Meditation by the poolside !

This year one of the resolutions I made was to spend more time on me – meditating , working out and doing yoga ! As well my usual me time at the local spas and those when I travel …

Given its mid January already I decided to kickstart my meditative journey right here at the Radisson Blu resort and spa in Alibaug. I’ve been planning on embarking on this journey since a friend of mine has been raving about how it has made him a happier , calmer and better person !

Iphone and iPad have apps that help with meditating and the one I have used is an app called the Insight Timer . (It’s free so you should definitely check it out and give it a shot).

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So this morning I woke up and headed to the beautiful poolside along with my headphones and iphone to spend some me-time . It was really refreshing and I promise to do this more often as I found it relaxing , rejuvenating and really easy to do no matter where I am travelling to !

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How many of your resolutions have you started working on ?

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2014 Travel Diaries

After bringing in the new year at our house in Lonavala I was looking forward to the upcoming break in Alibaug with hubby dearest .
What better way to bring in your birthday than at a Spa resort with your partner ! Alibaug is ideal for a quick getaway especially during the ‘winter’ season in Mumbai.

About an hour by catamaran the journey culminates at the Mandwa port where the catamaran guys have a free service to take you into the main market from where you can take a rickshaw to your hotel.

We decided to check out the Radisson Blu property in Alibaug because it came highly recommended and was fairly well priced on my favourite Booking.com

We used the catamaran services from PNP travels ( have a counter at the Gateway of India and the boats leave every 2 hours priced at ₹ 140 per person one way journey)

Our rickshaw guy gave us his number and charged us ₹ 70 from the bus drop point till our hotel – Arif (I can share his number so inbox me !)

I can’t wait to share my experience with you ! Till then I’m going to enjoy the pool and and the good weather ! Xoxox

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Udaipur Diaries : Staying with the Oberoi & Trident !

Having travelled to many countries globally & cities in India I have come to the conclusion that nothing beats Asian Hospitality. So we have decided that if one needs a luxurious or a comfortable holiday then one needs to look at properties in Asia & for those who want to travel for sightseeing and adventure then the world is their oyster !

Udaipur is a city of palaces . It is beautiful & scenic and offers you good food , good weather ( in winters) and the opportunity to experience & feel royal by staying with some fantastic properties. Our Udaipur experience was superb thanks to the Oberoi group and their Udaivillas & Trident properties. Luxurious , warm & very well located these 2 properties offer you just the right amount of heritage & culture along with all the modern facilities.

I felt like royalty as soon as I landed , my hotel's pick up service was fit for a princess !

I felt like royalty as soon as I landed , my hotel’s pick up service was fit for a princess !

The staff too is warm , courteous & really polite . Of course the Udai Villas is a luxurious property you must choose when you are looking to spoil yourself and the Trident ( located in the same premises) is a more reasonable & equally beautiful property.

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Christmas in Udaipur with the Udai Villas & Trident properties

Christmas in Udaipur with the Udai Villas & Trident properties

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A picture speaks a 1000 words and I cannot agree more , so I am sharing images from our stay so you can get a taste of the Royal experience we had at these properties and hopefully it will inspire you to book a flight to Udaipur and get to these Oberoi palaces as soon as possible !

Udaipur - Trident & Udai Villas SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCMy experience was made really special by the staff – Mr. Gopal & Roop Kumar ji ( who has been associated with the property , on behalf of the Royal family for more than 40 years) when they

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picked me up from the hotel to take me to Bada Mahal for Peacock spotting and feeding ! I really felt like a princess !

We also witnessed a super romantic proposal at the jetty , while waiting for our boat for Jag Mandir and I can only say it was breathtakingly romantic. Anybody who wants to make his proposal a memorable one or plan a super romantic evening must take the help of the staff of the Oberoi Udai Villas and plan a meal for two , over looking the city & the lake.

The Royal Proposal I promise to go back and stay at Udai Villas with hubby dearest some day , it will be even better and super romantic ! Can’t wait to go back !

p.s. This was my first experience with an Oberoi / Trident property and I can only say it was perfect ! Usually a Taj loyalist I think I may have expanded my options here 😉

 

Hello 2014 !!

The last year was a wonderful adventure – lots of travel , the Big Fat Indian Wedding , changes , adjustments and of course spending great time with my new and old family ! I am super excited about 2014. My theme for this year is to stay positive and look at the brighter side of everything. I also made a promise to myself to stay calm and learn to believe !

Apart from the above , I have promised to do/be the following :

1. Be cool – patience , calmness & belief are key ingredients to a Happy 2014

2. Get fit – I have never been this unfit in my life and I have promised myself to take up running / walking again ( after almost a year long hiatus ).

3. Meditate – yoga & meditation will be a part of my weekly , if not daily routine.

4. Cook more – I love to cook & try new recipes and the fact that my Mr. Right is a foodie only helps ( I have an ever ready audience to showcase my ahem , skills to)

5. Paint more – Last year I took up painting and made only about 5 paintings and bought 3 wonderful pieces of art ( my 3rd acquisition is a beautiful original ‘Pichwai’ painting from Udaipur)

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6. Try to be a better home maker – be more organised , planned out and work harder towards being a better host and a better wife.

7. Work harder – This year I will be launching a website , it has always been my dream to start something of my own and work on something that I am passionate about so I am super kicked about being able to inch closer to my dream .

8. Eat healthier – after a year of binging and enjoying the good & sinful foods I have promised myself to eat healthier. My friend introduced me to the loose it app during our trip to Udaipur and I started working on the app already !

9. Click more – yes I promise to use my camera more ! Follow me on instagram : @aartickapoor

10. Save more – theme for this year , post a year of wedding expenses & lots of shopping will be to save more and work towards setting out a retirement plan so that I have it ready before I hit the dreaded 30’s !

11. Read more – Running a book club with a friend is a lot of fun ! Especially when the people who are part of it are as excited about meeting up and exchanging notes on books to read as we are ! So I have resolved to read 12 new books this year ! ( totally doable I guess , even if I am travelling). Follow the book club @btbbookclub and Bound Together Bombay (Facebook)

12. Plant more trees ! – Yes I think it is time to plant more trees people ! If we plant a tree every quarter thats 4 trees per person per year ! Maybe it will help reduce the harmful effects of global warming a little.

13. Learn more – I resolve to be more open minded about learning from people around me !

14. Travel more – needless to say I always have this one on my list and I will love to share my adventures through this blog !

15. Write more ! Yes I had a very inactive year last year and I promise to be an active blogger this year !

16. Last but not the least I want to learn a language – I did a bit of French in High School and started off with Spanish , but that did not really go anywhere. So I will sign up for a do it yourself program for Spanish / Italian and try and get the basics of the language in place in 2014 !

What are your resolutions for 2014 ?