Want to holiday like a boss? Here is your guide
Tips on travelling to some exotic destinations favoured by India Inc.
Arcelor Mittal Last year, Mittal was photographed by a UK publication relaxing on a sun lounger on a crowded beach in Mykonos. The speculation was that his yacht was parked in the waters nearby if he got tired of slumming it.
1 You hardly need a yacht to enjoy this Greek island. Partake in the simple pleasures, like sundowners by the waterfront at Hora (the island’s capital).
2 Mykonos is known for its parties, with bars and clubs bursting with energy, especially in July and August.
3 Once done with Mykonos, head to Athens for a culture fix. Ride the ferry for an immersive experience of the blue waters.
Vietnam Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google
Leading a global tech giant must make Pichai a very busy man. But this CEO routinely mixes business with pleasure. Like walking the Great Wall, while visiting China. A recent visit was to Vietnam, a country that has moved beyond the war days and is now a backpacker favourite.
1 Opt for a cruise tour in the Halong Bay, designated a world heritage site for the spectacular scatter of islands, dotted with wind and waveeroded grottoes.
2 Bicycle around the ancient town of Hoi An and soak in the heritage architecture.
3 The city of Danang is a perfect glimpse into urban Vietnam.
Italy Adi Godrej & family
The Godrej family chose Lake Como last year to celebrate matriarch Parmeshwar’s 70th birthday. Lake Como is a luxury resort town in Italy, popular with the jet setters who want a European summer.
1 The best way to explore Como and its adjacent towns is to hire a boat and spend the day, flitting from sight to sight.
2 Sample the local wines, cheeses, olive oils and of course, the pasta.
3 And yes, hope to run into George Clooney as he takes a stroll along the lake, near which he owns a property.
Croatia Pranay Chulet,CEO, Quikr
Croatia is off the beaten track as far as European destinations go. But Chulet probably likes the unconventional and so visited this east European country last year.
1 The capital city of Dubrovnik is a filming location for King’s Landing, from the fictional seven kingdoms of popular TV show Game of Thrones.
2. It is an architecture buff’s heaven. Urban centres like Zagreb, Split and Zadar offer carefully preserved centuriesold Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian monuments.
3 Summers are a great time to visit Croatia. You can mix outdoor activities like hiking, swimming in the sea and kayaking with open-air cultural events.
Bansal considers his trip to Kenya a few years ago with wife, Parul, one of his best travel experiences. He visited the country in July, in time to witness the annual great migration of over 1.5 million wildebeests in Masai Mara. While a jeep safari is a popular option at the reserve, there are other ways of viewing the big five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinoceros)
1 Hop on a hot air balloon for a bird’s eye view of the migratory path’s sprawl.
2 A game drive can be best experienced at night time when the animals hunt.
3 Take a bush walk for an up close viewing of the flora and fauna.
A lucky few like Fernandes can retreat to the luxury of their weekend homes in Scotland. The rest of us can play tourist and pack in as much as possible during a visit.
1 A visit to the land of Scotch whisky is incomplete without a distillery tour. There are five whisky regions in Scotland, each with its own unique whiskies: sweet, fruity, light, smoky, grassy, salty, take your pick.
2 If you don’t mind a spook, try a nighttime ghost tour through Edinburgh that explores dungeons, abandoned prisons and graveyards.
3 Escape to the Scottish highlands for a brush with nature and enjoy the countryside.