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Built 10 years ago as a trio of private homes by the granddaughter of Antonio Xavier Trindade, Goa’s greatest painter, the property was converted last... Read More

At this 14-room retrofitted hotel, the staff is inconspicuously attentive - dinners appear by the hen house or on a mid-river island as if by an... Read More

No one is able to escape the tumult of New Delhi, but Aman embraced this challenge, unleashing the equivalent of design Xanax—interior spaces in... Read More

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... Read More

This enormous resort and spa overlooking the Ganges is one of the grandest hotels in Leo-Andrieu's portfolio. A posh meditation (and destination) spa in... Read More

The safari lodge with 18 tented suites sits in the bamboo forests of Madhya Pradesh, a four-hour drive from Jabalpur. Created by one of India’s... Read More

The two guesthouses under the Bed & Chai banner are run by two French ladies who have made India home. The rooms are done with elegance: simple, but... Read More

The clever folks behind Bloom Rooms took away all the extraneous hotel stuff—conference halls, swimming pools, ballrooms—that so many of us don’t use,... Read More

This homely, four-room bed and breakfast is a favorite with visitors looking to experience a stay with a local family. Breakfast is included, and the... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Think of the most tasteful friend you have, and you’ll have a sense of the ambience at this cozy hotel that feels like a home.  We love the family... Read More

There's a nice restaurant on the roof where they have live music every night at six. Read More

The unfortunately named THEhotel at Mandalay Bay—the boutique tower adjoining Mandalay Bay—was in real need of a refresh, so the folks at MGM Resorts... Read More

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... Read More

Fast forward to many decades later, Dusit Devarana is an ultra-luxury hotel run on the principles of Thai hospitality. (Its parent company runs Dusit... Read More

In 2003, Mumbai-based fashion photographer Denzil Sequeira opened up his ancestral compound to paying guests. Four colonial beach houses and three candy... Read More

A seaside resort with 88 rooms. Read More

The four-bedroom island villa is set within a moat and accessible by bridge. A sweeping terrace and turreted balconies punctuate the exterior, while the... Read More

Tucked away on floors 35-39 of Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas recently renovated all its 424 guest rooms and suites. The vibrant, modern,... Read More

In the Worli business district, this 202-room hotel boasts a duplex spa, the sophisticated rooftop Aer lounge, and an on-demand fleet of BMW 7-series... Read More

This intimate bed and breakfast next to a lush park offers five individually decorated, air-conditioned rooms, each themed around one of India's states... Read More

Business-district hotel on landscaped grounds. Read More

Located in Delhi's leafy Diplomatic Enclave, this huge luxury property features expansive, hypo-allergenic rooms and a beautiful lobby filled with... Read More

Inspired by the Mughal designs of Agra’s princely-era, this stunning 35-acre property scored the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in... Read More

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... Read More

A British-run rental agency with numerous houses in North Goa. Ask for a condo at Coco Shambhala, decorated by Panchavatti’s Loulou Van Damme; the... Read More

Just north of Bandra, the 14 rooms here are inspired by classical Indian art, from the Shringar suite's peacock motifs to the Buddha frescoes in the... Read More

To find the Leela Goa among the clutch of hotels along Goa’s palm tree-lined stretch of sand, keep an eye out for a pair of carved-stone elephants... Read More

Sandstone-hued splendor on Lake Pichola with a supervised kids' buffet and play zone during Sunday brunch.  Guests of the 80-room property arrive... Read More

This historic 1937 bungalow is surrounded by extensive gardens that provide refuge to flocks of green parrots. Its central location and quiet, homely... Read More

Located a bit far out (in North Delhi), it probably won’t be your first choice in you want to be within walking distance of the city’s action. But if... Read More

Few hotels except the most luxurious hotel-within-a-hotels (think the Mansion at MGM Grand or Paiza Club at the Venetian) manage to make their guests... Read More

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... Read More

The Taj Mahal, the epic monument less than half a mile away, is undoubtedly the focal point at this 102-room luxury resort. Fusing Mughal and Moorish... Read More

The Grand has been a source of civic pride and a landmark of social arrival for more than a century. A vast block-long pile at the heart of the city... Read More

Modern Rajasthani retreat made up of well-appointed tents, villas and an Oberoi spa. The luxury tents are air-conditioned, decorated with... Read More

25 luxe jungle tents outfitted with four-poster beds, freestanding bathtubs, and teak floors, on 20 acres next to Ranthambhore National Park and Tiger... Read More

Simple but immaculate lodgings in a Ladakhi family’s ancestral home. Read More

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... Read More

If the Imperial encapsulates Delhi’s past, the Park offers a vivid glance into Delhi’s future—and the future looks uncannily like... Read More

Boutique hotel that’s an easy walk to the Indian Museum and the Park Street Cemetery. Read More

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. Read More

The secluded property offers eight luxury tents and a three-bedroom Portuguese villa on the sands of Turtle Beach. Read More

Aniamma Philip and her daughter-in-law Anu Mathew hold multiday classes centered on treasured family recipes for chutney, appam bread, vegetable thoran,... Read More

The alleyways of Jodhpur’s ancient walled city are too narrow for cars. But guests at the Raas need not fret: a vintage-style tuk-tuk awaits to... Read More

Tipping the indulgence scale, Taj Hotels’ Rambagh Palace, in Jaipur, has two spa suite tents patterned after a 16th-century Mughal encampment. When... Read More

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... Read More

Channel a modern-day maharajah in one of 40 futuristic tented cubes at this cutting-edge Rajasthani compound. Each canvas-walled structure comes with... Read More

Set in a sleepy hillside village in Rajasthan’s Aravalli Range, Samode Palace is a perfect example of Rajput-Moghul architecture, with filigree... Read More

Madonna’s visit in 2007 helped cement Rajasthan’s place on the global style scene, but the new Serai Jaisalmer has just increased the vogue... Read More

Located midway between Jaipur and Udaipur, the once the summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura, is now a small boutique hotel still owned by the... Read More

Stay in one of 75 traditional wooden bungalows along a white-sand beach. Ayurvedic therapy is integral to the essence of the place, with packages... Read More

This all-suite hotel caters primarily to longer-term travelers who want apartment-like lodgings with kitchenettes. Its location adjacent to a strip of... Read More

India’s ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda is sweeping the spa world. To experience it at its purest, head to the source: Karnataka, India... Read More

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

You’ll trade your car for a horse and carriage at the gate of the Taj Falaknuma Palace, which crowns a hill above the city, and be showered with... Read More

263-year-old white marble palace that rises from a rock foundation on its own island in Lake Pichola.  Read More

If you’ve wondered how many degrees separate you from the heads of state from around the world, check into the legendary Taj Mahal Hotel. Chances are,... Read More

Because of its proximity to the diplomatic and political center of the capital, this stately hotel is firmly rooted in showcasing Indian luxury, evident... Read More

1903 grande dame with dramatic interiors—vaulted ceilings; silk carpets; onyx columns—overlooking the 85-foot-high Gateway of India. The lobby of this a... Read More

Taj Hotels won us over last year with the Umaid Bhawan Palace, so we couldn’t wait to see how they’d transform another former maharajah... Read More

At this lavish, 402-room behemoth, ten minutes from the city center, no task is out of reach for the warm and knowledgeable staff, whether it means... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

This 1952 building with classically decorated interiors has old-world charm, as well as the brilliant Sevilla restaurant and, in a nice contemporary nod... Read More

The hotel, a series of rambling structures on one of the city's four prominent hillsides, was built in 1891 to house a British magnate who ran a global... Read More

Ah, will we ever tire of this one? Probably not. One of the long-standing bastions of old Colonial times, the hotel is immaculately maintained and... Read More

A tasteful colonial theme park, this Art Deco icon was built in 1936, at the arrogant height of the Raj. It has a remarkable art collection, on display... Read More

If hip and happening is more your thing (and you didn’t blink at the mixed-case spelling of the name), then the LaLiT could be where you want to spend... Read More

We love our palaces in India, don’t we? When the upscale hotel firm the Leela Group opened this Chanakyapuri property in 2011, they gave us their take... Read More

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. Read More

In a town like New Delhi, it's hard for a hotel to make an impression, so the Leela group decided to deliver in the two areas that matter most: guest... Read More

Located right in the center of Central Delhi, the Lodhi hotel was previously a Aman property. The intricate design details don’t just stand for a proud... Read More

Located right in the center of Central Delhi, The Lodhi was previously a property within the Aman Resorts hospitality group. The design details don’t... Read More

Hidden in a gated suburb, a 25-minute drive from Connaught Place, this whitewashed 16-room boutique hotel is carved out of a two-story 1950s bungalow.... Read More

Built in the 1950s when space was even more generous, The Manor balances the lazy, sprawling nature of the property with its clean, modern architecture.... Read More

People don’t always think of The Oberoi when it comes to family travel—but they should. For starters, the rooms are known for being fairly large, and... Read More

Picture your arrival: you're met at the airport by a car and driver, guided onto a private boat, then ferried across Lake Pichola—past Udaipur's domed... Read More

Almost in direct contrast—aesthetically only—is this super-luxe Oberoi hotel, just past the Delhi-Gurgaon toll, which has swept the hospitality awards... Read More

Cosmopolitan elegance characterizes everything about the Oberoi's recently renovated flagship, located on Marine Drive, a scenic coastal boulevard that... Read More

Delhi’s top business hotel is also an Indian society favorite, and the nightly arrivals in the lobby serve as proof. Several excellent restaurants... Read More

One of the city’s oldest legacies, The Oberoi New Delhi manages to run like clockwork, but without any hint of feeling in their service. The staffers... Read More

You could call it urban chic, or you could say it’s boutique—but we in Delhi know that The Rose, known by any other name, would still be pretty sweet.... Read More

If you’re looking for something less formal than a five-star hotel, this charming guesthouse is a great option. The Scarlette was started by a French... Read More

The three towers of The Signature at MGM Grand are a gated enclave of 576 rooms (guests have their own entrances, check-ins, pools, fitness rooms and... Read More

Located in Panschila Park, Visaya does all the usual stuff hotels do, but with a distinct ethos. Inspired by ancient, Vedic aesthetics, the hotel feels... Read More

This sleek new Westin is best suited to visitors who need to be near the business parks of the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon. Features are typical of the... Read More

Why It’s Unique: Located in southern India on a private 400-acre estate complete with a working coffee and vanilla plantation, in the Kerala... Read More

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

Trident, Gurgaon tries to keep young ones occupied so that you can let your hair down. Its no-charge Kids Club includes hands-on activities like crafts... Read More

The Location: The regal Rajasthani town of Udaipur is known as the “city of lakes”—and Udai Kothi sits right across from the most... Read More

With 26 acres of landscaped gardens where peacocks display their plumage, and 76 guest rooms, including 40 raj-worthy suites the palace is purportedly... Read More

Consider Vdara to be a 57-story, all-suite, LEED Gold-certified break from Vegas vices. You won’t find smoking or gaming inside the glass façade of the... Read More

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... Read More

Elegant but never flashy, the Ambassador is an upscale classic with large rooms, a fitness center, and an excellent breakfast buffet at its 24-hour... Read More

In the heart of the city, yet set back from the chaotic neighborhood of Colaba; the posh hideaway of choice among Mumbai’s glitterati.  Read More

If you want to get lost in an experience, this is the place. There’s something for everyone, whether it's the barefoot dining by the pool, street-food... Read More

An oasis of eccentric refinement in the charm-starved south. Read More

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... Read More

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas and surrounded by cedar forests and snowcapped mountain ranges, Wildflower Hall was the former residence of... Read More

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