Located around the periphery of Kolkata, forty minutes away from Alipore, Rajbari Bawali is a 300-year old palace and heritage property that belonged to the Zamindars. At this eclectic property, life is slow, and the surrounding area is verdant. It serves as a splendid outlet to escape from city life and revel in Zamindari traditions, cuisine and culture.
Placed within pristine plantations, lakes and the tropical rainforests of Wayanad, is Pepper Trail - an experiential retreat located in North Kerala. The property is situated within Mangalam Carp Estate, a gorgeous 200-acre colonial spice and coffee plantation inside the Western Ghats. It was founded in the 1800s by Colin Auley Mackenzie, one of the leading planters of the time.
Located on the Holy River Ganga, in one of the most revered cities in India – Varanasi – Lies Brijrama Palace, one of the oldest landmarks in the city. Perched on the Darbanga Ghaat, the foundation of the palace dates back to 1812, built by Shridhara Narayana Munshi – the minister for the estate of Nagpur. It was ultimately acquired by royalty – the Brahmin King of Darbhanga (Bihar).
Set amidst one of the most gorgeous beaches in Goa, Candolim beach, Villa Ananta Saipem Hills Goa, provides an unparalleled experience of bespoke luxury. The Villa has been built by the acclaimed architect Robert Patzchke, focusing on supreme luxury in a verdant setting. The attention to detail in every corner of this resort is superb. It also provides amazing views of the quarry from numerous locations.
A company for thrill and adventure seekers, Snow Leopard Adventures is the first ISO: 9000 certified company of its kind. The company is the leader in the adventure travel sector and has several accolades under their belt. The enterprise was started by Ajeet Bajaj, a man who has a lead a life of adventure himself. He is the sole Indian to have completed the Polar Trilogy and he has dipped his toes into a myriad of adventure sports over the past 25 years.
Paatlidun, located within the heart of Corbett National Park, is a luxury wildlife resort, boasting local Kumaon culture and a completely serene experience. Paatlidun is literally translated into “narrow valley” from Sanskrit. In order to reach this haven of luxury, one would need to traverse through a 45 degree incline, past a small stream and claw their way up a mountain in a special safari jeep.
Located in Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Svatma is an eclectic heritage hotel that completely embraces the Tamil culture. The translation of Svatma is “one’s own soul” and the hotel’s vision perfectly compliments the name. Located in a cultural haven, the city of Tanjore, Svatma offers an enchanting, memorable experience
Anantya is a boutique luxury resort and spa that has a unique focus on minimalism, eco-friendliness and the trueness of material. Literally translating into “Infinite”, Anantya is located in the beautiful land of Travancore (now Kerala) at the famed Kanyakumari district. The land has an interesting history as it was once owned by the Kings of Travancore and was called the Vaikundum Estate.
Located in Dooars, the beautiful region of North-Eastern India, and at the foot of the east-central Himalayas, the Riverwood Forest Retreats overlooks the Gorumara National Park. Set on the banks of river Murti, the property is sprawled across 12.5 acres of lush, fertile land with its very own migratory bird pond.
The Sunderban Tiger Camp is located in the largest halophytic mangrove forest in the world, the Sunderban National Park, West Bengal. The camp is spread across 11.5 acres of nature, overlooking the Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary and is located on the banks of River Pitchkhali on the Dayapur Island of the national park.
Adjacent to the Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, the Singinawa Jungle Lodge is a premiere wildlife resort in the area. It is located in the heart of one of the best national parks in India. It is 110 acres in size, 55 acres of which have been preserved and regrown in order to maintain its natural beauty and diversity. The lodge feels akin to an extension of the wilderness.
Initially crafted as a hunting lodge for the Royal Family of Rajasthan, the Lakshman Sagar resort oozes of traditional architecture and design. It is located at the fringe of the Badlands of India, and although the décor and hospitality is similar to that of a hunting lodge, they have adopted a conversationalist view of the surroundings.
Located in Pushkar, Rajasthan, this amazing property is spread over fifteen acres. It was initially built as a stopover for the Kochar family en route their wilderness expeditions, and was eventually refurbished into a resort, while maintaining the authenticity of Rajasthani culture. The property is perfect for slow living, surrounded by lush green landscapres and fruit orchards.
Set on the shores of the mesmerising Arabian sea, just 8km from the world-famous backwaters of Alappuzha, the luxurious Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort has been meticulously designed to be a perfect restful and rejuvenating escape.
The Serai Chikmagalur is inspired by coffee and was built in 2008. Located in the city of Chikmagalur in Karnataka, at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, this southern region of India is famous for its lush green forests and tall mountains.
The Serai Kabini is inspired by and located next to the Kabini River in southern India and was built in March 2011.The Kabini is home to Asia’s largest herd of elephants and more than 300 species of birds.Guests can trek into the evergreen forests or relax by the river at the waterfront verandahs.
Located on Havelock Island in the Andaman Islands, The Barefoot at Havelock is the perfect destination for honeymooners. The resort is within walking distance of Radhanagar Beach, a stunning white sand beach backed by lush rainforest that was voted Asia’s Best Beach by Time Magazine in 2004.
Inspired by the jungle and perfect for nature lovers, the Serai Bandipur sits on the edge of Bandipur National Park in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The resort reserves half its land for the wild and has planted more than 100 different species of trees.
Tucked away in the South Indian state of Kerala, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra overlooks the Arabian Sea. Its cottages, nestled amongst the coconut trees and caressed by the sea breeze, offer the best in Keralian heritage architecture.
Wild and naturally beautiful, the Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady, is perched amidst acres of cardamom plantations and surrounded by mountains. The place is pure haven for escapists to enjoy the rhythm of tranquillity and nature.