Walkthrough the Taj Mahal, relax at a Goan beach resort or explore New Delhi’s vibrant 5-star Indian hotel.
India is a diverse, culturally and traditionally rich country. Here, the hospitality industry worldwide is known for its perfect “Atithi Devo bhava” – the guest is like a god. Here are the most beautiful luxury hotels in India, where only the best service is provided.
You are seeking a hot Rajasthan Sun haven? Amanbagh is a sanctuary of pavilions and suites surrounded by swinging palms and fruit trees, close to the Aravalli Mountains, with design esthetics in the Mughal region, rolling ceilings, and secluded terraces and verandas. Before you walk through the garden, treat your body to the Ayurvedic spa wraps, scrubs, and yoga, a favorite Maharaja haunt once used to be.
This sleek and modern city resort offers sun-lit standards and gardens with panoramic rooms across the Delhi district of Lutyens (named after architect Sir Edwin Lutyens who was a key player in the design of New Delhi). There is also a private swimming pool or a huge Sultan Suite, which is available on all levels. You will not hunger for cafes, bakeries, bars, and a variety of restaurants serving continental and Indian dishes. Hit the squash or tennis courts for the big dinners, or enjoy a hot stone or a deep tissue massage in the wellness center.
RAAS Chhatrasagar’s “tents” in Rajasthan provide more convenience than most modern homes. These elegant homes are made of iodine-purple stone, teak furniture, hand-painted local decor on soundproof canvas, and air conditioning and heating. The real attraction here, however, is an attached bird-life reservoir – bring your camera to capture the striking blue kingfishers or pelicans of prehistoric appearance.
The Imperial New Delhi
Lovers of art, please. Near Connaught Place in New Delhi, this four-story historic hotel boasts a venerable collection of works by master painters. Take an art tour and learn about the hotel’s colonial influences. And there’s a cake, tavern, brasserie, and the Tuscan bistro to eat when it’s time to eat.
The Tamara Coorg
Set at 1 km (3.500ft) above sea level in the vast depths of Coorg, Tamara resort Coorg is an epitome of a peaceful retreat into nature’s lap. Lush greenery, including coffee, cardamom, and pepper plantations, is surrounded by the property. Listen to your private house’s bird song, with a picturesque king-sized bed and a terrace that overlooks the hills. The hotel minimizes its environmental impact through the use of electric golf carts around the resort and reusable slippers for guests with an environmentally-sensitive outlook.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore
Would you like to spot a wild Bengal tiger? If so, then it will be your destination to Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort. Stay near the tiger reserves of National Park Ranthambore in kitted triple canopy tents (with king-size beds and personal butler service). Lily ponds and Mughal architecture, together with a centrally located pool and beautiful dark aftertaste, catch your eye. But for the lions, you are here. Before leaving for the endangered depravity, book jungle excursions with the Rajasthan Forest Department.
ITC Great Goa, Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
ITC Grand Goa, outside Arossim Beach, is full of cobblestone trails, fresh lagoons, pools, small bridges, and a lot of charm for your holiday. Select a more modest (yet spacious) room with views of the garden and private balconies or maybe go to the seaside suite with a private lap pool and lounge. Six restaurants with a global shopping menu plus a wellness spa in Ayurveda are here for your belly, skin, and spirit.
Wildflower, an Oberoi Resort, Shimla
Wildflower Hall is a luxurious destination in mountainous Himachal Pradesh. This colonial-style resort has spacious suites, alpine and teak-furnished, and Victorian-inspired rooms, surrounded by the snow-covered Himalayas. Dine outside under a gazebo hilltop with a Himalayan background, when the weather permits. When temperatures drop, skate ice on a tennis court that is turned into a rink, and then get cozy in the hotel bar or private dining area, next to the fireplace.
Kumarakom Lake Resort
The Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kerala is deep in luxury. Prince Charles celebrated his 65th birthday. The apartments offer luxury accommodation on a 250m long, river-like pool, in suites and villas. Or a houseboat could be booked to drift around Vembanad Lake where many birds live. Food is similarly spectacular – head to the Ettukettu Restaurant for seafood-centered cuisine of Keralan and appetizing polish Thu karma (fish in banana leaves).
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Oberoi Amarvilas is the most sought-after hotel in the area, located less than a kilometer from the Taj Mahal. The highlight is the uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal offered by each room. Book the 24-hour butler service Luxury Suite, walk-in closet, and private terrace. Take a golf cart to the historic monument and enjoy a romantic nighttime candlelight meal.
Once the Maharaja residence at Jaipur, Rambagh Palace offers the beauty of an ancient age an authentic royal experience. It has impressive gardens, marble colonnades, and opulent guest rooms, which were built in 1835. Catch a polo match on a neighboring polo area of Rambagh, hire a vintage car to explore the nearby Amber Palace, or book a private dinner and a live music performance in the Baradari Experience.