Our Pick of the Most Romantic Hotels in India
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If you’ve got that lovin’ feeling, and are looking for a holiday to celebrate it, you should definitely consider some of the romantic hotels in India. While the country isn’t best known for romantic getaways, you might be surprised at the experiences you’ll find here. There is, of course, a wide range of environments from the mountains to sweeping coastlines – so you can have your choice of background (or even mix it up a bit!), but more than that, there’s also an incredible variety of gorgeous hotels and romantic resorts in India to choose from. Here are some of our top picks for most romantic hotels in India – which includes a mix of quiet boutique hotels, opulent palace resorts and everything in between. You’ll find options for a honeymoon, active holiday, or even family-friendly options for those of you with a brood.
For a magical honeymoon: The Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
This one’s not just one of the most romantic hotels in India, we’ll argue that it’s one of the most romantic in the world! The erstwhile palace of the Nizam of Hyderabad, this ‘mirror of the sky’ lives up to its name, and is a spectacular structure. Antique fixtures and furnishings, beautifully restored, fill the elegant spaces – it’s like stepping into a fairytale! A stay here is a magical experience, right from the shower of rose petals that greets you when you arrive. And the fabulous treatment will continue throughout your time – champagne at sunset, candle-lit dinners for two, and much more is on offer here!
For a mountain wonderland: Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas
Places that claim to be ‘luxury honeymoon hotels’ are aplenty, but there few that fit the bill as well as Wildflower Hall, about 16km outside Shimla – especially if you love the mountains! Shimla was the British summer capital, and this region is full of colonial homes – but few are as lovely as this place. The former home of Lord Kitchener, it’s got a fantastic spa (perfect for a bit of honeymoon pampering), and a stunning infinity pool that overlooks Himalayan peaks. And the rooms are nothing to laugh at, either! If you don’t want to stay tucked into bed all day, there are a few easy excursions you can opt for in the area – the staff will be happy to assist you plan a picnic or trek. But we’ll be surprised if you feel like leaving!
For a tropical island escape: Jalakara, Andaman& Nicobar Islands
If you’ve got Castaway fantasies, this one should be right up your alley! Jalakara, on Havelock island in the Andamans, is a self-proclaimed hybrid between a boutique hotel and private villa. It’s got a handful of rooms and suites, each done up in a rustic-chic vibe, with dark woods and stone. It’s a lovely, intimate space that invites you to disconnect from the rest of the world and just be. Jalakara’s also great if you’re interested in getting a bit active – the scuba diving and snorkelling around Havelock is fantastic!
For a touch of the wild: Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh
For those of you whose idea of romance includes some time in the jungle, Samode Safari Lodge is a fantastic option. While India has many amazing safari resorts, including Oberoi’s Vanyavilas in Ranthambore and the Taj Safari lodges, we love this one for the intimate experience it offers. Samode Safari Lodge has 12 luxurious villas that reflect the local architecture and design styles – and enormous bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and a deep tub that’s perfect to sink into after a day spent tiger-spotting in Bandhavgarh. It is this, the attention to detail, and, most of all, the surprise mealtime venues (yes, you’ll be served all your meals at a different location!) that make this one of the most memorable and romantic hotel experiences in India.
For some family-friendly ‘we-time’: Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala
A traditional, authentic Kerala experience steeped in quiet luxury is what you can expect from the Kumarakom Lake Resort. The villas here are all built from heritage homes from across Kerala, set around lush greenery and waterways that wind through the property. And, because of the range of activities on offer here, it’s also a good choice if you’re travelling with family! The resort offers craft classes to keep the younger ones occupied and happy, and has a lovely infinity pool to lounge in and an Ayurveda spa, housed in the carefully restored 200-year-old home of a
family of famous Ayurveda practitioners, to get pampered at – what more could you want!
For the Taj Mahal in all its glory: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
The Taj Mahal is an eternal symbol of love, and for a truly special viewing, look no further than the iconic Oberoi Amarvilas, sited just 600 metres away from the monument. That view itself – you can see the Taj Mahal from every room here! – could make this one of the most romantic hotels in India, but the resort itself is magnificent, designed to reflect the Mughal heritage of Agra. The Amarvilas has special offers for couples, including special treatments at the spa and an intimate dinner experience, complete with a moonlit view of the Taj Mahal. There’s no way we could leave it off this list!