Ananda is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning, health and self - contentment’. The name could not be more appropriate for this gracious spa resort, which is surrounded by Himalayan foothills and overlooks the Ganges, in a region famed for its spiritual teachings and philosophy. The public areas of Ananda are located in part of the Palace of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, who still resides here. An annexe, built in 1910 for the visiting Viceroy, houses the reception, library, tea lounge, Indian restaurant and one of the oldest billiards tables in India.NARENDRA NAGAR
The Brunton Boatyard stands beside the city’s magnificent harbour entrance with views of passing craft. Although it is a new building the hotel perfectly echoes the Dutch and Portuguese colonial architecture of old Fort Cochin. Inside, lime washed walls and terracotta floors, fine public areas and a swimming pool complete the picture.Kochi (Kerala)
Nestled in the picturesque Aravali Range, RAAS Devigarh is an 18th century fort palace overlooking the rustic village of Delwara. Located 30 km northeast of Udaipur, it is a convenient 45 minute drive from the city and is in close proximity to the temples of Eklingji and Nagda.
After years of extensive restoration and rebuilding, this majestic palace was transformed into a hotel, which presents a unique vision of traditional and contemporary Indian fusion. The palace’s exterior was restored to its original quality and the interiors redone in a minimalist modern a style with emphasis on design and detail.
Lebua Resort, Jaipur is a unique boutique hotel and spa destination inspired by the rich culture of Rajasthan. Located 10 kilometres from the heart of Jaipur, the hotel takes its name from “Nav Ratn”, nine pure gemstones that focus cosmic energy. Jaipur’s famous gem craft is reflected in the materials used and the intricate detailing of public and private spaces. The sculptural architecture is reflective of the astronomical devices of the Observatory - Jantar Mantar.Jaipur
Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa is a 251-room spa-resort in the heart of pristine South Goa. The resort reflects Goa's rich cultural heritage in design and brings a new vision and standard of hospitality to the Indian sub-continent. It is characterised by a distinguished sense of place, incomparable design and architecture, beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, superior amenities and facilities, and creative cuisine.Goa
Set against the backdrop of the majestic Aravalli Mountains on one side of the lake, and lofty palaces on the other, the Taj Lake Palace spreads across a four-acre island – an almost surreal vision in marble. Opulent silks, richly coloured murals, and ornately carved wood furniture are just a few of the design elements that envelop the guests in a royal mystique. Offering sumptuous comfort and princely-inspired décor all rooms provide stunning views of the lake as well as luxury guest amenities.Udaipur
Situated on Mumbai's waterfront, this grandiose, stunning edifice, built at the turn of the century, evokes an old charm that cannot be replicated. Its tastefully appointed interiors are adorned with original paintings and rare objets d'art and each room is truly unique.Mumbai
This impressively restored palace-hotel, spread over 47 acres of lawns and gardens, is just a short drive from the old city gates. Domed cupolas, decorative parapets and stunning marble colonnades delineate the evocative mansion that was once the residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur.
The "Historical Suites" feature Rajput art, separate living areas and delightful screened verandahs overlooking the grounds. Both the nostalgic Polo Bar and Continental/Rajasthani restaurant are staffed by gracious turbaned waiters. Facilities include an indoor pool, outdoor pool, fitness centre, Spa and shopping arcade.
Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest residences in the world – set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens.
Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden-yellow sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco style of that time. After 15 years in construction, the 347-room palace was finally completed in 1943 and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur Royal family ever since.