Sanyukta Iyer, Natasha Coutinho, Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 15, 2017)

SOHAIL KHAN: Merry-making in Maldives
The Khans like to travel together-with their parents, siblings, kids, extended families and friends.Usually they pick a beach resort and book the entire place. In April they took off for a week to Amilla Fushi in Maldives and explored the island city of Baa Atol, enjoyed water sports before returning by a private jet, all sun-kissed and happy.

Last Diwali, it was a three-day getaway to a recently-opened luxury resort in Goa. On weekends they take off to their Panvel farmhouse or Alibaug with the children - Nirvaan, Yohan, Arhaan, Ayaan and Ahil. “We love taking the yacht out to the sea and enjoying a barbeque in the open. We also spend time in the pool or laze in hammocks at the resort. Salman bhai likes to paint but all of us come together for football or cricket and a great dinner,“ says Sohail.

Next up, the Khan-daan wants to go to Europe for a nice summer holiday, if their schedules permit.

“My most memorable family vacations were in London when Siddhanth and Shraddha were in school. We'd rent an apartment, go to the park, watch three English films a day and explore the city,“ reminisces Bollywood's bad man Shakti Kapoor. His actress-daughter, Shraddha says they'd love to holiday in Europe together. “Dad loves Europe and though we've been there before, he'd enjoy going there again with family,“ she informs.

KRITI SANON: In the snows of Kullu-Manali
“As a child I went with the family to Kullu-Manali and saw snow for the first time. Unfortunately, my sister, who was very young, fell ill and we had to cut the trip short,“ reminisces Kriti Sanon, who, two years ago, went to Malaysia for an award function. The trip extended into their first family vacation abroad, including Singapore and a tour of the Universal Studio, among others. Kriti is now planning a family holiday to Maldives and Koh Samui for her fam-jam.

MAHESH BHATT: Palace life in Falaknuma
“Whenever my family has kidnapped me and taken me off to Hyderabad's Falaknuma Palace or Maldives for a holiday, I've come back richer in moments and memories,“ admits filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt who's still touched that daughter Alia came alongwith to Hyderabad even though her hand was in a sling and she was in a lot of pain. “It's one of the best properties in India with its 10th century charm. The staff there showered us with rose petals, we saw peacocks in the garden, our suite had a panoramic view of the city and we were entertained by Rajasthani qawwals.“

Maldives also felt like paradise regained, with its stunning sunrises and sunsets and exotic villa. “Alia, Shaheen, Soni (Razdan, wife) and I went cycling around the island. My wife bought me an expensive Havana hat from a boutique and I learnt the importance of digital detoxification,“ he smiles, revealing that they're planning a visit to his favourite resort in Bangalore next. “You feel like you're in a quaint jungle. I'd also like to visit Kandy and Galle where I have shot films before. Sri Lanka is amazing with its ancient Buddhist heritage and jungles.“

Ayesha Shroff informs that since her children were born, they have been going for family vacations to Goa, while daughter Krishna smiles, “My parents, along with Tiger and I, used to go there two-three times a year for four days to a week. It was almost like a second home. We'd binge and bike, play golf, stroll on the beach, and go swimming in the rain. These trips always brought us even closer. Dad and mom were most relaxed there and Tiger and I loved seeing them like that.“ Mom and daughter now wish to go to Maldives. “If we can coordinate Jackie and Tiger's busy schedules,“ Ayesha sighs.

TAAPSEE PANNU: European escape
A trip to Goa during off-season turned out to be unforgettable for Taapsee and family as it was only a tour of historical places and playing board games in their hotel rooms. “We still laugh when we remember that vacation,“ laughs the actress. Now, the 29-year-old Delhi girl is looking forward to taking her parents to Europe. “They'd enjoy these naturally beautiful cities, rich in history and culture and would also appreciate their sense of hygiene and ability to chill,“ she smiles.