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This article is in collaboration with Gazal Khurana, MBA student, IMT Nagpur.
There’s something magical about staying in a historic and unique hotel in India. The grandeur. The opulence. The experience. It’s easy to imagine yourself embarking on a glamorous time travel, one that transports you to a world that shimmers with the (romanticized) splendors of the colonial era and beyond. We bring you the 15 of the India’s Most Luxurious Hotels that come with a heavy price tag. Check them out.
ITC Grand Bharat offers 100-suites retreat to its customers, set amid a 1.2 sq. km. estate, also includes 4 ‘Presidential Villas’, Asia’s first and only 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and innovative culinary experiences.
ITC’s spa brand Kaya Kalp is also present and occupies 3251 sq. m space in the resort with 9 therapy rooms.
It is surrounded by the Arravali Range and is located 45 kms away from New Delhi.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 62,000
Built inside the 230-year-old Fort Bishangarh, this heritage address took nearly a decade to complete. It’s the kind of place where you expect to find a hidden trapdoor or a spiral staircase leading to a secret lair — a mix of raw history and mystery.
High up on a granite hill, in the midst of the rolling Aravalis.
Grand windows in each suite open out to jaw-dropping views of the countryside, while inside, rooms are fitted with mod-cons that will be much appreciated—comfortable daybeds, Wi-Fi and large bathrooms with standalone tubs.
The fort is about 60km away from Jaipur and 200 km from Delhi, the destination is great for both weddings and weekends away from the city.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 53,000
3. Atmantan, Pune
The 40-acre property sits on a hilly spot with a 180-degree view of the lake; around you the hills come alive in the monsoons, with no less than 28 waterfalls you can watch gush down the rock
The place is known for from general well-being to weight-loss, master cleanses and even Panchkarma and while the food is delicious, the staff won’t hesitate to tell you when you’ve reached your doctor-prescribed limit.
There are 106 room resort features guestrooms and villas staggered across different heights on the hill, all with views, some with balconies, others with little gardens
The forts and palaces of Rajasthan are magnificent, regal and gorgeous.
At Rambagh you wake up to witness peacocks dancing and strolling in the lush green gardens. The palace stay in Rajasthan is a timeless, glamourous, gracious and royal experience.
Palace houses 78 restored rooms and suites with elaborate décor filling the interiors, hand-carved marbles latticework, sandstone balustrades and ornate cenotaphs.
Guests can explore the Mughal Gardens and dine in what was once the Palace Ballroom, complete with crystal chandeliers and 18th century French architecture or try yoga, meditation and Indian treatments at the Spa, safe in the knowledge they’re staying somewhere that is, quite literally fit for a prince.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 1,00,000
The hotel is just 600 metres from the tomb, and the suite’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors ensure you can see the Taj Mahal from everywhere—even your bathtub. But the best view of all is from your private balcony, where you can spend hours watching the sky turn from pink to gold to purple behind the exquisite white marble dome.
And night-time, when the moonlight hits, is nothing short of magical. It may be clichéd to whisk your lover away to the Taj Mahal, but spending the night here—as stars appear over the resting place of the greatest lovers that may have ever lived—is still an unbeatable experience.
It is, simply, poetic, perfect beauty. If you don’t already believe in love, you will.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 1,90,000
The first thing that strikes when you drive up the road to the entrance, is its unmistakable inset pillars and two massive elephant sculptures. Stepping inside, the Colonial-era-style exteriors give way to a royal Mughal setting.
Carefully chosen fabrics adorning plush sofas, gold gilded furniture, mother-of-pearl inlay work, large Venetian glass mirrors – the interiors are much like those you will come across at the Leela’s other Palace properties.
Also to feast your eyes are traditional Indian symbolic forms like the brass and gold plated 1,000 lotus mural, the Devi sculpture in the lawns, exquisitely crafted Indian art, limited edition lithographs, intricate marble carvings.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 47,000
No matter how cliched that sounds, but you need to visit Umaid Bhawan Palace at least once in your lifetime to experience what it feels to live like the kings and queens
It’s our home, and we like to treat those visiting this property as our own guests.” Says the Maharaja Gaj Singh himself. When you are staying in this property, you are no less than a royal guest — you have a personal butler who takes care of your every need, right from picking you up from the airport and dropping you back; whoever passes you by would not forget to take a bow and wish, “Khamma ghani, Hukum“; right from the furniture of your bedroom to the meal you have, everything is just too grand to be true, you can actually feel that you are in the lap of luxury at all times.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 98,000
Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, The Oberoi, Udaivilas stands on the 200 year old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar.
Spread over a luxurious fifty acres, which includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar, The Oberoi Udaivilas affords spectacular views across the verdant gardens and sparkling Lake Pichola.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 1,05,000
Built in India’s tallest hotel tower, formerly the Palladium, it reaches nearly 40 stories into the sky above the posh Lower Parel district, near all sorts of luxury shopping.
There are 386 guest rooms and suites are modern. Wellness is what they are known for, there is spa, fitness centre and the outdoor pool which covers the entire floor. They emphasise on the Iridium Spa.
At the all-day restaurant Seven Kitchens, dozens of chefs man at least seven stations, cooking all kinds of cuisine to order. Sunday brunch is an all-out indulgence, with roasts of all sorts.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 47,000
Pepper Trail is the perfect hideout to sit out all your stresses and cares in the world. Imagine walking up a ramp and ending almost the tree tops!
That is how the Woodpecker Tree House at Pepper Trail is designed. From the outside it merges with its surroundings but from the inside it is luxury.
Pepper Trail accommodations are surrounded by 200 acres of tea and coffee plantations. You can go for a jeep ride or a walk within the plantation. Pepper Trail is the place to go to if you are looking for a tranquil vacation.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 24,000
From the beach to the food to the music, all that’s good about Goa is right here.
Sitting on the shores of Big Vagator the W is a hotel wrapped around a club, in spirit if not form. You can tell as soon as you walk into the Living Room—the lobby that leads to the WOOBAR, which has its own DJ console.
And you can certainly tell when you see the Rock Pool, a stunning amphitheatre-style beach club carved into the hill, with Chapora Fort towering above and a crescent sea lapping below
Add to this the W’s roster of music jockeys from Istanbul, Mexico and elsewhere, and you’ve nixed every reason to take expensive cabs to dodgy clubs along the Baga-Calangute-Anjuna strip.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 51,000
An epitome of luxurious living, fine dining, world-class hospitality and impeccable royal experiences, Taj Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad is a heritage luxury hotel that lies 2000 feet above the city.
An enchantress for the Nizams, their Begums and other European signatories, this property consists of refurbished royal furniture, huge Venetian chandeliers, grand marbled stairs, paintings in ornate frames, an amazing collection of crystals, well-maintained gardens and more.
60 guest rooms have been designed in an aesthetic manner and speak of the grandeur of the royalty. The former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad, now Taj Falaknuma serves scrumptious delicacies and finest of spirits. The hotel offers all modern comforts.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 1,10,000
Luxury awaits at The Leela Palace Udaipur with rooms that feature stunning views of the City Palace or Lake Pichola, situated within landscaped grounds. It has an exclusive spa and outdoor pool.
Surrounded by loungers, the large outdoor pool has an attached hot tub. Alternatively, enjoy quiet moments at the peaceful Library Bar or take a day trip organised by the tour desk.
Located in “the city of lakes”, Leela Palace Udaipur is within 4 km of the City Centre and City Palace Museum. It is 45-minute drive from Maharana Pratap Airport.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 84,000
Suryagarh which is an exquisite luxury boutique hotel away from the hustle & bustle of Jaisalmer and such a magical place to spend your time. In true luxury, Suryagarh not only gives you impeccable hospitality but also becomes a perfect partner for you to discover Jaisalmer at your own pace.
If you wake up early enough you can interact with the various birds & animals that are everybody’s pets.
The villas are spectacular and have a private infinity pool and porches.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 44,000
Nothing like a holiday in the hills to breathe in some fresh mountain air and get rid of your summer blues. And the Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri, at Coorg, provides the perfect escape.
The property, spread over a 180 acres, is about 4,000 feet above sea level and takes full advantage of the breathtaking views offered by its location.
Three types of accommodation – the regular villas, the luxury bliss villas and the 9,000 square foot presidential villas – are on offer and each of them provide stunning views through full length French windows.
Cost for 2 nights (2 persons): INR 40,000
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