Goa, Kerala + The South

Hotels in Goa, Kerala + The South

Taj's latest brand, Vivanta (unveiled in 2010) stands for laid-back luxury, as reflected by this South Indian retreat, perched comfortably on Lake Kochi.

A seaside resort with 88 rooms.

Opulent, domed hotel situated on a 7-acre oasis with a 14-foot waterfall, close to the city's golf course and I.T. hubs.

Set on 25 acres alongside Lake Vembanad, the resort features 49 villas that were created with materials sourced from century-old ancestral homes and are full of traditional details: wooden gables, carved doors, massive brass locks.

The common areas include a soaring open kitchen; a broad living room filled with teakwood Indian antiques, groupings of club chairs, and stacks of art books; an infinity pool ringed with shaggy greenery; and a wide veranda.

In 2003, Mumbai-based fashion photographer Denzil Sequeira opened up his ancestral compound to paying guests.

140 rooms—each with a private veranda—in a Mediterranean-style complex set on a swath of Benaulim Beach. 

Room to Book: Ground-floor guest rooms have their own garden access.

Doubles From $373.