India

Hotels in India

Sleek geeks meet at the gleaming bar of the Park, Hyderabad, a new hotel with a terrace that overlooks the lake in the center of town.

The 19 cottages are filled with teak furniture sourced from renewable forests, and the showers have skylights and are open to the elements. A short path through the mahua trees leads to Beach No. 7, where you can stroll along the white sand or swim with Rajan, the resort’s resident elephant.

The 12-room property, on Havelock Island, part of India’s Andaman archipelago, is reached by ferry from Port Blair. This is an oasis of style in the region: hand-carved beds, dark wood ceilings, rattan wall hangings. The menu at the open-air restaurant changes daily.

A 436-room Oberoi property that opened last December in the new commercial center of Mumbai, with contemporary design and luxurious touches.

Situated in a Rajasthan oasis, the secluded Amanbagh is an attempt to re-create a maharajah’s palace. Some of the 24 Haveli Rooms come with private balconies; all have courtyards shaded by centuries-old mango trees.

On the wild plains of Rajasthan— just an hour south of Jodhpur—the Mihir Garh is a palatial fortress hotel with an impressive stable of indigenous Marwari steeds. Take one on a maharajah-worthy journey through the desert or on a staff-guided picnic safari to a Bishnoi tribal village.

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

Casa Palacio Siolim House, which Kate Moss, Sadie Frost, and their entourage took over for two weeks a few years ago, is on an outlet of the Chapora about 10 minutes inland.

Deep within a sprawling fourth-century fort near Jodhpur, 10 mansions that once belonged to a maharajah’s wives have been restored to create one of the region’s most stylish new retreats.