Best Resorts in India

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Best Resorts and Hotels in India

Join us in our quest to find some of those hidden masterpieces that make India such an exotic and different location to visit. India truly is incredible and we seek to dig out those exceptional resorts from the ordinary that will make your vacation as Incredible.

The Best Resort Regions in India:

From the tranquil backwaters of Kerala to the majestic peaks of the Himalayas, there's a luxurious resort waiting for every type of traveler. Here's a look at some of the best resort regions in India.

    1. Kerala Backwaters

    • Highlight: Floating houseboats and serene backwaters.
    • Best For: Honeymooners and nature lovers.

    2. Goa's Beaches

    • Highlight: Beachfront resorts with Portuguese-Indian architecture.
    • Best For: Beach enthusiasts and families.

    3. Rajasthan's Desert Kingdoms

    • Highlight: Historic palatial resorts.
    • Best For: History buffs and luxury seekers.

    4. Himalayan Foothills

    • Highlight: Mountain resorts with snow-capped views.
    • Best For: Adventure seekers and honeymooners.

    5. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    • Highlight: Island resorts with pristine beaches.
    • Best For: Divers and honeymooners.

    6. Coorg in Karnataka

    • Highlight: Resorts in coffee plantations.
    • Best For: Nature lovers and trekkers.

    7. Rishikesh & Haridwar on the Ganges

    • Highlight: Spiritual resorts with yoga and meditation.
    • Best For: Spiritual seekers.

    8. Sundarbans in West Bengal

    • Highlight: Eco-resorts in the world's largest mangrove forest.
    • Best For: Wildlife enthusiasts.

    9. Pondicherry's French Quarters

    • Highlight: Coastal resorts with French colonial architecture.
    • Best For: History enthusiasts.

    10. Ladakh’s Rugged Terrains

    • Highlight: Resorts with views of landscapes and Buddhist monasteries.
    • Best For: Adventure travelers.

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SwaSwara Gokarna Karnataka

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If you would like to stay at a resort in India that nurtures your inner self this is a perfect destination resort to enhance that mind / body. connection and get back in touch with the elements of nature. All in a relatively luxurious setting. 

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Review of SwaSwara, CGH Earth Gokarna

SwaSwara is located in the serene environment of Karnataka, offering an escape from urban hustle-bustle and presenting travelers with untouched vegetation and proximity to breathtaking beaches. Its distance from major airports might be a drawback for some, but the promise of seclusion could be seen as a unique attraction for others seeking true tranquility.

The resort offers twenty-four thatched split-level villas built in the traditional Konkan style, emphasizing clean, uncluttered spaces with natural materials. The accommodation ensures privacy and comfort, with a special mention to the vast beds and the clever integration of modern amenities like air-conditioning without disrupting the authentic design.

A key highlight of SwaSwara is its focus on wellness and self-discovery. With amenities like daily group yoga and meditation sessions, guided nature walks, art lessons, and bird-watching, the resort provides a wholesome experience. The absence of TVs and music guarantees a peaceful environment, though the availability of Internet access ensures guests aren’t completely cut off if they choose not to be.

Service appears to be top-notch, with the resort’s intent on ensuring guests have a path to self-discovery. The presence of resident artists, Ayurvedic therapies, and daily activities promises an engaged and attentive staff.

Value for Money:
Considering the holistic experience SwaSwara provides, the pricing seems justified. Inclusions such as breakfast, yoga sessions, and other daily activities add value. The minimum stay requirement and distance from major transport hubs might be a consideration for some when assessing value.

SwaSwara, CGH Earth Gokarna is best suited for travelers looking for a peaceful retreat focusing on wellness and self-discovery. It’s an ideal choice for solo travelers, couples, or groups wanting to immerse themselves in nature, meditation, and rejuvenation. Given its tranquil environment and focus on wellness, it might not be the best choice for those seeking a bustling tourist experience or families with young children. The resort is a haven for those looking to disconnect, reflect, and revitalize.

The Leela Palace Kempinski Ban

A fine way to enjoy this great hotel is to book into the 5th floor of The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore, also known as the Royal Club.

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The owners promote this as the "perfect blend of privacy and quality". You don't need to miss that English breakfast or Caviar, Fioe-Gras, White Asparagus, Truffles, Escargot.... and more. 

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The Leela Palace Bengaluru Review

Rating: ★★★★★ (97/100)
Verified Reviews: 11,893


  • A prominent luxury hotel well-suited for sightseeing.
  • Strategically located near shopping areas.
  • Features luxurious rooms, a beautiful beach, and a great pool.
  • Famed for its outstanding vibe.

Description: The Leela Palace Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, is a luxurious sanctuary spanning over nine acres, including a serene azure lagoon. The hotel reflects the opulence of the Garden City. Its design pays homage to the regal heritage of the Vijaynagar Dynasty. Distinguished by gold leaf domes, intricate ceilings, and grand arches, it stands out among Bangalore's hotel offerings.

The hotel uniquely combines luxury and business, offering a wide range of rooms and suites designed to make any visit memorable. Its spaces mirror the royal magnificence apt for the tech-world emperors, ensuring guests receive celebrity-level service.


  • Located amid lush gardens spread across seven acres.
  • Outdoor swimming pool, spa, wellness center, and Yoga studio.
  • Four award-winning dining options, including Asian, Mediterranean, European, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai cuisines.
  • State-of-the-art rooms equipped with LCD TV, DVD player, minibar, and 24-hour room service.
  • Comprehensive spa treatments, fitness center, sauna, steam room, and hot tub.
  • Convenient location near Embassy Golf Links IT Park, Bagmane Tech Park, ISRO, and other business districts.
  • Close proximity to KGA Golf Course and shopping hubs.
  • 45 km away from both international and domestic airports.

Stay & Live: The hotel offers a diverse range of suites such as the Maharaja Suite, Royal Suite, Turret Suite, Tower Suite, and more, each designed to cater to different needs and preferences. These suites offer scenic views, luxurious amenities, and exclusive services.

Dine & Wine: The hotel boasts several dining options such as Citrus, which offers a global culinary journey, Zen for Asian delights, Jamavar for Indian specialties, Le Cirque Signature for French and Italian dishes, and The Library Bar for an assortment of beverages.

Leisure & Activities: Guests can embark on local expeditions, chauffeur-driven tours, guided market trips, and historical trails. There's also a dedicated section for wellness, weddings, celebrations, and business meetings.

In Conclusion:
The Leela Palace Bengaluru beautifully blends Bangalore's rich history with its modern tech-driven present. Whether you're in town for business or leisure, this hotel promises a stay filled with luxury, comfort, and memorable experiences.

Taj Lake Palace 

This resort is in the middle of Lake Pichola.  Clean white marble and mosaic remind you of the Taj Mahal. Dating back to 1746, the palace was built in the Aravalli Mountains on one side of the lake, on a four-acre island. 

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The place looks amazing and dream like as their website claims. Added to this are great reviews from many an experienced five star traveler.

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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Address: Grand Palace Hotel in Udaipur at Lake Pichola, P.O Box No. 5, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, 313001, India Contact: +91 294-2428800 Email:

Historical Overview: Constructed between 1743-1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, the 62nd custodian of the House of Mewar, the Taj Lake Palace, originally known as Jag Niwas, was a summer retreat for the Mewar Royal family. In 1963, Maharana Bhagwat Singh of Udaipur transformed it into a heritage hotel.

Key Highlights:

  • An 18th Century Historic Palace.
  • Floating in the Middle of Lake Pichola.
  • Exclusive Palace Butler Service.
  • Royal Historic Boat Romantic Dinner.

Hotel Policies:

  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • Check-out: 12:00 Noon
  • Early check-in and late check-out available upon request.
  • Payment methods: American Express, Diner's Club, Master Card, Visa, JCB International.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • The Palace operates a 'residents only' policy to ensure tranquility for guests.

Accommodation: Rooms range from luxury rooms with views of the garden or lake to grand suites. Notable accommodations include:

  • Luxury Room Garden Non Lake View: ₹ 37,500/night (excluding taxes)
  • Grand Royal Suite 1 Bedroom Lake View: ₹ 1,88,400/night (excluding taxes)
  • Grand Presidential Suite 1 Bedroom Lake View: ₹ 4,00,000/night (excluding taxes)


  • Ranked #3 in "The Best Hotels in the World" category, Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019.
  • Condenast Reader’s Choice awards - 2022.

Experience: Nestled in the center of Lake Pichola and built in 1746, the marble-clad Taj Lake Palace boasts majestic architecture. The palace offers unparalleled services such as custom yoga sessions at Jiva Spa, butler services for every room, and heritage walks that immerse guests in the property's rich history.

Rooms feature intricately carved wooden furniture, opulent silk fabrics, and modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Dining options range from the Neel Kamal, which serves the royal cuisine of Udaipur, to Bhairo, a rooftop European restaurant, and Jharokha that offers all-day dining with a view of Lake Pichola.

For those looking for a mix of luxury and local culture, the Taj Lake Palace is a sublime choice.

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Shanti Morada Calangute

A great little hide-away that is at the same time, not to far from the action around Goa. A tiny little resort which provides exceptional service and also puts on a great hot breakfast and free transfers (at the time of writing).

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Review: Storii By ITC Hotels, Shanti Morada Goa

Ambience (5/5):
Nestled within the picturesque lanes of Saligaon's global village, Storii Shanti Morada is an embodiment of history, culture, and elegance. It paints a beautiful canvas that intertwines the Portuguese and Indian legacies, captivating guests with its century-old tales and charm.

Accommodation (5/5):
The hotel offers 20 meticulously designed guest rooms. An amalgamation of traditional furniture and modern amenities, each room offers a view of the shimmering blue pool, assuring a serene and luxurious stay.

Facilities (4.5/5):
From an enticing outdoor swimming pool to a rejuvenating spa and wellness centre, the hotel ensures that the guests are treated to a plethora of amenities. The library, kids' play area, and banquet spaces add variety to the experience. While Wi-Fi is complimentary, the hotel's tour desk is ready to assist you with your travel and currency needs.

Room Amenities (4.8/5):
Air-conditioned and soundproofed, the rooms provide a cocoon of comfort and tranquillity. With a view overlooking the pool, the room's satellite TV, tea/coffee maker, minibar, and a lavish bathroom equipped with a bathtub and hairdryer ensure you feel pampered.

Location (4.5/5):
Its proximity to prominent landmarks such as Mãe de Deus Parish Church, Calangute Beach, and Baga Beach positions Storii Shanti Morada as a gateway to explore Goa's northern treasures. Despite being a little distance from the main transportation hubs, the hotel’s top-rated location by guests vouches for its appeal.

Cuisine (5/5):
Lantern Restaurant is a gastronomic journey, offering a spectrum of Regional, Italian, and Continental dishes. The maritime-themed Barco Hull lounge provides a delightful space to unwind with a choice of spirited and non-spirited beverages.

Overall Experience (5/5):
The true essence of Storii Shanti Morada lies in its invitation to delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Northern Goa. From the Neo-Gothic church, verdant paddy fields to heritage architecture - a stay here is not just about luxury, but a step back in time.

Storii By ITC Hotels, Shanti Morada is the perfect haven for those looking to immerse themselves in a blend of history, culture, and opulence, all while enjoying the modern comforts and conveniences.

The Oberoi Cecil Shimla

This 5 star luxury incredible India resort is located, in Shimla and comes complete with a health club, an indoor pool, a hair salon and some spa services. 

Review: The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

Ambience (5/5):
Perched at a breathtaking altitude of 7000 feet in the lap of the Himalayas, The Oberoi Cecil paints a colonial picture, transporting guests back to an era of grandeur and elegance. The setting in Chaura Maidan further accentuates its colonial charm.

Accommodation (5/5):
The luxurious accommodations are a confluence of classical furnishings and Burma teak wood floors, making them a treat to the senses. The rooms are not only aesthetically pleasing but are also equipped with modern amenities like satellite TV, DVD player, and free WiFi.

Facilities (5/5):
The hotel boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, ensuring a pleasant dip irrespective of the season. The world-class Oberoi Spa is the perfect sanctuary to rejuvenate, while the fully equipped fitness center caters to those who wish to keep up with their fitness regime. The billiards room and kids' activity center are great additions for leisure and recreation.

The Oberoi Cecil ShimlaThe Oberoi Cecil Shimla

The staff can arrange good quality concierge services, dry cleaning/laundry services, currency exchange, and computer rentals and there is a nice fireplace in the lobby near the library.

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Dining (4.5/5):
Guests can relish an array of European and Asian delicacies at The Oberoi's restaurant. For those who prefer a casual setting, the Tea Lounge and Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a tranquil drink or a cup of tea.

Location (4.8/5):
Its proximity to prominent landmarks like the Vice Regal Lodge, the erstwhile summer abode of the Viceroy of India, adds to the hotel's appeal. Though it's just a short 10-minute drive from Shimla Station, the travel time to Jubbarhatti Airport is notably longer.

Overall Experience (5/5):
The Oberoi Cecil isn't just a hotel; it's an experience. It beautifully blends Shimla's colonial past with world-class amenities and service. The mandatory meal supplement for special dates like 24th and 31st December is a small price to pay for the opulence that awaits.

Solo travelers have a penchant for this location, rating it an impressive 8.9 for a one-person stay. A stay at The Oberoi Cecil, managed by the renowned Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, ensures a foray into luxury and history, right in the gateway to the majestic Himalayas.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

This is another of those resorts who hunt the globe looking for the best possible service and experiences. This huge complex is home to only about 60 guest rooms. Combine this with a huge staff to guest ratio, and you can begin to understand why almost all guests leave completely satisfied they have had a truly remarkable experience at an incredible India resort.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

Review of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Overview: Umaid Bhawan Palace, built between 1928 and 1943, is a true testament to Rajasthan’s grandeur. It's not just a symbol of Jodhpur's rich history but also a representation of luxurious hospitality. Touted as the sixth-largest private residence globally, the palace provides an intricate blend of historical elegance and modern amenities, ensuring that visitors experience a journey through time while enjoying contemporary comforts.


  1. Location: 5/5 Pros: Nestled in the heart of Rajasthan, the palace's location provides easy accessibility to Jodhpur's major attractions. Its proximity to the historical Mehrangarh Fort and the Baradari Lawns accentuates its charm. The serenity offered by its location, combined with its historical significance, is unmatched. Cons: Being a heritage location, surrounding areas might get crowded during peak tourist seasons.
  2. Accommodation: 4.5/5 Pros: Rooms, ranging from the Palace Room to the grand Maharaja Suite, are intricately designed reflecting both Art Deco interiors and Rajasthan's royal decor. The unique themed Historical Suites, once the residences for visiting royalty, add to its allure. Cons: Due to its historic nature, some rooms might lack certain modern elements that travelers accustomed to ultra-luxury might expect.
  3. Amenities: 5/5 Pros: With offerings like Palace heritage walks, exclusive butler service, and folk performances, guests are treated to a culturally immersive experience. The Taj Kids program and pet-friendly nature of the resort are unique amenities that cater to diverse guest needs. Cons: Some amenities might be seasonal or subject to availability.
  4. Service: 4.8/5Pros: From the information provided, the exclusive butler service and evening rituals hint at top-notch service. As a part of the renowned Taj Group, expectations for impeccable service are high. Cons: Without firsthand accounts, it's hard to point out any service-related issues, but it's always good to check updated reviews from recent guests for the most accurate assessment.
  5. Value for Money: 4.7/5 Pros: The rich history, unique amenities, and luxurious accommodation promise an experience worth the expense. The inclusion of cultural experiences like heritage walks further adds to the value. Cons: For some, the cost might seem high, but it's essential to factor in the unique and royal experience offered.

Recommendation: Umaid Bhawan Palace is best suited for travelers seeking a luxurious and culturally rich experience. It’s ideal for history enthusiasts, couples on a romantic getaway, and families looking to experience Rajasthan's royal heritage. While it's a splurge, the experience promises to be unforgettable.

What criteria did you use to select the best resorts in India?

Answer: Our criteria were based on location, guest reviews, amenities, uniqueness, cultural significance, service quality, and value for money. We also considered feedback from industry experts and guest testimonials.

Are these resorts suitable for all budgets?

Answer: While we have included luxury resorts known for their opulence, we've also featured some that offer a premium experience at a more affordable price point, catering to a range of budgets.

Is it safe to stay in these resorts given the post global health concerns?

Answer: Most top resorts in India have implemented stringent health and safety protocols in response to global health concerns. However, it's always advisable to check with the individual resort and read recent guest reviews for peace of mind.

Do these resorts cater to specific types of travelers, such as families or couples?

Answer: While some resorts are more family-friendly with amenities for children, others might cater to couples looking for a romantic getaway. In our article, we've mentioned the target audience for each resort.

Are these resorts easily accessible from major cities in India?

Answer: Many of the resorts are in prime locations and are easily accessible from major cities. However, some are located in more secluded or offbeat locations, offering a unique and serene experience away from the hustle and bustle.

Do these resorts offer local experiences or excursions?

Answer: Absolutely! Many resorts, especially those in culturally rich regions, offer local experiences ranging from heritage walks, local cuisine tastings, to excursions to nearby attractions.

Is there a best time of year to visit these resorts?

Answer: While many resorts are suitable for year-round visits, the best time may vary based on the region's climate. We've provided recommendations on the best visiting months for each resort in our article.

Can I expect traditional Indian hospitality at these resorts?

Answer: Absolutely! Indian hospitality is renowned globally, and these resorts aim to provide guests with an authentic and warm Indian experience.

For more resorts, take a look at our luxury Asia resort list.

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