Generational Bonding with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie Night!



Surprise Nana!  I’m coming over for movie night!:)

Nana and I have been on a number of adventures together since we first meet.  (Nana is my husband’s mother)

London, England


Paris, France



 Not only do Nana and I share a love of foreign travel, but we also have similar tastes in movies.  She is frequently quoted as saying she likes “feel good” movies.  And typically I agree.  As soon as I saw trailer for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I had a hunch it would be a movie both of us would enjoy.

In the next week Nana and I will have the opportunity to watch the movie together as well as enjoy a few special treats inspired by the movie.  You’ll have to wait for my follow-up post to see specifically what these items are.  But if you’ve ever been to London, you’ll instantly understand the nostalgia factor.   I know Nana and my husband will be fighting over a certain item in particular.

Not familiar with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?  Check out the information below!

An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this “buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to “outsource” their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a “true classic that reminds us that it’s never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age.” (Rex Reed, The New York Observer).

Interested in joining in on the fun too?  Here are a few ideas for a fun night!

Mother/Daughter Preview Prep Guide for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

We’re busy women these days and our moms taught us how do it all from juggling, work, school, relationships, family.  In this special pre-viewing guide, we encourage you spend time with your mom or daughter(s) – or both and gear up for watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at home.  Get ready to be transported to virtual Jaipur for a colorful journey of self-discovery and Indian intrigue!

Read the Book

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is actually based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach.  Like the movie, thebook also delves into the feelings that come along with retirement as well as the fresh start that new surroundings can bring.  Check it out here and consider adding it to your book club list or reading with your mom/daughter before watching the film.

Try Some Yoga-Inspired Stretches

Who doesn’t love stretching it out?  Before watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel take some time to breathe and do some vinyasas on the living room floor.  The mental and physical benefits of yoga will leave you feeling stronger and at peace.  Yoga is a daily practice in India and when you’re done with your movements, you’ll both be relaxed and ready to enjoy the movie.

Make Some Indian or British Cuisine

The characters in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel definitely immersed themselves in Indian culture during their stay at the Marigold hotel, in everything from food, clothes and lifestyle.  Try something new like Bangers & Mash or Saag Paneer that you can whip up and  enjoy while watching at home.

Play With Henna and Bindis

Henna has been around for centuries and is very popular in Indian culture.  It is typically applied in a paste form and left on the skin for a few hours and can last up to over a month.  Bindis were made popular in North America in the 90s by Gwen Stefani.  Not only are they a fun, colorful conversation piece – but they also are said to retain energy and strengthen concentration as well as protect from bad luck.

Set Future Travel Goals

It’s always a good time to look forward to your next vacation whether spent close to home or adventure abroad.  Sit down and outline where you’d like to spend your next chunk of free-time – Lounging at the beach?  Trekking across India?  Check online travel sites for good deals year round and your next holiday will come to fruition before you know it.

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.


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