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Courtesy Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri, Coorg

Resort: Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, India

For decades, in-the-know Bangaloreans have flocked to the region of Coorg, in the southwestern state of Karnataka, for its mist-shrouded rain forests, rolling coffee plantations, and off-the-grid vibe. Now, with the opening of Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, this undiscovered area has landed on the global traveler’s map. The seven-hour drive from the city may be long, but a glimpse of the staggering vistas from the open-air lobby provides an instant antidote—as do the 63 villas and suites. All are modeled after traditional Coorgi homes, with soaring vaulted ceilings, doors made from coconut shells, and picture windows that let the sun seep over the horizon at dawn. If you’re here to Zen out, the resort’s 180 acres hold plenty of soothing diversions, from clay-sculpting sessions at the outdoor pottery studio to deep-tissue massages at the tri-level spa. vivantabytaj.com. $$

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