Luxury hotels are an essential part of the Indian experience. They provide a haven of tranquility away from the crowds, a level of Western comfort to recharge the batteries, and a place of absolute cleanliness that contrasts the streets. In a country that can sometimes overpower the senses, the right choice of accommodation helps keep you feeling fresh and energized. World-renowned chains including the Taj and Oberoi provide some sumptuous accommodation during your travels in the country. They're part of a handful of luxury hotels we recommend for your trip and part of the small selection we outline on this page.
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—Ric Haas, Menlo Park
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—Irene Ing and Don Ershig, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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—The Anderson Family
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The Oberoi is the capital city's first luxury hotel, offering an calm oasis outside the busy urban environment. The iconic landmark, situated in an unparalleled location with sweeping views of the prestigious Delhi Golf Club course on one side and Humayun's Tomb, a World heritage site, on the other which is illuminated in the evenings by the Oberoi.
Sunlight flows into the reception area and rooms from windows overlooking an azure water body and verdant landscape of palm trees. The entrance is filled by a bespoke, white marble lotus fountain and watched over by a hand carved Tree of Life - the leitmotif of the hotel - whose interweaving branches symbolise emotional, physical and spiritual harmony. Ease your way into Indian cuisine After arrival, as the Oberoi has many dining options including The Taipan for Cantonese, the chic international venue 360, as well as Travertino which features fine Italian and an extensive wine selection from the enoteca wine cellar. The Hotel has a large outdoor swimming pool with water cascades and the wonderful Oberoi Spa with a 20-meter Black granite indoor lap pool and modern gym.
Offering a more central location in the very heart of Delhi near the embassy quarter. Nestled in six acres of lush greens in the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave of the city, Taj Palace Hotel is the only one in the top-of-the-line category near Gurgaon, and a mere 10 minutes drive from the airport. Extensions renovations were completed in November of 2011. Situated in the Heart of Colonial New Delhi, The Taj Mahal Hotel is one of Delhi's finest Hotel properties offering wonderful view of the Presidential Palace and India Gate complex from one side of the hotel and thick Green tree coverage of New Delhi from the other side. The Hotel boasts of some of Delhi's most popular restaurants – The House of Ming-Chinese, The 24 hour Coffee Shop – 'Machan' which offers a great variety of cuisines and a big favourite amongst the Locals as well as 'Ricks's which is the Hotel Bar and lounge situated on the Lobby Level and very popular hangout on the weekends.
The Oberoi Amarvilas enjoys an unrivalled position, just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal. Each of our rooms affords uninterrupted views of this ancient monument to love, while elements of the layout and design pay homage to its Mughal splendour. The hotel is approached along a sweeping driveway, verdant with native trees and lit by flaming torches. Just inside, a Mughal style quadrant is ornamented with cascading fountains and framed by an arched passageway and gold leaf frescoes. By day, guests can travel in our private golf buggies to the Taj Mahal. At night, they can savour a candlelit dinner beside its soft silhouette.
Only hotel in Agra to offer uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from each of its rooms. Relive the era of Emperors and Princes with a stunning display of fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions. Enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the resort's lush gardens, water bodies and the spectacular Taj Mahal in silhouette.
Walk from room to room amongst rich textures, opulent furnishings and exquisite objects d'art. Step out into expansive, ornamental gardens arranged in brilliant symmetry. Retire to rooms that were once the sanctuaries of kings, princes and their guests. Rambagh Palace exudes an unmistakable sense of history. It's an architectural masterpiece that transcends time.
Request the legendary Peacock suite, which overlooks the Mughal Terrace and the garden where the Maharaja used to celebrate "Holi," the festival of color and lights. Stage an evening of high romance in a private tent, illuminated only by torchlight. Indulge in a stately dining at the gilded Suvarna Mahal, formerly the palace ballroom. Enjoy a royal, feast and lounging under a star-speckled sky. Play Polo as the kings played it, or at a more leisurely pace on elephant back. Wind up the day's activities in the sophisticated charm of the legendary Polo Bar. Rambagh Palace allows guest to partake of a wealth of experiences that resound with the memories, luxuries and extravagances of a bygone era that luckily, has not entirely disappeared.
The Oberoi Rajvilas, is a royal resort set in a breathtaking thirty two acre oasis of beautiful landscaped gardens and exotic birdlife. Built around an 18th century Shiva temple which affords chanting with a Hindu priest, meditation and morning yoga, The Oberoi Rajvilas is a haven of mystical peace and natural serenity.
Traditional techniques have been used to replicate the famous pink lime plaster walls of Jaipur, throughout the resort. Also adorned with Mughal arches, gold leaf frescoes, high domed ceilings and magnificent crystal chandeliers, The Oberoi Rajvilas epitomises traditional Rajasthani charm and Oberoi luxury.
A thirty two acre luxury resort, rich with verdant trees, fragrant indigenous flowers and exotic bird life.A royal resort, recreating the magnificence of princely Rajasthan, in a beautiful fort setting. Since inception, The Oberoi Rajvilas has been constantly rated as one of the world's best luxury resorts
The Palace was built, between 1928 and 1943, for H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singh ji, Grand Father of our present Maharaja, who had benevolently commissioned a new palace in 1923 to replace Mehrangarh Fort as the symbol of a new Jodhpur and to give employment to the people of Marwar during the period's great droughts and famines.
Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world - set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens.
Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden - yellow sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco Style of that time. After 15 years in construction, the 347 - room palace was finally completed in 1943 - and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family since.
Designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, the palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. Its majestic 105 - foot high cupola is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput tradition. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the Art Deco style, complemented by the exotic murals of the self-exiled Polish artist Stefan Norblin.
The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur one of the world's largest private residences is a golden hued desert sandstone monument set amidst acres of verdant gardens. An imitable tribute to art deco, the Palace has in its luxurious fold 64 rooms and suites. Stroll through the private museum, test your skills on the marbled squash courts or enjoy a game of billiards in the panelled recreation room. Take an exhilarating drive through the enchanting city of Jodhpur in a vintage car, accompanied by your royal butler. Stop beneath the starry night sky for a divine grilled feast accompanied by the music of the desert. Experience the art of India's ancient healing wisdom in the romantic new setting of the Taj Spa.
Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, The Oberoi, Udaivilas stands on the 200 year old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar. Spread over a luxurious fifty acres, which includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar, The Oberoi Udaivilas affords spectacular views across the verdant gardens and sparkling Lake Pichola.
The hotel's intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors reflects the layout of Udaipur itself - whose seven lakes are linked by canals. These domes and walkways are flooded with sunlight, caressed by balmy breezes and offer magnificent views of the lake and gardens.Spread over 50 acres, with spectacular views across the hotel's gardens and Lake Pichola. Ranging from 600 square feet to 2650 square feet, our rooms and suites are the largest in the city.
The palace is located in a quiet garden oasis in the center of Varanasi providing a pleasant retreat after touring the busy city. Situated in one of the oldest living cities of the world, on the banks of the river Ganges, Nadesar Palace has hosted royalty, statesmen and celebrities since 1835. The name Nadesar is derived from the Goddess Nadesari, whose shrine is located in the front of the Palace. Set amidst verdant gardens, mango orchards, marigold and jasmine fields, Nadesar Palace is a haven of peace and tranquility.
Works of art from the Maharaja's collection decorate the walls of the Palace's 10 luxurious suites. Embellished with original pieces of furniture refurbished to recreate the atmosphere of a bygone era, the décor of the rooms is intended to evoke the colours of marigolds, jasmines, and pale pink lotuses that are offered to the holy Ganges.
Dining at the Nadesar Palace is an indulgent experience starting with breakfast on the sun-kissed verandah; a spiritually inspired plated meal at lunch in the dining room, and a barbeque dinner by the poolside.
To unwind, the Palace offers a round of golf on the greens, a guided nature walk or a day at the Jiva Spa. On offer at the Jiva Spa is a signature treatment 'Abhisheka' inspired by time-honoured Indian purifying rituals.
Fondly known as the Grand Dame of Kolkata, The Oberoi Grand is situated in a prime location, near the central business district, bustling markets and cultural landmarks. Dating back to the late 1880s, The Oberoi Grand was frequented by the country's leading figures during colonial times and even now, hosts grand functions for Heads of State in the city's largest pillarless Grand Ballroom.
The Oberoi Grand was the first hotel to be acquired by Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi, founder of The Oberoi Group. Under his ownership, it became known for its classic style and modern facilities – a tradition we uphold.
Situated near the central business district, bustling markets and cultural landmarks. Over 13,000 square feet (1208 square metres)of banqueting space and the largest pillarless ballroom in the city. The Oberoi Grand lobby is known for its 200 year old wooden handmade piano and iconic Grand chandelier.