live Royal’ package priced at Best Available Rate+ ₹ 4,000. Some inclusions: buffet breakfast, one-way airport transfer (two-way when booking a suite), evening cocktails and butler service.


West Bengal: The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

Check into the renovated The Oberoi Grand (oberoihotels.com) in Kolkata for a luxury break this holiday season. Enjoy special room rates, early check-in and late check-out, daily breakfast, high speed internet and 15% discounts on spa treatments. This deal isa ctually available at The Oberoi’s properties at Bengaluru, Gurgaon and Mumbai as well. What’s more, if you book directly at The Oberoi website, then you get an additional dining credit of 2,000 at The Oberoi, Bengaluru and 3,000 at The Oberoi, Gurgaon and The Oberoi, Mumbai.


Karnataka: The Tamara, Coorg

Are you up for a year-end carnival? If yes, then The Tamara (thetamara.com) is the place to be this Christmas and New Year. The resort will celebrate Indian dance and music with The Tamara Carnival between January 23, 2016 and January 1, 2017. This curated festival will include Kathak recitals, Kodava dance, a fusion of Marathi Lavani and Bengali flute recital, Margham Kali, a saxophone performance, magicians, a Vyali Bamboo act and much more. Apart from the carnival, indulge in what The Tamara does best—hill treks, coffee plantation tours, yoga and pottery making sessions.