Goa, Kerala + The South

Hotels in Goa, Kerala + The South

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

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.

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.

Set on a crescent-shaped stretch of sand in Goa, Ciaran's literally rebuilds its 17 thatched-roof cottages after the annual monsoon. And with each iteration, the hotel adds luxuries such as rooftop daybeds and an open-air library.

The hotel itself is a collection of simple stucco structures, 13 rooms in a former men's club set on the outskirts of the village and owned by a septuagenarian widow named Meenakshi Meyyappan and her relatives.

On 35 beachfront acres in the southern Indian town of Pondicherry, on the Bay of Bengal, the new Dune hotel has 47 stylish thatched-roof bungalows, plus an eco-friendly vibe.

The property is an old riverside warehouse in the inland village of Britona that in 2003 turned into a 10-room property with brightly painted walls and lovely antiques.