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The Holiday Edit 2016 | Exploring The Best Boutique Hotels and Resorts in India
Who doesn’t love a chilled out holiday? Well, all of us do. Especially during the holiday season. Travel enthusiasts don’t need a reason anyway, as they are open to planning trips during anytime of the year. While luxury hotels, apartments or even a local stay usually tops a traveller’s list during the planning period (depending on one’s budget and preference), personally, we are huge fans of exquisite boutique hotels and resorts in India.
Every state, city and village in the country has so much to offer. Be it tourist attractions, culture, food and crafts; there is something unique that state has to offer. Similarly, boutique hotels in these states also have a USP ranging from breathtaking views to luxurious rooms and delicious food. In this feature, we round up a list of our favourite boutique hotels and resorts in India. Get set to pack your bags already, fellas!
Tamara Resort, Coorg
Nestled amidst pristine valleys, spice estates and the gorgeous Western Ghats, Tamara Resort is perfect for those who are looking to unwind, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With 44 luxury cottages and 8 suite cottages (the latter houses a private jacuzzi facing the Western Ghats), Tamara Resort makes for a luxurious getaway. The resort also offers exclusive Spa Therapies, leisure and recreation activities. One can also opt for a nature walk or the popular Rudraksha Trail The resort is surrounded by several valleys and waterfalls, which makes for a breathtaking view.
|Tamara Resort, Coorg|
Best Time to Visit: November to April
Golkonda Resorts and Spa, Hyderabad
Housed in a princely guest house built in 1917 by the last Nizam of Hyderabad, the Golkonda Resorts and Spa offers luxurious facilities at a decent budget. Despite being in the heart of the financial centre and just a little off the expressway, one cannot escape the tranquil ambience of the resort. While Garden Villas come with balconies that provide a stunning view, our favourite has to be the spacious double storey Duplex Villa, that comes with a private lawn. Who else fancies a cuppa with your loved one, while watching the setting sun? For anyone whose middle name spells Luxury, go for the Pool Villa, that comes with an exclusive Pool and butler at your service all day. The resort also has an activity area, several dining options, and a spa - salon. Easily one of the best resorts in Hyderabad.
|Image credit: Golkonda Resorts and Spa|
Best Time to Visit: October to February
Acron Waterfront Resort, Goa
A luxury boutique resort (part of the renowned ITC group of hotels), Acron Waterfront Resort is a haven for lovers of luxury in Goa. Situated next to the Baga bridge, with the Baga beach on right and the beautiful, serene Baga river in front of the property, Acron Waterfront Resort is a 29 room boutique hotel with amenities that can give any luxury hotel a run for their money. Despite the fact that this property is located right in the middle of all the buzz and happening hot-spots, the moment you enter the resort, you are transported into a quiet and calm world. A secluded place of your own, complete with an infinity pool, spa, lounge and gym area and a restaurant by Cyrus Todiwala, that whips up lip smacking food.
Best Time to Visit: October to February
Raas Haveli, Jodhpur
The perfect gateway for History Lovers. At Raas Haveli, Jodhpur’s first boutique hotel, the old world charm meets modern and contemporary times. The resort is housed in an 18th century Haveli, with three new additional buildings, where Jodhpur's red sand-stone unites the new with the old. The resort has 39 rooms, equipped with the best amenities, of which four are suites. What’s beautiful is the fact that almost every room in the hotel enjoys a spectacular view of the Mehrangarh Fort. Raas Haveli has two restaurants, catering to both Indian and International tastebuds.
|Image credit: Raas Haveli|
Best Time to Visit: October to March
The Glasshouse on the Ganges, Rishikesh
Part of the popular Neemrana Hotels group, The Glasshouse on the Ganges is situated at a stunning location, where the river Ganga turns around and flows north towards its source. Those looking at relaxing in a peaceful environment, look no further. Set in a lychee and mango orchard of the Maharajas of Tehri Garhwal, with a garden of tropical plants, full of rare birds and butterflies. What’s amazing about this resort is the fact that they have a sand beach of their own, unlike the other Rishikesh hotels. Adventurous folks can opt for activities ranging from river rafting, rock climbing, cliff jumping or a trek, while the ones looking for some serenity can indulge in a therapeutic massage at the Anand Kashi spa.
|Image credit: Neemrana Hotels|
Best Time to Visit: End of September / Early October to mid-November. Later, from Mid-March to first week of May.
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