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Top 10 Luxury Hotels in India for Your Next Grand Vacation

by Holxo Travel Specialist


The best luxury hotels in India are a beautiful blend of India’s magnificent culture and royal traditions. The awe-inspiring opulence of some of these luxury hotels in India invite tourists not only from India but all over the world. No wonder the beauty, charm and aura of these hotels instantly captivates the attention of every soul that steps into their majestic framework. The top luxury hotels of the country also boast of extraordinary room service, delectable cuisines, and extravagant assistance for the guests. Thus, it is recommended to spend your next vacation in one of these 5-star resorts in India, even if you are a wanderer, because we can assure you that the experience will simply be worth remembering!

1. Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom, Kerala

Enchanted with traditional South Indian architecture and embellished with modern-day luxuries, Kumarakon Lake is one of the best resorts of South India. This hotel is inspired by the old-world charm and gives off the vibe of 16th century homes of Kerala. Even so, the rooms are well-equipped with modern-day facilities and some come with their own pools and open-roofed washrooms. In fact, the hotel also arranges for houseboat stay, if their guest demands so. Some of the must-do things during your stay in this hotel includes a variety of cruises in the backwaters, Ayurvedic spas, and dining in the speciality restaurant, Ettukettu.

Meandering Pool Villas
Meandering Pool Villas, Kumarakom Lake Resort
Image Credits: Kumarakom Lake Resort

The popularity of this hotel is such that it has been named as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world by BBC. No wonder it was visited by Prince Charles to celebrate his 65th birthday!

2. Brunton Boatyard – CGH Earth, Kochi, Kerala

One of the top resorts in India for a luxury vacation, Brunton Boatyard is a heritage hotel in Kerala, which is known for its colonial charm. This stunning property is wonderfully built with historical grandeur and majestic architecture. The hotel is full with 22 rooms that offer spectacular views of the shores of Cochin Harbour and have a charming ambiance and modern comforts. This glorious blend of the British, Portuguese, and Dutch interiors is reason enough to fall in love with the Brunton Boatyard. The History Restaurant of the hotel tells the stories of different dishes that are based on each community of Kochi. The Armory Café is a fun place to hang out with your friends and family during the evening as you look at a heart-warming sunset over the calm water of the Vypeen Island. Brunton Boatyard is also known for Ayurvedic parlour, sightseeing assistance, backwater cruises, fishing, swimming pool, mini-bar, and jacuzzi.

Brunton Boatyard
Image Credits: CGH Earth

3. Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate, Coorg, Karnataka

Nestled amid the lush 300-acre plantation, this alluring hotel is one-of-a-kind. The minute you enter its arena, you will get to a whiff of coffee and spice. The place is decorated with 4 different villas – Heritage Pool Villa, Lily Pool Villa, Lily Pool Cottage, and Lily Pool Bungalow. All the villas encompass elegant suites, admirable courtyard, groovy bathrooms, sit-outs with deck chairs, and infinity pools facing the picturesque views of lush countryside. During your stay here, you will get to indulge in experiences, such as village visits, plantation walks, bird watching, coracle ride, etc. Some of the other attractions of the hotel include Ayurvedic spa treatment and massage, reading lounge, and various dining options, such as The Machan, Peppercorn, Granary, By the Lake, Kodava Twilight, Moonlight for Two, and Plantain Leaf.

The Machan
The Machan, Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate
Image Credits: Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate

4. Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi, Karnataka

This soul-stirring hotel tells the story of Hampi, the ancient city of myths and legends. The hotel takes you back to the 14th century Vijayanagara Empire, which also means that this luxurious resort revels in royalty.

Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace
Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace Restaurant
Image Credits: Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace

This gorgeous Haveli-like property is graciously settled amid lush-green forest and surrounded by stone-paved boulevards and arched hallways. At first glance, you will feel like you are entering a fort. Walk a little further and you will enter a portal, the beauty of which can be defined by a single word—resplendent. This regal property is divided into 4 suites – Jal Mahal, Zenana, Nilaya, and Nivasa. These suites boast of king-sized bedroom area, living and dining space, modern-yet-imposing bathroom, royal-sized bath pools, like those where Maharajas took their bath, and many other attractions. If you are an old soul, then you will love it here since this palace will take you back to 500 years via its Raya Trail, Virupaksha Trail, Vitthalapura Walk, and Tungabhadra Trek.

Evolve Back Hampi
Nivasa Room, Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace
Image Credits: Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace

5. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

One of the best luxury resorts in India, The Oberoi Amarvilas is drenched in elegance and royalty. This splendid hotel is located at a distance of just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal and speaks of the timelessness of the city. One of the most popular hotels in the world, The Oberoi Amarvilas is a grand amalgamation of Mughal designs, beautiful lawns, gorgeous pools, and of course, breath-taking interiors.

The highlight of your stay in this hotel would definitely be a private dinner with the view of the Taj Mahal shimmering under the moonlight. This 5-star hotel also offers services like yoga therapy, Ayurvedic message and spa, authentic Mughlai cuisine, and unrestricted room service for its guests.

The Lounge, The Oberoi Amarvilas
The Lounge, The Oberoi Amarvilas
Image Credits: The Oberoi Hotels

6. RAAS Jodhpur, Rajasthan

A boutique hotel set amidst the natural settings of the royal state of Rajasthan, RAAS, as the name suggests, is quite an enigma. From the heart-warming entry into the hotel to the magnificence that oozes out of each corner of this heavenly property, RAAS is everything that a luxurious resort in India should have. The ancient charm of each room meets the modern authenticity of the current world, and thus, makes this hotel quite unique and inviting for the guests. During your stay here, it is recommended to devour Rajasthani cuisine as you dine in front of the stunning view of the Meherangarh Fort and served lavishly by the staff. The hotel also arranges for curated experiences for the guests to soak in the beauty of Rajasthan. Some of these experiences include fort adventuring, sightseeing of the Blue City, visit to various temples and monuments, and an excursion to Osian.

RAAS Jodhpur
Image Credits: RAAS Jodhpur

7. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, Telangana

When we talk about luxury resorts in India, Taj Falaknuma Palace is perhaps the first name that rolls out of our tongue. This dazzling hotel is emblazed with magnificent rooms, resplendent chandeliers, lavish rooms carrying old-world charm, luxury spa, refined lounge for various activities, traditional settings, and of course, a breath-taking view of the city of Hyderabad from the height of 2,000 meters.

Taj Falaknuma
Image Credits: Taj Hotels

This beguiling property is festooned with the bygone era, when it was owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad, who was known to be the richest man in the world, and exudes nothing but royalty in every sense of the word. This ancient heritage is also known for its fine-dining experience at the multi-cuisine restaurant, which is known for its legendary Nizami feats and grand décor that will make you fall in love with this already adored luxury hotel.

Taj Falaknuma Dining
Image Credits: Taj Falaknuma

8. Amanbagh, Ajabgarh, Rajasthan

This beautifully rustic hotel is nestled amid a lush garden oasis and houses more than 30 colourful rooms that have attached bathrooms, swimming pool, and beautiful terrace. A garden courtyard adds to the regal aura of the hotel. This captivating resort offers all the luxury services, ranging from Ayurvedic spa, yoga, holistic massage, authentic Indian and Western dining experience, free valet, and health club. Additionally, the picturesque views of the countryside are absolutely awe-inspiring! The stunning backdrop of Amanbagh also makes for a great picnic experience.

Amanbagh Swimming Pool
Image Credits: Amanbagh

9. Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling, West Bengal

This exquisite boutique hotel is one of the most popular places to stay in Darjeeling. Located at a distance of about 35 kms from the Railway Station, Glenburn Tea Estate is known for its spectacular settings and breath-taking individual suites. This privately owned property is bedecked with Himalayan views at the backdrop and is magnificent with beautifully furnished Bungalows. The tea plantations surrounding the property give off the vibe that rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul of the guests. This old but splendorous property is owned and run by the 3rd and 4th generations of the ‘chaiwala family,’ The Prakashes. Apart from great rooms, panoramic views, and wonderful hosts, you can also expect succulent meals at this place that ranges from local food, Indian dishes, South-East Asian cuisines and European delicacies as well.

Glenburn Tea Estate
Planters Suite, Glenburn Tea Estate
Image Credits: Glenburn Tea Estate

10. The Oberoi Wildflower, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

The dramatic view of the mist-filled Himalayan valley is the first thing that you witness from the window of your room during your stay in The Oberoi Wildflower. This remarkable hotel set in the idyllic setting of an otherwise busy town of Shimla, relaxes and replenishes the mind and body of anyone who chooses to stay here for a few days. Even a stroll in the woods near this impressive property can bring you ultimate peace and calm. The private rooms of the hotel have big windows that offer great views of the Himalayas and the teak floors stun the visitors at first glance. Apart from this, the Victorian-style lamps, grand fireplace, lavish furnishing, and an enchanting room décor add to the beauty of this pretty hotel. The Restaurant and The Cavalry Bar are two places to dine inside the hotel. One can also sign up for yoga sessions, Ayurvedic massage and spa treatment, or hike to the nearest hill as a part of the experiences offered by the hotel.

Dinner at the Gazebo
Dinner at the Gazebo, The Oberoi Wildflower
Image Credits: The Oberoi Hotels

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