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For those with a five-day work week, the Good Friday long weekend presents the perfect opportunity to indulge in short-but-sweet travel plans. You could be at a far-flung island in the Andamans sipping mimosas, or embracing the lodge life in Shimla in as little as 72 hours. From Lonavala to Ladakh, Vogue turns the spotlight on the perfect properties for your weekend escape. Not only do these places provide plenty of peace and quiet for those who are bogged down with city life and crowd fatigue, some of them also offer adventures and experiences for those looking for an adrenaline boost.
If you’re worried you might be too late, fret not. The best part of our roundup is that all these properties are still available. We suggest you keep your credit cards ready as you scroll through our slideshow—you might want to book one of these stays immediately.
Travelling from Mumbai: Mawi Infinity Villa, Lonavala
If your idea of the perfect weekend includes lounging in an infinity pool with a heated Jacuzzi while taking in verdant views, you should bookmark this Airbnb rental stat. Just a short drive from Mumbai and Pune both, this picturesque property accommodates 14-16 people in its two villas, and is a refreshing travel getaway for the Good Friday weekend. Book it here
Travelling from Chandigarh: Estate 5, Kasauli
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There isn’t a shortage of swoon-worthy stays in Kasauli, but Estate 5 is postcard pretty on an entirely different level. With eight luxurious bedrooms, immaculate interiors, a heated indoor pool, a gorgeous garden and your own private butler service, this one is lovely for both, an isolated luxurious staycation, and a family vacation. Book it here
Travelling from Delhi: An Apple Orchard House, Shimla
Nestled in the middle of an apple orchard, this eco-friendly stay is ideal for nature lovers. Located in Ratnari village, the property is about 85km away from Shimla—which means you will have a serene spot to yourself, away from the buzzing tourist spots. Bird lovers can put the property’s telescope to good use and spot distinctive species in the clear night skies, while trekkers can go hiking to the famous Hatu Peak. Whether you want to lie back in a grassy spot and read a good book, or sweat it out with a good hike this Good Friday weekend, this is the place for you. Book it here
Travelling from Srinagar: Boutique Suite with Terrace near Stok Monastery
This beautiful cluster of luxury rooms offers all the modern, plush amenities for a comfortable stay, but with a Ladakhi vibe. Wake up to the sound of chirping birds as you enjoy your morning cuppa in their outdoor sitting area. It is plushly decorated with hammocks and chairs that seem to come straight out of a Jane Austen novel. Book it here
Travelling from Bengaluru: Vintage Estate Bungalow, Coorg, Karnataka
Perched on a hilltop, this heritage bungalow reflects the lifestyle of a traditional South Indian home. From vintage collectibles to hunting trophies in the living room, the decor here is reminiscent of the charm of a bygone era. Book it here
Travelling from Chennai: The Black Box, Auroville
Image: Airbnb For a unique experience, travel to the country’s French Riviera and book this one-of-a-kind rental. Located in the Red Earth Riding School, Auroville, and built out of recycled shipping containers, this modern industrial-design guest house has all the amenities for a comfortable stay. They also offer horse riding, yoga, surfing and cooking classes, so you can make the most of your free time without feeling bored. If your only agenda this Good Friday weekend is to relax, this guest house also offers foot and ayurvedic massages. Book it here
Travelling from the Andamans: Sea Shell Neil, Neil Island
Easily accessible via ferry and speed boats from Port Blair Neil Island—popularly known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of the Andamans—this is where you should be headed on the Good Friday long weekend if you’re looking for some much-needed R&R. Located at a close proximity to the beach, Sea Shell Neil is everything you’d want from your weekend getaway—think sunbaths by the pool, relaxing naps in a hammock by your room, and delicious, fresh catches of the day at their all-day restaurant. Book it here .
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