The Ganges River in India is there to surprise. Two hours away from the vibrant Kolkata, there is an apparently hidden resort with amazing indulgence. Raichak on Ganges is a contemporary complex in West Bengal that hosts three hotel resorts, private villas, one Spa by L’Occitane and diverse Asian food restaurants.
Big urban sprawls can be overwhelming, so having a break is a must. The Raichak on Ganges is perfect for those “retreat weekends” with kids – or without them! The Ffort Raichak is one of the biggest hotels of the complex with a swimming pool that’s ideal for the little ones. A more relaxing option, but still suitable for groups is Anaya, where some of the Spa Villas feature their own jacuzzi. The meandering pool features a sunken bar to grab the classic holiday cocktails.
Riverside Luxury in Ganga Kutir
Sitting on the edge of the Ganges, smart looking deluxe rooms upgrade the stay at a place designed for a little more privacy. You can reach the final Ganga Kutir property by car or by one of the buggies available for the guests. Facing the Ganges and surrounded by a cozy minimalist pool, a classic restaurant and a first floor bar you find the comfortable rooms. The left side rooms with one window offer a very charismatic view of the bridge dividing the resort with a tiny fisherman’s village. It is charming to see how they work on the boats and fish with their vast nets. One of the most stunning views to enjoy, it is on a foggy morning to see how the boat is going towards the wide Ganges to make its day. This little details really makes you feel the spirit of India. This is a contrast country and sometimes is good to stop for observing, wandering and reflecting.
The cushions and other linen pieces are from the well-known Indian brand Good Earth. Some of the prints are typical block printing. Favourite ones, white with pretty green trees in this ancient technique. Toiletries are from Kama Ayurveda, another top brand with great quality soaps or body creams. The patchouli scented products compliment the dark tiles and shower space. The big white and cloudy beds are perfect for resting after a day between the swimming pool and strolling through the property.
A Quirky Infinity Pool Facing the Ganges
When waking up and enjoying a buffet breakfast featuring hot Indian dishes, there are few activities to do on the river like paddle boating. One of the best options is to walk a little bit till the swimming pool and promenade. This one is the best swimming pool in Raichak on Ganges – a large infinity pool with green grass and cool chilling areas. The only not-as-positive point is the landscape on the other side of the river shows a nuclear center. Nothing that major to worry about, even though these factories are not good for the environment. However, close your eyes while floating in the lovely pool and just go with the flow. It is also a great place to keep your workout routine, feel comfortable and swim for hours.
Sonar Tori, an Exotic Bengali Lunch
Swimming makes everybody hungry and it is very hard to be famished at Raichak on Ganges. The top-notch restaurant is the neighbouring building with Ganga Kutir, Sonar Tori. This Bengali specialty restaurant is set on an amazing recreated Sri Lankan house with its fish tank and tons of palm trees. Much space used just for decoration that complements the main dinner. Everything is here taken care detail by detail, highlighting the silver cutlery. The food it is specially delicious, considering that there are some clients that they just drive from Kolkata in one day to have lunch and go back. The thalis are served in bengali style, having the option to choose between vegetarian, meat or fish options. The spinach, aubergine or rice dishes are of dying for, to leave completely full and happy.
Desserts are from another world. As it is not a light meal, usually they just open at midday. Check which weekdays are open for dinner.
Indulge Yourself with Anaya Spa by L’Occitane
The Anaya Spa by L’Occitane is a circular white and terracotta building where you can relax from the stress of the city and just focus on your body, mind and soul. There is a very professional atmosphere at the spa, which boasts the prestigious french brand L’Occitane. Once you step in you feel the warm oil fragrances welcoming you while you sit down and chose your treatment with the assistance of the helpful managers. While the kids are at the Play Area, the couples massage is a perfect treatment to enjoy of few peaceful hours. The relaxing aromachologie massage is a present to the tired body and the therapists are extremely talented are extremely respectful and talented.
Raichak on the Ganges is not a conventional resort, it has more facilities and amenities than average competitors and the quality of the staff makes the difference. Family holidays are more interesting when there is water involve, so having the Ganges by the side with all of this commodities, it is a rare opportunity.
Do you like to stay on resort when enjoying a holiday? Have you visited India before? Would you prefer the cities in India or hope to go off the grid into nature?