One of the most distinguished addresses in the national capital, the 5-star Taj Mahal Hotel is a city landmark, located in the exclusive residential area of Lutyens’ Delhi close to the seat of government and foreign embassies. The hotel’s elegant interiors reflect the heritage of Mughal Delhi, with intricate motifs, golden inlay work, marble fountains, original art and a veritable showcase of historic artifacts. Exuding refined ambience, the hotel's 294 spacious guestrooms enjoy views over the city or pool and gardens through panoramic windows. Each room is appointed with every amenity befitting a property of this caliber. The health and fitness center features steam baths, sauna, Jacuzzi and traditional Indian Ayurvedic massage and Sirodhara treatments. A suite of restaurants offers a wide range of cuisines and beverages, and classic afternoon tea is served each day in the Machan and Emperor Lounge.
Location Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Kings Lodge is nestled among sal-forested hills in a large natural wooded estate just minutes from the Tala gate of of Bandhavgarh National Park. Surrounded by wild country, this elegant ecolodge enjoys an exceptional location near some of India's most diverse and abundant wildlife. The lodge exhibits a concern for conservation and local communities in every aspect of its design and operations. Utilizing stone, tile, stucco and wood, it is built to blend with its environment using a rural vernacular style of architecture and ecologically friendly construction methods, including eco-sensitive waste disposal systems.
Accommodations are in 10 cottage rooms and 8 stilt cottages, built with nature and solitude in mind. All have air conditioning, 24-hour electricity, modern en suite bathrooms, crisp cotton linens, dark wood furniture including a writing table and chair, and a large private veranda with views of the forest. Wi-Fi is able in the public areas. The dining room serves varied cuisines in a warm and romantic setting, with a fireplace and views of the expansive wild grasslands backdropped by sal-forested hills. An outdoor barbecue and bush dinner area provide opportunities for outdoor dining. In between morning and late-afternoon game drives, enjoy the swimming pool and sundeck, indulge in an Indian massage at the spa, peruse a book in the small natural history library, or climb up into the watch tower to survey the surrounding landscape and search for wildlife.
Location Kahna National Park, India
Bagh Tola enjoys an ideal location just a short drive from the Mukki Gate of Kanha National Park, one of India's premier tiger reserves. Edged by tall trees at the base of a sal-capped hill, the whitewashed jungle lodge bedecked with bougainvillea is designed to replicate the residence of the British Raj, a comfortable retreat for early forays into "inhospitable" wilderness. The colonial-styled compound welcomes guests with genteel ambience and personalized service. Eight rooms offer a serene respite after a day on safari, furnished with vintage finds scoured from old houses in Kolkata, Balaghat and Mumbai. All have four-poster double beds, comfortable rugs, an old hunter's desk and en suite bathroom with spacious tiled shower. Simple, healthy food is prepared by trained cooks from nearby villages. The dining space was designed to emulate the style of a family kitchen, an informal setting for guests to regale one another with stories of the day's events. Many evenings are spent in the company of conservation experts, species experts and wildlife writers who are also present to explore Kanha National Park.
ITC Sonar Hotel
Located outside Kolkata's city center, the 5-star ITC Sonar hotel provides luxury accommodation conveniently situated to the airport. The resort-like grounds offer an urban oasis amidst one of India’s most bustling cities. The enchanting expanse of beautifully designed gardens harbors more than a million trees and is accented with serene ponds dotted with water lilies. Though its architecture is sleek and minimalist, the hotel’s décor and ambience celebrate the golden age of Bengal during the reign of the Pala dynasty, an era of extraordinary cultural advancement. And, while opulent, the LEED platinum-certified hotel is a leader in environmental design and practices, receiving numerous awards for its achievements. Premium accommodations are offered in 238 airy and spacious guest rooms that exhibit a sophisticated contemporary flair. Each is appointed with every luxury amenity. The Kaya Kalp luxury spa—Kolkata's largest world-class spa with 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor pavilions—offers a tantalizing regime of therapies for complete body and mind rejuvenation. Guests can also work out in the fully equipped gymnasium, complete with Cybex cardio and strength-training equipment and the assistance of qualified gymnasium instructors. A diverse slate of restaurants and bars rounds out the ITC Sonar's inviting offerings.
Diphlu River Lodge
Kaziranga National Park, India
Diphlu River Lodge provides top-class accommodations in Kaziranga National Park, a magnificent Indian wildlife enclave that is a World Heritage Site. The position of the lodge is second to none: only the boundary river separates its extensive grounds from the national park itself, and the jungle views are exceptional. The charming cottages are raised on stilts and made of bamboo and thatch, using local materials to blend in with the stunning natural surroundings. Each spacious cottage has en suite facilities and is well-appointed with air conditioning, a seating area, mini bar, safe, refrigerator and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Each has a balcony from which to savor the magical environs in the open air.
Voted "Asia's Leading Hotel" multiple times at the World Travel Awards, the Trident Gurgaon is located in the central business district of Gurgaon, part of the New Delhi national capital region, just 30 minutes from the international airport. Designed by Thai architect Lek Bunag, the low-rise hotel is set amid seven acres of landscaped gardens, courtyards, walkways, reflection pools and fountains, creating a resort-like ambience. The hotel's 136 rooms are defined by warm, understated contemporary decor and enjoy serene views of the gardens and manicured lawns or the reflecting pools. Three restaurants feature world, Indian and Japanese cuisine, and an elegant bar offers drinks in a sophisticated setting. A separate pool bar serves beverages and casual fare alongside the magnificent outdoor swimming pool, while a spa and fitness center complete the hotel’s recreation facilities.
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