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Retreat to the Tree of Life

If you’re a spiritual seeker. And are guiding others on to the path – then you are well aware of how spaces and environments can impact the journey that one undertakes. At all stages.

Which is why  the Tree of Life is a great choice for retreats that would work brilliantly for yoga practitioners, mindfulness-seekers,  wellness-lovers and pretty much anyone wanting to get away from the chaos, the stress, the pollution in our lives. Singly. In pairs. Best of all – even in exclusive groups.

035_Meditation & YogaThe Tree of Life Resorts are exclusive, luxury, boutique properties that lend themselves brilliantly to small to medium sized groups of guests ( upto 50 pax ) who want to discover themselves anew. And permanently change their approach to life, for the better.

Located away from urban dazzle – and approached via quiet roads that Google Maps identifies for you , you have a choice of serenading the gentle Aravali hills at Jaipur, grabbing the one spot that affords dazzling views of the Greater Himalayas right in  the middle of the Binsar WildLife Sanctuary and living on the edge – at the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.

033_Ganesh Abode MeetingThe Tree of Life at Jaipur offers 13 private Spa & Pool Villas, exquisitely furnished with spa-style bathrooms, outdoor showers, private plunge pools and more  – set amidst sprawling greenery across 13 acres. Not to forget the Ganesha Abode that houses our founder’s personal collection of over 65 plus Ganesha idols lovingly collected from all over the world. Or our stunning, trademark infinity pool with our adjoining spa that offers polished spa treatments customised to your lifestyle. At the Tree of Life, Binsar*, lose yourselves in our heritage spaces – think teak-wood lined rooms with crisp linen and dazzling mountain views. Deep in the middle of the sanctuary – where it is quiet to the point of pin-drop silence – but for our discreetly attentive service…

3e5d09094d23072b277254c597a98cb9At the Tree of Life Dudhwa Tiger Reserve** where our Heritage Safari Lodge enables you to be one with the Earth, the Jungle and its inhabitants.

Just the spaces to let go, meditate, unwind or indulge in some well-deserved R & R. Under the gentle guidance of our in-house yoga and wellness masters. Immerse yourself and expand your mind with life-changing philosophies by wise souls. And if you’re the one that guides and teaches – we’d be happy to support you with more.

There’s more that we’ve got up our sleeves. Consider – our personalised cuisine offering that our in-house MasterChef would be delighted to create as per your specific requirements. Vegan ? Organic ? Dosha – specific ? Calorie controlled ? It’s all possible. Or our Curated Experiences – consisting of jungle treks, wildlife safaris and spottings, experiences at local villages and home-stays, bicycling expeditions, visits to local schools and experiences with elephants at the nearby sanctuary are just what are needed to re-connect and ground you into a different reality, altogether.

Ashiyana1Once your day is done – let the dark velvet of the night wrap you in its folds as you let the sensation of just-being – overtake you.

There’s more – but we’d rather you experience it for yourselves !  For customised spiritual, mindfulness wellness holidays and retreats,  custom-created for individuals or exclusive groups – please call us on  +91 9602091000 / 2000 for a detailed discussion with us.

 

*Opening for the season September 16th

**Opening for the season November 16th

Bring back Romance at the Tree of Life

Relationships take a lot of working on – if they matter to us. Especially in the early days when we’re trying to make things happen. So all the hard work is a breeze. It’s fun. It’s amazing and we’re actually investing in ourselves. Nothing else matters.
Once you live together – and after a while, the mundane rears its head. The beautiful moments aren’t beautiful anymore. There are bills to pay, work to do, leaky faucets, crying babies, difficult parents, career challenges with hardly any scope for “ us ” time. You may even feel that you aren’t important to each other. But deep down you know that’s not true, it’s just that the stress of life has become overwhelming. And if you want your relationship to go back to where it began – or at least to capture some of that magic again, read on !

It’s actually quite simple. All one needs to do is to clear the clutter surrounding a relationship and get back to making that effort to fit love and caring into your schedules ! Treat each other like you did when you were dating. And voila ! You’ll find the magic again ! With a little help from the Tree of Life – here’s what you can do to make things the way they were !

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Or better still surprise them with one. To mark a special day. Or for no reason at all. After all – the joy of doing something for its own sake and unexpectedly so – is even more joyful. Ever tried playing hookey on a Monday morning ? And running away from it all ? Your wheels can whiz you across to the Tree of Life in no time ! Escape to a world of zen like serenity in your own personal Pool or Spa Villa. Indulge in personalised cuisine, or in-villa spa treatments, or our curated experiences. Or just be – at the pool. With our award winning service to take care of everything.

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Conversations can be amazing and lead to great things with a bit of effort. Just in case you’ve forgotten – remember those hours spent in wanting to talk and chat endlessly irrespective of whether you were together or apart ? We all love a heart to heart conversation. Especially when it’s about our lives. And what we feel. It makes one feel very special. Throw in wit, charm and natural intelligence and you’ll be surprised to see how romantic a conversation can be. There are amazing nooks and crannies at the Tree of Life where you can lose yourselves. Or take it ahead at a personalised candlelight dinner with curated cuisine from our in residence Master Chef !

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That means no distractions. While we do offer wi-fi – we’d rather you don’t make much use of it ! Max out on your time together. Everything else can wait till you get back !. Focus on each other. Possibly – just like during meditation, it’s a mind exercise that might need a little retraining but it will happen. And practice always makes perfect !

Give and only give.

And that’s all about giving of yourself – although a few gifts along the way wouldn’t hurt ! Do stuff that makes them happy. If you want love – then be lovable ! Refresh, revive and renew your commitment to each other.

photo - outdoor villa spaIndulge. In Experiences.

Its experiences that create memories. Because they are fleeting and hence so much more precious ! Experiences that will become stories to share and re-share with each other. Or with your loved ones. Experiences you can re-create to recapture the magic yet again. For once is never enough ! The Tree of Life offers curated experiences – from our MasterChef’s MasterClass, curated treks and more.
And with the monsoons at our doorstep – the Tree of Life Jaipur set amidst the gently undulating Aravali Hills is a lush, luxuriant green with the peacocks calling ! Our Spa and Pool Villas are all about creating very personal spaces for our guests with our award winning discreetly attentive service on hand. Indulge in yourselves. Indulge in yourselves . your life and your relationship. Because that is what truly and really matters.

To indulge – call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000
or e mail us on unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com

Why Monsoon Holidays Are Better !

The Monsoons are on their way. And this is really the best time to head out for the holiday you’ve been promising yourself.

After all – it feels great heading out when the rest of the world is done and dusted with their holidays and back to their grind.

It’s also the time when places empty out. So you don’t run the risk of bumping into the world when all you wanted was to get away from it in the first place !

Serene surroundingsAnd let’s face it – the monsoon that’s away from the urban chaos and muck is the season that one must savour. It’s a different world – much like the ones we would experience in our childhood. With clean, lush surroundings, puddles that one can jump in, breeze that cools the soul and skies that promise heaven.  And you can even recreate your favourite monsoon memory – floating paper boats or serenading your partner Bollywood style – the choice is yours !

The monsoon in India is believed to cleanse and regenerate the earth and its people. It is also key to India’s agriculture sector, enabling the growth of crops and driving stock markets ! And apart from bringing down temperatures, the monsoon also lowers room rates for travelers, turning India into a great off-season destination.

16The Tree of Life is transformed and beautifully so by the monsoon. Imagine yourself playing Lord of the Manor at the Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor, Binsar at our fabulous perch above the valley and yet right in the middle of the Binsat Wildlife Sanctuary, with heritage  rooms, personalised signature cuisine and our award winning service ! Get away from it all – while the resort is still open for the season.

Infinity Pool at nightAnd what can one say about our fabulous Tree of Life Jaipur ? With just 13 villas in  a lush, green valley in the middle of the Aravalis – create your own personal space to experience the joy of this monsoon. Where else can you swim in your own personal pool as it pours ? Or indulge in spa treatments right in your villa itself – either indoor or outdoor with the monsoon breeze for company. If you enjoy getting wet – then trek in the surrounding hills or go say hello to the elephants in the nearby village. And of course – our MasterChef in residence will whip up whatever your heart desires – all served by our staff that has won us accolades for their service – year after year.

Monsoon time is now holiday time. At the Tree of Life !

Call +91 9602091000 / 2000 to book !

How Technology is Changing Golf

Technology based innovations are now making their debut in the world of Golf. And it’s not soon enough. Critical to a sport that has not been growing – pretty much everything that goes with it has been affected – TV ratings, equipment and merchandise sales, attendance and interest levels. Branded as an elite sport in our country – with terribly limited numbers playing, the picture isn’t too bright.
Pundits however, believe that the advent of technology might be able to help— in attracting new fans and in servicing the pros. Here are examples of new golf tech.

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But obviously. And we’re not talking about just virtual golfing apps. There are those which analyse your swing. Or help you keep scores. A slew of new apps have emerged for golf instruction and shot tracking (like Arccos, Visulax, SwingSmart, and Zepp, to name a few) and even for booking tee times and keeping score (Golf Now). Or like GolfMatch – help you find a Golfing Partner. GolfMatch’s algorithm uses behavioural data to find the best matches for a golfer to play a round of golf with. There are a host of other features that enable you to stay connected with other golfers and follow each other’s golfing worlds. Then there is the US Masters app. which allows for individual tracking of specific players so that you can immediately see where your favorites are on the course and the leaderboard. And you don’t get limited to a handful of the top players.

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Golf apps are now on Apple Watch & Anrdoid Wear ! And watch out FitBits, & Garmin bands on players wrists, too. GPS golf watchesshow maps of golf courses and display the golfer’s current distance from each hole. Small sensors placed on gloves or clubs can analyze swings, and some wearables track performance — such as how far the ball travels and how accurate the golfer is on the fairway — in real time. Both amateur and professional golfers alike have started to embrace wearables to improve their games and gain a competitive edge,

Go Pro Cameras
The PGA Tour has got a deal in place with GoPro wherein their cameras will shoot stunning new footage in order to drive social content which would have a higher chance of going viral. The drones however are yet to happen. It’s only a matter of time.

Social. Golf. TV.
Much of the footage recorded by GoPro cameras will feed into videos at Skratch TV which is an online video network targeting young, social media-savvy sports fans. It shares cool and interesting content to make golf go viral.

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The tool has found an interesting use case in golf: Watson can produce insights on swings, strokes, and shots, plus analyse social media trends, all live on the scene from The Masters. And so IBM has signed a new endorsement deal with 66-year-old Tom Watson, who has won The Masters twice, is playing in it for the final time this year, and says he loves technology and social media !
o-GOLF-facebookSo technology is having its time with the game of golf. A match made in heaven – to enable its popularity potential. And the best way to get the young and the restless plus and the old fogies together with golf technology to grow the sport’s global appeal.

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How To Take Even Better Pictures With Your Phone !

Thanks to smartphones and editing apps, we can now take high quality photos and edit them without too much trouble.
But taking a great photo on your smartphone is not as simple as pointing and shooting. There are plenty of bad smartphone photos out there – I’m sure you’ve seen one or two of them. A great smartphone image is a great thing. And these days even the world’s best professional photographers like to experiment with smartphone photography and happily show off their results.

So, what’s the secret to taking great pictures with your smartphone? Turns out there are a few of them. Check out these tips below to improve your smartphone photography game.

13113854_1800072586880240_1296559293_nFocus on one subject.
Many of the best photos include just one, interesting subject. Plus, it’s usually easier to get the composition right when your photo only has one subject. Spend some extra time setting up the photo, tap the screen of your smartphone to focus the camera on your subject, and shoot ! .

2Y6A0061Embrace negative space.
Use negative space (i.e. empty space) to your advantage here to make your subject stand out even more. When you include a lot of empty space, your subject will stand out more and create greater impact. Negative space is a large expanse of open sky, water, an empty field, or a large wall.

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One great way to make your photo memorable is to take it at a unique, unexpected angle. This can create a cool illusion with the subjects in your photo. Try taking a photo straight up and playing with the sky as negative space, like in the first photo below. Or take it from the perspective with an object in the foreground – as is the case with the handlebars of this bicycle overlooking the mountains.

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Look for opportunities to play with reflections. There are plenty of other sources for great reflection photos: puddles, larger bodies of water, mirrors, sunglasses, glass, metallic surfaces, and more.

 

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Repetitive patterns are another pleasing subject to photograph. They appear whenever strong graphic elements are repeated over and over again, such as lines, geometric shapes, forms, and colors. These patterns can make a strong visual impact. Keep an eye out for where they appear naturally. As in this image with rows of lotus shaped lamps.

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Capture small details.

Close-up photos that capture small, intricate, delicate details can make for really compelling photographs. Because god is in the details..

 

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Have you ever found a great smartphone photo taken with a flash ? Most of the time, they’re overexposed and make the colors in your photo go totally out of whack. Take advantage of whatever natural light you can find. Play with shadows, or create a silhouette.

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Keep it candid.
Candid shots of people doing things, or people with people, are often far more interesting. Because they more effectively capture the emotion and essence of the moment. One of the best ways to capture an interesting candid shot is to take a lot of photos. Try Burst Mode. You’ll have more to choose from, and often the best photos happen when the everyone is just so. Or an expression has been caught.

 

Use the right photo editing apps.
Composing and taking your smartphone photo is just the first step to making it visually compelling. Editing your photos using mobile editing apps is the next step — and a very critical one, at that. Hunt around for the best apps for your device. Read reviews. Experiment till you find what works for you and create some awesome images right on your phone.

And make sure you try these tips and tricks when you’re with us at the Tree of Life. The cool climes of The Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor await to take you off the grid at Binsar. Or splash out at the Tree of Life Resort and Spa, Jaipur with personalised cuisine, award-winning service, curated experiences around quiet luxury. If you’d like to go wild – there’s the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve open till June 15th.

Call us today on +91 9602091000 / 2000
or e mail us on unwind@treeofliferesorts.com or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com

Weekend Getaways at the Tree of Life

All of us love taking long holidays to exotic places – and while that level of excitement and adventure ( do we even end up resting on these trips ? ) may be awesome – they also are expensive and take up time which a lot of us find it difficult to account for. That’s when a weekend getaway is all you need to have a fun, memorable, and rejuvenating experience !

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you plan your next weekend getaway with us at the Tree of Life !

Weekend Getaway Planner !

Weekend Getaway Planner !

 

Decide on the number of days for your weekend getaway
A minimum of two nights ? Extra nights over and above are a bonus. They help cover travel time. Or give you more time at your destination. Long weekends with official holidays prefixed or suffixed are obvious choices. The flip side is that rooms get sold out ahead of time at premium prices and you run the risk of bumping into friends and neighbours even on holiday !
You may want to head out on a regular weekend with a couple of extra days added on. Think of the delight as you wake up on a holiday Monday with everyone else at work !

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Post bicycling expedition bliss

 

 

 

Get a fix on how far you’d like to go on your weekend getaway
Travel time and mode is a function of this decision. And then the challenge of bookings by rail or by air need to be factored in. Unless you can swing last minute tickets. Else driving holidays may just be your ticket. No pun intended. We offer you a choice – drive down weekend getaways are yours of choose to go to Tree of Life Jaipur or Tree of Life Binsar. A short flight or a Shatabdi Express journey to Lucknow will take you to within three hours driving distance from the Tree of Life Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

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Splash out at the Tree of Life Jaipur

 

Figure what you’d like to do on your weekend getaway. And with whom.
Choices, choices and more choices. How active or lazy ? Family ? Extended family ? Friends ? Solo ? Couple ? Mountains ? Water ? Activities ? Cuisine ? Nature ? Experiences ?  R & R ?

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Outdoor Couples Spa Treatment in your own Villa

Pick and choose carefully. Keeping in mind tastes, moods and preferred level of activity. So that there is no scope for disappointment later. You’ll be spoilt for choice with us. Book a pool villa with us and relax at your own private pool. Or enjoy outdoor spa treatments at your own villa premises. Experience time-out with Elephants at the nearby village – with their trainers. Bathe and play with them and listen to their stories from their handlers. Or walk through jungle trails and spot wildlife and bird life with our resident naturalist. Trek to unforgettable mountain views. Go out on a jungle safari and get a chance to see the big cats and rhinos up close and personal. And when you think you’ve done enough – there is always our discreetly attentive service and signature cuisine – customised to your preferences by our resident MasterChef.

 

13116722_995849253801989_228203158_nPlan your weekend getaway with a budget
Of course – if budgets are not a constraint then go and do things at your own pace and at your own time. If not – then let us offer you our special summer tariffs – across all our locations. Book a curated luxury summer holiday with us and you can get discounts of up to Rs 4,000 per night plus a host of other special offers*. If you’re planning a destination event with a medium sized group of guests ( between 20 – 45 pax ) then please do connect with us for our extra special rates and add-ons.

Happy Weekend Getaways get even better ! Only at the Tree of Life !

Call us now on +91 9602091000 / 2000
or e mail us at unwind@treeofliferesorts.com
or log on to www.treeofliferesorts.com
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PS – Do read what our guests have to stay about weekend getaways with us at Binsar Dudhwa Jaipur – they tell you like it is !