Our Favourite Luxury Hotels in India

India knows a thing or two about hospitality. At the backbone of this industry is a phrase that most Indians identify with: “AtithiDewoBhawa”. Translated, it means ‘A guest is akin to God.’ So, expecting to be treated like royalty isn’t a stretch by any means, especially when it is at one of India’s many über luxurious hotels. Here’s some of our favorite Luxury Hotels in India


The Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

It is no surprise that the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is widely accepted to be the very best among India’s most luxurious hotels. Surrounded by all sides by the magnificent Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace was built in 1743 to serve as the summer retreat for the royal dynasty of Mewar. The white marble used liberally in its construction shimmers above the lake waters bestowing upon it an otherworldly charm. Having waited on guests like Queen Elizabeth and Jacqueline Kennedy, the royal butlers, like the rest of the burgeoning staff, are adept at providing for every whim and fancy of their guests. For your pick of luxury hotels in India, look no further than the Lake Palace.
Great for: Honeymoons, anniversaries and any other very special occasion

Umaid Bhavan, Jodhpur

Another Taj property, Umaid Bhavan is perhaps one of the most expensive hotels in India, and with good reason: it is one of the world’s largest private residences, that of the Jodhpur royal family, part of which has been converted into a hotel. Recently, it also won a traveller’s choice award as the best hotel in the world. Any list enumerating India’s most luxurious hotels would be considered incomplete without a mention of Umaid Bhavan.
Great for: When you feel like being treated like royalty

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom

It is only natural that at least one hotel in God’s own country would feature among India’s most luxurious hotels. And Kumarakom Lake Resort does ample justice to its inclusion. Situated on the banks of the sprawling Vembanad lake, this property is the perfect blend of traditional architecture and modern-day conveniences. And then there is the famed Kerala cuisine, rounding off a singularly indulgent experience.
Great for: A luxurious break on a family holiday

Falaknuma Palace, HYEDERABAD

Hyderabad was considered the richest kingdom of pre-independence India, and the Falaknuma Palace was the residence of the Nizam (ruler) of Hyderabad. So, its opulence is a given. Restored under the watchful of the erstwhile princess, the hotel is replete with riches of a bygone era, including Venetian chandeliers, antiques, priceless murals, and labyrinthine gardens. Little wonder that it is also one of the most expensive hotels in India.
Great for: A glimpse into how the other half lives, at one of the most opulent hotels in the country

The Oberoi Amarvilas

It is said that the Taj Mahal is to be seen to be believed. No photograph or description, however eloquent, could do it justice. At the Oberoi Amarvilas, you can do that from the comfort of your suite. This alone justifies its place among India’s most luxurious hotels. But there is a lot more to Amarvilas than just the view: every room is outfitted with the choicest of furnishing, and the hospitality is without fault.

Great for: An indulgent break as you travel across North India, with the Taj Mahal always in your line of sight

This is just a few of the many luxury hotels in India, Planning a Luxury trip across India and would like to include some of these mentioned hotels do let us know we would love to help you plan your next holiday to India – get in touch!

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