If you want to experience the intoxicating sights, rich cultural history and kaleidoscope of color that is India, we’ve got you covered! From secluded desert camps to sun kissed beach-side cottages, these exclusive getaways are the perfect way to soak up enchanting India in style.
A beach-side escape
Formally used as homes for local fisherman, A Beach Symphony resort is located on the stunning Alleppey beach of Marari. Consisting of just four luxurious cottages, the properties were lovingly restored in 2007 by a Belgian couple with an infatuation for Indian indulgence. With two facing the sea, one featuring a private plunge pool and another boasting a secluded garden, guests are offered the ultimate getaway experience. Hammocks and sun loungers are peppered throughout the grounds while customized room delivered meals and candlelit garden dinners ensure residents enjoy a wonderfully relaxing holiday. Bicycle tours, boat rides and other regional activities can also be arranged for those wishing to venture further afield. Cottages start at $160 per night including breakfast.
A mountain retreat
For those on the search for a taste of traditional Indian extravagance, Kushalgarh Lodge in Rajasthan is the perfect accommodation option. Previously used as the weekend residence of royal figure Maharani of Alwar, the meticulously refurbished haveli, or private mansion, is celebrated as Rajasthan’s oldest princely state. Accommodation is made up of premium suites and luxury tents, spread across a seven acre estate bordered by the majestic Aravalli Mountains. Featuring air conditioning, lavish furnishings, opulent bathrooms and garden views, the two person tents are ‘glamping’ at its best. Mouth-watering home cooked meals are served on the exquisite arched veranda, by the pool or picnic style in the estate grounds while guided visits to local attractions such as the Sariska tiger reserve and Kankwari Fort are also available on request. Two person luxury tents start at £85 per night while haveli suites start at $225 including meals.
Located in the midst of the sprawling Thar Desert, Rajasthan’s Manvar Desert Camp and Resort, is an experience unlike any other. Luxury tents feature hand woven rugs, gorgeous teak furniture, beautifully tiled bathrooms and private patios for soaking up the mesmerizing desert sunsets. Traditional meals are served in a communal tent while nightly performances from Rajasthani folk musicians and dancers ensure guests are kept well entertained. Those looking for a more secluded experience will love the tranquil camp of just 10 tents located 400 meters away from the main settlement. Adventure enthusiasts will jump at the chance to take advantage of the camel treks, jeep safaris and local village visits. Prices start at $105 for rooms and $200 for luxury tents.
A hidden jungle hideaway
With lush green surroundings and an abundance of native wildlife, Mahua Vann jungle resort in Pench National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. Private viewing platforms on each of the resort’s charmingly rustic cottages are perfect for bird watching while those looking for a slightly wilder experience can head off on a nature safari. The reserve is also home to wolves, sambar, hyenas, cheetal, jackals, wild boar and of course, the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. Double rooms start at $140 for full board.
A rural plantation haven
Hidden away on an intoxicatingly fragrant coffee estate, The Tamara is a luxurious resort boasting breathtaking views over Nagarhole National Park. The entire establishment is crafted from beautiful wood for a delightfully rustic feel. King size beds and deck chair strewn verandahs offer the ultimate in relaxation while coffee lovers will adore the private plantation tours and opportunity to create customized brews. Two person villas start at $335 including full board.
Whether you’ve got your heart set on laid back beach style living, regal stately indulgence or luxurious treetop relaxation, these gorgeous Indian getaways are guaranteed to delight!