When you think of India you think of spicy food, densely populated cities, mesmerizing architectural marvels like the Taj Mahal & Jaisalmer Fort but do you know that India’s hospitality is unmatched? Yes indeed it is, India considers her guests as God & it shows in how far they will go to please their tourists & visitors. Here we bring to you some of the elite luxury hotels to stay on your next trip to India:
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
The Taj Mahal is one of the modern 7 wonders of the world & The Oberoi Amarvilas happens to be your best way to experience your Waah Taj moment for it is situated hardly 600 metres away from the majestic monument of love. It is the only ultra luxury hotel situated in such close proximity to the Taj Mahal with each room providing an obstructed view of the marvel in marble. Combine that with the signature Oberoi hospitality it makes for an amazing India Trip. The 600 metres stretch between the hotel & the Taj Mahal is a no construction zone to preserve the monument from environmental degradation which ensures that The Amarvilas will always be the best hotel to stay in Agra.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
This breathtaking luxury resort is located 8,825 feet above the sea level in Gulmarg, Kashmir in India. This falls in Pir Panjal range of the mighty Himalayas with an odd 85 rooms this is probably one of the most spectacular luxurious resorts in the world. The world’s highest ski lift “Gulamarg Gondola” is one of the famous sightseeing option situated nearby to this amazing property. To bathe in the heated pool while you can see snow flakes dropping from the sky is a feeling which cannot be justified in words.
Goa has many luxury hotels but W Goa stands out, curious why? The location is its major advantage, unlike most other luxury resorts which are situated in South Goa, W is conveniently located on Vagator beach. This means that all happening parties are near you including the Baga lane. W Goa does not have a private beach but makes up by offering vivaciously designed private seaside accommodations and they also host some epic pool parties. P.S. Chapora fort where Dil Chahta Hai was shot is very near to W Goa. W hotels are a lifestyle & party hotel brand owned by Marriott group.
Wildflower Hall, Mashobra
Lord Kitchener fell in love with this quaint hill which comes is called Mashobra near Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. So he made this his summer home while he served as the commander in chief of the British Armed forces way back in 1863. The Luxury hospitality group owned by Mr PRS Oberoi gives us an opportunity to relive the days of the bygone British era before independence as they have tried to keep its core structure & values intact. A stay here remains to be one of the most exotic experiences hence making this a popular honeymoon hotel.
ITC Grand Bharat
ITC Grand Bharat is an all suites luxury resort in the outskirts of Delhi & mirrors the grandeur of India. It is spread across a magnificent 300 acres and is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The architecture of the hotel has been kept identical to the many forts India is widely popular for to give guests a royal stay-cation. ITC group also owns the very popular ITC Maurya in New Delhi which has two world famous restaurants Dampukht & Bukhara.
Taj Falaknuma Palace
Sir Viqar-ul-Umra, the Prime Minister of Hyderabad, after a visit to Europe, decided to build a European styled residence for himself. The palace was used as his private residence until the palace was handed over to the 6th Nizam of Hyderabad around 1897–1898. Later on Taj Group of Hotels leased it from the Nizam of Hyderabad to operate as a luxury 5 star hotel. It is located 5 KM from the famous Charminar of Hyderabad and is spread across 32 acres of land. The guests arrive at Taj Falaknuma Palace in a horse-drawn carriage, which is royal experience which takes you back to the colonization era.
Ananda in the Himalayas
Anandas is a luxury destination spa resort also considered as one of the best resorts in the world for a luxury retreat for both solo women travellers & couples. It is one of the rare resorts which integrates luxury with Ayurveda & Yoga wellness treatments for its guests. Thousands of travelers choose to rejuvenate & unwind at The Ananda every year as it helps them to get refresh their mind & soul before going back to the fast paced city life grind. It thrives on three main fronts Yoga | Ayurveda | Meditation Ananda literally means “healing of soul”
The Oberoi Sukhvilas
Oberoi Hotels does it again & in some style. The recently launched Oberoi Sukhvilas is located in “New Chandigarh” which is 30 minutes by road from the main city. They offer various detox & wellness retreat packages along with luxurious accommodation in tents & villas. Not to confuse tents, they are uber luxurious tents with all possible comforts of any luxury 5 star resort. It is a new feather in the Oberoi Hotel’s Hat. They certainly know luxury better than anybody else in India.
Taj Lake Palace
The name & the photo itself are self explanatory to set your expectations for Taj Lake Palace. It is surrounded by water on all four sides and is situated in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Lake Palace (formally known as Jag Niwas) is a former summer palace of the royal dynasty of Mewar, now turned into a luxury 5 star hotel by the Taj Group (TATA). You reach the hotel on a royal jetty of the hotel, it gets as exclusive as it can. If you are coming to India a stay at Lake Palace must be on your bucket list.
The Roseate New Delhi
An urban oasis in middle of the concrete jungle, The Roseate New Delhi comes as a welcome break from run of the mill hotels & resorts. We can assure you that once you are inside this hotel you will forget you are in one of the world’s most densely populated cities. A fun fact: Do you remember Guru ji’s (Pankaj Tripathi’s) ashram in Sacred games season 2? Yes it was shot here. Roseate Hotels are part of Rosewood Hotels & resorts which operates 28 hotels across the world headquartered in Hong Kong.
A luxury resort on top of the hill right on the beach, that is Raviz Kovalam for you. The expansive views of the ocean while you are in the infinity pool at the The Raviz Kovalam is highly recommended experience for all women who have an appetite for luxury retreat vacation. No resort does it better than Raviz Kovalam when it comes to provide a combination of luxury accommodation right on the seafront. Pro Tip: Take their club room for the best views.
Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai
It is luxurious, it is beautiful, it is huge but most importantly it is iconic. Yes we are talking about the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel of Mumbai. This is not just a hotel it is a personification of the financial capital of India “Mumbai”. One of the few hotels located right across The Gateway of India. This legendary luxury hotel has played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe, and is acknowledged as a world leader in hospitality. Each of the rooms 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas
Ranthambore is one of the best places in India to spot a tiger, it has a record most number of Indian Tiger population. However The Oberoi Vanyavilas gives you anther reason to visit this lesser known city in Rajasthan, it urges you to extend your itinerary and experience the signature Oberoi brand of luxurious hospitality by staying at the beautiful Vanyavilas. It is closed in monsoon months and has only 25 double occupancy uber luxury tents which we recommend for a rejuvenation retreat even if you are not to keen on tiger spotting jungle safari in The Ranthambore National Park.
Umaid Bhawan Jodhpur
It does not get any more Grand, Umaid Bhavan is the epitome of grandeur & luxury. Not one picture till date has been able to justify the beauty of this luxury resort in Jodhpur. The palace has 347 rooms and is the principal residence of the former Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace is a museum. Yes you heard it right it is a living palace and the royal family still lives in this palace. Taj Hotels have taken a part of the palace to operate as a luxury hotel. Taj Umaid Bhavan has been recognized as the world’s best heritage luxury property by Trip advisor and many other celebrated hospitality publications. Insider Tip for our Women travellers: Do not miss the the royal family’s vintage car collection when you visit Jodhpur.
Last but not the least, The Lodhi Hotel is in the center of the heart of India. Yes it is situated in Lutyen’s Delhi in southern part with very convenient to reach from anywhere across the national capital. It is one of the few hotels which celebrates enormously big room sizes & private plunge pools. Yes they provide private pools starting their signature room category called “Lodhi Room” which spans over 1350 Sq. ft. we doubt any hotel offers this big rooms. And we are not even talking about their suites which are obviously bigger. The Lodhi oozes luxury and royalty.
Hope you like our collection of Luxury stays in India, you can reach out to Team Wander Womaniya for any assistance regarding your itinerary & accommodation in India. We are a women-only travel company but we are always keen to assist the discerning travelers visiting India for both work & leisure purposes.
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