Hotels in India
The choice of luxury hotels in India is overwhelming, as you'll find properties from all the top international brands, as well as homegrown ones like Taj and Oberoi. In the north, don't miss Wildflower Hall in Shimla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, for its historic colonial charms and breathtaking panoramic mountain views. In popular Rajasthan (aka the "Golden Triangle'), choose between resort-style properties like Oberoi's Rajvillas (in Jaipur) and Vanyavillas (near the Ranthambore tiger reserve), or historic places-turned-hotels like the floating Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. In Agra, Oberoi Amarvillas is the only hotel with Taj Mahal views, making it one of the best hotels in India. Both Taj and Oberoi have historic properties in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai, as well.
Other urban options include the recently-opened Park Hyatt Chennai, which offers a great spa, buzzy restaurant, and popular nightclub / lounge, and the sleek, all-glass Trident Hyderabad, located in the heart of the booming HiTech City enclave.
For resort hotels in India, look into Kerala's The Park on Vembanad Lake, a combination hotel and luxury small cruise ship, at which guests can enjoy cultural activities, excellent dining, and cruises along the backwaters.
Boutique hotel that’s an easy walk to the Indian Museum and the Park Street Cemetery.
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 Nirvan room.
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 top architects, Sanjay Prakash, each tent has bamboo floors, solar-powered heated pools, and traditional artwork from nearby Chattisgarh.
Because of its proximity to the diplomatic and political center of the capital, this stately hotel is firmly rooted in showcasing Indian luxury, evident in everything from the marbled fountain that sits in the lobby to acres of royal carpeting that cover most surfaces.
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 offering everything from Ashtanga yoga to anti- aging clinical treatments.
Delhi’s top business hotel is also an Indian society favorite, and the nightly arrivals in the lobby attests as much; several excellent restaurants—including the ever-popular threesixty—make this a place to be seen as much as to stay.
A seaside resort with 88 rooms.
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.
Cosmopolitan elegance characterizes everything about the Oberoi's recently renovated flagship, located on Marine Drive, a scenic coastal boulevard that lines Mumbai's south side.