Luxury doesn’t come cheap. India maybe one of the poorest in the world, but the other side of the coin has her dipped in richness that few can fathom. I have here some of the most indulgent hotels in India, that aren’t that just by virtue of being expensive….. they are landmarks and epitomes for the world as well, in terms of the luxury they offer! How much they cost? That’s another thought! The most luxurious hotels in India…..
Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions—from the home of the queen’s favourite handmaiden, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi.
Today, this jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja. The palace retains its elaborate splendour, extravagantly decorated with hand-carved marble ‘jalis’ or latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and ‘chattris’ or cenotaphs, and elaborate Mughal Gardens. Within this most glorious of palaces showcasing the best of Rajasthan’s royal heritage, you also experience the best fine-dining restaurants in Jaipur. The palace butlers await to treat you like a personal guest of the Maharaja. Begin your experience at Rambagh, like the royalty from yesteryears with their special welcome too! Over the years, it has played gracious host to several illustrious guests, such as Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Charles and Jacqueline Kennedy, apart from most Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities. The Presidential Suite costs…. INR 3,30,000 A NIGHT!
Where: Bhawani Singh Rd, Rambagh, Jaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Falling in love with the charm of the “City of Lakes” is easy when you are staying at The Oberoi Udaivilas. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, the resort is spread over 30 acres of luxuriant gardens, with an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors that reflect the layout of Udaipur itself; whose seven lakes are linked by canals. The hotel was constructed on the hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar, which was around 200 years old. Around 40 percent of the total hotel area are designated a wildlife sanctuary.
Superior accommodations, fine restaurants serving signature cuisine and a quiet emphasis on your wellbeing with daily yoga and personally curated spa treatments. All brought alive by the sincere attention to your every need that is distinctively Oberoi. Be it a bespoke candle-lit dinner for two with the stars above, or dining at the al fresco dining terrace with a sweeping view of the City Palace and Lake Pichola, or a spa session immersed within all of that, Udaivilas is pure indulgence…. No wonder the Kohinoor suite here costs a whopping INR 1,100,000 for a night!
Where: Badi-Gorela-Mulla Talai Rd, Haridas Ji Ki Magri, Pichola, Udaipur
Umaid Bhavan, Jodhpur
Built between 1928 and 1943, Umaid Bhawan Palace is a magnificent piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, and a symbol of new Jodhpur. The luxury offered here is an extension of the fascinating bygone era and the rich history of a palace that has enjoyed actual royal company, Maharani BadanKanwar of Jodhpur having lived here. Home of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family and currently the world’s sixth-largest private residence, the palace has one thing in common with the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra…. the palm court marble used in its construction.
Perched on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace inspires with exotic views of the historical Blue City, vast sand dunes, and intimidating Mehrangarh Fort. The 26 acres of lush gardens, with dancing peacocks and a subterranean Zodiac Pool, the luxury five-star Taj heritage hotel offers 70 utterly breathtaking Art Deco- style rooms and suites. Be the royal guest at the palace’s various magnificent restaurants or Pamper yourself with rejuvenating signature treatments and therapies at the Jiva Grande Spa, the palace is one to soak in royalty!
Where: Circuit House Rd, Cantt Area, Jodhpur
Ranking amongst the best 5 star hotels in Delhi, The Leela Palace New Delhi offers you the finest in luxury and hospitality. The rich heritage of the city, along with modern design elements, is beautifully reflected in this modern palace hotel. The Leela Palace New Delhi offers state-of-the art amenities in a rich and royal setting that make a stay here an excellent option for both business and pleasure. The hotel also comes with an infinity pool, repeatedly rated among the top ten pools in a reputed list, adding to its exclusivity among other luxury hotels in New Delhi.
With grandness of the hotel housing 194 Grande Deluxe/Premiere/Royal Rooms, 42 Royal Club Rooms which include dedicated Butler and access to Royal Club Lounge and amenities and 18 Suites including dedicated Butler and access to Royal Club Lounge and amenities, and a welcome that makes you feel like royalty. It has several uber chic restaurants and an exclusive Spa by ESPA. The hotel has redefined international benchmarks of luxury hospitality and has been conferred with innumerable awards and accolades, including being in the Top 4 Best of the Best Hotels in the World… no wonder there! The Grand Suite with a plunge pool costs INR 2,57,500 a night!
Where: Africa Ave, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Featured as “One of the most Luxurious Holiday Destinations
in the World” on BBC, Kumarakom Lake Resort is a one of a kind luxury destination, a perfect blend of Kerala’s traditional architectural charm with luxurious, modern comforts. The rooms, villas and suites at Kumarakom Lake Resort are unsurpassable examples of grandiose. The careful reconstruction of manas, the 16th century traditional homesteads of Kerala, with many such manas having been transplanted from their original locations and reassembled painstakingly by hand, plank by plank, tile by tile, to create the luxurious abodes at Kumarakom Lake Resort. The traditionally styled, luxuriously modern, open-roofed bathrooms set in small, aesthetically designed courtyards are a common feature to the villas and suites.
Been host to The Royal Highnesses, Charles Prince of Wales’s 65th birthday , and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Kumarakom Lake Resort, reeks of traditional Kerala dipped in luxury.
Whether you pick the Presidential suite, The villas, the luxury pavilion rooms or the houseboat, the extravagance is the forefront. Stay, dine and truly experience the timeless beauty of life along the banks of Kerala. The minimum you shell out to experience the exotic stay is INR 36000.
Where: Kumarakom North Post – Kottayam, 686563, Kerala
Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Located just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, the world’s most exquisite testimony to undying love, it is easy to rekindle romance at The Oberoi Amarvilas. Inspired by Mughal palace designs; with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions, The Oberoi Amarvilas blows you away with unrestricted views of Taj Mahal from all rooms and suites, complemented by warm, personalised hospitality.
Tastefully appointed accommodation, exquisite restaurants serving authentic Mughal and international cuisines, private dining beside the silhouette of the Taj Mahal and couples spa treatments with Taj Mahal views. At The Oberoi Amarvilas, your experience of Agra will be unforgettable. The Kohinoor Suite, an exceptional accommodationhas Unparalleled Taj Mahal views that can be enjoyed from every room; even the king size bed faces Agra’s iconic monument to love…. for INR 1 cr!
Where: Taj East Gate Rd, Paktola, Tajganj, Agra
Living life Nizam-size at Taj Falaknuma…. perched 2,000 feet above the city of Hyderabad is Taj Falaknuma Palace, a jewel amongst the clouds. Built in 1894, it is the former palace of the Nizam, rumoured to be the richest man in the world at one time. Overlooking the twinkling City of Pearls, this enchanting palace exudes romance and grandeur that take one back to when the Nizam ruled Hyderabad. The 60 rooms and suites are beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored by Her Highness Princess Esra, the Nizam’s Turkish wife. Each provides marvellous views of the palace courtyard and the 400-year-old city of Hyderabad.
From the moment you arrive at Taj Falaknuma Palace in a horse-drawn carriage, our palace butlers treat you like royalty. Walk the walk of kings through the Grand Staircase to retrace the steps of Nizams, European royalty, enchanting Begums and distinguished Heads of State. The five-star luxury hotel, spread over 32 acres, allows you to journey to the gilded ages, where opulence and excess is celebrated and savoured in equal measure.
Where: Engine Bowli, Fatima Nagar, Falaknuma, Hyderabad
Taj Mahal Palace & Towers, Mumbai
258 Rooms & 12 Suites, 9 Iconic Restaurants & Bars and Views of Arabian Sea make Taj Mahal Palace & Tower an iconic, luxurious stay destination. Designed by American architect Melton Bekker, this luxury hotel opened its door to guests in 1973, instantly carving an identity into the cityscape. Bekker incorporated Indian design elements like Tanjore pillars from the south and arched balconies from 14th century imperial Rajasthan into the distinctive tower which is crowned with a jagged diadem. Four decades since, our hotel in Colaba continues to dazzle patrons with luxurious suites, iconic restaurants and sublime views of the city’s famed seafront. As a guest at the Taj Mahal Tower, you’re privy to world-class sophistication and impeccable service underscored by Mumbai’s warmth and vigour.
Should you choose to venture further, our concierge desk curates signature experiences that let you unravel the megalopolis’s multifaceted layers. Whether relaxing in your well-appointed suite, luxuriating at the spa or exploring Mumbai’s many alternative lives by the docks, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower assures you have a splendid time. The Apollo Suite won’t cost anything less than INR 60000.
Where: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai
Taj Exotica, Goa
Sink in to luxury at this beach paradise in the sunny state of Goa! In luxury’s own lap at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa , embrace the languid and laid-back life that is so characteristic of this sunny beach state. Located in Benaulim on the southwest coast of Goa and overlooking the Arabian Sea, this Mediterranean-inspired resort will slow down your time to a tranquil tempo, sprawling over 56 acres of lush greenery, and divided into the main hotel building with large deluxe and luxury suites, and villa rooms. All this space coupled with old-world architecture, flower-lined patios and a sunshine-laden atrium…
Within the luxurious five-star resort, savour the finest nuances of Indian and international cuisines. You could dine at our casual all-day eateries and formal fine-dining restaurant or relax in your room, and have us bring our fine fare to you. Lounge by the pool; de-stress, and soothe your city-frayed nerves with rejuvenating therapies at our Jiva Spa. The Presidential Suite will cost you INR 1,58,000 per night!
Where: Calwaddo, Benaulim, Goa