Kerala State

Hotels in Kerala State

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.

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 rainforest, the resort has a main lodge with eight well-appointed rooms.

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.

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.

Aniamma Philip and her daughter-in-law Anu Mathew hold multiday classes centered on treasured family recipes for chutney, appam bread, vegetable thoran, and curries redolent of spices from their garden.