Pamper yourself at these luxe resorts that offer world class facilities coupled with picturesque views, grand suites, and lip smacking cuisines.
1. Bujera Fort , Udaipur
The spectacular Bujera Fort aims to be the jewel in Udaipur’s crown. This new fortress lies in the Aravali Hills, on the edge of the small village of Bujera. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the City Palace, Lake Palace, and Monsoon Palace. A 20-minute drive from the city, the hotel is built along traditional lines. The exquisite Indian antiques used in the décor and the lush greenery around the fort give it a very luxurious feel. The fort has two master suites, each with two marbled bathrooms. Then there are the Bujera Cottage and Bujera Bungalow, each with their own private roof terrace, pool and garden. This is for when you truly want to escape from the world. Apart from this, there are five cloister bedrooms, each with a balcony from which to enjoy the view. A turquoise swimming pool, flower gardens, a library with a silver piano, and elegant fireplaces all add to the beauty of this grand, beautiful fort.
2. Ahilya by the Sea, Goa
Located on the edge of Coca Beach in Goa, this picturesque resort is the epitome of serenity. It is spread across three mansions that have been converted into a full-service boutique hotel. The resort is a beautiful blend of Goan, Indian and south-east Asian styles. Most visitors come for the view—a delightful beach not overrun with shacks, bars and tourists. Instead you’re treated to swaying palms, the blue oceans and the occasional fisherman returned home after a hard day at work. There are quite lush gardens, a cool swimming pool, and shady verandah from which you can drink in the beauty of nature. The resort has three villas. We like the Sunrise Villa best as it has three spacious bedrooms, a private dining room, and a little reading nook for bookworms to slip into. The resort is an hour’s drive from Goa airport and has quite a number of places near it like the historic Reis-Magos Fort.
3. ITC Grand Bharat, Gurgaon
This majestic resort is styled like a medieval India palace with giant domes, ornate pillars, and intricate woodwork. Sprawled over one kilometre the resort has 100 suites and four palatial villas. The suites have semi-private dip pools and private terraces, so you don’t really have to step out of your room for anything. To add to the luxury experience, all suites have a butler on call. Golf lovers will appreciate the classic 27-hole golf course. And there’s ample pampering on offer at the Kaya Kalp spa to sooth your cares away.
4. Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
Home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, this is one of the most precious and oldest palaces in Jaipur. It was the private residence of the last maharajah of Jaipur and his famous wife Gayatri Devi. The royal standard of the house of Amber still hovers over the palace which has now been converted into a hotel. In the past, the palace had hosted Queen Elizabeth 2, the Duke of Edinburgh and the other members of British royal family. The original beautiful marble staircase and treasured family possessions give a glimpse into the rich past, while the mirrored doors, tall bay windows and interiors have a touch of modernity. Set in the Art Deco style, the palace offers grand and spacious rooms, suites and apartments, each with different wallpapers that boast the history of Jaipur, its rulers and its legacy.
5. Lebua Resort, Jaipur
This resort in the Pink City has been inspired by Nav Ratin, or nine gem stones that said to aim in harmony and align your body with cosmic energies. Jaipur has a rich history of gem craft and the resort plays that to the hilt. The colourful crafts and bright decor stand out against the contemporary black and white flooring. A mix of contemporary design with tranditional sensibilities, the hotel has all the amenities you need to pamper yourself. There’s a villa with its own private pool, courtyard and Jacuzzi, for those who want to secret themselves away. Don’t forget to check out the popular spa, which is a collaboration with L’Occitane.