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Thai curry can refer to any dish in Thai cuisine that is made with various types of curry paste, and it can also be referring to the pastes themselves. In the United States, it can usually be found on store shelves courtesy of the Thai Kitchen brand, which offers a variety of veganized products for those of us who prefer a little more cruelty-free spice in our lives. Curry is a generic term that refers to dishes, most commonly Asian in origin and design, that usually contains turmeric, hot chilies or chili powder, cumin, coriander (cilantro), and any number of other spices that differ from region to region. In South Thailand, curries tend to contain a lot of coconut milk, while in the Northeast, they often use more lime juice and less coconut milk.
Most Thai curries contain chili peppers, garlic, and coconut milk, as well as galengal or “blue ginger”, a plant which is similar to ginger in aesthetics, but not in taste. Thai curries can be highly influenced by Laotian and Chinese cuisines, as well as general South Asian cuisine. Read on to learn about the various types of Thai curry, and check out some recipes! Advertisement
1. Sweet Green Curry
Hailing from Central Thailand, green curry is common known as the hottest of the curries, but it is also very sweet as it uses large amounts of lime juice and coconut milk. It can usually consist of eggplant and green chillies in a green curry sauce. The sauce is made from green chilies, kaffir lime leaves, Thai basil, shallots, blue ginger, krachai (a milder cousin of ginger), garlic, and turmeric.
2. Red Curry
Also known as “spicy curry”, this is another fiery dish from Central Thailand. Red curry gets its color from copious amounts of red chilies, which are crushed with garlic, shallots, blue ginger, and lemongrass. This forms the base red curry paste for the dish, which is mixed with coconut milk to form the curry sauce. A variety of “meat” and vegetables can be simmered in the sauce, including pumpkin, eggplant, and tofu. Advertisement
3. Yellow Curry
Yellow curry can come in many different varieties in Thailand. The most common form of Thai yellow curry is especially rich as it contains coconut cream, and is typically served with mixed vegetables. Other yellow-colored curries include gold curry — which is a spicier version of the basic yellow curry, elephant curry — which is highly spicy and without coconut milk, and orange curry — which is very sour and also without coconut milk. Advertisement
All of the yellow curry varieties are made with plenty of turmeric. Usually they can also include cumin, yellow mustard seeds, nutmeg, and kaffir lime leaves and juice.
4. Massaman Curry Advertisement
Massaman curry is derived from Indian curry, and is often eaten in Central and Southern Thailand. Massaman curry paste is made using red chilies, blue ginger, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, cardamom, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Coconut milk and kaffir lime leaves are then added to create the sauce, finishing off with peanuts and potatoes.
5. Panang Curry
Panang curry came to Thailand from Laos, and is usually eaten in Central Thailand. It is milder and more subtly flavored than other, spicier Thai curries. It is made from dried chilies, kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk, lemongrass, cilantro, cumin, garlic, blue ginger, shallots, and some form of paste. Sometimes it can also contain peanuts.
While most Thai curries have specific origin in one region or another of Thailand or Laos, they have spread throughout the area, and most of them can be found in any part of modern-day Thailand, or in Thai restaurants in the West. Advertisement
Veganized Thai Red Curry Paste Recipe
Ingredients 17 to 20 2-inch long dried red chilies 4 teaspoons of coriander seeds 2 fresh lemongrass stalks with one or two outer leaves discarded 1 teaspoon of whole black peppercorns 4 teaspoons of chopped and peeled fresh or thawed frozen greater galangal 6 4-inch long kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro roots or stems 5 small, chopped shallots 15 to 20 1-inch long serrano chilies, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Special equipment: Large (2-cup) mortar & pestle (granite works best) or mini food processor Cut dried chilies into 1/4-inch pieces and then soak in warm water until softened (around 20 minutes), then drain in a sieve While chilies soak, toast coriander in a dry, small, heavy skillet over moderate heat, shaking skillet, until fragrant (3-4 minutes), then cool. Thinly slice lower 6 inches of lemongrass stalks and finely chop. Finely grind coriander and peppercorns with mortar & pestle or food processor for around 2 minutes, then toss with lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves, shallot, cilantro, garlic, fresh chilies, and soaked dry chilies in a bowl. Pound mixture in 3 batches until a fairly smooth paste is formed, 8 to 10 minutes per batch, and transfer to clean bowl. If using food processor, add around 1 1/2 tablespoons of water per batch Return all paste to mortar, then add salt and pound (or pulse) for about one minute until combined well
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Travel Experts Reveal The BEST Luxury Resorts For Families!

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Luxury Resorts + Kid-Friendly are not two words you often see together but thanks to millennial parents who value experiences over things & Gen Xer’s continuing to dominate the luxury family travel market top brands are taking notes and making changes with their youngest guests in mind. Recently, I asked 30+ top family travel experts, globetrotting families, and nomadic parents to tell me about their very favorite kid-friendly luxury resorts and here are the results. Get ready to feed your wanderlust. Travel Experts Reveal The BEST Luxury Resorts For Families!
Who says grown up’s get to have all the fun? Millenial parents are pushing Luxury Resorts to up their kid-friendly amenities and the brands are responding with open arms embracing pint-sized travelers worldwide. But, with so many options it’s tough for parents to choose which luxury resort to travel to.
So, we asked some of the BEST family travel experts to weigh in on their favorite luxury resorts for families and this list is a compilation of their responses. Whether you are looking for luxury resorts here in the U.S. or you are dreaming of escaping to a faraway land with your crew we have the perfect luxe resort for you. The list is categorized by continent and is not organized in any particular order. Enjoy!
To skip to a specific continent click one of these links- United States , Mexico , Canada , Central America , South America , Caribbean , Europe , Asia , Middle East , Africa , or Oceania . The Best Luxury Resorts in Northern America The United States Grand Wailea- Maui, Hawaii
I mean what could be better than a pool area that is 2,000-feet-long, 770,000-gallons of water and consists of nine pools on six different levels connected by waterslides? Get to the bottom and the world’s first WATER ELEVATOR will take you back to the top. YUP! It’s pretty great. This luxury resort is one of my personal favorites and it’s one of the munchkins favorites too! Check Prices Here!
Click here to read our full review of the Grand Wailea . Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa- Oahu, Hawaii
This should come as no surprise to anyone, we showcase our LOVE for Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa all over this blog. It is hard to beat the stunning location of Aulani tucked into the beautiful Ko’Olina area, jam-packed with family-friendly activities, waterslides, splash areas for kids and a separate one for babies & toddlers, a ton of pools, man-made snorkel reef (yay! no sharks!), and your favorite Disney Characters? You can’t, which is why you have to book a trip and see it for yourself. Check Prices Here! Beach Club View from the Boardwalk Beach Club Villas- Orlando, Florida
Disney knocks it out of the park when it comes to luxury resorts for families. They have quite a few resorts in Orlando specifically that come to mind, but there is one in particular that we are suckers for, Disney’s Beach Club. An incredible sand-bottomed pool, the cute boats that transport it’s guests to both Epcot & Hollywood Studios (you can also walk to both parks from this resort), plus the cute little lake and boardwalk behind the resort & the over-accommodating staff wrapped up in an adorable cape cod aesthetic- it’s pretty hard to resist! Check Prices Here!
Read our full review of the Beach Club here , snag our BEST Disney World Tips here and learn how to rent DVC points to save big on your stay here . Margaritaville – Hollywood Fl.
One of the newest additions to this list is Margaritaville in Hollywood Fl. I was knocked off by this amazing resort. The grounds are absolutely stunning, there is a flow rider for the kids and the kids club is FREE!
In addition, I loved the location of this resort as it was right on the boardwalk, plus at Margaritaville, they have free bike rentals so you can cruise on down the boardwalk. For those who love food, Margaritaville had some of the best food I have ever had in a hotel. This place is definitely worth a visit and truly one of the best luxury resorts for families. Check Prices Here! Terranea Resort- Palos Verdes, California
Terranea is classic California elegance at its best… but being near a beach it is also laid back enough for you to feel more than comfortable toting munchkins along. Our kiddos love the waterslides, pools, splash pad and unique kid’s activity offerings like falconry.
They also have a fun brunch on the weekends where our little munchkins enjoyed freshly made doughnuts and a waffle bar complete with m&m’s. Mom’s don’t forget to book a session at the spa its AH-MAZING!! Check Prices Here!
Read our full review of Terranea Resort here . photo: La Costa Resort Omni La Costa Resort & Spa- Carlsbad, California
Tucked away in Carlsbad, just minutes from the beach, is the beautiful and expansive Omni La Costa home to the Chopra Center for Wellness for the mamas + two 100-foot waterslides, a toddler slide and splash pad for the kids. This gorgeous resort offers standard hotel rooms and suites or you can upgrade to the spacious villas. Check Prices Here!
Check out more photos and learn more about Omni La Costa Resort here .
Another great California destination is Big Sur. You can check out Crazy Family Adventure’s tips on visiting here . Biltmore Estate- Asheville, North Carolina
Leigh Powell Hines of HinesSightBlog states, “Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C is the state’s largest tourist attraction. It’s majestic. The food is farm-to-table fabulous, and the scenery is breathtaking. It’s certainly a must-see for the first-time Asheville visitor, but it’s also a place where North Carolinians and locals want to frequent often.
The estate offers horseback riding, biking, hiking, fly-fishing, Segway tours, fishing, and water activities. It’s an 8,000-acre outdoor playground for all ages. Curators have made mansion tours fun for kids by creating a scavenger hunt and a special audio tour. With four distinct seasons that the estate promotes, it’s easy to visit this Asheville landmark all year. Antler Hill Village is especially fun for families because of the working farm and delicious creamery.
The Inn at Biltmore and the Village Hotel offer complimentary shuttle around the estate.” Learn more about the Biltmore Estate from NC based travel writer, Leigh Powell Hines of HinesSightBlog here . Check Prices Here! Ballantyne Resort, Charlotte North Carolina
As you arrive at The Ballantyne Hotel in North Carolina you are greeted with the timeless elegance that the resort grounds encompass. A gorgeous fountain, stunning greens, smiling bellhops and a sophisticated lobby are some of the scenes that welcome you.
This luxury resort offers its guests unparalleled service, exquisite amenities, well appointed spacious accommodations an award-winning spa, PGA golf course & much more. Picture rich furnishings, marble counters, plush bedding, sweeping views and thoughtful amenities. This is exactly what is in store for you at The Ballantyne Hotel. – Learn More about the Ballantyne – Check Prices Here! The Cloister at Sea Island- Sea Island, Georgia Sue Rodman of 365AtlantaFamily says, “A century of generational family vacations builds an affinity for resorts. So it is a beach vacation at the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Cloister at Sea Island along the Georgia coast. As you would expect, the list of activities is impressive – restoring spa, family-focused beach club with multiple pools, nature activities, movie theater, boating, shooting, and award-winning restaurants. But it’s the traditions that keep people coming back. Regulars swear you can’t miss Bingo, where jackets are required, and yelling ‘Clickety-Click, 0-66 is not only acceptable but encouraged. Corn muffins and Gold Brick Sundaes are required eating. Junior staff counselors are so well trained parents secretly try to steal them away as a nanny, and golf pros Davis Love III, Matt Kucher and Zack Johnson are just fellow club members.” Learn more about The Cloister here on 365AtlantaFamily. Check Prices Here! Grand Hyatt- Kauai, Hawaii
Sara Wellensiek of MomEndeavors says, “Situated on Kauai’s drier south shore, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is an idyllic place for families. Not only is Kauai, Hawaii a fabulous destination in itself, but the breathtaking hotel property really makes it feel like you’re in a luxurious tropical paradise.
There are lush gardens, tropical plants, and palm trees at every turn. In addition to beautiful flora, animal lovers will enjoy koi feeding, wildlife walks, and “parrot time” with one of the colorful hotel residents. Everyone in the family will love spending ample time at the variety of pools here – it’s really the star of this property.
Not only does the resort sit on 50 oceanfront acres (though swimming here isn’t recommended), there is an incredible system of pools and lagoons. This large water system features lava-rock lined lazy river pools, waterfalls, a 150-foot waterslide (for anyone over 42″), and a massive 2 million gallon saltwater lagoon. It’s perfect for all kinds of family fun in a gorgeous tropical setting.” Head over to MomEndeavors for more family-friendly Kauai hotel ideas ! Check Prices Here! Four Seasons Hualalai- Hawaii
Sarah Hirsch of WellTraveledKids recommends Four Seasons Hualalai, “My absolute favorite luxury resort for families is Four Seasons Hualalai on the Island of Hawaii. We fell in love with this gorgeous property immediately and can’t wait to return.
Vacations at Four Seasons Hualalai are fun for all ages. Families spend days playing together in the pools, building sandcastles while watching the sea turtles sunbathe on the beach, and snorkeling with over 4000 tropical fish at Kings Pond. Kids will love making friends at Kids For All Seasons kids club while experiencing authentic Hawaiian activities like learning to canoe on the ocean and feed their resident spotted eagle ray.
While the kids are busy parents will enjoy amazing spa treatments, relax by the adults only pool, learn ukulele at resort’s Hawaiian culture center, go shopping in the fabulous shops, play tennis or hit the golf course. Every evening families will love dining together in the resort’s outstanding oceanfront restaurants.” Find out more about the Four Seasons Hualalai here on WellTraveledKids. Check Prices Here! The Boar’s Head Inn- Virginia
Karen Presley Dawkins of FamilyTravelsOnABudget states, “The Boar’s Head Inn, a 3,000-acre resort in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is our family’s favorite. The resort takes full advantage of its setting, with nature trails for hiking and biking, a small lake for fishing and an Audubon-certified golf course. In the summer, take a hot air balloon ride! The award-winning racquet and fitness club and three pools provide more options to stay and play.
Four restaurants provide a variety of dining options — dinner at the Old Mill Room is a must! For busy parents, the full-service spa offers the ultimate in relaxation. What makes Boar’s Head Inn so special, though, is not the amenities but the staff.
They offer warm hospitality, an appreciation for the history of this beautiful resort and expert knowledge to make every experience here special. Go. Play. Relax. They’ll take care of the rest!” Learn more about this wonderful luxury resort here onFamily Travels on a Budget. Check Prices Here! Four Seasons Scottsdale- Arizona
Colleen Lanin founder of TravelMamas recommends Four Seasons Scottsdale. She says, “Tucked away in the Sonoran Desert next to the Pinnacle Peak granite summit, Four Seasons Scottsdale is where to go to escape it all. The exquisite landscaping at this resort will make you fall in love with the desert’s beauty.
This hotel features three pools– one for tots, one for all ages, and one just for grown-ups. Plus, there is a whirlpool for soaking. Staff just may stop by these watery oases with complimentary homemade chocolate-dipped granola bar bites, frozen grapes, or strawberry smoothies. Up the luxe factor with a Deluxe Cabana, complete with a kid-friendly stocked bar, 40-inch flat screen TV, and selection of board games and reading materials.
On summer weekends, the resort plays family-friendly movies poolside so you can float while you watch. Kids for All Seasons will entertain children ages 5 to 12 while parents relax at the on-site spa, play a tennis match, or hit the links at the nearby Troon North Golf Club. There really is something for all ages at Four Seasons Scottsdale.” Learn more about the Four Seasons Scottsdale here on TravelMamas . Thinking of booking a trip here yourself? You can check prices for your dates here!
If visiting Scottsdale you should also check out these amazing restaurant recommendations too Montage Deer Valley- Utah
Allison Dover Laypath of TipsForFamilyTrips states, “There are lots of fun things to do in Park City, Utah, but my family found so many activities during our weekend at Montage Deer Valley, we never left the resort. Montage Deer Valley is a ski-in, ski-out luxury resort that offers an impressive array of family activities.
Kids are invited to choose a stuffed animal at check-in that represents the native species that live in the mountains surrounding the resort. During your visit, ask the concierge about the complimentary Montage Merits program where kids earn pins for participating in the resort and local activities like skiing, snow tubing, hiking, mountain biking, archery, and bowling.
This luxury resort is truly for families as it has its own bowling alley, video game arcade, indoor and outdoor pools, spa, restaurants, equipment rental and family marshmallow roasts. Montage Deer Valley is also an excellent choice for a romantic trip without the kids.” Learn more about this incredible luxury resort here on TipsForFamilyTrips. Check Prices Here! The Broadmoor- Colorado Springs, Colorado
Diana Rowe of TravelingInHeels mentions The Broadmoor as one of her favorites. Here are her words, “Surrounded by the mountains and framed by Cheyenne Lake, the historic Broadmoor is the longest standing Five-Star Diamond hotel in the U.S. Located just 90 miles south of Denver, this luxury Mediterranean style resort sits on 3,000 beautifully sculpted acre.
My big-eyed grandkids were fascinated by its historic towers – which to preschoolers might resemble a castle. Yet it was the uniformed staff who held the door for them and spoke to them like “little adults” that spoiled my family for life. And don’t get me started on the super luxe accommodations. Mix in the amazing family-friendly things to do on-property including biking, hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, fishing, dine at the Golden Bee (world famous English Pub), challenge the family to a bowling game at Play, and even tennis lessons.
Then if you’re bored (which you won’t be!), explore the Pikes Peak region, with visits to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the highest altitude zoo in the U.S., or all-aboard the Pikes Peak Cog train, the highest rain in the U.S. And that’s why The Broadmoor is one of the top luxury resorts for families.” Learn more about family-friendly resorts in Colorado Springs here on TravelingInHeels. Check Prices Here ! source- The Sanderling The Sanderling Resort- North Carolina Eileen Gunn of FamiliesGoTravel recommends The Sanderling Resort. “My entire family liked the Sanderling Resort in North Carolina’s Outer Banks from the second we walked in the door. It’s one of those resorts that is upscale in a friendly way. You feel taken care of and truly relax within its white-trimmed clapboard walls. My daughter loved the s’mores kit they leave in your room for the evening firepit. And we enjoyed the local storyteller who came by to tell ghost stories by the fire one night. I loved the guys who efficiently pitch an umbrella for you when you hit the beach. We all loved our roomy room with its huge bathroom with plenty of pegs for wet bathing suits and comfortable balcony for morning coffee and afternoon drinks. We rarely bother with hotel restaurants but ate at the Sanderling’s Life-Saving Station twice. The food had local ingredients and a modern Southern accent that the adults appreciated. And my daughter got string beans with her kids’ menu dinner (which she ate). But we also loved that they were fine with us bringing a pizza in one night and eating in the upstairs lounge while playing cards (other families were doing the same thing). We left feeling like we’d really been on vacation and vowing to come back as soon as possible.” Find out more about The Sanderling here on FamiliesGoTravel. Check Prices Here! Migis Lodge- Maine
Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine states, “Families looking for old-fashioned family fun will love a stay at Migis Lodge. Located on Sebago Lake, about 40 miles from Portland, Maine, Migis offers an all-inclusive, rustic, yet luxury family vacation experience.
Meals and activities (with the exception of motorized water sports) are included with a stay. You’ll enjoy a rustic cabin or lodge room, as well as delicious food, including a clambake and daily cookout. My family stayed in early July several years ago and was so impressed with the fun family activities, as well as the focus on service.
It’s only open in the summer and early fall, and many families stay there year after year. There are many kid-friendly activities, including a kids’ club and lake activities. With only 35 cabins (in addition to the lodge rooms), you’ll get to know some of the other families staying there.” Learn more on Family Travel Magazine’s Migis Lodge review . Check Prices Here! Hawks Cay Resort- Florida
Bryanna Royal of CrazyFamilyAdventure says, “Hawks Cay is the perfect luxury resort for families. They have villas so you can opt for a full kitchen and multiple bedroom setups and close to the villas is the awesome Coral Cay kids area. Inside this area, there is a pool for swimming, a splash pad with a pirate ship for playing, mini golf, volleyball, basketball and a full soccer field! You could spend all day here playing and lounging while the kids run wild!
At the main resort area, you will find more pools (and one adult only pool) along with a fire pit, a bar, and delicious restaurants. One of our favorite things was the lagoon area where you could rent paddle boards and kayaks and it was perfect for kids since it was closed in and calm so the kids could paddle board and kayak on their own.
Right next to the lagoon is the Hawks Cay dolphin area where you can either spend time watching the dolphins play in the water or set up a time to swim with them! They also offer a sunset cruise right from the hotel that takes you out to the ocean for a couple of hours. If you want luxury and fun Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys is your answer!” Learn more about Hawks Cay Resort on CrazyFamilyAdventure here . Check Prices Here! Check out this cool video via Crazy Family Adventure- Boca Club Astoria Boca Raton Fl- Boca Raton, Florida
Victoria Burdman of CelebrateTheWeekend shares her love for Boca Club Astoria Boca Raton Fl. “When we travel to Florida, we try to take advantage of its many offerings and typically don’t stay in one place for too long. We often include a stay at Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton (a Hilton family hotel, so our points work!) for a couple of luxurious days on the beach.
This hotel actually consists of two properties: historic grand Boca Raton Resort and more casual beach-front Boca Beach Club. We prefer the Beach Club for an obvious reason – it is right on the beach! (but if the ocean water is too chilly for you, you can opt for the heated outdoor pools).
With tennis courts, numerous swimming pools, golf course, health club, kids club, and even its own marina – activities for families are endless; but my favorite thing about this resort is Spa Palazzo where I always spend a couple of “me” hours enjoying a Mediterranean-themed baths complex.” Check out CelebrateTheWeekend’s itinerary for Boca Raton here . Check Prices Here! Pink Shell Beach Resort- Florida
Chelsea Nicole from Someday I’ll Lean blog says, “Fort Myers is well-known as a spring break destination, but the award-winning Pink Shell Beach Resort is tucked away on a quiet end of the beach so families can kick back, relax and listen to the waves lapping outside their balcony. I was impressed by thoughtful details like towel hooks in the entryway of our one-bedroom suite, so mom and dad don’t have to spend their time picking up everyone’s stuff.
It’s the little things! Bookings include breakfast, bottled water, drinks, beach umbrella rental, internet and other bonuses. Multiple pools including a zero-entry “Octopool” with waterfalls keep the kids entertained, and amazing shelling opportunities are steps away.
Other activities include arts and crafts, adventure tours, gear rentals, fishing experiences and free stargazing, nature walks and yoga. A spa and multiple dining options are on-site, and Times Square is a quick half-mile walk down the shore.” Read more about visiting Fort Myers Beach with kids on Someday I’ll Learn. Check Prices Here!
*Headed to Orlando? Check out this awesome vacation rental resort on Y Travel Blog. Mexico Hard Rock- Cancun
If there is one hotel that absolutely exceeded every possible expectation I had when it comes to family luxury resorts it is the Hard Rock Cancun. Exceptional service, delicious food, the fastest/ best tasting room service ever, plus the coolest experiences for kids we have ever seen at a luxury resort including DJ spin class, Barney Live shows, arts & crafts poolside, and kids guitar lessons complete with a Fender guitar loaner for the room!! Read how Hard Rock Cancun rocked our vacation here . Learn more about our favorite activities in Cancun here . Thinking of booking a trip? Check Prices Here! Grand Velas Riviera Maya- Riviera Maya Tamara Gruber of We3Travel shares her thoughts on Grand Velas Riviera Maya. “ The Grand Velas Riviera Maya accomplishes the rare feat of combining luxury with a family-friendly all-inclusive. This resort is able to offer something for everyone, from the cheerful kids’ club to the super cool teen club, and pool-side massages for the luxe-loving grandparents. The rooms are very large and kids can’t get enough of the 24×7 room service pizza delivery and snacks replenished daily in the minibar (all included of course!) Luckily for foodies there are plenty of dining options, including some that are adults only. With multiple pools, plenty of activities, and a gorgeous beach, sun worshippers will be happy. But my favorite feature is the award-winning spa — truly the best I have ever experienced, complete with a multi-stage water journey to start your service.” Find out more about Grand Velas at We3Travel here . Find the best rates for your travel dates. Check Prices Here! Hyatt Ziva- Los Cabos Carrick Buss of AlongForTheTrip recommends Hyatt Ziva, “If you’re traveling to Los Cabos, consider staying at the at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. It’s an all-inclusive resort in San Jose del Cabo, and the location was just what we were looking for. Don’t let the all-inclusive description fool you – the Ziva Los Cabos is a luxurious, family-friendly oasis! The kids loved the heated pools with a swim-up bar where they could get frozen fruit smoothies. Of course, they make margaritas for Mom and Dad also. At nearby Coco Loco, the staff serves up made-to-order fish tacos, chips, and salsa. Dining at night varies from French, Italian, Mexican, and our favorite, the Japanese Teppanyaki grill at DoZo. Activities are plentiful, and during a rainy afternoon, hotel staff played XBox with our son in the sports bar while the girls were at the spa. All this and fantastic ocean views make the Ziva Los Cabos a family-friendly winner!” Find more family vacation ideas here on AlongForTheTrip. Check Prices Here! Hacienda Encantada- Cabo San Lucas
Desiree Miller of StreeFreeBaby says, “If your family wants a true getaway that offers something fun for each member to enjoy, from whale watching in the Sea of Cortez to tequila tasting by the pool, the Hacienda Encantada in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, should be memory-making central.
The resort offers luxury suites for families, or you can rent an entire house—complete with its own private pool! You can see Land’s End from the resort, along with the infamous Arch. Even the smallest rooms have complete kitchenettes, not that you’ll need them if you buy into the all-inclusive meal plan that even allows you to dine in restaurants along the Golden Zone.
But even if you never leave resort property, there are lots of activities to keep everyone occupied—and happy. You can even sit in on Spanish lessons by the pool if you want to pick up a couple new words or learn how to cook some of their delicious ceviches.” Learn more about Hacienda Encantada here at Stress-Free Baby. Check Prices Here!
Check out this video about Hacienda Encantada from Stress-Free Baby- Azul Resort- Cancun
Kimberley Clayton Blaine of TheGoToMom shares, “The Karisma Hotels and Resorts are made for families. It’s very high end and all meals and unlimited cocktails/drinks are included, for which they call Gourmet Inclusive . Visit Karisma’s site and to see ALL their hotels click on tab “hotels” for “everyone.” However, the family properties we liked most were “Azul Resort” and “Azul Sensitori” because we have kids under 11 – This place is just magical…
The food is fresh as they have their own organic garden. My kids ate homemade yogurt each morning and I had fresh wheatgrass juice each day. It was such a nice experience. But be sure you bring water shoes, you never know if the rocks will float up to the swimming part of the resorts.
If you have little preschoolers, book an adorable Fisher-Price Family Suite. Hands down, for kids ages 6-11 we voted that the best rooms to book are the SWIM UP SUITES – where your kids can open the patio door and jump right down in the pool! These rooms get booked very quickly. You literally have to reserve them one year in advance.” Find out more about this luxury resort here on TheGoToMom. Check Prices Here! Canada Fairmont Chateau Whistler- British Columbia, Canada
Keryn Means of WalkingOnTravels says, “When our family truly wants to relax, we know we can head to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The natural beauty of British Columbia envelopes us, relaxing our harried spirits after months of go, go, go with the kid’s school schedule, work and family obligations.
While every Fairmont is a treat, there is something about the Fairmont Chateau Whistler staff that is extra special. Splurge on a Gold Level room to get access to the Gold Club, where a full breakfast, happy hour hors-d’oeuvres and snacks throughout the day will keep everyone in the family happy. The indoor/outdoor pool is perfect for kids looking to splash around throughout the year, and the location right off of Blackcomb slope is great for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Whistler Village is a short drive, walk or shuttle ride away, but there are plenty of restaurants close to the hotel to enjoy and don’t miss the brunch at the Fairmont. The French toast is worth every calorie-filled bite.” You can learn more about this gorgeous resort here on WalkingOnTravels. If you are thinking of traveling to the Fairmont Chateau you can check prices here! Moose Hotel and Suites, Banff, Canada
This summer we stayed at the Moose Hotel & Suites. This is a perfect place for a large family. You can enjoy a spacious 2 bedroom villa with living room area. Head upstairs for their rooftop pool and jacuzzi (they have an indoor pool too for those cold days) and unwind from an amazing day in Banff. I loved this hotel as it was right on the main street in Banff, pretty much close to everything you want to do. Check Current Prices Here! Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu- Québec
Lisa Goodmurphy recommends Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, “Families in search of a luxury resort hotel will love the historic Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu which overlooks the St. Lawrence River in La Malbaie, Québec about an hour’s drive north of Québec City.
The Manoir Richelieu features spectacular views, spacious accommodations, three restaurants on-site ranging from casual buffet to fine dining, and free WIFI for Fairmont President’s Club members. Parents will appreciate all the luxurious touches that the Fairmont brand is known for and everyone in the family will enjoy the year-round activities offered by the resort.
Summer activities include mini-golf, tennis, hiking, swimming in indoor or outdoor pools, and carriage rides around the property while in the winter guests can enjoy activities such as dogsledding, ice skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The Manoir Richelieu makes a great home base as well for exploring the Charlevoix Region which includes some of the world’s most beautiful whale watching sites. The hotel also has a canine ambassador named Roux so don’t be surprised if the kids never want to leave!” Learn more about this amazing luxury resort here on Gone With The Family. Check Prices Here! Post Hotel in Lake Louise- Banff, Canada Darcie Maranich of SuchTheSpot says, “With its quiet rustic charm and gourmet dining options, The Post Hotel in Lake Louise feels very much like an undiscovered gem. Situated along the banks of the Bow River, this Relais & Châteaux property includes just one hundred guest rooms and suites. The intimate setting lends to guests feeling more like family than patrons. While fine dining just steps away in the dining room, families can also opt for hearty, casual fare in the Outpost Pub or enjoy an authentic Swiss fondue experience in the Post’s specialty restaurant, Fondue Stϋbli. A cozy library stocked with books and games, the indoor pool and complimentary bicycles keep kids happy while the Temple Spa will leave the grownups in a state of pure bliss. Also not to be missed is complimentary afternoon tea service in the lobby or on the picturesque patio.” Learn more about this gorgeous Canadian Luxury Resort here at SuchTheSpot. Check Prices Here! Big White Ski Resort – Kelowna B.C. Kimberley Clayton Blaine of TheGoToMom says, “Big White is the ultimate kids’ playground, a fun and safe environment featuring wide open runs, perfect for learning new skills that can get your children up and around the resort. Accommodations are just gorgeous… and the ski school is a FIVE-star service! We let them pick up the kids for their ski school each day! How about that door to door service! The instructors came to our hotel and dropped them off at the end of the day. The kids spent their lesson with their instructor and group learning, playing and exploring. In addition to skiing, we enjoyed the thrill of the “Ice Tower” which is constructed out of 4 telephone poles — Your kids won’t stop talking about this giant Ice cube! Big White is an awesome place for unreal skiing… and for having drinks and socializing with other ski enthusiasts after a long day on the slopes! This mountain has become a family favorite destination spot and we hope you consider joining us next year!” Learn more about Big White Ski Resort here on TheGoToMom. Check Prices Here! One of the Top Luxury Resorts In Central America The Phoenix Belize Family Resort- Belize
Micki Kosman of TheBarefootNomad states, “Our family of four was lucky enough to stay at The Phoenix Resort on Ambergris Caye in Belize for five days. By the end of those five days, we never wanted to leave. What made it so great? Sure, the stunning ocean view and heated pools played a large part, but really it came down to feeling at home.
Each room at The Phoenix Resort Belize is condominium size, with one, two or three bedroom suites. Each comes with a complete kitchen and is stocked with a welcome basket of drinks and treats. The Phoenix Belize includes plenty of extras, including free WiFi and even a complimentary in-room iPad and wireless Bose speakers. For time away from the kids, there’s a hotel bar with free drinks during happy hour every day from 5 to 6.
We spent plenty of family time in the saline lap pool and the heated multi-level main pool as well as hung out at the well-stocked poolside bar. There are loungers positioned all around the pool, as well as tables and chairs where you can sit back and enjoy a tasty bite. Their nachos were amazing.” Learn more about this gorgeous luxury resort here on TheBarefootNomad. Check Prices Here! The Best Luxury Resorts in South America Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel- Peru
Tara Cannon from PintSizePilot recommends Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, ” Tucked into the valley below Machu Picchu, lies a very special boutique hotel property. The luxurious adobe casitas of Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel are nestled within 12 acres of lush gardens — full of waterfalls, butterflies, exotic birds, rare orchids and more. This property is a perfect retreat for families visiting the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu.
A stay can include kid-friendly excursions such as a fun and informative treasure hunt, an opportunity to visit the on-property tea plantation (and make your own tea ), and a visit to their Andean bear conservation project. If this isn’t enough, they even offer kid-friendly treatments with local botanicals at their serene UNA spa.
For many families, a Peru family vacation involves a rather hectic itinerary and this hotel is a perfect place to relax for a few days. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a Relais & Chateux property and is recognized as one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World .” Learn more about this gorgeous resort here on PintSizePilot. Check Prices Here! Mashpi Lodge- Ecuador
Liling Pang shares her thoughts on why families will love Mashpi Lodge, “The setting of Mashpi Lodge is a like a dream. Located deep in the Ecuadorian cloud forest on a 3,000-acre private reserve, you might expect to spend the night in a canvas tent. Instead, you find Mashpi Lodge, an ultra-modern 24-room property shrouded in the mist and mystery of the Choco-Andean cloud forest.
Dripping wet vegetation and wildlife caress the lodge’s floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Nature expeditions are tailored to each guest’s physical fitness and interests, including those of kids. The dragonfly, sky bike, and observation tower offer the chance to experience the forest like a bird. Guided nature hikes, the life center, and the hummingbird garden get you face to face with the forest’s inhabitants.
Mealtime is just as much of an adventure at Mashpi Lodge. Chef Oswaldo Araujo celebrates the unique ingredients of the forests and traditional Ecuadorian cuisine by applying modern gastronomic techniques with the most exquisite results.” For more of Liling’s family’s experience at Mashpi Lodge here . Or you can Check Prices Here!
You may also want to check out this article about Things to do in Ecuador from Trekaroo over here . Galapagos Safari Camp- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Victoria Westmacott of FarFlungLands says, “One of the first decisions families have to make when booking a Galapagos vacation is whether to take a cruise or to sleep on dry land. If traveling with young, active kids a land-based tour is, in my books, a far more relaxing option for parents.
There are a few luxury hotels to choose from but Galapagos Safari Camp is hands-down the most kid-friendly. For one thing, it is the only hotel on the archipelago that has a kids’ club. Modeled on the classic African safari camp, families can either opt for luxury tents (that fit up to 2 extra beds) or the spacious 3-bedroom Family Suite. What I loved most about this hotel was how attentive the staff were to our needs.
They truly go that extra mile to create special moments for all their guests, big & small. In our case, they threw a surprise birthday party for my 9-year-old, complete with balloons, streamers, turtle-shaped pancakes and a delicious cake!” Find more about the Galapagos Safari Camp here on FarFlungLands. Or Check Prices Here! The One of the Top Luxury Resorts in Caribbean Beaches Turks & Caicos
Corinne McDermott of HaveBabyWillTravel says, “All-Inclusive resorts can be hit or miss when it comes to pleasing everyone–but everyone from infant to senior, from foodie to adventurer–will have a great vacation at Beaches Turks and Caicos .
Beaches Resorts are known for their wonderful service and amenities that cater to families, and their Turks & Caicos location is truly the jewel in their crown. After sustaining damage during the intense hurricane season of 2017, they have reopened with a number of new restaurants and facilities, including an Indian restaurant and new food trucks at the resort’s waterpark.
The baby and child care at Beaches Turks & Caicos is included, and wonderful. Activities like baking with Cookie Monster and science with Super Grover (thanks to their relationship with Sesame Street) will create unforgettable memories for you, too. And, because you know your kids are having fun and are well-looked after, you can truly relax at the beach with a fruity drink or indulge in a treatment at the world-class Red Lane Spa before regrouping for a great family meal at one of the resort’s 21 restaurants.” Learn more about Beaches Turks & Caicos here HaveBabyWillTravel . You can also check prices for your dates Here! Amazing Luxury Resorts in Europe Martinhal Cascais- Portugal Kirsten Maxwell of KidsAreATrip says families will love Martinhal Cascais. Here are her reasons why, “Martinhal Cascais is an easy 45-minute ride from the Lisbon airport and 10 minutes from the charming village of Cascais. The resort prides itself on being child-friendly, and it goes above and beyond the definition. This luxurious property offers everything from uber spacious deluxe rooms to deluxe villas and families won’t be disappointed by any of the choices. The resort offers a complimentary kids club where parents can leave children while they have dinner or a drink, or even take a day trip to the city. Our kids loved the massive outdoor play space which featured a zip-line, in-ground trampoline, basketball court, and multiple play structures. Multiple swimming pools and bikes to rent round out the family-friendly amenities. Martinhal has on-site restaurants with custom children’s menus and even a baby concierge. I can’t remember finding a property so perfectly suited for families in all my years of travel. Martinhal is a gem in Portugal and should be used as a model for others that aim to be family-friendly.’ Learn more about Martinhal Cascais and more here on KidsAreATrip. Thinking about heading to Portugal Check Prices Here! The Best Luxury Resorts for Families in Asia JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa- Thailand
Lesley Carter of Bucketlist Publications says, “The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is set in a tropical paradise with indescribable beauty, impeccable service, and endless amenities geared toward families. The resort offers complimentary water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing, a Kid’s Pavilion with complementary activities daily like Thai language classes, fitness classes, tennis lessons, and Thai dancing.
There are additional activities for a small fee like shoe painting, canvas clock art, and Batik painting. The massive kid’s pool has three different depths for swimming and a water slide. JW Marriott staff bring towels and water to your seat and there are special treats during the day like homemade popsicles. Additionally, every Saturday evening, there is a fire lighting ceremony at the lobby with fire dancers and drummers.
Even the spa is child-friendly with options for the whole family. JW Marriott’s activities schedule reads like a phone book and the choices are unique and fun for the whole family.” You can learn more about this amazing resort here on Bucketlist Publications. Check Prices Here! Intercontinental Bali Resort- Bali
Erin Holmes of ExploreWithErin shares her love for the Intercontinental Bali Resort, “Talk about family orientated. The InterContinental Bali Resort is located beachside on the shores of Jimbaran Bay. It’s always divine when a hotel combines luxury and family. You can choose from club rooms with 2 queen size beds, which is perfect for a family of 4. They also offer 2 bedroom suites for families if you need even more space.
The kids club was not only well organized but well equipped. There was always a full schedule on display including dance lessons, fishing trips, crafts, and playtime. And outside the main room, a kid-friendly wading pool was available, as well as a playground with trampoline, swing set, and basketball court.
If it’s family time in the pool you are looking for the Balinese Bath Pool was well-suited for younger kids. My kids had such a ball in the main pool, I couldn’t coax them out to try this one. Finally, food. The breakfast buffet is incredible and contains it’s own small, themed section for kids to help themselves. Bonus is it sits but the pool so even when they are done you can continue to keep a watchful eye on them from the sidelines while they splash around. If you’re looking for a luxurious all-inclusive holiday experience that delivers front-row seats for Bali’s spectacular sunsets, then this resort ticks all the boxes. And it will tick the kid’s boxes too. Learn more about the Intercontinental Bali Resort here on ExploreWithErin . Thinking of heading to Bali? Check Prices for this Resort Here! Amazing Family-Friendly Luxury Resorts in the Middle East Al Bustan Palace- Oman
Nichola West of GlobalMouseTravels says, “Al Bustan Palace is an amazing resort for families. Based on the outskirts of Muscat in Oman it just oozes style and yet is so welcoming to kids of all ages. With gifts for the kids when they get to the room and amazingly huge buffet breakfasts, so children can choose exactly what they want to eat, Al Bustan Palace is a wonderful place for kids.
We loved the food here, wonderful spreads with everything from fresh coconuts to pancakes. There are a huge number of pools around so it’s always easy to find a quiet corner to splash about in. The hotel runs down on to the beach with lines of palm trees giving it a lovely, exotic feel.For me, the best thing about Al Bustan is the welcome we got.
Everyone was genuinely kind and happy to ensure we had everything we needed. Entering the hotel and the beautiful scent of frankincense and platefuls of dates, this is somewhere you won’t want to leave.” Check Prices Here! Learn more about Al Bustan Palace on GlobalMouseTravels here . The Chedi Muscat- Oman
Shobha George states, “We loved The Chedi Muscat in Oman which is a sleek, contemporary take on Middle Eastern luxury. Lots of silk, handicrafts, wood etc but everything isn’t burnished with gold like so many other high-end Middle Eastern properties. The Chedi is located on the outskirts of Muscat (the capital city of Oman) and the concierge is very helpful in organizing drivers to take you sightseeing.
We ate at the hotel restaurants quite frequently and the food was excellent. The pools are located beach front so you can walk to the beach easily as well. There is an adults only pool. The family pool is one of the nicest family pools we have ever seen with canopied daybed loungers and a cafe at one end. We would recommend this hotel for families with older children and teenagers who are happy to occupy themselves. There is no kids’ club or play area for younger children.” Check out more about this luxury resort here on JustGoPlacesBlog. Check Prices Here! Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach- Dubai
Monique Y. White of AnUnstoppableJourney says, “Dubai- Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), sits on the Persian Gulf, and with everything from awesome architecture, soaring skylines, exotic culture, beaches, and shopping, it is a great option for a family vacation.
My daughters and I spent time at the ultra-luxurious Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach. With the sea on one side and the vibrant city of Dubai on the other, it is truly the best of all worlds.
Whether you choose to lounge at the resort’s private beach or outdoor swimming pools, or get pampered at its lavish spa or visit Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) and the Dubai Mall (the world’s largest shopping mall), which are a 15-minute car ride away, the Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach is the perfect choice for a family-friendly vacation in Dubai.” Check Prices Here! Learn more about the Four Seasons here on AnUnstoppableJourney. The Best Kid-Friendly Luxury Resort in Africa MalaMala Game Reserve- South Africa Nicole Chiodo DeBickes of FamilyWithLatitude states “MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa is a fantastic place to visit as a family. MalaMala Game reserve is the largest and oldest private game reserve in South Africa. This means that you can have an up-close authentic wildlife experience. For families staying at MalaMala, you have your own family room, complete with 2 separate sleeping spaces, 2 bathrooms, and a private balcony overlooking the river.
Each morning you rise early for a light breakfast and then head out to your private vehicle with your tracker to find the most amazing wildlife. After a hearty breakfast and lunch back at the camp with time to take a dip in the pool, you get to go on another game drive in the afternoon/evening.
During your evening drive, you will stop to have snacks and drinks and watch the sunset. After you get back, it is dinner time. Don’t worry, they will prepare special food for your kids if they don’t like what is on the menu that night. MalaMala is the ultimate in Safaris. What kid can forget being 10 feet away from a lion in the wild!” Learn more about MalaMala and more here on FamilyWithLatitude. Plan a trip to MalaMala with your crew. Check Prices Here! A Family-Friendly Luxry Resort in Oceania Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort- Fiji
Claudia Laroye of TheTravellingMom shares her love for the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji. She says, “As luxury family getaways go, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort on Fiji’s second largest island of Vanua Levu is a five-star getaway operating on another level entirely. A nanny for every wee one, an award-winning Bula kids activity club, luxury bure accommodations, and all-inclusive gourmet food are just a few reasons why.
Founded by the son of French diver and explorer Jacques Cousteau, the Resort prides itself on its Bula spirit, family-friendliness, and the conservation of tropical life on land and sea.It’s setting on the calm waters of Savusavu Bay is as perfect for a relaxing getaway as it is for an active family holiday of marine sports such as swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and of course, scuba diving.
The resort is equally well known for its exceptional kid’s programs and Bula Club. Each child aged 6 and under is assigned their own personal nanny, while kids 6-12 years get a Fiji buddy in a group of up to 5 kids. All kids 12 and under have access to the Bula Club, including three pools, water slide, nursery bure, jungle gym, trampoline, and an amazing treehouse on the grounds.” Check Prices Here! Learn more about this Fijian Family Paradise here on TheTravellingMom. Did your favorite kid-friendly luxury resort make it on the list? If not, tell us about it in the comments below.
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Hi! Sorry for the late letter. I had my college work as usual.
Thanks, I’ll be sure to check it out when I am free. It sounds pretty good. Many Indians like Gandhi were in South Africa for jobs especially as lawyers. Though the British made it very hard for the colonies to get jobs in the higher positions, some were able to do it, mostly by their wealth and influence. Have you ever been to Hong Kong? Wasn’t that occupied by the British till about 1997?
It’s nice you helped a Bhutanese family. It’s a pretty nice nice country. They are very peaceful and they love nature. Yes, I went to Bhutan in 2017. Indian military has lots of outposts there because of the China threat. Their food is awesome, they have these Dzongs which is basically a huge building in which they do government work, I’ll attach some pictures here. The capital Thimpu is very beautiful. I also went to Paro which is around 100 kms away from Thimpu.
Here’s the recipe for the prawn curry (https://food.ndtv.com/recipe-goan-prawn-curry-with-raw-mango-589054). Do you have seafood there? Is it easily available in places where there is no sea? Lotus is of significant importance here, it is considered the national flower of India. Apart from the culinary used it is also used in stuff like perfumes etc. Your Indian friend, what food did she have?
When your dad makes his Chinese curry, what does he put in them? Can you give me any dish name or send a picture, I might have had it here. That’s true we love mixing opposite tastes in our food. Some chefs are quite traditional in the way that the recipe will not change, while the newer ones love to experiment. One more thing we have is that we never have a fixed amount of ingredients (like 2 spoons of this masala etc) it is completely upto the cook. It’s their choice how much they want to put it. Indian cuisine is difficult to make like any art, but if you take some time you can actually make it pretty well. Many restaurants change the recipe to cater to the tastes of the westerners, maybe because of that many Indians don’t like its taste.
Wow, Onigiri looks wonderful. Japanese food is not as popular as the other Oriental cuisines but I’ll try it in Delhi if I can. Stuff like sushi and sashimi is very popular here. It’s nice he experiments with different cuisine, makes your job fun. It must be nice to have a family member who cooks for a living. You’ll get nice food in your house.
I hope your uncle comes out of the country. Does he work in Venezuela? I have heard the situation is getting somewhat better, it might improve over the coming days. Do message when he comes out safely.
Your playlist is nice, I have been listening to some songs whenever I get the time. I like the songs by Kehlani, her voice is very sweet. Sweet but Psycho is nice too. I recently heard this song called “Bury a friend” by Billie Elish, that song is pretty different, people are calling it “Horror Pop”. I can’t believe she had her first song when she was just 14. She has a really nice voice.
How did you like my songs? You got any favourites? I try to mix it as much as possible, but Spotify does not have that many hindi songs yet.
I love the name concept in China. The southern states also have this similar concept of names. They only have first names but since they need a surname they attach their father’s name as the first name. I guess my name Adit Pabbi is basically Adit is the first name and Pabbi is the name of the tribe or the caste I guess, I am not clear about it. We supposedly came from Pakistan, Pabbi is not that popular as well in the these countries so it’s tough to know how this surname came. I have heard of the Chinese Emperors, how many different dynasties were there?
I haven’t watched anime for a long time, instead watching other stuff. These shows look nice, I’l try to see it. This Studio Ghibli what is it? I have heard of it but not seen any movie from them, what movies do you recommend by them? I hope you find a nice job. It must be really tough to get it there, despite all the experience.
You watched Baahubali? How was it? I think the 2nd one is the highest grossing Indian film, I haven’t watched the full movie but I have heard it is nice. What did you like most about it? I thought it was similar to 300, especially in the VFX department.
Bye! Hope to hear from you soon! Have a nice day!
Adit

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Is Rustic By OTH Cafe A Great Experience?

Jaipur Food Guide Is Rustic By OTH Cafe A Great Experience?
On The House Bistro & Bakers or OTH in C-Scheme is one of the most popular cafes in Jaipur and commands a large following.
In the current scenario with new eateries popping up every few days ensuring customer loyalty is tough. Consistent food quality is something that OTH has been able to deliver and I assume that’s the reason for the loyalty. A few patrons feel that the owner, Mr Dushyant’s quest for perfection, places it ahead of the competition. Quite likely! All I recall is that Dushyant has been orchestrating one of the best food festivals in Jaipur- Gourmet Getaway.
For years, C-Scheme was the hub of food outlets in Jaipur. But lately, there’s immense action in Vaishali Nagar and Malviya Nagar as far as the new cafe’s and restaurants are concerned. Vaishali Nagar has gained a lead which explains the presence of so many food joints in this area catering to all categories and price points. Malviya Nagar has many upmarket food joints and also vibrancy which is missing in Vaishali Nagar. I presume it is because of the enormous presence of a young population. You will find a large number of food outlets on SL Marg and Lal Bahadur Nagar in Malviya Nagar. The first one to open here was Lazymojo followed by Koffee Culture , Skywaltz , Fort , Nibs to name a few. It comes as a no surprise why OTH has chosen to expand its second cafe in Malviya Nagar – Rustic By OTH.
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I found the name “Rustic” a bit of misnomer, after all, there is nothing rustic out here! The cafe has a contemporary interior dominated by blue and brown shades. It bears some similarity with OTH like a choice of indoor, outdoor and enclosed seating space. Very few cafes in the city offer a choice of all three.
Rustic by OTH is well-lit and vibrant which makes a departure from OTH which has muted and solemn atmosphere. The seating options hint towards cafe like casual and trendy chairs, unlike OTH which is a bistro.
The menu of Rustic by OTH is diverse and offers a bit of everything from Meditteranean, South Indian, Mughlai, Asian like Burmese, North Indian cuisines among others. There’s a twist to the traditional preparations and are presented in a distinctive taste and style. Probably, a lot of arduous work & brainstorming has been done before curating this menu. Its menu reminds me of Meraaki Kitchen which also serves the regular dishes with a twist!
Read: Meraaki Kitchen | Best Fine Dine Vegetarian Restaurant in Jaipur
During my first visit, I ordered a few dishes. While some were amazing there were others where I felt a rework was needed not in terms of taste but serving style. The serving portions were reasonable for 1-2 persons. I feel it offers good value for its category with a moderately priced menu.
Despite having a set-up, the cafe was not serving the pizza during my visit.
We chose to dine at the upper deck since the ground floor was a bit packed. In my opinion, I liked the seating space here than at the upper deck because of the ambience.
The cafe offers coffee from DEVI, a premium Indian coffee brand that sources coffee from plantations in South India.
DEVI Coffee claims that they are India’s leading gourmet and specialty coffee brand with a variety of variants. I did not have an opportunity to try it. There’s always next time!
There’s nothing remarkable about this cafe but it gets its basics right – food! It leads me to conclude that it is a jack of all. I have always felt that it is great food and not the interiors that wins the customer. I’m hopeful that this cafe will be able to live up to its pedigree. I will give it a thumbs up as it is a place where I would like to come back to.
Oh! Since its a write-up on food, Do I have any suggestions? Yes, I do! Try chocolate pave at Rustic by OTH if you are a chocolate lover. It is one of the most delicious chocolate desserts that I have ever tried; a dense chocolate mousse. It’s sinful!
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Goa: Go beyond beaches

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Mention the word “Goa” and scenes of lazily swaying palms, golden sands, dread-locked-beer-swilling-hippies, dance parties and yoga retreats probably come to mind. But it is not entirely true. There are so many attractions in Goa which a “regular” Goa traveler do not think of visiting. I am sure the permanent residents of Goa have not visited such places in their lifetime. We have formed a group of friends from Eden Garden society who have been visiting Goa in January consecutively for the last three year. This group is an all male group, no families are included. This time of the year is what we call as “me time” like the Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (a Hindi movie based on 3 friends) group. Every year one or more member quit the group or new members join the group . There are 3-4 members who are founding pillars. This year was an exception as we took detour from the everyday beach routine. One of our friends who had visited Goa several times before helped us plan it that way.
One of the most important things that you do when you visit Goa is make your staying arrangement well in advance. We did that six months in advance. We booked a Joint Villa in an area named Reis Magos. This place is in Verem and is walking distance from Ries Magos Fort. We had confirmation from seven people so this Villa with 3 bed rooms was enough for seven of us. We collect Rupees 3000 in non-refundable advance for confirming a seat form each member of the group.
Among our group, we have one designated “accountant” who manages the finances. We pay him the advance deposits and he keep tracks of all the expenses and deposits. We call him treasurer “Sitaram Kesari” of the group, the erstwhile treasurer of Congress Party! He has a mobile app which he uses to keep book of accounts for all such trips. He also manages the payments to the villa manager. A week before the actual travel we conducted a meeting in our Society club house to discuss what places we are planning to visit this time (off-course this is tentative plan), the snacks to carry, kind of bags to carry etc. The places we visit may vary in actual depending on the time availability and mood of the group on any given day. One thing we wanted to do for sure was visit the Dudh Sagar waterfall. The main reason for this is we missed it last time as we reached their late on the morning of 26th January, which happens to be the one of the most crowded days of January month. This year we decided to start from Pune at 5:00 am instead of our usual time of 6:00 am. One of the friends was travelling from Mumbai and we had to pick him from Kudal station as the particular train that he was travelling don’t halt at Sawantwadi station, which was on our way, had we traveled by Amboli-Sawantwadi route.
We gathered at 5:00 am in the morning. One of our friends was going to drive his Innova. We take turns and drive one by one till we reach the destination. We packed the hard bags on the top carriage. By the time we could start it was already 5:15 am. The first major stop was at Abhiruchi restaurant. This restaurant is about 3 km after you descend Khambatki ghat. I am familiar with this restaurant as most of the time I visit stop by this place with my family when we visit our native place Karwar. The breakfast was ready, but with some limited options available. I had a conversation with the restaurant owner and he told me his story. He told me he is a graduate and his wife is a lawyer. But they decided to join family businesses of restaurant and agriculture. They mainly grow cane sugar and millet in his farm. He told me he had to convince his wife to leave her lawyer professions and join the family business. It was bit cold there as his restaurant was adjacent to the farm . He has provided a temporary fire place for the customers to beat the cold. He shared his card like a true businessman and told us to revisit.
We exited the Pune-Banglore Highway and entered Kolhapur city as we had to take the Gaganbavda route to reach Kudal. The traffic in the city was just starting to rise. We halted at “Friendship” restaurant off the road which takes us to Gaganbawda. The owner agreed to serve us black tea even though it was not included in the menu. I asked him the reason behind naming the place “Friendship”. He told me that a group of friends started different businesses and all decided to name their respective businesses as “Friendship” to honor their friendship. I found it amusing. Our treasurer added a review on google. The road to Gaganbawda is narrow and still it is busy with trucks, and both private and state transport buses. I traveled this road by Kadamba bus whenever I traveled to Madgao , but that was during night time when you are in deep sleep and hardly notice much. During summer, Gaganbawda ghat is not as treacherous during as it feels during monsoon. The fog and heavy rains makes it a comparatively hell of a difficult journey. There is a Ashram of Yogi Gagan Giri on the top of the hill. We did not visit the Ashram. We had to reach Kudal railway station on time. This road finally meets Mumbai – Goa highway. Much of the Mumbai – Goa road stretch is under construction and the has numerous diversion and rough patches. Once completed it will become one of the better highways in Maharashtra. The Kudal station is like any other station on Konkan railway station, clean and neatly built. The life is Konkan region is very laid back life. You will get a glimpse of that even at this railway station. There are big wooden chairs on the platform and people from nearby places relax there reading newspaper. There is a photo of Mr. Madhu Dandvate, the original architect of Konkan Railway. Thanks to him, Konkan railway is a reality and even a small place like my native village Asnoti is on the Konkan Railway map. We picked up our 7th member from Kudal and headed towards Goa. We had a nice lunch at one of the small restaurant named Sanman . The restaurant serves authentic Malvani food. The sea food dishes were like what we prepare in Karwar, my native place. We had Bangda (Mackerel ) curry and fried Surmai (King Fish). I had a sumptuous meal. The prices are very reasonable here. We wanted to visit Fort Tiracol on the way to Goa. Before you reach Banda near Savanwadi, you take an exit and take a right turn and go under the bridge. On the way we visited Ganapati temple of Redi. This is a small beach town in Maharashtra. This Ganesh Idol was found there in one of the mines in nineteen seventies. The temple is being reconstructed and is a concrete structure now. I am not sure how it looked before. One of the friends posted the temple photos on our Goa Whatsapp group and there were instant reaction from others who had not joined the trip. These comments were stereotypical comments ridiculing us for starting the Goa trip by visiting a temple. People have this mindset that vacation in Goa means 3 Bs :- Beaches, Booze and Bikinis . We had Ganesh darshan and headed for Tiracol fort.
The fort Tiracol is located on a hill on the northern tip of Goa at the mouth of the Tiracol River. This fort was originally built by King of Savantwadi. The Portuguese fought a war against the king and Fort Tiracol was surrendered on 23 November 1746 to the Portuguese. The fort is converted to a Hotel now. For visitors, only some part of the fort is accessible. If these old walls could talk they would surely be able to tell us many stories of battles fought, of victory and defeat, of pain and sacrifice, strategy and cunning, bravado and daring. The view of the Arabian Sea is magnificent from here. We were not aware of the history of this fort. But by visiting this offbeat place we got to know about it. We had black tea at the Garden Cafe. A pot of tea costs Rs. 60 which is reasonable. There was group of Russians already at the cafe. These so called tourists are aware of nooks and corners of Goa which we Indians are not aware of. In the background you can see magnificent Querim beach. After spending about an hour at the fort, we headed to Querim beach.
We were making these program schedules on the fly. I had read somewhere “ A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving ” and we were following it verbatim. Querim beach is not frequented by many tourists. You see mostly foreigners on this beach. The local shack owner told us that here is a cave at the far end of the beach and we walked down in search of the cave. There was a film shooting going on at the beach using a drone camera. We did not bother to ask. We did not find the cave.
We had no plans of bathing in the water. We wandered on the beach for sometime. The “migratory” Russians were seen enjoying the sun bath and beer. We started our journey to our final destination. The owner of the Innova warned us that the fuel level is “Alarming” but everyone was making fun of the situation. The fuel capacity of the vehicle is 55 liters and has a reserve of about 10 Liters. The owner has never tested this condition before and was worried. We decided to fill the vehicle on the way to our place of stay. The distance between Querim and Reis Magos is about 35 kilometers and it takes about an hour. We had to rely on Google map. Google map gives you the shortest distance considering the roads with less traffic.
We took a quick halt at the Arambol Beach. The black rocks on the silvery beach make for some pretty dramatic scenery at sunset. Its main draws are the paragliding and relative quietude. A short walk north off the main beach is a smaller beach (Kalacha Beach) with a “fresh water lake” close to the sea. The water here is a mixture of fresh water and sea water. The way to the lake goes thru a tons of shops selling t-shirts, drums, drinks, Indian handicrafts etc. This is the third time we visited this place. It was getting dark and we could see a collage of colorful lights on the side of the beach. Arambol beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, among many other popular locations including Vagator, Anjuna and Palolem.
We did not find any gas stations on the way till the time we reached the Villa. We decided to freshen-up first and then go searching for gas station. We were in touch with the manager of the Villa and were informing about our whereabouts and our probable time of arrival at the villa so that someone is there to handover the keys to us.
We reached Ries Mongos late in the evening. The Villa was nice and close to the sea. I and one of my friend occupied the top bedroom. One of us had to use the additional bed. The villa was well furnished, clean and was well maintained. They charge Rs. 9000 per night and it becomes affordable for a group like ours. We occupied the left hand side part of the villa. This property is owned by a Punjabi. The manager shared that it is worth about Rs. 3 crores. He also told us that if we are planning to visit Dudh Sagar the next day, we should leave early as the next being a weekend the place would be crowded. We all decided to leave around 7 am in the morning after breakfast. We had to first find a gas station to top-off our vehicle fuel tank. We googled the nearest petrol pump and while driving for dinner. Fortunately for us the there was one close by, unfortunately for us it has run out of diesel. The next diesel pump was some 5 kilometers away and everyone was hungry for dinner.
We wanted to visit a place where there is live music. Goa is full of such restaurants. Cafe Jazz is one such place in Candolim area. We had tried this place last time around but it was full that night, mostly occupied by foreigners. This time we had to wait for 20 minutes to occupy a seat. The place is named Cafe Jazz but it has nothing to do with Jazz music. They play western pop music, Bollywood songs. People dance to the popular beats. The foreigners are mainly retirees from Russia. The waiters are biased against Indians and justifiably so. The white people must be offering them good tips compared to locals. They don’t even make eye contacts while taking the dinner order. There was one member in our group, who ordered beer and insisted to have beer mug instead of regular glass. The waiter gave some lame excuse for not having the beer mug. At the same time, they gave me a beer mug as they could not deliver what I ordered. I had ordered draft beer instead I had to be content on a can of beer. So the service is pretty bad especially if you are an Indian. One of our friend had hard drinker and he wanted to get drunk no matter what. He went on ordering pegs after peg. Finally some of us decided to get up and shop for next days breakfast. This guy followed us later with a half filled glass of whisky all the way to the shopping mall. Some people forget that there is a difference between enjoying a peg or two of whisky and getting drunk! I have seen people getting drunk during long distance air travels, off-course the drinks are free at 35,000 feet above the ground.
There is Delfino’s Super Market opposite the Jazz Cafe. We shopped for breakfast essentials like bread, eggs, butter, cheese slices, cornflakes, milk and juice. It was already late and we had to getup early for the next day’s adventure at Doodh Sagar. The first day was very eventful and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was time to hit the bed.
Day 2:
We got ready by 6:00 am and started preparing the breakfast. Some started preparing for toast bread. I wanted to have cereals with cold milk. So it was easy. Our friend from Malad had brought lot of snacks like Khakra, Kachoris, Bakarvadi etc. So there were lot of things available for breakfast. There was a choice of green tea, black coffee and ready to use powdered milk spice tea. When you travel with a Gujrathi friends, one thing thing you can take for granted is that you will not be left to starve! One friend claimed that he is good at preparing egg omelettes. Cooking your own breakfast saves money and time. On top of it you hardly find any restaurants open at early morning in Goa. We left around 7:00 am from the villa. We topped off the diesel tank. We lost some time finding our way as Google guided us to a road less traveled so we had to stop and ask for directions. That delayed us a bit. Finally we reached Kulem . We parked our car and took picture of the parked car as a safety measure. There is no locker facility available so you keep all your belonging inside the car. Kulem is the place where you book the tickets for Jeep Safaris. These jeep safaris are organised by the Goa Forest Department. They take you very close to the waterfalls through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. As usual there were lot of visitors waiting in the Que. We found out that they have started online booking recently and that is the reason there was a separate line for people with online booking to pay the money. We still waited for about 30 minutes in the Que which was not moving at a great speed. The jeeps were leaving at regular interval but the serpentine Que was not moving at a slow pace. We decided to try and book the trip online ( https://www.ticketpapa.com/dudhsagar-jeeps/ ) as plan B. The mobile connectivity is not so good in Kulem as it is mostly a jungle area. With some efforts we could make the nominal payment and obtained the reservation number. So within 20 minutes we were on our way to Dudh Sagar fall. Each jeep has a capacity for 7 people. Fortunately for us we were seven of us, so we could travel together in one Jeep.
The total ticket cost of jungle safari is: Cost of the jeep safari – Rs.2800 per jeep, seats 7 Rent for the life jacket (compulsory) – Rs. 30 Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary entry fee – Rs. 50 Additional charges for the camera, mobile camera is free.
The road to destination is a dirt road. They have purposely kept it so for the wildlife. The ride to the destination is slow and takes around 45 minutes. The forest department checks the number of plastic bottles we carry and mark them with a marker. On the return journey they make sure that same number if not more are presented on the return journey. This route to visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls opens only in October, after the monsoon ends. We were visiting in December so, the water levels had receded considerably. Entire route passes thru dense jungle. The driver of the jeep was a local and very talkative. He blamed the local BJP government for lack of jobs in Goa. He claimed that this government build only bridges and fly-overs! He said the previous Congress government took bribes but at least provided few jobs!! He wants Modi as the PM for another term though. The locals provide the jeep service to the forest department and it has created jobs for them. They make one trip in a day. The pool of the Dudhsagar waterfalls
We made our way through the rocks, found a safe (and dry) place to keep our shoes and clothes, and stepped into the water. The freshness of the cold water at the base of the Dudhsagar waterfalls hit us like a bolt. The water is also clear enough to see several mid sized fish swimming in. The pond is deep and I tried reaching the fall by holding hands of an expert swimmer. I did it 3-4 times as it was very tempting. It was worth an experience to stand below the fall. I was surprised the force of water in the month of January. I can imagine the scene during peak monsoon, it must be spectacular. I am told that there is a river which flows from Karnataka, from the top of the mountain and that is the reason the water flow continuously throughout the year. The driver had given us a time limit of one hour and every additional 15 minutes was chargeable. So we changed clothes and headed towards the parking lot. We had oranges and bananas and started our return safari.
Next we headed to Sahakari spice farm. We called up their office and confirmed that they serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food at the farm. The farm is near Fonda and is on the Fonda – Madgaon highway. They charge 400 rupees per head for food and the guided tour. We decided to have lunch first. The lunch was very ordinary considering the price we pay. The cheapest fish in the market, fried mackerel and chicken curry were available as part of the non-veg dish. We had lunch and headed for the guided tour of the spice garden. The guide was knowledgeable but was bit bookish. The picture on this page is the the vanilla orchids grown in the garden. The Vanilla planifolia, or Flat-Leaved Vanilla , is the only orchid used for industrial food production. We did not see the Vanilla pods on the orchid. The Spice garden has varieties of spice like cardamom, black pepper, cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg etc. The guide explained the use of these spices in treating or preventing various deceases. She also told us that the Sahakari is the last name of the owner who leaves in the farm in their ancestral family home. During the tour, the guests are given a demonstration on how to climb the tall Bettle-nut palms and then the art of swinging from one palm tree to the next palm is shown. I tried my luck climbing but could do only a single step upwards!! At the end of the guided tour I tried the fresh Fenny shot and found it awesome. From here we had to head towards Madgaon to meet one of the relatives of our friend. We were actually tired by now and wanted to have a good rest instead of driving few more miles to the south of Goa. But the friend being the owner of the car was on the drivers seat and we had little choice. We headed towards Madgaon. We met the person in a restaurant near the Madgaon bus station, spent about 30 minutes and started our return journey towards Panjim. We crossed the Mandvi river by mistake. We ended up in the Panjim city and while returning back, did some cashew nut shopping. Our “heavy on drinks” friend bought a bottle of Wisky and he was excited by the difference in liquor prices between Goa and Pune. No price for guessing what we did, after reaching the villa – we had drinks. There was one day match between Pakistan – South Africa which was being shown live on TV. One of the friend told us about the betting app (off course an unofficial one) that gives you the details of the match and the probabilities of winning and losing by different teams at different stage of the game. And the surprising things was, that this gentleman put his money on Pakistan losing the match and to his surprise they won the match. Most probably the match was fixed, as is case with most the cricket matches Pakistan plays. This betting goes on for all sundry matches that are happening in different parts of the planet. This was news to me. I thought people do betting during IPL season only. After the drinks, we walked down to “Thal – Bohra Cuisine”. There were hardly any customers at the restaurant. I noticed that they offer a free beer for liking their FB page and giving reviews. I asked him if can I give the review before the dinner and still win a beer. He inquired with his manager and agreed to offer a beer for free! The food was awful and they almost took an eternity to serve the food. It was a forgetful dinner. I would not recommend this restaurant even to my bête noire no matter I made a mistake of liking their FB page for a free bottle of beer!!
Day 3:
The next the plan was to visit the Fort Ries Mogos. This fort was very close to our Villa so there was no hurry of waking up early in the morning the next day. Four of us got up in the morning and walked about 2.5 milometers on the road parallel to the beach. This road is full of beautiful bungalows on one side. Some of the big properties constructed on the sea side are abandoned because of some legal disputes. We wanted to have some light breakfast. We entered a small restaurant. We asked if we can get bread with butter, the waiter refused. He was not ready to offer anything custom made which is not in the menu. We got up and entered the next door restaurant. I had Goanese pav-bhaji and enjoyed it. In all we had a good walk of 5 kilometers.
We prepared the breakfast like the day before. We made sure whatever we had brought for breakfast is finished. We left for Fort Reis Mogos. This fort is a great proof of what Government can do if they use the money and talent at their disposal in restoring a fort in ruins. The Goa government deserves accolades for doing a great job in restoring this fort. They have the pictures of the fort before and after they restored the fort. It is unbelievable work and I wish the CM of Maharashtra visits this fort to see what can be done to restore the many forts of great Maratha warrior Shivaji. I think by size this is one of the large forts that Portuguese built during their tyrannic rule in India. The picture on the left hand side is the entrance for the fort. They charge a nominal entry fee of Rs. 50 per visitor. The cleanliness is top class. At the entrance door on the ceiling a “Death Hole” to throw hot oil or to shoot the enemy who breached the gates. There are pictures with information about how Indian Navy liberated the state from Portuguese occupation in the year 1961. It was interesting how Portuguese defiantly continued to occupy land in a sovereign Country. I was going thru the photos of the various personalities those protested against Portuguese atrocities. I came across one person from my Native place Asnoti – Gurunath Asnottikar. I was intrigued to find out more about this personality, where he lived in our village, if he has any relatives in the village etc. But unfortunately did not make much headway.
The restoration work is done by Helen Hamlyn. The Helen Hamlyn Trust is an independent grant-making Trust from UK. The Trust’s grant-making is in the fields of medicine, arts and culture, education and welfare, healthy ageing, international humanitarian affairs and heritage and conservation in India . They along with Govt. of Goa did the restoration work. There is so much to see at the fort. You need at least half a day for seeing this fort and reading the pictorial depictions. There are paintings of various structures and the current photos of the same structure/place. There is a souvenirs shop at the reception where you can buy hand made ornaments, books, totem bags and other gift items. I bought a book on “Birds in Goa”. I want to cover some of these bird sanctuaries next time we visit Goa. I saw one guy who works in IT company in Bangalore, he was not sure about paying for camera fee. I told him, do not even think twice, the place is picturesque enough to spend a few bucks on camera fee.
After spending about 2 hours at the fort, we headed for Ozran beach. One of our God fearing friends wanted to visit Hanuman temple as it was a Saturday. Again we searched Google for Hanuman temple on the way and found one. We took a break and offered prayer to Lord Hanuman. The temple was big considering it is a temple dedicated to a single deity. Ozran Beach is located just after Anjuna Beach, close to the Vagator Beach. The Ozran Beach is a small but very picturesque beach. It is situated behind the hillocks on which the fort of Chapora is located. To reach the Ozran Beach travellers have to climb a small hill. Wonderful surroundings make the beach one of the main attractions of Goa. Ozran is a rocky beach more so on it’s left and right extremes. The beach appears less crowded compared to Vagator Beach. The beach has a number of beach shacks wherein tourists have a wonderful time. Viewing the sunset on this beach is a great experience. Four of us wanted to have bath so we entered the water. Rest were enjoying their beer. The water is clean and crystal clear. There are lot of see weeds inside the water. I enjoyed swimming in the shallow water. I requested our director (designated photographer with a Samsung S9 phone) to take pictures. This friend is the same “accountant” I mentioned before. He takes hundreds of pictures and then uploads on google. The other day I viewed his profile and he has so far uploaded some 25 thousands photographs and still going strong. He is a star contributor to Google.
The foreigners were having bath, going back and taking sun bath and I suppose they spend the whole day repeating the same things over and over again. We Indians are afraid of getting tanned while these people show off their tanned body. We had already agreed with the shack owner that we will have take fresh water shower after the swim in the sea . When I started having shower she started complaining, so I had to wind-up my shower half way. They have to get water from a distance and it becomes viable if the customer at least have lunch at their place!
After resting for sometime at the shack, we headed for Zafrann restaurant. This restaurant offers North Indian cuisines. This is bit expensive restaurant but offers very good food. Both the vegetarian and non-veg food are prepared fresh and are taste is authentic. The ambiance and service are top quality. Why very few people frequent this place is a mystery, probably tourist like to enjoy Goan food served in the shacks, cooked by Nepali cooks!! After the having good food we had rest at Tantra, on Anjuna beach. Tantra beach shack and huts is created based on comfort, tantric decor, art, statues, colorful fabrics and above all combining the nature. In the evening they offer prayer at the beach, which seems very mystique for a beach environment. We went to Curlies. A pocket-friendly must visit highly talked about beach shack is Curlies. Curlies Beach Shack at South Anjuna beach is the major landmarks in Goa. Offering food and drink in a pleasant ambiance, its the perfect place to relax and unwind. We had green tea at this place. We watched sunset from the top deck of this restaurant. You get to enjoy the activities going on at the beach from the gallery. Some people were dancing to the Bollywood beats, a small group playing football with a Labrador dog, two boys were playing aerial tennis with plastic ball and hard rackets, a family setting up their omelette outlet etc. The shack is pretty busy as many guests frequent this place. We left Anjuna beach and headed towards our Villa. It was time to have a nice shower. The water force on the first floor was to weak to enjoy a good hot water shower. We rested for a while. Some of the friends had another round of drinks.
For dinner we went to “Earthen Oven” place, a north Indian restaurant. There was a live show of Rajasthani folk music and dance. One of the friend doubted that the girl who was performing the dance is not a girl and was a boy instead. Our treasurer friend wanted to verify that, so during the break he went and tried to have a conversation with the team. He could not “verify” as the “Girl” hardly answered any questions. The food was not note worthy.
The next day we all got up early and started our return journey. You can never have enough of Goa. Goa is a vibrant place in India. There is no other place like Goa. But all good things must come to an end and our Goa trip did too. This time we explored less explored places in Goa.
We took turns to drive. I drove from Savantwadi till Ajara. We took breakfast at Savantwadi and took a halt at Ajra to buy the famous Ghansal rice. You get both unpolished and polished variety of Ghansal rice. Our Google master found out that the particular shop was marked as permanently closed. He re-opened the shop (on Google) and uploaded our photograph with happy faces along with the shop owner.
We wanted to try Akha Masoor dhaba for lunch. The food was awesome. The roti were BIG size but made of maida. The best part was the buttermilk. We reached home by 7:30 pm. Now I will be spending a week or two doing the detox routine, like having warm water with lemon after getting up from bed, have vegetarian food for a while.

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One of the most influential and powerful endorsements for plant-based diets by the Lancelot Medical Journal to save the planet and feed the earth’s population. Yes, we’re on the right track!
Seven dietary changes to protect your health – and the planet
Consider a diet that can prolong your life and, at the same time, feed a growing global population without causing further damage to the environment.
That’s just what 37 scientists from 16 countries (the EAT-Lancet Commission) did for two years. Their findings resulted in recommendations for a healthy diet that can feed the world’s population from sustainable food systems and were published on Thursday in the medical journal The Lancet.
They recognize that food production needs to nourish human health and support environmental sustainability; currently, our food systems are threatening both. Strong evidence indicates that livestock farming is one of the biggest drivers of climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, water use and chemical pollution.
The “planetary-health diet,” largely plant-based and low in red meat and sugar, is estimated to feed 10 billion people by 2050 from sustainable food systems. The researchers also believe it will prevent 11 million premature deaths a year caused by an unhealthy diet.
WHAT’S IN THE DIET?
Daily protein comes mostly from plants including beans, lentils, soy and nuts. Whole grains, not refined, are included, and fruits and vegetables fill half of your plate at meals.
The recommended 2,500-calorie diet doesn’t completely eliminate animal foods. It can include, each day, one half-ounce of red meat, one ounce each of fish and poultry and one cup of milk or yogurt. One to five eggs can be eaten a week.
Plant-based oils are substituted for animal fats and added sugars are limited to 31 g a day, in line with the WHO recommendation for sweeteners.
IS IT FEASIBLE?
The planetary-health diet is a huge shift from the way we eat. But eating this way isn’t completely foreign.
The traditional Mediterranean diet of the early 1960s was largely plant-based and contained only 35 g of red meat and poultry combined each day. Many traditional diets (e.g., West Africa, India, Mexico and parts of Asia) contain lots of plant protein and little meat or dairy.
Some people, though, feel that achieving this global diet isn’t feasible.
Not today; that’s for sure. Reaching these dietary targets by 2050, the EAT-Lancet Commission points out, will require policies that encourage healthier food choices, agriculture sustainability, stricter rules around governing of land and oceans and reducing food waste.
TRANSITIONING TO A SUSTAINABLE DIET AT HOME
In the meantime, there are small steps you can take on an individual level to move toward the planetary-health diet.
Replace meat with pulses. Substitute cooked brown or green lentils for half of the ground meat in meatloaf, meatballs, burgers, shepherd’s pie, stuffed peppers and marinara sauces.
Replace some of the meat in tacos and burritos with black beans or pinto beans. Reduce the amount of meat in chili and add extra kidney beans or chickpeas. Eventually, replace all of the meat with beans or lentils.
Replace cheese in sandwiches with hummus.
Use nuts to replace meat. Add almonds or cashews to a vegetable stir-fry instead of beef or chicken. For lunch, have a nut-butter sandwich instead of ham or turkey.
Boost plant protein at meals by tossing toasted nuts or pumpkins seeds into greens salads.
Set a target. Determine how many meatless meals you’ll eat each week and then build on that. Vegetarian chili, tofu stir-fry, salad with edamame, bean burgers, chickpea curry and lentil soup are protein- and nutrient-packed lunches and dinners.
Include plant-based breakfasts, too. Try a smoothie made with fruit, greens and soy or pea milk, whole grain toast with almond butter, oatmeal topped with nuts and berries, quinoa or millet porridge or scrambled tofu.
Pack in produce. Eat a mix of fruits and vegetables, at least five servings a day (one serving is one-half cup of cooked or raw vegetables, a half-cup of berries or one medium fruit). One-half of each meal should consist of these foods.
Consider your snacks. Making snacks 100-per-cent plant-based is an easy step to take. Choose fruit and nuts, homemade trail mix, vegetables and hummus, whole grain crackers with nut butter, soy/pea milk smoothies or soy lattes.
Rethink restaurants. You’ll find a variety of plant-based options at restaurants that specialize in ethnic cuisines such as Indian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Japanese and Chinese.
Or, pick a plant-based restaurant near you and when travelling.
Reduce food waste. Shop for, store and repurpose foods to minimize waste at home. Avoid buying in bulk; purchase only what you need whenever possible.
Buy “ugly produce,” misshapen fruits and vegetables often thrown away by farmers and grocery stores. Use vegetable scraps to make soup stock.
Store leftovers at the front of the fridge so you don’t forget them; eat within three or four days.
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Eat your veggies

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What to Look For in 5 Star Hotels in Delhi at The Time of Booking

What to Look For in 5 Star Hotels in Delhi at The Time of Booking What to Look For in 5 Star Hotels in Delhi at The Time of Booking 0
There are several 5 star hotels in Delhi near the airport which differ in amenities, room types, dining, and rates. All of them promise to offer the best guest services with excellent amenities. It is then up to you to see which meet your requirements. Some of them may be the best in spa or wellness services, some of them may be the best in dining, and some may score with their arrangements for business meetings. Some hotels may have the best ambience for holding weddings as well. While booking a 5-star hotel near the airport, visitors must look at several factors and assess whether the hotel meets their requirements or not. Some of the things that you may look out for are mentioned below:
Amenities
The amenities that the hotel offers may include outdoor swimming pool, bar, lounge, spa and wellness centers, business centers, airport pick and drop service, babysitting, laundry services, housekeeping, parking, and room service. While booking a hotel, customers have to look for the facilities they want to enjoy. For example, if you are planning to have a business meeting at the hotel, you need to check whether the hotel has facilities for such meetings. You also have to look for other details, like the area and the capacity of the business centers, the dining arrangements, audio-visual technologies, and other necessary facilities.
Visitors coming by their own cars may want to know if the hotel has ample parking facility. Also, you have to check whether the hotel has a fitness center, if you require one.
Dining
Most 5 star hotels in Delhi near airport have their own restaurants and some hotels do not offer dining facilities. Guests should know whether the hotel has a restaurant and what types of food they offer. Visitors may not find all kinds of foods suitable for them. Some hotels only offer Indian foods or some may only offer continental cuisines. People may have their own preferences in foods and there are hotels which prepare food as per the choice of the customers. Some hotels offer complimentary breakfast, while some do not. Visitors should check out the dining options while they are booking a hotel. They can even check the menu provided on the website of the hotel. Some hotels may be fully vegetarian, while others may have many options and even allow guests to have their own choice of foods.
Room Types
Hotels offer different types of rooms. There are single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, and suites. Guests need to know about the space the rooms have, and whether the rooms meet their requirements. For a family with children, a single room with a double bed may not be enough. They may opt for a triple room or a suite, as per their convenience. Some rooms offer view of the city, while other rooms do not have windows. Guests also need to know about the amenities the rooms have, whether the rooms have heating facility or not. The hotel websites have photos of rooms and guests can check whether the decor is suitable for them. Some rooms are suitable for short stays and some are for longer stays.
Before booking a 5 star hotel in Delhi, make sure that you check out all the features of the hotel, as your choice of accommodation can make or break your trip. The author of this article has been working in the hospitality industry for a long time now. With an experience of more than 20 years working in the top hotels in India, he now likes to share his experiences and tips about the industry via his articles. Rate this Article

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Dear Guest,
Many many thanks for you beautiful comments….
We have buffet breakfast and buffet dinner for 7 days in a week,
And also we have a la carte for 7 am to 11 pm.
We are known as best food in the city with different cuisines i.e. Italian ,Mexican, Continental, Chinese, Bakery, Indian and multi cuisine and others..
Yes, we do conduct private parties as well official conferences with limited timing.
Regards.

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Culinary King Sanjeev Kapoor’s Sojourn at Naveen’s Bapu Ki Kutia

Culinary King Sanjeev Kapoor’s Sojourn at Naveen’s Bapu Ki Kutia Culinary King Sanjeev Kapoor’s Sojourn at Naveen’s Bapu Ki Kutia 0
“Sweet, sour, salty and bitter! We are aware of these four basic tastes. But there is one more taste – Umami, which is described as savory or meaty”, told the ace chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Many of us haven’t even heard about the fifth taste, umami. This was an interesting piece of information that he shared. The legend discussed some more thought provoking and amusing facts about food and taste. “Just like the evolution of mankind, food has also evolved and continues to unfold”, he further added.
Food is a gateway to soul and taste is what allows us to make a perception about it. Indian cuisine is rich in all aspects – taste, culture and tradition. Sanjeev Kapoor who is a world best chef, is also a successful entrepreneur, writer of numerous books and a TV personality. He has travelled the world and explored different cuisines. He draws pleasure and feels proud when he finds Indian restaurants in different corners of the world.
The power that Indian cuisine holds is unbeatable. Indian food is healthy as it has lot of grains and pulses, which makes Indian meals a protein filled healthy meal. Take for example, Indian Thalis that have variety of dal, sabzi and roti. It makes a wholesome healthy meal with all the essential nutrients in a right quantity. The wide range of cooking oils that are used in Indian cooking like groundnut oil, mustard oil and peanut oil carry many health benefits.
The world-famous chef, who has written several cookbooks, promotes healthy eating habits. People are now more inclined towards eating healthy and even when they have to eat out they choose a restaurant that serves healthy dishes.
He was impressed when he visited Naveen’s Bapu Ki Kutia and explored the delectable healthy and vegetarian dishes which the restaurant serves. When you are deliberately trying to follow a healthy lifestyle, but have no choice but to dine out, you run out of options. Naveen’s Bapu ki Kutia is one such restaurant that does not serve artificial foods or foods that have preservatives. So it is totally healthy to eat at our restaurant, as we serve food made from farm fresh ingredients. Rate this Article

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Namaste, Shanti Students and Families!

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Hello from the Carpe Diem Education Shanti team! It’s been a week well spent in snowy Portland, full of games, laughs, tea and coffee.
As we’re all gearing up for an exciting and transformative trip to mother India, our co-leader team is hard at work planning a great semester for our students, as well as getting to know each other.
We found that we are both lovers of tea, long walks, and not surprisingly, Indian food!
We spent the past few hours packing up our metaphorical suitcase, and have a few stellar packing tips for you, our students.
-Keep some open space in your bags and your minds for encountering new things and the memories you will take home.
-Sturdy shoes are essential to traverse the diverse Indian terrain, but be open to obtain another’s perspective by walking in theirs!
-Eat all of your favorite American foods in order to cleanse the palate, and be ready to experience new cuisines.
We’re excited to meet our wonderful students and begin our life changing journey! Your Shanti Overseas Educators, Rebecca and Adam Authors

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