A few painful months for travelers, with a raging pandemic that refuses to budge. But, those who want to travel always find a way. While lockdown restrictions have eased a bit over the past few weeks, some people have finally started looking for places to travel, even for a quick weekend.
As such, many hotels, resorts, and weekend retreats have started to lower their prices and come up with great deals to appease guests. If you’re looking to spend your weekend somewhere, here’s what you need to know.
Many hotel aggregators and vacation rental websites have lucrative deals. For example, Yatra has a domestic travel deal, in which packages start from Rs 5,999. You can choose from a variety of weekend getaways and the offer is valid until July 31, 2020. It also offers deals on domestic flights and hotels. Information on safe travel discounts at selected hotels is available on the website.
Similar offers are also available on sites like MakeMyTrip and Booking.com, the latter of which are offering 15% or more off stays by January 4, 2021. In addition to that, it has also introduced a health and safety function on its platform, for which hosting partners will have to select the different health and safety measures they take in areas such as hygiene, disinfection, social distancing and security food, among others. Their selection will be displayed on the Booking.com website on their property page in a specially designed “health and safety box” to provide travelers with transparency when making travel decisions.
“With the aim of stimulating domestic tourism and reviving the travel industry, we are offering offers and discounts to travelers who want to make a reservation when it is safe to do so. Special discounts for national bookings, specials for families and mobile discounts are something we offer in our bookings. In addition, we also have our “Genius Program”, which offers guests a minimum of 10% discount on certain properties, by simply booking twice, which makes it easier for guests to experience the world ”, Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives on Booking.com, said.
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When it comes to specific hotels, the Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi and the Westin Sohna Resort and Spa have special “stay deals”. At the Westin Sohna Resort and Spa, for example, you can take advantage of a “family entertainment offer”. The price range starts from Rs 10,999 and goes up to Rs 12,999 which includes buffet breakfast in the lounge, refreshment buffet lunch, dinner at Xiao Chi Asian specialty restaurant, as well as free meals and accommodation for children aged 12 and under. Special rates are based on the current market scenario.
Likewise, if you were to stay at the Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi, you would have to pay between Rs 8,499 and Rs 10,999. These include: a five-course menu arranged for breakfast, lunch and dinner. dine at Seasonal Tastes, which is a multi-cuisine food and drink outlet, cleanliness and hygiene, free wifi and free late check out.
“A variety of wellness activities within the framework of bespoke luxury, while maintaining a strict hygiene and sanitation protocol, awaits all of our customers. We are confident that we will provide the highest standards of exemplary service while keeping customer safety at the forefront, ”said Rahul Puri, Managing Director of Multiple Properties, The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi and The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa , said indianexpress.com.
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On July 9, the Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) announced that Mumbai hotels – Taj Mahal Tower, Taj Lands End; Taj Santacruz and IHCL President SeleQtions – would offer new “city breaks” to encourage travelers to take a short break. Essentially, the Urban Getaways offer offers guests a host of perks, including daily hotel credits, discounts on certain services, and guaranteed room upgrades, among others.
At Taj City Center Gurugram, you can enjoy a mini break with 20% discount on salon services as part of the “Urban Getaway” offer. This is valid until December 31, 2020. Its price range starts from Rs 9,000 plus tax per night. Likewise, for those looking for a quick getaway, from Pune to Mumbai, for example, they can stay at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai and enjoy a 20% discount on a salon and spa. This offer is also valid until December 31, 2020. And its price range starts from Rs 10,150 per night, which includes a “daily resort credit” as defined by the hotel, and redeemable for food and drink, laundry, spa and any other service specified by the hotel, and guaranteed to upgrade to the next category based on availability.