When it comes to the world's most luxurious resorts, some of India's resorts are always included.
Here we introduce the best 10 resorts in India. We hope this will help you spend wonderful holidays in India.
How to Choose a Resort in India
India has a thriving luxury hotel industry, so you have a lot of resort choices in India, from local brands to international brands.
The two most famous local brand resorts are Oberoi and Taj. These two rivals dominate India's luxury resort market.
They both endeavor to create unique and luxuriously palatial accommodation experiences, but they do have some differences in style. Most Taj resorts are housed in real palaces/forts, while Oberoi create new “palaces”.
Besides these two brands, there are also other local brand resorts like Ananda and international brands like Aman and Preferred.
Location could be another important element. For example, the Oberoi is the best choice in Agra because its resort takes up the best location — only 600 meters from the Taj Mahal, which allows you to enjoy the best view from any hotel.
If you are looking for a wonderful staycation in India, just contact us. We will arrange the best resort(s) for you according to your preferences and needs.
The 10 Best Resorts in India
Now you know a bit more about what is on offer, it is time for some more detail on the best and most popular resorts in India. You may find one that suits your preferences based on each resort's main features covered below.
1. The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur — Best Resort in the World
The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur has been rated as the No. 1 resort in the world by Travel + Leisure.
Built on 200-year-old hunting ground of the nobility, the property showcases the luxury and elegance of Mughal palaces, while introducing a comfortable and bright contemporary living aesthetic.
The resort enjoys a great location which is by Lake Pichola. It exudes a romantic atmosphere with excellent city views. Open your window and you would see the city glistening in the sun. You can also enjoy a private cruise on the lake with desserts and wine.
All rooms are equipped with private fountain courtyards. The swimming pool has been rated as one of world's top 10 beautiful pools. It overlooks the lake and the nature reserve. Built around the guest rooms, the pool offers the convenience of being ready for you to jump into as soon as you come to your room's terrace.
Cost: The prices in peak season is 800–1,000 USD for one night. Off season it costs 600–850 USD. Its luxury suite is around 4,000 USD.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur — Have Breakfast with the Queen!
This is a real palace. It includes all the details and style of royal life. The current Jodhpur royal family still lives there. Every morning, the Queen of Jodphur goes to the dining room for breakfast, so you could dine in the presence of royalty!
This grand yellow palace was built in the early 20th century. Boasting 11 hectares) 26 acres of gardens, the palace is the world's largest private residence after Buckingham Palace in London.
All suites have balconies with panoramic views of the garden. Each room was originally designed for the royal family.
The shade of trees around the pool provides a luxurious calm for those seeking relaxation, away from the hustle and bustle of modern India.
The resort overlooks ‘desert capital' Jodhpur. Featuring Art Deco and Renaissance design, the splendid appearance offers a royal ambience. You can also enjoy fine Victorian and Edwardian antiques.
Cost: A room costs US$600－800 in the peak season and about US$500 in the off season. If you want to enjoy a more luxury suite, you would need US$2,000–4,000. In the peak season, this goes up to as high as US$6,000–10,000.
3. The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra — Look out on the Taj Mahal
The Oberoi Amarvilas is known for having the best views of the Taj Mahal. Located just 600 meters (650 yards) from the Taj Mahal, the resort offers stunning views from its rooms, suites, lobby, bar, and lounge.
The resort is a blend of Moorish and Mughal style, with beautifully manicured terraced lawns, fountains, and traditional gorgeous interiors, which take you instantly back to the Mughal era and give you the illusion of being in 18th-century India.
The Mughal-style spa is also recommended. The spa is said to use oils and creams that were used by the Indian royal family 500 years ago.
Cost: It is about US$800–1,000 to enjoy a room in the off season. In the peak season, the price goes up to around US$1,100–1,300. For a suite, the cost is about US$2,000–4,000.
4. The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur — Practice Yoga in a Luxurious Tent
The 13-hectare (32-acre) royal garden's design highlights the exotic charm of the resort, which is set against the picturesque landscape of the surrounding countryside.
The building is not only constructed in the style of an old Mughal castle, but also has rose-pink walls echoing Jaipur's pink old town.
The resort has luxurious tents and also villas. The luxurious tents are air-conditioned, with traditional Indian red brick wallpaper on the walls and a roof woven with gold thread.
The restaurant uses herbs and vegetables grown on the property, which are natural and particularly healthy.
You can experience a variety of activities there, like experiencing the spa, joining a yoga class, or participating in outdoor activities.
Cost: You may need US$600–800 in the off season for a room and US$800–1,000 in the peak season. If you want a luxurious tent, you will need about US$1,000–2,000. A villa costs about US$4,000.
5. The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore — Luxurious Jungle Resort
This is a good place for a family trip. Adults can enjoy a quiet moment away from the hustle and bustle, while children can have the chance to get close to nature.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort is located near Ranthambore National Park (Bengal Tiger Reserve).
As the most luxurious jungle resort in India, the resort has spared no expense to carve out its own unique private spaces for visitors. Each individual tent is walled off to form a small village-like complex surrounding a central artificial lake.
You can go for an exciting tiger safari, experience jungle driving, explore the gardens, enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea while seeing the sunset views across the jungle from the top of the private observation tower, dine by the lake, do some stargazing...
Cost: A luxury tent in the peak season costs about US$1,000–1,200, and in off season it's US$600–700.
6. Taj Lake Palace Udaipur — an Antique Palace on a Lake
The Palace was once the summer palace of the king of South India. As the power of India's maharaja declined, this palace was converted into a resort by Taj in 1963.
From Mrs. Kennedy to Madonna, the number of celebrities from around the world coming to enjoy the authentic luxury of ancient Indian royalty is countless.
It was also a main set for Octopussy, the James Bond movie.
The resort was built on Lake Pichola. The pure white palace is set against the blue sky and the turquoise lake.
It can only be reached by boat, and just opens for its guests, which provides excellent privacy. When night falls, the palace on the lake is illuminated with sparkling water and light, just like in the glory days of the Indian royal family, centuries ago.
Cost: For a room in the peak season, it costs about US$1,000–1,200; in off season this goes down to US$500–700. A suite is about US$3,000–10,000.
7. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur — The Crown Jewel of Yesteryear
Rambagh Palace was originally built in 1835 as a garden residence for the nursing mother of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Later the current palace was converted and expanded on this foundation and has been the residence of the Rajasthan royal family ever since.
This palace resort is known as the "Pearl of Jaipur". It has a strong Indian royal atmosphere, especially with its magnificent gardens and luxurious facilities. The rooms are also designed in a traditional Indian style.
Rambagh Palace has hosted numerous dignitaries and heads of state. Bill Gates is said to love it.
The resort has a train as a bar. You can also take a ride in a vintage carriage with the help of the hotel butler for a definite royal feel.
Cost: The price is about US$400–500 for a room and US$600–5,000 for a suite in the off season. In the peak season, it costs US$600–1,000 for a room and US$3,000–10,000 for a suite.
8. Amanbagh, Rajasthan — A Real Luxurious Escape
Amanbagh is nestled in Alwar between Jaipur and Delhi. Compared to other tourist destinations, Alwar is much quieter.
It was once a hunting camp of the maharajas. Today, in the land of the kings of the past, the magnificent hunting palace has been remodeled, but still pays homage to Mughal India.
Evoking the grandeur of the Mughal era, each room features wooden screens and luxurious bathtubs made from a single block of marble. Even the bed is made of marble.
Ethereal peace is the main melody there. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea in the garden, relax in a cozy spa, explore the nearby village, visit the mysterious lost city of Bhangarh Fort ...
Cost: The price is about US$600–900 in the off season and US$900–1,300 in the peak season.
9. Ananda in the Himalayas — Best for Body Nurture
Ananda is an oasis, where you can relax and rejuvenate in a peaceful atmosphere.
Situated in the Himalayan foothills in Northern India, the resort is surrounded by graceful Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley. The ancient arts of yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation were born in this area.
It offers a variety of treatments like India traditional Ayurvedic massages, emotional healing, stress management, yogic detox, spas, etc.
If you want to find a hideaway to tone your body and mind, it is the best choice.
Cost: The price is about US$700–1,000 for a room in the off season and US$1,000–1,500 in the peak season.
10. The Oberoi New Delhi — Enjoy the Best Ayurveda Spa
Located in the heart of New Delhi, the capital of India, the Oberoi New Delhi is not only a popular resort, but also a landmark of the city.
It has hosted numerous presidents and celebrities. Its rooms overlook a grassy golf club and the World Heritage site Humayun's Tomb.
Its spa is considered one of the most luxurious in Delhi, where a trained physiotherapist will give you a range of treatments from Ayurveda (a traditional Indian healing system) to fragrant massages.
You can explore India's first luxury dessert shop and Threesixty, which has a collection of fine wines.
Cost: The price of this resort is relatively affordable compared to the previous options. For a room in the peak season, you will need about US$400–500 and in off season US$200–300. If you want a suite, you will need to spend about US$1,000–3,000.
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