Luxury Hotels in India

Every kind of luxury hotel is available in India - sublimely slick contemporary boltholes, city centre boutique hotels, elegant palace conversions and even luxury tented camps for that superior safari experience. Throw in authentic homestays in the likes of Ladakh, and beach retreats in the Andaman Islands and Kerala, and there's something for everybody.

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Ahilya by the Sea

Indian Subcontinent > India

Sister hotel to the exclusive Ahilya Fort hotel in Maheshwar, Ahilya by the Sea is a charming hideaway in Goa, where the Mandovi and Nerul rivers meet the Arabian sea. The one time private estate of the Trinidades family, Ahilya by the Sea transitioned from family home, through simple guesthouse,... Read more

Diphlu River Lodge

India > Indian Subcontinent > Eastern India & Calcutta

The charming cottages at Diphlu River Lodge offer comfortable accommodation in the Kaziranga National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. Situated on the banks of River Diphlu, guests are often treated to close up views of the wildlife that comes to the river to drink, as well as views of the... Read more

Taj Falaknuma Palace

India > Indian Subcontinent > Hyderabad

India does a good line in royal palaces converted into opulent hotels, and they don’t get more amazing than the Taj Falaknuma Palace. Read more

The Imperial

India > Indian Subcontinent > Delhi

The majestic and imposing Imperial in Delhi offers the height of distinguished hospitality in the heart of the city. Read more

The Lodhi

India > Indian Subcontinent > Delhi

Located in the heart of New Delhi, The Lodhi is a luxurious boutique city hotel, exemplifying contemporary Indian culture. Read more

Sukoon Houseboat

India > Indian Subcontinent > Kashmir

Sukoon is, quite simply, the best luxury houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir, the mystical corner of north east India that has come in from the cold. Read more

The Bison Resort

India > Indian Subcontinent > Karnataka

Right where the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks meet, on the shores of the Kabini River, boldly stands The Bison Resort; an East African camp meets lavish Raj lodge. Read more

Royal Orchid Metropole

India > Indian Subcontinent > Karnataka

Built by the former Maharaja of Mysore in 1920 for his British guests, Royal Orchid Metropole is a conveniently placed heritage hotel saturated with Mysore culture and colonial influences. It quietly stands on the Cauvery River looking out across the stunning Brindavan Gardens. Read more

Taj West End

India > Indian Subcontinent > Karnataka

The Taj West End is a rejuvenated old regal property set in a 20 acre garden in the heart of fast-paced Bangalore. Once an army base, it grew into a boarding house for passing army officers in the 1880s, and has remained a beacon of Indian warmth and hospitality ever since. Read more

Shreyas Retreat

India > Indian Subcontinent > Karnataka

As one of the world’s best yoga getaways Shreyas Retreat is the place to go to cleanse mind, body and soul and all that zenful jazz. Guests are spoiled with rejuvenating spa treatments, fresh organic food and 25 acres of landscaped greenery to bring them closer to nature. Read more

Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri

India > Indian Subcontinent > Karnataka

A strong contender in the silliest hotel name of the year awards, the Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri is also a strong contender for the best hotel in the Coorg (otherwise known as Kodagu) region of Karnataka. Read more

Hampi's Boulders

India > Indian Subcontinent > Karnataka

Hampi’s Boulders Resort is just five miles from the impressive UNSECO World Heritage Site of Hampi, set in the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara. Read more


India > Indian Subcontinent > Tamil Nadu

Over half a century ago, and quite unusual at the time, Visalam was built for the daughter of a local merchant. The same love was taken in its restoration, allowing it to be opened as a hotel in 2007. Dispel thoughts of golden doors adorned with jewels, but rather local craftsmanship and original... Read more

The Bangala

India > Indian Subcontinent > Tamil Nadu

Over the last century this building has played the roles of a private men’s club, guest house and place to entertain visiting dignitaries, yet has always remained in the hands of the Meyyappa Chettiar family. Still under the same ownership with many long-existing members of staff, The Bangala is... Read more

Palais de Mahe

India > Indian Subcontinent > Tamil Nadu

Palais de Mahe is an au courant take on the rich French culture and ancestry that swathes Pondicherry, with its white and mustard façade. Just two streets back from the seafront of the Bay of Bengal, not only is this boutique hotel conveniently located, but also benefits from a cool sea breeze -... Read more

The Leela Palace Chennai

India > Indian Subcontinent > Tamil Nadu

The Leela Palace Chennai sits beside the Adyar River as it reaches the Bay of Bengal, making this the only 5* hotel in Chennai with a seafront location. There are 326 comfortable rooms and suites in total, designed in contemporary style and with marble bathrooms, and spread across 11-storeys. Read more


India > Indian Subcontinent > Tamil Nadu

Svatma is a new hotel in the city of Thanjavur, which was formerly known as Tanjore. The hotel is a wonderful old family residence that has been lovingly restored in traditional Tamil style and there are just 38 rooms in total, seven of which are in the original building. Read more


India > Indian Subcontinent > Tamil Nadu

Rajakkad Estate, or more correctly the Pallam Palace that sits within the Rajakkad Estate, is a wonderfully tranquil place to stay in the beautiful hill country of Tamil Nadu. Read more

Windemere Estate

India > Indian Subcontinent > Kerala

The owners live in the old planters bungalow and their friendly staff will take you off on long walks in the hills or private cardamom estate. Read more

Malabar House

India > Indian Subcontinent > Kerala

Malabar House is situated on a peaceful green in Fort Cochin. In 1996 Malabar House became India’s first boutique heritage hotel. Read more

Neeleshwar Hermitage

India > Indian Subcontinent > Kerala

The entire resort has been built according to the traditional architectural principals of Kerala Vastu, which dictates that a building should be constructed so to conform to the subtle laws of nature. Read more


India > Indian Subcontinent > Kerala

This boutique hotel is situated in the backwaters of Kerala, on the shores of Lake Vembanad. Read more


India > Indian Subcontinent > Kerala

A sister hotel of Malabar House, Serenity's location makes it the ideal stopover on the long journey between Cochin and Thekkady. Read more

Shalimar Spice Garden

India > Indian Subcontinent > Kerala

The resort's five acres are reached across a wooden suspension bridge, which leads into a world of landscaped gardens, palms and mango groves and fragrant spices and nutmeg trees. Read more

Tranquil Resort

India > Indian Subcontinent > Kerala

Tranquil by name, tranquil by nature – this home stay is housed in an authentic plantation up in the lush Northern Kerala hills. Read more

Philipkutty’s Farm

India > Indian Subcontinent > Kerala

Philipkutty’s Farm is a sustainable, organic working farm located on an island, where guests are hosted in waterfront villas that overlook the tranquil backwaters of Kerala. Read more

Brunton Boatyard

India > Indian Subcontinent > Kerala

Brunton’s Boatyard hotel is a beautifully restored 19th century building where many of Cochin’s Raj era vessels were built and repaired by the firm of Geo Brunton & Sons. Read more

The Lotus Houseboat

India > Indian Subcontinent > Kerala

The Lotus Houseboat allows guests to cruise uninterrupted through the backwaters of Malabar in Northern Kerala, soaking up the sights of the diverse surrounding nature and wildlife. Read more

Barefoot at Havelock

India > Indian Subcontinent > Andaman Islands

Situated at the end of what was once voted the ‘best beach in Asia’, Barefoot at Havelock is one of the finest hotels in the Andamans. Read more


India > Indian Subcontinent > Andaman Islands

If you want the ultimate in luxury yachts then look no further than Silolona. Sailing the seven seas (or any sea, for that matter) really doesn’t get much better. Read more

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