A short weekend away luxuriating in the lap of nature, or getting pampered in the midst of lavish cosiness is just the remedy you need. When bogged down by the constraints of time, a weekend getaway from the city is the perfect answer to your woes; and is more significantly, the best way to get away from the stress and tensions of your daily routine. Take a break and recharge your batteries; Yo! Vizag lists out the conveniently located resorts in the vicinity of our city to do just that.
The Bheemili Resort
A resort by the beach, The Bheemili Resort of Novotel Hotel, is an amazing place to relax, refresh and rejuvenate for the weekend. This boutique hotel has something for everyone in the family – an infinity pool, a restro bar serving multi-cuisine, in-house theatre lounge, snooker, night cricket, game zone and more. Indulge in some sauna, Jacuzzi or spa time while you’re here or gorge on scrumptious food from their four restaurants – The Square, Infinity, Water Bar and the authentic Japanese restaurant – Teppanyaki.
Distance from the city: 15 KM
The lure: Authentic Japanese food
Sri Santhi Resorts
In the midst of rustic surroundings is Sri Santhi Resorts set in a sprawling English Manor landscape. The resort has an impressive Lord Balaji temple in the premises, adding a touch of sanctity to the otherwise laid-back layout. Picnic arenas, a rain dance kiosk and more will keep you refreshed over the weekend as you stay at their cottages or four-bedroom villas. You can also check into their newly launched swimming-pool villas and lounge in your luxurious private pool all weekend.
Distance from the city: 40 KM
Location: Savaravalli hamlet
The lure: Swimming pool villas
Luxurious villas, charming private pools, an abundance of lavishness is what one can expect here. With executive and deluxe accommodation, this resort offers a wonderful getaway from the mundane. Sunray Resorts is an eco-friendly, green recourse where guests can utilise battery-operated vehicles for transport within the premises. The resort offers an array of activities like golfing, yoga or cycling. If fun is more your style; chill out in the Jacuzzi or better yet, slide down the water slide and be a party favourite.
Distance from the city: 44 KM
Location: NH-5, towards Srikakulam
The lure: Water slide
Located in breathtaking locales, the APTDC’s Haritha Resorts are a viable option to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. These tourist accommodations offer views that are worth the travel. Spend some time at Araku Valley – Andhra’s Ooty – and visit the Borra Caves, Tyda nature trails, Chaaparai – a picturesque picnic spot, innumerable waterfalls and the coffee and tribal museums. If not, go halfway there to Ananthagiri Hills and soak in the beauty of all the coffee plantations, amazing views and Thatiguda waterfalls. If beaches are more your thing, the Baruva Beach Resort is literally built on the beach. Lovely private balconies and a stupendous sea view, what more could you ask for?
Distance from the city:
Araku Valley – 114.5 KM
Ananthagiri Hills – 88 KM
Baruva Beach – 209 KM
Rushikonda Beach – 14 KM
Location: Araku Valley, Ananthagiri Hills, Baruva Beach
The lure: Picturesque views
In midst of mango orchards and teak plantations is a nature lover’s paradise – Salson’s Retreat. Spread over six acres adjacent to the scenic Tatipudi lake, pass your time at the play area or go for a boat ride with your family. If you’re in for an authentic camping experience with tents and stars, this is the place for it. Don’t worry if comforting luxury is more your style, as they also have a bungalow equipped with two suites and a kitchen.
Distance from the city: 70 KM
The lure: Boating & camping facilities
Chandoori Sai Guesthouse
A colourful, handmade guesthouse situated in midst of rural India, this unique resort offers a peek into the lives of Adivasis. Designed based on the houses of Poraja and Khonda tribes, Chandoori Sai is run by Australian Leon Mahoney since 2005. The elegant eco-lodge constructed with locally burnt bricks, terracotta and floor tiles serves continental and authentic local dishes devoid of preservatives. With five rooms and a detached two-room chalet, the homestay-style resort is a unique delight and promises a different kind of holiday.
Distance from the city: 200 KM
Location: Goudaguda Village, Koraput
The lure: A rustic experience
By the Godavari
If a riverside holiday complete with water lilies and beautiful sunsets is your idea of perfection, then head over to this Sterling Holidays resort by the river Godavari. Relax your evenings away at the swimming pool or the spa and spend time by the bonfire after the sun sets. Go for the boat rides in Godavari and indulge in the scenic beauty that makes Dindi so special. With an activity center and comfortable luxuries, this places offers a holiday that is a scenic drive away.
Distance from the city: 265 KM
The lure: Serene backwaters & stunning views
Mayfair Palm Beach Resort
By the Gopalpur beach is a colossal resort spread over 12 acres of lush greenery. Panoramic views of the sea, a Captain’s Deck, airy cabanas, swimming pool, spa, fitness center and more, Mayfair Palm Beach Resort is an architectural beauty in white and blue. The different kinds of rooms are a luxurious delight to stay at, especially the Premium Suite that comes with its own dip pool. Food served at the restaurants and bars here is made from fresh produce grown on the premises itself or brought in by local fishermen. A perfect indulgence in the quiet town of Gopalpur, this one is a perfect holiday in the lap of luxury, by the Bay of Bengal.
Distance from the city: 288 KM
The lure: Beach view & private dip pool
Founded by Madhu Tugnait, Icha Foundation is home to abandoned children with mental and physical disabilities. For those who’d like their weekend getaway to be meaningful, apart from reveling in lush greenery, this one’s for you. Spread across an acre of land overlooking Kondakarla lake and bird sanctuary, the foundation provides comfortable accommodation to visitors wanting to spend quality time with the children. They also arrange visits to the virginal NTPC Beach if one is bored of boating at the lake. There is an old temple with a stream a little distance away from here if one wants to indulge in some spirituality.
Distance from the city: 50 KM
Location: Achutapuram Mandal, Kondakarla Ava
The lure: The unique experience