Top Luxury Resorts in India

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India is home to the most luxurious hotels in the world providing best services, accommodation features and the highest level of hospitality.

While visiting India, why not pamper yourself with the royal luxury living like a king in a palace or just lying on the one the best beaches of Asia.

Feel pampered as your every desire is attended to and your every wish is turned into a command at these resorts.

 

1. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

A fantastical retreat in the middle of Lake Pichola. This 250-year-old heritage hotel has 66 luxurious rooms and 17 grand suites. The luxury experience starts right from the arrival which via boats.

Continue being pampered as a royal at Jiva Spa, with a spa boat experience like no other. Carefully created treatments draw on the ancient wellness heritage of India, and the fabled lifestyle and savoir vivre of Indian royalty.

Known as the Venice of the East, the city of Udaipur, with its elaborate palaces, serene lakes, exotic temples and resplendent gardens, has a lot to offer.

A stay here is one of those do-before-you-die experiences.

Rates start at Rs 55,000 upwards.

Location: Udaipur

Nearest Airport: Udaipur

Best time to visit: September – February

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2. Mihir Garh, Rohet

Designed by the royal family of Rohet, Mihir Garh is a Sun Fortress, which stands majestically to embrace the discerning traveler and shower upon him the legendary hospitality and the diverse flavors of the land.

Rated best  in Top 10 extraordinary places to stay in 2014 (Lonely Planet)

It is an exclusive nine suite boutique hotel where each room offers you more than 1700 sq. of pure luxury. The private terraces, courtyards, plunge pools and Jacuzzi seem to whisper a single word: Indulge.

Get yourself pampered with the variety of treatments available at Mihir Garh’s Tulsi Spa or rejuvenate at the poolside while watching the endless deserts meditate with the horizons. The delectable cuisines too aim to please – from traditional to continental – to suit your palate.

The amazing isolated setting in the middle of the desert, but you will not be lacking any luxury.

Rates start at Rs 32,000 upwards.

Location: Jodhpur

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur

Best time to visit: October – February

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3. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

The Oberoi Udaivilas is extremely well-known destination for an ultimate stay for a royal treatment.

The magical Oberoi Udaivilâs is the kind of luxury boutique hotel that you dream about staying in at least once in your lifetime. The winner of countless accolades, including ‘Best Hotel in the World’, this modern day Indian palace offers every conceivable indulgence in a truly magical setting.

Guests to the Oberoi Udaivilâs are ferried across Lake Pichola by private gondola, past Udaipur’s domed lakefront palaces—into the gardens and fountains of the Udaivilas estate.

This luxury hotel has an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors that reflects the layout of Udaipur itself; whose seven lakes are linked by canals. These domes and walkways are flooded with sunlight, caressed by balmy breezes and offer magnificent views of the verdant gardens and sparkling Lake Pichola.

Rates start at Rs. 40,000 upwards

Location: Udaipur

Nearest Airport: Udaipur

Best time to visit: October to February

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4. Barefoot at Havelock, Havelock Island

For nature lovers the Barefoot at Havelock is an eco-friendly luxury retreat in the shadows of lush green tropical rainforests, right next to a beautiful white sandy beach set at Beach no. 7 rated best beach by TIME magazine.

Spread over seven acres of organic landscape, the resort is inspired by everything Andaman has to offer.

Here, far away from the hubbub of the city life that you wish to leave behind, you will unearth the treasures of nature, discover the tranquility you seek and be charmed forever.

Apart from enjoying the beauty of the area from the serenity of your rooms, the resort offers many outdoor activities like snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, trekking, elephant rides and more.

Rates start at Rs. 12000 upwards

Location: Havelock, Andaman Islands         

Nearest Airport: Port Blair

Best time to visit: November to March

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5. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Each room affords uninterrupted views of this ancient monument to love, while elements of the layout and design pay homage to its Mughal splendor (located just 600 meters away from the monument).

There’s a wonderful swimming pool, a holistic spa, two very good restaurants and a lobby lounge serving tea and a bar serving very good G&Ts.

The only thing that will surpass the beauty of this hotel is waking up to a view of the Taj.

Stay for royal luxury and to cross the visit to Taj Mahal from your bucket list.

Rates start at Rs. 28000 upwards

Location: Agra          

Nearest Airport: Agra

Best time to visit: October -March

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6. Glenburn Tea Estate & Boutique Hotel, Darjeeling

Located 1.5 hours away from Darjeeling and planned into 8 well-furnished suites, equipped with modern fixtures and designed with beautiful Victorian Teak wood furniture, this beautiful boutique hotel is set within 1,600 acres of forest, hills, and tea plantations with picture-perfect views of the mighty Kanchenjunga. Glenburn remains one of the few destinations in India where you can walk all day and return to luxury at night.

They grow their own fresh herbs, spices and many fruit and vegetables, making the experience a “foodie” one as well, with an emphasis on using local ingredients to create mouthwatering, unique menus.

This really is a luxurious getaway where your every whim is pampered. Glenburn truly is a wonderful escape for families.

Cost Rs. 33000 including transport, food and activities

Location: Darjeeling (1 Hour away by road)

Nearest Airport: Guwahati/ Kolkata

Best time to visit: March – May / October- November

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7. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore

Situated less than ten minutes from Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, the Oberoi Vanyavilas is spread across twenty acres of lush landscaped gardens.

The luxury resort takes you back in time Raj, when caravans of royalty would rest overnight under magnificent shelters in the vast Rajasthani desert.

Start your morning by visit to the park and after getting tired return to your tent with a huge bathroom, the teak floored bathroom features a claw footed standalone bathtub that looks out onto the private terrace. A separate shower cubicle is crafted out of evergreen marble and the walk-in wardrobe is lined in faux animal hide.

Small group yoga sessions are held in the outdoor pavilion. Private Sessions can also be organized for guests’ convenience.

Rates start at Rs. 65,000 upwards

Location: Ranthambore, Alwar

Nearest Airport: Jaipur / Delhi

Best time to visit: November to March

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8. Wildflower Hall, Shimla

Wildflower Hall is a luxury resort, set amidst high cedar trees in Shimla at a height of 8250ft.

The main restaurant, which spans a smart, brightly lit indoor dining space, a charming glass conservatory with intimate seating arrangements and an outdoor terrace, which has magnificent views of the Himalayas.

Take leisurely walks on the trails winding through the fragrant pine forests and enjoy gourmet picnic hampers that accompany your explorations. For the adventurous the resort offers white river rafting, trekking, mountain biking, archery, billiards and ice skating (in winter).

Don’t miss the open air whirlpool which has magnificent views across the Greater Himalayas, while the indoor pool, lit and adorned by overhead crystal chandeliers, is temperature controlled throughout the year.

Enhance your stay at Wildflower Hall with a unique Oberoi experience specific to this magnificent destination and luxurious hotel such as The Sanctuary Experience & Picnic at The Peak, etc.

Rates start at Rs. 18000 upwards

Location: Mashobra

Nearest Airport: Shimla / Chandigarh

Best time to visit: March to June / October to February

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9. Paros by AmaryaMorjim

Paros by Amarya is set on idyllic Turtle Beach near Morjim Beach. Paros by Amarya is an enchanting beachfront hideaway with eight tented guest accommodations and a three-bedroom converted Portuguese villa for guests looking for charming stays that are quiet and secluded.

The luxurious tents will make you feel like a modern-day Maharajah or Maharani on safari – though with the bonus of a beach on your doorstep.

Spend your day exploring Portuguese-influenced India and lazing on the beach, before retreating for a sundowner on the restaurant’s deck which is set on a raised terrace platform on the beach side of the property offering unrivaled views of ocean, decorated in calming greens and blues, followed by dinner as the stars shine brightly above you.

The world-class quality spa treatment is provided by Amarya’s, exclusive partner, JHC Massage, which offers complete range of a true holistic Spa experience in the privacy of your own room.

 

Rates start at Rs. 6000 upwards

Location: Goa

Nearest Airport: Goa

Best time to visit: November – March

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10. The Tamara Coorg, Karnataka

Situated in the hearts of Scotland of India, The Tamara Coorg is luxury resort presiding over an estate of 170 acres producing Coffee, Cardamom, Pepper and Honey.

The cottages on stilts seem to float above the misty Kodagu valley. Everything here is unique, be it location, the cottages, amenities as well as activities all are designed in sync with nature.

The open barbeque deck offers a beautiful evening ambiance for leisurely multi course meals.

To waft in the silence and in its deceptive guise, listen to the sounds deep within. To discover unaccustomed pleasures, to feel nothingness- The Tamara Coorg is your sabbatical.

Note: Kids below 12 are not allowed

Rates start at Rs. 18000 upwards

Location: Coorg

Nearest Airport: Bangalore / Mangalore

Best time to visit: November – March

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Wanderlust

A luxury traveller who Loves exploring new and unique boutique resorts.

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