Hotels - North India
Oberoi Wildflower Hall
Situated at 8,350 feet in the magnificent Himalayas, Wildflower Hall is a fairytale luxury resort set in 23 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar. The former residence of Lord Kitchener, rebuilt to a new magnificence, Wildflower Hall recreates the grand style of the colonial era. Enjoy beautiful views of mountains and valleys from the rooms, restaurants, outdoor Jacuzzi and the heated swimming pool. Nature lovers can explore the Himalayas and enjoy adventure sports. For the ultimate in pampering the luxury spa pavilions are tranquil havens for revitalizing the body and soul. From the 87 suites and rooms every guest has spectacular views over the cedar forests and mountain ranges. Every room has a spacious marble bathroom with separate shower and walk-in closets and personalised butler service Two restaurants offer the choice of fine international cuisine and traditional Indian cooking or simply relax with a quiet drink in the timeless elegance of The Cavalry Bar. The Spa, managed by Banyan Tree, overlooks the majestic snow-capped Himalayas, and offers a complete range of treatments for beauty and relaxation suitable for men and women. Other amenities include: a top of the range Gym; Indoor heated Swimming Pool; Sauna and Steam rooms; jacuzzi on the terrace; Card Room, Billiards Room and a Library with a large catalogue of books, music and DVDs.
Located in the scenic hill station town of Shimla, the gateway to the majestic Himalayas, The Cecil Hotel Shimla is situated at the quiet end of the famous mall and is an ideal base from which to discover the unique beauty of these spectacular mountain ranges, with their verdant cedar forests and ancient monasteries. Delve into the nostalgic past of the Summer Capital of the British Raj when you stay at the Cecil Hotel Shimla, which successfully combines old-world service with 21st century conveniences to make your stay truly comfortable and memorable. Many of the 79 rooms and suites at The Cecil offer spectacular views of the majestic Himalayan ranges. This grandeur is complimented by the classic elegance of its richly detailed interiors, parquet flooring and marble bathrooms.
Ananda in the Himalayas
Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, Ananda is the spiritual pathway to the ultimate, discovered through the union of body, mind and soul. It is not just a retreat that will leave you breathless with the enchantment of its surroundings, but assists in redefining lifestyles to include the well-known traditional Indian wellness regimes of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with best of International Wellness Experiences to bring about the union of mind, body and soul. The Guest Rooms, Suites and Villas at Ananda in the Himalayas make a statement with colours that echo nature, and views that leave one gazing into the enchantment of god’s own country.
A 250-year-old Nanak Shahi haveli of Rai Bahadur Rattan Chand’s lineage nestles on almost an acre on the prestigious Mall Road in Amritsar. This small and charming 18th century colonial heritage mansion, with its 10 deluxe rooms and 2 suites, is the first and only holistic spa resort in the northern plains of India. Operated by the SVAASA group of companies that has been established with the purpose of promoting self-preservation and health awareness through tourism and hospitality, this Heritage Spa Resort is its flagship project. The elegant heritage architecture of Ranjit’s Svaasa complex offers a beautiful view of foliage from its Silver Art restaurant, amidst the warmth of a fireplace to savour your meal. Having been host to royalty and eminent personalities since time immemorial, this haveli now shares its old world charm to all those visiting the Holy City of the Golden Temple. The fourth Sikh guru Ram Das founded Amritsar in 1577, and in the middle of the city is the Golden Temple, the Sikh community’s holiest shrine.
Hotels - Delhi & Agra
Agra - Oberoi Amar Vilas
The Oberoi Amarvilas is a member of the Great Hotels of the World, a collection of the world's finest luxury hotels. Each of the 105 luxurious rooms and suites of this unique hotel has a view of the glorious monument. The Oberoi Amarvilas reflects its grandeur with terraced gardens, reflection pools and tastefully decorated interiors. Mogul arches, domes and fountains complement the palace – offering superb views of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. All guest rooms have teak floors, hand-knotted carpets, fine handcrafted furniture and luxurious marble bathrooms with separate shower stalls. The amenities seem endless: a luxury spa with a range of therapies, a swimming pool beset by luxury sundeck chairs where snacks and drinks are served; an ornamented ballroom and a superb restaurant framing that most romantic vista in the world.
Agra - Hotel Mughal ITC
Gloriously sprawled over 30 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens; the Welcomgroup Mughal Sheraton is a fitting tribute to a dynasty of great builders. The Mughals. A splendid redbrick edifice that blends beautifully with Agra’s landscape, the Mughal Sheraton is a proud recipient of the prestigious ‘Aga Khan’ award for excellence in Mughal architecture. The Mughal Sheraton also had the honour of receiving the British Safety Council’s coveted ‘Sword of Honor’ award, for its commitment to safety.
Delhi - The Imperial Hotel
The first among the legendary “Four Maidens of the East”, the Imperial was the only luxury hotel provided by Sir Edwin Lutyen in his grand design for New Delhi. Built in 1933, the hotel has a somewhat unconventional style and design; a mixture of Victorian and old colonial with a playful dosage of art-deco. The colonial rooms with high ceilings, exquisite restaurants, art galleries and service that makes you feel at home, rendered The Imperial a ‘jewel of hospitality’. The hotel is set in 8 acres of beautiful, landscaped gardens in the heart of the premium business and shopping district of New Delhi. The Imperial was voted the ‘Leading Hotel in India’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards in 2005.
Delhi - The Leela Hotel
Imposing, inspiring and right at home among the grand landmarks of the New Delhi’s Diplomatic Enclave, this iconic palace style hotel makes a significant statement in terms of architecture and intent. The Leela Palace New Delhi is destined to become one of the great hotels of the world. Its architecture is inspired by Lutyens, art and embellishment by Mrs. Madhu Nair and its levels of refinement and generosity of space mirror the great palaces of the world. Breath taking vision superbly realised.
Delhi - Claridges Hotel
With its colonial charm, The Claridges has been a veritable treasure in Lutyens Delhi since the 1950’s, successfully combining old-world service with 21st century conveniences to make your stay truly comfortable and memorable. The 173 guest rooms and suites on just 3 levels are concealed from the outside world and overlook the pool or the green foliage. Hotel amenities include: 3 very good restaurants, coffee shop, pool, tennis court, health club, hair salon, spa, bar, business services and travel services. The hotel is in a superior location, near the city’s business and shopping districts and main attractions but still in a quiet, leafy neighbourhood, a pleasant area to take a relaxing stroll.
Hotels - Rajasthan
Jaipur - Rambagh Palace
Set in 47 acres of tranquil, landscaped gardens, Rambagh Palace is Jaipur's foremost Royal Palace residence. Located close to the walled 'Pink City', spectacular forts, and all the unique shopping bazaars of Jaipur, the Palace unveils the rich culture and history of the erstwhile rulers of Rajasthan. Built in 1835 as a hunting lodge, it became the palace residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1925, then was converted as India's first palace hotel in 1957. An architectural masterpiece, Rambagh presents a fine blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Sensitively restored to its former glory with refurbished rooms overlooking courtyards with fountains or verdant gardens, airy verandahs, idyllic front lawns and a warm intimate lobby, guests relive the royal lifestyle at Rambagh. In addition, personalized butlers are there throughout the Palace who are knowledgeable hosts to modern day Maharajas. Rambagh Palace offers 90 elegantlyappointed rooms and suites.
Jaipur - Jai Mahal Palace
Set amid 18 acres of Moghul gardens, the original building of Jai Mahal Palace dates back to 1745 A.D., when this was the residence of the former Prime Minister of Jaipur State. The Taj Group of Hotels, India’s largest chain of hotels, renovated the Palace building and Moghul gardens, retaining the original Palace architecture. The Moghul gardens spread over 3 levels complete with waterways (depicting the life of the lotus) and stone pathways. The gardens are visible from almost all rooms and public areas. A solar heated swimming pool is surrounded by landscaped gardens. Excellent service accompanied with modern amenities, makes Jai Mahal Palace a prime location in Jaipur. The magical allure of the Jai Mahal Palace Hotel embraced in historical architecture and gardens conspires to lift you gently to that glorious age of grace and beauty and transports you back to the period of kings and courtesans when luxury was a way of life!
Jaipur - Samode Haveli
Samode Haveli was built over 150 years ago as the Samode Royal family’s suburban manor house and was masterfully restored and converted into a unique heritage property in 1988. With its understated luxury, antique furniture, furnishings and original work-of-art, the hotel is a celebration of traditional values and gracious living. This small charming, intimate hotel with its 22 rooms, features a spectacular painted dining room, an airy verandah and an elephant ramp at the entrance which was specially constructed in the 1940’s for the marriage ceremony of the late Rawal Sahib’s aunt. Facilities include: swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a wading pool for children. Relax in the lush green garden filled with scented flowers and old trees, where the staff can also arrange for private lunches and candlelight dinners. Every evening enjoy a drink, cultural and puppet shows in the central courtyard. Amidst the bustle of one of India’s most historical cities, Samode Haveli is a peaceful respite. It stands in the heart of the sprawling walled city of Jaipur suffused with an atmosphere of quiet beauty. Its central location makes it a convenient place to stay, moments away from virtually all Jaipur’s attractions - historical and cultural monuments and sites of interest.
Jodphur - Umaid Bhawan Palace
Welcome to Maharaja Umaid Singh's Palace at Jodhpur, one of the largest and grandest private residences in the world. Built between 1929 and 1942 the Umaid Bhawan Palace is a splendid example of the Indo-Colonial and the art-deco style of the thirties. Now a part of the Taj Hotels group, the Palace recreates for you a unique experience of princely lifestyle. There is a choice of 94 rooms and suites – each appointed with the furniture originally created for the Palace. Gracious hospitality has always been a unique hallmark of the Palace. Amenities include: 2 restaurants; bar; colonnaded verandah, squash, tennis, badminton, well-equipped health club, swimming pool, billiards and croquet. Visit the private museum with its collection of antiques or ramble in the immense 15-acre landscaped gardens.
Jodhpur - Raas Hotel
The hotel lies at the foot of the mighty Meherangarh Fort, in the heart of Jodhpur’s Walled City. It is situated in the prestigious north-eastern quarter of the Walled City, just a stone’s throw from the Clock Tower. One may simply wander out into the surrounding maze of streets to explore the markets. The hotel comprises four charismatic old (150 years), restored buildings in Jodhpur’s very own ‘rose-red’ sandstone. This is combined with stylish, contemporary new buildings, which have been designed by an acclaimed architect. The hotels 39 rooms and suites have been stunningly created out of old and new buildings. Each has a balcony and most have views directly up to the Fort.
Jodhpur - Ajit Bhawan Palace
Ajit Bhawan offers you Old World elegance, with the modern comforts of a classic heritage hotel and the essence of being a guest of the Maharaj's family. Every suite is unique with a distinctive feel of the Raj. Antiques from various periods and photographs from the family archives create an ambiance that suggests a private home rather than a hotel room. These suites have luxurious marble bathrooms and all modern amenities. The hotel offers a swimming pool, bar, and fitness facilities.
Jaisalmer - The Serai Desert Camp
The Tented Suites of which there are fourteen, are pitched on a base of beautiful local ‘Jaisalmer’ stone. Each comprise of an exterior relaxing area, a covered sitting room, a spacious bedroom and en suite bathroom, covering an area of over a thousand square feet. The Luxury Tented Suites have in addition, a private walled-in garden with a sunken pool.
Udaipur - The Lake Palace
The Lake Palace, built in the 17th century on a natural foundation of 4 acres of rock, is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, rising out of the turquoise waters of the Pichola like an elegant fantasy in white marble. This cool haven was used by rulers as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains and gardens. The rooms are decorated with cusped arches, inland stones of pink, and green lotus leaves and painted mirrors. Other facilities include a swimming pool, conference hall, a lobby with jewellery and souvenir shops, Secretarial service, mini gym, currency exchange, safe deposit lockers, a doctor, and baby sitting.
Udaipur - Oberoi Udaivilas
In a city fabled for its palaces, The Oberoi Udaivilas can take its place with pride. With views over Lake Pichola to the spectacular City Palace, the hotel itself resembles a grand palace. Landscaped gardens and shady courtyards, decorative fountains and reflection pools, cool marble, ornate carving, inlay work and detailed interiors create a marvellous ambience of days gone by. Huge bedchambers with large private terraces, deluxe suites with private swimming pools, marble bathrooms, walk-in closets, butler service and 24-hour in-room dining make you feel like royalty. The restaurants serve international and Indian cuisine including regional favourites.
Udaipur - Fatehgarh Palace
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, the Fateh Garh Hotel Udaipur makes an ideal retreat. The plush settings and the warm ambience of the hotel will immediately absorb your attention. You will also enjoy its array of facilities and services to the fullest satisfaction. Accommodation at Fateh Garh is in airy, oversized, comfortable rooms with great views of the surroundings hills and the city of Udaipur. The fabric used is natural with muted tones and great attention to detail in appointing the rooms and bathrooms with all amenities. Fateh Garh has 38 Renaissance rooms, 7 heritage Suites and 3 Fateh Garh Suites with private pool, Balcony and open terrace.
Devigarh - Devi Garh Palace
Tucked away in the age-old Aravali hills of Rajasthan, (28kms from Udaipur), the glorious 18th century Devi Garh Fort Palace – in the village of Delwara – commands one of the three main passes into the valley of Udaipur. This truly impressive construction commenced in the 1760’s, and today, after years of meticulous restoration and reconstruction, Devi Garh has regained its past glory. An imposing and impressive structure, it is now a unique all-suite boutique hotel, with 39 suites, and renowned for its spa and wellness centre. Devi Garh stands, quite literally, in two worlds: the traditional and the modern. Its ambience is an eclectic mix of skillfully crafted designs, both old and new, functional and purely aesthetic. Local materials like marble and semi-precious stones have been used in contemporary designs to create an elegant beauty. Personalized service complemented by a wide range of modern facilities, including excellent spa facilities, goes towards making Devi Garh a highly comfortable and attractive retreat. The restaurant, along with a magnificent view of the Aravalis, offers an a la carte selection of Asian and Continental dishes. With their penchant for innovation, Devi Garh have perked up traditional recipes – a secret ingredient here, an unusual addition there – to lend a new dimension to well-loved dishes. All of the 39 suites at Devi Garh are unique; luxurious and beautiful, yet equipped with the most modern of conveniences to make a guest feel totally at home. Most include an individual terrace or garden.
Deogarh - Deo Garh Mahal
An imposing 17th century palace, Deogarh Mahal was converted into a hotel by the present owner Rawal-Nahar Singh. It stands majestically in the Aravalli Mountains, surrounded by hills and lakes, in the charming village of Deogarh. The palace is characterized with domes, turrets, jharokhas and imposing gateways, and holds the distinction of being one of the finest heritage hotels of India, that combines royal charm replete with all modern facilities. Deogarh Mahal has 40 spacious elegant rooms including 4 suites. Amenities include: restaurant, solar heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and Ayurvedic Massage - a special team from Kerala is available to provide relaxing and therapeutic Ayurvedic massage. Airy terraces provide a splendid view of the ranges and lakes. Facilities for horse riding, jeep safaris, and bird watching are also available. Shows featuring folk music and dance are also organised. The hotel is 135kms from Udaipur airport and 280kms from Jaipur.
Samode - Samode Palace
The Samode Palace – set amidst three imposing forts high on the mountain – reminds one of Rajasthan Chivalry with its eighteenth century frescoes and hall of mirrors intact. The winner of the award for the best Heritage hotel in the country for 5 consecutive years, Samode Palace is one of India's most charming and romantic hotels. It has been meticulously restored, offering a quiet, elegant and luxurious retreat within an aesthetically beautiful environment where visitors can enjoy India's natural beauty and rich history. Facilities include: an outdoor marble and mosaic swimming pool surrounded by the Aravali range, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and a health complex comprising of a fully equipped fitness centre, sauna, steam and changing rooms.
Jaiwai - Jaiwai Leopard Camp
Lying at the heart of an untrammelled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free, is JAWAI Leopard Camp; SUJÁN’s latest experiential creation, which opened on 11.12.13. Staying true to our goals for conservation, without compromising comfort, JAWAI Leopard Camp has 8 luxurious tents, each with oodles of space and privacy that rest encapsulated in a landscape surrounded by craggy granite formations of caves, kopjes, Anogeissus scrub and winding sand river–beds.The vibrant Rabari herdsmen who have shared this landscape with wildlife for centuries signify the organic and continuing link between local culture and wildlife, a relationship SUJÁN is deeply committed to nurturing, in the face of rapid change, as a means of fulfilling our commitment to conservation; of cultures and wildlife. These aims are: a preservation of the Earth as a source of life through low-impact eco-tourism, wedding local cultures and communities to this model through commerce and enterprise, and sharing our creation with a partnership of like-mindedness across the world. Our model becomes a method for the preservation of the earth and a SUJÁN camp becomes the centre of a custodianship for our environs.
Ranthambore - Aman I Khas
Set in rugged countryside on the fringe of Ranthambhore National Park, Aman-i-Khás is a wilderness retreat with 10 luxury tents, set up for only seven months of the year. Each echoes a rich Mughal style with “rooms” separated by cotton drapes. The park offers opportunities for sighting leopards, tigers and deer.
Ranthambore - Oberoi Vanyavilas
India's first luxury jungle resort has the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve as its neighbour. Like the hunting parties of old, you stay in tents - but tents with a sumptuous difference. There are 25 of them all air conditioned with a private walled-garden and sun deck. They are luxuriously appointed including marble bathrooms with free-standing bathtubs, separate shower stalls and double vanity counters. The tents are placed discreetly within the 20-acre jungle estate so that you can fully appreciate the natural peace and beauty of the location. Two restaurants, one air-conditioned and the other outdoors, serve international and Indian cuisine. A swimming-pool and luxury spa complete the indulgence. A watchtower affords an excellent view of the wildlife and you can learn more from lectures on the regional flora and fauna. For a thrilling experience, take one of the resort's organised trips into the reserve where there are frequent tiger sightings.
Hotels - South India
Cochin - Bruntons Boatyard
Designed and built in the style of the early Portuguese and Dutch architecture of Fort Cochin, this spacious and elegant Heritage hotel with 26 rooms, built on the site of a boatyard, has expansive views over the Cochin waterfront and the ships sailing in and out of the harbour. The olde world charm in its colonial style buildings is complemented by well appointed rooms, a large swimming pool, courteous staff and excellent Keralan cuisine. The best way to enjoy Cochin is to get on one of the innumerable boats that ply these waters and cruise around. The Hotel has its own private jetty, which doubles up as a "cafe", over looking the pool, garden and the sea. One could spend a full afternoon doing nothing or enjoy an exotic cocktail at the jetty before dining at one of Brunton’s fine restaurants.
Cochin - Malabar House
One of Kerala’s only ‘boutique’ hotels, this 18th-century Dutch colonial residence has been transformed into a small, luxury hotel. Malabar House is a fascinating and sophisticated art-focussed hotel, situated on a peaceful green in Fort Cochin. An inspired mixture of local furniture and antiques, combined with contemporary designs and stunning, vibrant colour schemes, is all housed within a pretty, old, colonial mansion which has been lovingly restored and is now, unquestionably, the finest small hotel in Cochin.Each of the 17 bedrooms is a haven of tranquillity amidst a bustling harbour city. The cuisine is second to none – combining South Indian and Mediterranean ingredients and fresh seafood, whilst the wine list has some superb international brands. It is ideally situated for wandering out to see the Chinese fishing nets or for taking gentle strolls up to Mattancherry and its famous antique market. Amenities include: swimming pool, excellent restaurant, and Kalari massage - one of the oldest schools of Ayurveda as relaxation and rejuvenation therapy.
Cochin - Eighth Bastion
Bearing trademark signatures of CGH Earth hospitality, the Eighth Bastion promises to offer clients a unique experience while staying in the heart of the cultural quarters of Cochin. As with the other resorts in the group, there is a story behind this one too. Legend has it that there were seven bastions in Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese and strengthened by the Dutch. The 8th Bastion is CGH’s endeavour to add to this 500 year old legacy. Built in a style that combines the contemporary with the Colonial, the Eighth Bastion is located not far from the many historical and cultural highlights of Cochin including the 15th century Chinese fishing nets. The decor is both colonial yet contemporary and the property offers 19 spacious rooms, some of which overlook the Arabian Sea.
Kumarakom - Kumarakom Lake Resort
Classified as a heritage property by the Ministry of Tourism in India, Kumarakom Lake Resort offers a fairytale setting on the banks of the picturesque Vembanad Lake, which is swept by the intoxicating fragrance of spices. This exquisitely landscaped 25-acre resort comprises 50 wooden air-conditioned museum cottages, extensive backwaters, lagoons and canals, flanked by luxuriant coconut groves. The villas are assembled from traditional homesteads dismantled from various villages in Kerala and painstakingly restored and relocated on this paradise resort. Equipped with open-roofed garden bathrooms leading directly to the pool, the interiors are adorned with beautiful mural paintings, ceramic tiled floors, mellow lighting and cosy beds. A 250-metre meandering pool snakes its way in and around the cottages offering direct access to your doorstep. The intimate jacuzzi enclosure provides a magical viewing spot of the lake and horizon.
Kumarakom - Coconut Lagoon Resort
About 78 kms from Cochin, hidden among the palm trees on the eastern shore of lake Vembanad at the mouth of the Kavanar River, Coconut Lagoon Resort is set in the heart of the fascinating backwaters, and has been designed to give visitors an authentic insight into Kuttanad life. Kerala's famous backwaters comprise of vast lakes and a system of narrow canals and waterways linking them to one another. Not so long ago, these waterways served as the backbone of Kerala's transportation. And Kumarakom is the ideal place to experience the backwaters. Coconut Lagoon has rightly carved its place among the top 10 heritage resorts of the world. The resort is on a small island and can be reached only by boat. The accommodation consists of individual cottages called tharawads, built in the traditional Kerala style, relying heavily on wood and some with private pools. The bathrooms are open to the sky and the restaurant specializes in Kerala cuisine typical of the region.
Chennai - Leela Palace
On the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Adyar river, The Leela Palace is Chennai’s first and only seafront city hotel, designed by John Gerondelis from Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc. While the public areas, guestrooms and suites, Library Blu, Jamavar and Spectra have been designed by Jeffrey A. Wilkes, the principal designer of DESIGNWILKES, the art and embellishment has been done by Mrs. Madhu Nair, Director Operations and Design of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. Drawn from the inspiration of Chettinad Dynasty, the architecture of the Palace Hotel exudes the regal and opulent style. Set on 4.8 acres of land, the 11-storeyed hotel features 326 rooms and suites. Equipped with world-class amenities, the meeting and conference centres are luxuriously and lavishly spread. Its close proximity to the central business district and local attractions and having a spectacular sea view on offer is sure to make the experience of our guests a very memorable one.
Chennai - Taj Connemarra
Colonially elegant and infused with design touches hinting to its imperial past, the Taj Connemara is Chennai’s only heritage hotel. Modern comforts, thoughtful service, soothing views and complete privacy help make your stay comfortable and memorable. The Hotel offers 150 centrally air-conditioned rooms including seven suites that constitute this huge mansion called Taj Connemara. The four major categories of rooms are: Standard, Executive, Executive Heritage and Lord Connemara Suites depending on the facilities associated with these rooms. The rooms are of excellent standards and furnished to provide excellent comfort to the guests. Hotel amenities include: 3 restaurants - from casual, all-day eateries to formal, fine dining; bar; Swimming pool; Fitness Centre; Bookshop; Shopping arcade; Souvenir shop.
Pondicherry - Palaise De Mahe
Mahé is actually a tiny former French enclave far away on the Arabian Sea. Now, this little touch of the west coast comes east to the Coromandel, inspiring CGH Earth's latest property.This freshly crafted gem in Pondicherry’s French Quarter is your chance to relive a totally new aspect of French India.
Periyar - Spice Village
Set in the heart of the Cardamom hills of Kerala, Spice Village is an unprecedented tourist destination, offering a rare opportunity to enjoy South India's wildlife & beauty. The Village lies just outside Periyar tiger reserve, and a stay here is the perfect way to appreciate and respect the environment. Recreating the mood of local tribal community, the resort architects have designed individual cottages amongst a landscaped spice garden. Each dwelling is thatched with elephant grass and offers simple luxury and privacy. Recreation and facilities include: boat rides at Periyar Tiger Reserve, forest treks, water safaris, visits to Spice Plantations, and Ayurveda & Rejuvenation.
Kovalam - The Leela
15 kms from Trivandrum (Thiruvanathapuram) Airport, Kerala's largest resort with 194 spacious, luxurious guest rooms and suites is spread over 44 acres. The Leela Kovalam Beach, Kerala is superbly positioned, sitting on top of a cliff face overlooking The Arabian Sea, cradled between two wide sweeping beaches, and has a panoramic view of the famous Kovalam coastline. This 5 star deluxe resort, with an array of superlative restaurants and lounges, also specializes in traditional Ayurveda treatment. All Beach-View guestrooms have private 12 square metre sundecks. Two stunning infinity pools overlook the Arabian Sea. The Sea-View Wing houses The Club at The Leela and is perched on a cliff overlooking the sea.
Goa - The Leela
The Leela Goa is among the ten most luxurious beach resorts in the world, bordered by the Arabian Sea and the banks of the River Sal, and set among 75 acres of tropical gardens,peaceful lagoons and waterways leading down to the soft sands and beautiful Mobor beach – reputedly Goa's best beach . A beach resort in a class of its own, recreating the architectural beauty of the 13th century Vijayanagara palace architecture along with 18th century Portuguese influences, The Leela, Goa has also won the prestigious World Travel Award as one of the best luxury beach resorts in Asia-Pacific. All 137 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites overlook either tranquil lagoons with landscaped islands, beautiful gardens, the golf course, or the Arabian Sea. Lagoon rooms are more spacious with a separate sitting room with TV and second bathroom. Hotel amenities include a large swimming pool with pool side bar, children's pool, tennis courts, 9-hole golf course, gym, shops and health spa. A uniquely decorated open lounge bar is popular for pre or post dinner drinks and dining is a gastronomic delight with a choice of traditional Indian, International and Italian cuisines. From its own watersports centre on the beach is sailing, parasailing and water skiing.
Goa - Taj Exotica
The Taj Exotica's luxurious accommodation nestles reclusively within the grounds in the form of rooms, suites and villas which enjoy uninterrupted views of the Arabian Sea, whether you choose to enjoy them from your private verandah, plunge pool or personal hammock. At the foot of the gardens is Benaulim Beach, which stretches in glorious isolation along six kilometres - more than enough room to play a game of cricket or practise yoga asanas as the sun begins to set. Facilities include: a nine-hole pitch and putt course, three-hole mini golf course, pool tables, table-tennis room, giant chess board, dance classes, swimming lessons, beauty workshops, cocktail classes, water sports, and a spa.
Hotels - Central India, Varanasi & Mumbai
Varanasi - Nadesar Palace Hotel
Situated in one of the oldest living cities of the world, on the banks of the river Ganges, Nadesar Palace has hosted royalty, statesmen and celebrities since 1835. The name Nadesar is derived from the Goddess Nadesari, whose shrine is located in the front of the Palace. Set amidst verdant gardens, mango orchards, marigold and jasmine fields, Nadesar Palace is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Named after the celebrities who stayed here as the Maharaja's guests, each room and suite at the Palace draws inspiration from the city, its culture and its timeless tradition. Choose from four luxuriously appointed Palace Rooms, four Historical Suites and two Royal Suites that have a living room, a master bedroom and a dressing area. Royal Suites offer a view of the beautiful landscaped gardens. Historical suites offer views of the gardens, swimming pool or the golf course & Palace rooms offer a view of the lush green gardens.
Varanasi - Suryauday Haveli
Suryauday Haveli on Shivala Ghats is a reflection of the spirit of the holy city of Benaras. The Haveli traces its history back to the early 20th century. It was built by the Royal Family of Nepal as a retreat for the aged. It’s now been painstakingly put together again to provide the best ghat experience in Benaras. Your stay begins with a 15 minute boat ride upstream along the famous ghats of Benaras to reach the Haveli. The Haveli is also connected by small alleys and streets leading to the Famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Kanha National Park - Taj Banjaar Tola
Located on a 90-acre private concession overlooking the core forest zone of Kanha National Park, Banjaar Tola encompasses two elegant tented camps of nine suites each. Named after the gypsy tribes who camped by the Banjaar River the luxurious ensuite tents are lightweight and eco-friendly structures designed with rustic local supplies, leaving a gentle and charming footprint on the sensitive riverine environment. Each camp offers its own romantic suites with intimate private deck overlooking the meandering river, comfortable guest area with a large open-air dining space and interpretive library. Guest at camps can enjoy a dip in the unobtrusively located swimming pool, savour regional delicacies at the interactive kitchen and collect interesting souvenirs from the Safari shop. Diverse flora and fauna, interpretive game drives with highly trained naturalists, and distinctive Taj hospitality, make this a fascinating Jungle Book adventure.
Bandavgarh National Park - Mahua Kothi
Nestled in the vicinity of the breathtaking Bandhavgarh National Park is the first of the Taj Safaris Lodges. The name Mahua Kothi draws inspiration from one of India’s most beautiful trees, the Madhuca Indica, or as it is commonly known, the Mahua or butter tree. Its luscious off-white flowers take centre-stage in many Indian festive rituals, and here, at Mahua Kothi, it is at the centre of many a unique and delightful experience. The lodge sprawls over the 40-acre grounds, around the renowned erstwhile-tented camp, Churhat Kothi, the accommodation and facilities of the lodge blend charmingly into the quaint and rustic surroundings. Walk in to the cosily traditional guest area, with high ceilings, terracotta tiles, overhead fans, a fireplace, huge windows with window seats, beaten Bastar metal and hand-blown glassware. Freshen up in the Comings & Goings room. Step into the open kitchen that lets you in on the simple joys of butter being churned, masala being hand-ground, garden-fresh vegetables being chopped with sickles and rotis being expertly made on a chulha. Catch the jungle breeze out on the 600 sq. ft. verandah, browse leisurely through the Safari Shop, idle away the hours at the library or take a dip in the swimming pool.
Mumbai - Taj Mahal Palace
Renowned the world over as one of the legendary hotels of the Orient. Situated on the waterfront facing the Gateway of India, its stunning edifice was built at the turn of the century. Its tastefully appointed interiors are adorned with original paintings and rare objets d'art and each room is unique. Guests enjoy gracious living with efficient, personalized service. The hotel is centrally located just minutes away from the commercial, shopping and banking districts, and 32 km from the airport. Hotel facilities include restaurants & bars, swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, sauna, beauty parlour, and barber shop.
Mumbai - Gordon House
Centrally located 5 minutes walk from the Taj Mahal Hotel and the Gateway of India, The Gordon House Hotel is a charming little hotel that's big on style. 'Country Cottage' style rooms are cosy and inviting with pinewood floors, wooden furniture and patchwork quilts. Hotel amenities include: restaurant, coffee shop and 2 bars.
Mumbai - Intercontinental Marine Drive
Boutique Exclusivity On The Arabian Sea InterContinental Mumbai Marine Drive is distinguished by sweeping sea views, an intimate sense of luxury and an address near the Nariman Point business district. A few minutes away are the Gateway of India, Jehangir Art Gallery, St. Thomas Cathedral and the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Nearby Elephanta Caves is a World Heritage site.
At Exotic Destinations we are very particular about selecting hotels that fit into our Unique, Boutique, & Luxury mantra. You will not find many (if any) big hotel chains here, just fantastic properties that have great locations, a local flavour, and will add something special to your holiday. We have stayed at each of these hotels, and feel confident in recommending them over and over again. The hotels listed here are a selection of some of our favourites, but we like to keep a few hidden gems up our sleeves too, so this is not a ‘finite’ listing.