India’s Top 6 Luxurious Hotels, Resorts & Palaces

In India, luxury is defined by royalty. Many international celebrities including members of royal families have opted to spend their time in Indian resorts. The service that you get here is world-class. All the luxury accommodations are built keeping in mind the heritage of the country, and they will make you feel like an ancient Indian king or queen.

Staying at a luxury resort in India is much more than staying in a five-star hotel. It is an experience; an experience to cherish for a lifetime. So if you are ready for it, here are the top 6 places for you.

1. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Oberoi Udaivilas
Oberoi Udaivilas. Photo by The Oberoi Hotels.

If you think you have already stayed in some of the best resorts in India, then its time to rethink. Oberoi Udaivilas is the palace of your dreams. Situated near the Pichola Lake, the entire resort is built on a 50-acre land.

You will be provided with a personal attendant too. There are interconnected corridors and massive domes that give off a regal Rajasthani look to this place. Some rooms even have their courtyard.

The interiors of the resort are just mind-blowing. Some rooms even have gold furnishings. They serve some of the finest Indian and international cuisines. They have a bar overlooking the lake, large dining rooms, private dining rooms and even locations for a romantic dinner or a celebratory get-together.

Finally, the signature service of all Indian resorts: spa. They provide a variety of Ayurvedic, Indian and Western spas with the most trained individuals to assist them. It is one of the best resorts in this country.

2. Park Hyatt, Goa

Park Hyatt
Park Hyatt. Photo by Park Hyatt.

Thinking of a beach-side luxury resort? Well, look no more. Park Hyatt is one of the finest resorts in the world. Goa is the land of beaches, and naturally, this vast resort built on 45 acres of land overlooks the beach.

The resort has some beautiful waterways and lagoons amidst acres of well-kept lush gardens. The best part about this resort, apart from its exotic location and service, is its food. There are more than five restaurants here, each serving different cuisines.

Regarding spa, even their bathrooms are made in such a manner so as to provide a spa-like experience to the individuals. It is the perfect place for couples to spend some cosy time.

3. Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan lit up at night
Umaid Bhawan lit up at night. Photo by Taj Hotels.

From a distance, it looks like the Rashtrapati Bhavan (house of the Indian President at Delhi). But at a closer look, you will realise that this massive monumental structure is a beautiful hotel.

During a bygone era, Umaid Bhavan Palace was the home of the royal family. It is currently the sixth largest private residence in the world. Surrounded by gardens, sand dunes, lakes and the Mehrangarh Fort at a distance, it is truly a palace.

The local Rajasthani cuisines are made perfectly here. You also get a personal spa experience and all the facilities, including the airport, is at a very close distance. What better place to experience royalty than the abode of the royal family?

4. Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

A small pool within the resort
A small pool within the resort. Photo by Prashant Ram.

Kerala has a rich heritage and some delicious local cuisines. But these are not the factors that made Kerala noticeable in the international platform. What made it so infamous that people from all over the world come here is Ayurveda.

Ayurveda originated in India, but its still preserved with its ancient methods and elements in Kerala only. Kerala will heal your mind and soul. You cannot experience something like this in any other state of India.

Located near the pristine backwaters, this resort offers much more than a luxurious stay. You can avail intensive Ayurvedic treatments here. All of the treatments are done by professionals. It is the ideal retreat for celebrities. Even Prince Charles stayed here for his 45th birthday. So come over to Kerala and treat your soul.

5. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace
Taj Lake Palace at night. Photo by Jakub Michankow.

It does seem like Udaipur steals the title of providing the best luxury accommodations in India.

Known as the Venice of the East, Taj Lake Palace is so breathtaking that even words fall short. It is located right in the middle of a gorgeous lake. It resembles a little Taj Mahal with all the white marble structures.

Many international movies and TV series have been shot here. It is also the ideal location for weddings because who doesn’t want a wedding in a palace-like resort in the middle of a lake?

6. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

View of Taj Mahal from the hotel
View of Taj Mahal from the hotel. Photo by The Oberoi Hotels.

It is the most romantic resort in India. You would be wondering why a resort which is not even in the middle of a lake have such significance? Well, that is because it surpasses all other resorts and hotels by the mere fact that it provides a direct view of the Taj Mahal.

By the day, they let you travel in private golf buggies to this grand monument. Each of their rooms is made in such a manner that their balconies provide a direct view of this symbol of love. They arrange candlelight dinners for couples in these private balconies. What could be more romantic and royal than living in Mughal splendour while looking at the Taj Mahal all the time?

It is indisputably one of the best and luxurious hotels of India.

By Merlin Chacko

Currently studying English Literature at Delhi University. Obsessed with Harry Potter and NOT Shakespeare. I believe that nothing nourishes the soul like books and travelling. Constantly amazed by the Indian culture and its history. Personally feel that the old forts and ruined palaces in India are almost magical.

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