Top 10 Resorts in India

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A stay in any one of the finest resorts in India is an enchanting, enlightening, and blissful experience for the senses. When you say that these resorts are epitomes of grandeur and luxury and provide world-class services to their guests, it is actually not saying much. These restful abodes have been thoughtfully constructed in the midst of breathtaking and serene natural landscapes, away from urban sprawl and chaos, and thus soothe the senses of the stressed-out city slicker. The décor and the cuisine in most of these resorts strongly reflect the influence of various local historic and artistic traditions and as such provide interesting glimpses into unknown facets of Indian culture. Below is a list of the top 10 resorts in India that provide such eclectic experiences.

10. Agatti Island Beach Resort, Agatti Island, Union Territory of Lakshadweep

You needn’t even peek into its luxurious quarters or taste the mouth-watering fare from its kitchens to know why the Agatti Island Beach Resort is considered one of the finest in India. The quaint beach huts and the opulent and absolutely secluded bungalows of this resort are situated amidst spectacular natural environs—silvery white sands that are washed by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and a landscape dotted with coconut and palm trees. The air of tranquility that surrounds the place engulfs your senses immediately. The luxurious living quarters of the resort are tastefully decorated and reflect indigenous cultural traditions. Sink into the opulence here, feel pampered with personalized Ayurvedic spa treatments, tuck into local delicacies, and soak in the ambience of the island as you get used to being treated like royalty during your stay at the Agatti Island Beach Resort.

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9. Aguada Hermitage, Goa

The Aguada Hermitage in Goa resides in the soothing lap of Mother Nature and creates a sanctuary for the body, mind, and soul with its myriad offerings, services, and amenities. Nestled amidst the verdant slopes of Sinquerim, the resort offers quite a range of luxurious accommodation options, like private and independent villas that offer absolute seclusion and luxurious two- to eight-bedroom units that are ideal for traveling groups of varying sizes. These units offer an exclusive range of amenities to care for your comforts and conveniences while the resort thoughtfully offers facilities and services like Ayurvedic and beauty treatments, car rental and transportation to and from the airport, babysitting, and a doctor on site. And with a shopping arcade within the premise, the resort is almost a city in itself. The enchanting natural surrounds of the Aguada Hermitage coupled with the hospitality offerings make a stay here a therapy for the body and mind.

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8. The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore, Rajasthan

Now here is LUXURY where you would have least expected it! Considered as one of the best luxury jungle resorts in the world by the Travel + Leisure magazine, the Oberoi Vanyavilas is situated just minutes away from the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and thus makes for an ideal base from where you can explore the rugged and wildly beautiful tiger terrain. The sprawling luxury tents come with an outside deck and a separate seating area. The tents are fitted with all conceivable means of urban creature comforts and conveniences like free-standing roll-top baths, broadband Internet accessibility, and satellite television. The extensive and holistic spa packages include Ayurvedic treatments that are customized to your body type and a host of specialty baths to refresh, relax, and rejuvenate your sinews and senses.

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7. The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

The Oberoi Cecil in Shimla is situated at a dizzying height of 7,000 feet amidst the craggy and snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. Regarded as one of the finest heritage hotels in India by the Travel + Leisure magazine, the Oberoi Cecil will make it to any list of the best resorts in the country simply by dint of its eclectic ambience. This century-old resort has been lovingly and painstakingly renovated to reflect the grandeur of the colonial era. The crackling fires look inviting while wooden floors add to the warmth of the ambience. The rooms and suites are plush and offer a wide range of comforts and luxuries to thoroughly spoil you. The amenities and facilities in the resort include a heated swimming pool, a spa that offers a range of Eastern and Western treatment and wellness packages that include a chakra balancing routine carried out to the accompaniment of the soothing sounds of a Tibetan singing bowl, and round-the-clock concierge. A stay at the Oberoi Cecil is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the majestic beauty of the Himalayas while being pampered and waited on hand and foot.

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6. The Leela Kovalam, Kovalam, Kerala

The Leela Kovalam takes your breath away even before you enter its uber-luxurious portals. The resort is perched atop a cliff and commands sweeping views of the pristine sands of Kovalam and azure waters of the Arabian Sea. The rooms and suites here are done up tastefully and elegantly and offer an unmatched array of creature comforts and regal luxuries to relax your body while the Divya Spa offers a host of traditional and personalized Ayurvedic treatments to soothe your frayed nerves. The many multi-cuisine in-house restaurants will entice you with an eclectic and lip-smacking assortment of delicacies from all over the world. A stay at The Leela Kovalam is guaranteed to be a sensorial experience that will leave you rejuvenated.

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5. Taj Lands End, Mumbai, Maharashtra

An extremely vantage location near the business hubs of Andheri, Bandra-Kurla, and Worli and the international and domestic airports. Accommodation options that sound the last word in opulence and luxury. Hospitality services that make you feel like a king. These are just some of the reasons why the Taj Lands End in Mumbai is regarded as one of the premier resorts in India. The rooms are fitted with an amalgam of luxurious amenities while guests who opt for the suites here can avail round-the-clock personalized butler services. There is a separate floor for unaccompanied female guests who are tended to by female butlers. There are a host of in-house specialty fine dining restaurants at the resort that serve a range of cuisines, like Indian, Asian, Western, and organic. The pride of the place is the three-storey lounge where you can sip the finest single estate teas and coffees from all over the world and smoke a limited edition cigar as you enjoy a live piano or jazz performance. The Taj Lands End in Mumbai is a stellar resort where every service and amenity bears the unmistakable stamp of the legendary Taj brand of hospitality.

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4. Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom, Kerala

The divine touch and the resourcefulness and ingenuity of man have gotten together to catapult the Kumarakom Lake Resort to an exalted position amongst the top 10 resorts in India. Located in God’s Own Country, amidst verdant greenery, and overlooking the placid waters of the Vembanad Lake, this resort is a haven of serenity and a cradle of creature comforts. Regarded as the best specialty Ayurvedic resort in India and one of the best resorts in the country by the World Travel Award jury, this getaway offers an extensive range of therapeutic and wellness packages that are customized to meet individual needs, like weight loss, de-stressing, detoxification, beauty, and rejuvenation. The accommodation options include traditional Keralian houseboats, villas and suites with private pools, and opulent rooms that overlook the tranquil and enchanting tropical surrounds. You can tuck into mouth-watering Keralian vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies in the specialty in-house restaurants or sip some exotic brews and infusions at the tea shop located within the premises. A stay at the Kumarakom Lake Resort is a feast for your senses and a balm for your soul.

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3. Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttaranchal

The Ananda in the Himalayas is the best spa resort in India and according to the Conde Nast Traveller magazine, one of the best luxury spa resorts in the world. Nestled amidst the high slopes of the Himalayas and overlooking the sacred Ganges River, this spa resort offers a staggering range of treatments and therapies—close to 80 body, beauty, and wellness packages that combine age-old Eastern traditions and Western scientific concepts. The 24,000 square feet spa has been thoughtfully designed to be a balm for the senses while the various treatments have been customized to suit health and wellness goals like anti-aging, de-stressing, detoxification, relaxation, and weight loss. The rooms and suites at the Ananda are havens of luxury while the cuisine at the in-house restaurant has been carefully put together to revitalize you and excite your taste buds. A stay at the Ananda in the Himalayas is truly a therapeutic experience that you cannot hope to have in any other resort in India.

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2. The Leela Palace, Goa

Every facet and façade of this beach resort exudes class and elegance, right from the grand edifice that reflects an eclectic architectural fusion to suites (some with private plunge pools) that scale the heights of comfort and luxury and from the extensive range of hospitality services to an enchanting beachfront location. This World Travel Award winner is a stunner even amongst the other world-class resorts of Goa. The architectural design of the resort is an intriguing and soothing fusion of Indian and Portuguese styles while the opulent rooms and suites command sweeping views of the ocean and lagoon. The Spa at The Leela Palace offers an extensive range of Ayurvedic treatment packages along with other Eastern and Western wellness therapies. The resort also has a well-equipped gym and sauna rooms to complete the recreation and rejuvenation offering. A stunning location and a retinue of world-class hospitality services and amenities make The Leela Palace unarguably one of the top three resorts in India.

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1. Udaivilas Resort, Udaipur, Rajasthan

To many, India is a land of rajahs and maharajahs and the mere mention of Her name evokes images of pomp and splendor, brave warriors, gallant kings, and elegant palaces. The kings and queens of yore may no longer be around but a slice of the royal life can still be found at the Udaivilas Resort in Udaipur, situated in the middle of the magnificent Lake Pichola. With elegant buildings featuring sweeping pavilions and grand domes and set in the midst of sprawling courtyards and manicured gardens dotted with serene reflection pools and beautiful fountains, the mere sight of the resort transports you to an era when the royals ruled in Rajasthan. The interiors are no less splendid. Hand-painted frescoes, exquisite and delicate mirror work, and lavishly embellished domes exude an aura of royal pomp and sheer grandeur, which are also reflected in the luxurious suites here, all of which command beautiful views of the lake and the hills around. From the traditional Indian ceremonial welcome that awaits you at the end of the boat ride across Lake Pichola to reach the resort to a stay in the luxurious rooms and suites and from the extensive range of hospitality services and wellness facilities to a menu that liberally peppers in local and global cuisines, the Udaivilas Resort ensures that your stay is a feast for the senses and is fit for a king. The resort deserves to be called the best in the country for providing its guests with a heady taste of traditional Indian hospitality.

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CONCLUSION

The above-mentioned resorts in India represent various genres. But they have certain unmistakable similarities—strategic locations that let you bask in the bounties of Mother Nature without needing to venture too far from the urban centers and hospitality standards that are sinfully indulgent.

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