There are hotels that provide you with a comfortable abode. Then there are hotels that are an experience! With elements of the destination woven into them, they give you an authentic feel of the place you are travelling to. They have a ‘larger than life’ appeal, and make your stay a memorable one. Take a look at our favourite destination-themed hotels in India.
Vythiri resort, Kerala
Type – Jungle resort
Where – Wayanad, Kerala
Nearest airport – Cochin (approx. 270 kms)
What’s fascinating - Tree houses (including a child-friendly tree house)
Perfect for - Honeymoon, ecotourism
This eco-friendly jungle hideaway is set beneath an enormous canopy of lush tropical rainforest. With its rustic cottages, tree houses and a gurgling stream, this resort lets you connect with nature.
The Himalayan, Himachal Pradesh
Type – Victorian style resort
Where – Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Nearest airport – Bhuntar (approx. 50 kms)
What’s fascinating – Gothic castles
Perfect for – Honeymoon, family holidays
Designed in the Victorian, gothic style and situated at a height of 2000 metres, the Himalayan is an opulent address in Manali. Perched amidst apple and cherry orchards, this resort faces the breathtaking snow-capped mountains and cascading waterfalls. If this is not romantic, we don’t know what is.
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Type – Rajput-style resort
Where – Udaipur, Rajasthan
Nearest airport – Udaipur(approx. 15 kms)
What’s fascinating – Royal Kohinoor suite, private dinner at the lake side dome
Perfect for – Family holidays, honeymoon, destination weddings
Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, the Oberoi Udaivilas is synonymous to grandeur. Sprawled across fifty acres, which includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary, this luxury hotel stands tall on 200 year old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar. Stay here for a brush with royalty.
Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala
Type – Backwater resort
Where - Kumarakom, Kerala
Nearest airport – Cochin (approx. 50 kms)
What’s fascinating – Luxurious backwater cottages
Claim to fame – Prince Charles celebrated his 65th birthday here. This was featured as one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the world by BBC.
Perfect for – Honeymoon, destination weddings
A seamless fusion of traditional architecture of Kerala and contemporary designs, Kumarakom Lake Resort is a premium backwater resort. The rooms, villas and cottages here definitely guarantee a holiday in the lap of nature.
Khyber resort, Gulmarg
Type – Hill resort
Where – Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Nearest airport – Srinagar (approx. 56 kms)
What’s fascinating – Facing the snow-clad Himalayas
Perfect for – Winter family holidays, honeymoon
Spread over 7 acres of a sylvan coniferous forest, the Khyber Himalayan Resort is an epitome of romance and luxury. Overlooking Asia’s finest slopes, you should ideally stay here with your loved ones. Fix yourself a cup of hot chocolate and you are sorted.
Taj Exotica, Goa
Type – Beach resort
Where – Goa
Nearest airport – Goa (approx. 15 kms)
What’s fascinating – Panoramic sea views, private dining, afternoon tea
Perfect for – Honeymoon, beach weddings
Taj Exotica is the right place to enjoy the languid and laid-back life of Goa. Spread across 56 acres of lush greenery, this Mediterranean style resort will envelope you with tranquility. The old-world architecture and pristine beach is guaranteed to give you a feel of Goa.
Type – Heritage resort
Where – Rajasthan
Nearest airport – Jaipur (approx. 100 kms)
What’s fascinating – Mughal-inspired mansions
Perfect for – Family holidays, destination weddings
Reflecting the splendour of the Mughal era, the Amanbagh resort is an opulent address in Rajasthan. With luxurious suites, huge pavilions and Mughal-inspired mansions, this heritage resort has a grandeur that is hard to match.
The Tamara, Coorg
Type - Eco-friendly resort
Where - Coorg, Karnataka
Nearest airport – Bangalore airport (approx. 265 kms)
What’s fascinating – Luxurious cottages
Perfect for – Family holidays, honeymoon
Spread across 180.02 acres and situated at a height above 3,500 feet, the Tamara is an exquisite eco-friendly resort. Nestled amidst huge coffee, cardamom and pepper plantations, this is the perfect place to do some soul-searching.
By Neetu George