Luxe Retreats

Enough of stereotyped hotel rooms in boring, boxy buildings, in same-old city surroundings. Experiment with the unexpected. Step into an out-of-the-box, unusual living space. Make a home in a treetop hanging house, glass igloo, floating pod, prison cell. Live different.

La Villa, Pondicherry
Old-world charm of a 19th-century colonial house upcycled with modern flair…that’s La Villa. Original beams, Tamil Nadu tiles, furniture designed in reclaimed old wood and India maps for wall artwork complete the cool vibe. Fresh croissants for breakfast and classic French dishes by the poolside…what’s not to love? If unpretentious luxury is your mantra, this is the place to be seen.
Sujan Raj Mahal, Jaisalmer
1000-acres of tranquil base ‘camp’ to discover the golden sands of the Great Thar Desert. Luxury tented suites with private gardened areas and sunken, heated Jacuzzi dip pools. Eclectic fare cooked with fresh homegrown organic ingredients, rejuvenating healing spa therapies and tailor-made experiences to explore the area. Go beyond the budget for this one.
Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling
Aromatic sips of delight at a private family run tea estate, nestled in the mountains of Darjeeling…your passport to heaven. 150-year vintage style bungalow accommodation, British-era ambience, views of the world’s third largest mountain, Kanchenjunga and premium tea tasting ceremonies. Why not?
Aman I Khas, Ranthambore
10-acre oasis in rural wilderness of the Aravallis and 10 luxurious guest tents designed as Mughal pavilions to fulfil all your earthly desires. Ayurvedic spa treatments to revive you from within, fine cuisine cooked with ingredients from the organic kitchen garden, and tiger spotting safaris with trained resort guides. Gift from the gods above.
Taj Falaknuma, Hyderabad
Breathe an air of opulence in the former palace of the Nizam as you make a royal entry on a horse-drawn carriage entry. From the ornate grand staircase and oversized glittering chandeliers to the decadent rooms and private terrace dinners, Taj Falaknuma is a sensory experience all the way. Don’t pass up the opportunity for a holistic rejuvenatory session at the Jiva Spa.
Mateus, Goa
Check into a restored Portuguese mansion dated 1879, inside the vibrant, heritage zone of Fontainhas, Panjim. Old world elegance meets stylish amenities to create a boutique hotel that oozes everything Goanesque. Mango-yellow painted exteriors, antique four-poster bed, terracotta ceiling, antique artefacts and each room unique. Which one will be yours?