Resorts

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).
One of the three ‘Jewels of the Raj’ The Windamere Hotel was originally a cosy English Boarding House for British Raj types on contract in the Darjeeling Hills Later on, when tea arrived in Darjeeling, British tea planters also stayed here. Later on, it was converted into a hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War.
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 property is a luxurious doorway to the beautiful region of Dooar, pronounced as “Dwar”
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.
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.
Named after its last known resident, Mary Budden Estate is a beautiful homestay located in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Mary Budden was a prominent missionary who worked around the Hills of Kumaon. The Estate was bought by two lovely ladies in 1990, Ashwani and Serena Chopra, and they restored it to a gorgeous luxury boutique property – an elegant abode that retains its old-world charm.
Situated in the Village of Jamtara, near Pench National Park, Jamtara Wilderness Camp is a 10 luxury tented property in the heart of rural Pench. Surrounded by tall Arjuna Trees and an ancient Banyan rooted on a dry riverbed, each tented room overlooks the forest which set the perfect background to this jungle experience.
Jehan Numa Retreat resides on the outskirts of Bhopal city. In this retreat, simplicity meets luxury and exceptional service. The architecture is inspired by tribal and rural motifs, mud-coloured walls and beautiful courtyards. These lovely ethnic elements combined with facets of colonial décor, create a resplendent retreat for the traveller who wishes to relax and connect with themselves. The service is aligned with the signature nawabi tradition of Jehan Numa.
Located in the midst of a gorgeous forest at the Satpura Tiger Reserve, Reni Pani Jungle lodge offers an authentic wildlife experience for the discerning traveler. The name “Reni Pani” is derived from a neighboring tribal village. The wildlife surrounding this lodge is magnificent. The beautiful landscape, including a seasonal Nallah (stream), several hillocks and patches of teak houses species such as the Sambhar, Cheetah, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, Black Buck and the famous, yet often elusive, Leopard. Sloth Bears are also attracted to the beautiful Reni berry trees. As the lodge is kept in an incredibly natural state, it also attracts a myriad of resplendent bird species, native to the locality.
Residing in the historically and artistically rich town of Churu, Malji Ka Kamra is a 100-year-old haveli (mansion) that has been charmingly restored with modern amenities. It was originally used as a guest house for the King of Bikaner, created by Malji Kothari, and was an entertainment house for visiting dignitaries and artists. The haveli is an architectural wonder with a gorgeous turquoise blue structure, akin to a wedding cake, framing the exterior. Delightful fresco paintings of Shekhawati, Italian art influences, European pillared architecture and arches typical of the Mughal era form a part of the interiors.
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 landscapers and fruit orchards. It is considered to be a melting pot of relaxation and seclusion amongst nature, while having all the necessary amenities for a luxurious stay. It is also close to the bustling city of Ajmer. The perfect view of the Aravallis heightens the overall bespoke experience.
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. The lodge was built in the 19th century by the then Thakur of Raipur, Lakshman Singh Ji as an abode for noble guests during their visits. Lakshman Sagar is a continuation of the hospitality traditions initiated by the House of Raipur with a sustainable view of the heritage and environment.
Ajit Bhawan is one of India’s first heritage hotels. This magnificent palace was formerly a royal retreat to Jodhpur’s erstwhile Maharaja’s younger brother, Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji. Nestled in the heart of the Blue City, Ajit Bhawan is the most accessible 5-star hotel in Jodhpur. Effortlessly combining heritage and aristocracy with avant-garde amenities, Ajit Bhawan is a true testament to Rajasthan’s royal heritage.
Ajit Bhawan is one of India’s first heritage hotels. This magnificent palace was formerly a royal retreat to Jodhpur’s erstwhile Maharaja’s younger brother, Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji. Nestled in the heart of the Blue City, Ajit Bhawan is the most accessible 5-star hotel in Jodhpur. Effortlessly combining heritage and aristocracy with avant-garde amenities, Ajit Bhawan is a true testament to Rajasthan’s royal heritage.
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. There are 20 rooms at The Serai Kabini including 11 Waterfront Villas, eight Waterfront Verandahs and one Residence.
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 across the 19-acre property, which has an elevated swimming pool, a restaurant, bar and a range of accommodation.
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.Chikmagalur is also home to the very first coffee plantations in India.
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. The owners have a deep-rooted knowledge about Tamilian culture. The ancient, South-Indian culture, revolves around Indian classical dance, spirituality, unique architecture and a mouth-watering cuisine.
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.
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.
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.Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club Thekkady opened in December 2012 and is located in Periyar, in the southern Indian state of Kerala.The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 300sq miles, of which 140sq miles is thick evergreen forest. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants, deer and bison that come down to drink in the lake. The sanctuary can be accessed through a trekking, boating or jeep safari.
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. A path wends its way to the ‘Chandra’ beach – an idyllic beach with intensely private vibes. Surya Samudra, Kovalam, received the status of Heritage Hotel from the Department of Tourism, Government of India in 1995 and continues to retain this status.Niraamaya means ‘a sense of well-being’ in Sanskrit. All the Niraamaya properties are located in stunning locations and imbibe the philosophy of wellness. The concept of wellness resonates across the retreat – whether it is the spa, yoga or the cuisine at the Niraamaya kitchens.
The Niraamaya Retreats, Kumarakom is nestled on the banks of Lake Vembanad with lush tropical gardens set around 27 luxurious villas designed to offer the breath-taking views of the serene backwaters. The area is well known for the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Observatoty Tower, St Andrew’s Basilica Arhtunkal and the Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple. The Wellness & Spa Centre consists of a large courtyard offering pure Ayurvedic immersions in a serene and meditative setting. The retreat also features an outdoor swimming pool and a performance deck apart from two restaurants designed to become gastronomical destinations featuring the finest regional and global cuisine.
Combining fine living with a spiritual touch, Shreyas is a quaint retreat located on the outskirts of Bangalore, India. The setting is ideal for guests who wish to pamper and recharge themselves while embarking on an inner spiritual quest – with the wisdom of the eternal spiritual traditions of Yoga Vedanta and Ayurveda. The resort emulates the eternal Vedic instruction “Athiti Devo Bhava” with its guests, translating into “treat thy guest as an embodiment of the divine”. As such, it is one of the most exquisite Yoga Retreats in India. The retreat is a member of a collection of the finest hotels worldwide, Relais & Chateaux.
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