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The Park on Vembanad Lake - KERALA
This sophisticated ‘docking station’ for APSARA features 10 Luxury rooms, a Deluxe Suite, A restaurant, & a Bar. This also features a luxurious tented spa offering Ayurvedic & international treatments, a gym, Swimming Pool with a deck, bar and a space for live performance.
Every evening you can dine at the open air theme dinner in “Vallom” at The Park on Vembanad Lake, accompanied by a live performance or a cultural talk.
Before that you may just wish to explore the stillness around you by relaxing by the Pool and watching boats go by; or even indulge in the idyllic pleasure of fishing. Of course there are the rejuvenating and elaborate treatments at the tented spa – Aura; and you could stretch yourself – body and soul – through the evening yoga sessions or a workout at the Gym.
As you come away from your Apsara experience, you wonder how it could have been everything – so calming and restoring, such an adventurous exploration, so simply luxurious, - and how could four days have created so many stories and memories to take home.
Luxury Lake Cruiser - APSARA
Heaven on Water
Designed with luxury and comfort in mind, this eight - cabin cruiser is a floating boutique hotel in the tranquil waters of Kerala’s Vembanad Lake. The 28m, 300 sq. m boat is built on two levels; with eight rooms, a crew cabin, a galley, saloon, dining area & a sundeck.
The cabins are compact with LCD TVs, DVD Player, Safe, Minibar, high-speed internet connectivity, and a wide range of books, music and films. Displaying individual works of art, each cabin has a double bed, study desk & chair, and a bathroom. The interiors combine elements of Kerala’s magnificent heritage with the quiet sophistication of European yachting style. The textural furnishings applied to the walls and ceilings of the interiors include veneer, rich leather, silk and natural cottons with marble used in the bathrooms.
The dining area seats 24 guests with panoramic view of the backwaters. Guests can enjoy international cuisine on the cruiser as well as sample local fare and produce along the shoreline. Local cultural & Educational tours also ensure the full Kerala experience. Foot, head and shoulder massages will also be available on the boat offering a completely rejuvenating experience.
RASA RESORT- JAIPUR
On the outskirts of Jaipur lies the historic Amber Fort. Adjacent to its meandering fort wall is an ancient gateway beyond which you discover a valley transformed into a geometric garden. Forty futuristic tents that look like canvas cubes rendered in patterns are inter – spaced with sculpted landscape against a background of rocky hills. This combination of contrasts evokes a range of emotions and tastes that the word “rasa” stands for. Located 15 kms north of Jaipur, this unique exploration of modern Indian nomadic tents is for the traveller who appreciates an experience that is distinctive and yet of local origin.
Enter a 500 sq. ft. tent where the tactile and sensual elements come alive in the detailing of ideas and materials. Each tent has large bay windows with light filtering latticework and a high roof that recedes in a slope above a four – poster bed. The interiors are done in shades of brown stone, wood and leather giving a sense of pared down luxury through a strong contemporary aesthetic.
DEVI RATN – JAIPUR
Rajasthan brings to mind a land full of colour, vibrance and cultural splendour. Devi Ratn located in Jaipur has a vocabulary of design that looks inwards at this rich source for inspiration. The all suite Devi Ratn boutique hotel is a place that combines lyrical spaces with bold architecture. All the 63 suites at Devi Ratn are celebrations of textures, patterns, latticework and colour. Planned along crescent shaped streets at varying heights, every suite is ensured a view of the Aravali Hills. There are also 3 Villas, set in an enclosed courtyard, each with a private pool and a Jacuzzi. The 1900 sq. ft. Villas are based on themes of metal – copper, brass and silver. The 12,000 sq. ft. Spa is a quiet and meditative place of rejuvenation. Based on the architecture of an Indian step – well, the pace of life shows as you descend into an all white space where the sound of water soothes you.
OBEROI AMAR VILAS – AGRA
With spectacular views of the Taj Mahal, no property in Agra can claim a better location than the Oberoi Amarvilas. Guests can watch the changing colors of the great marble structure at sunrise, midday, and at sunset from their elegant rooms. In addition to its unrivalled location, Amarvilas is simply a beautiful property, with white marble floors, richly colorful textiles adorning the walls, and tasteful handicrafts from throughout northern India. We recommend rooms with a private terrace, which allow unadulterated views of the Taj Mahal, and the hotel can arrange a candlelight dinner on the terrace for a truly romantic, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
OBEROI RAJ VILAS – JAIPUR
Rajvilas is located on several acres of pristine Rajasthani countryside, just minutes from the region's thriving capital: Jaipur. Once inside this majestic palace-like property, the luxury and elegance of the decor is overwhelming. The rooms and villas are set among sprawling green lawns, with dramatic pools and fountains. The Oberoi Rajvilas is a perfect base for regional touring or simply enjoying the fairytale grounds of the property. Be sure to try out their new spa that offers a variety of western and Ayurvedic body treatments.
TAJ LAKE PALACE – UDAIPUR
A 250-year-old white marble palace located right in the middle of Lake Pichola (guests take a boat to and from the hotel), the Taj Lake Palace is one of the most memorable places to stay in India. We recommend staying in a suite to get the full "Lake Palace experience" -- suites are decorated with rich silks, lovely murals, and ornate wooden furniture that pay homage to the building's rich and storied history. Touches like inlaid glass floral motifs around the doorways demonstrate the care that goes into even the smallest details. Sample some of the Indian and international cuisine served at the three restaurants: Amrit Sagar, Jharokha, and Neel Kamal. The Jiva Spa offers Indian rejuvenation therapies ranging from aroma therapy massages to Ayurveda-based techniques.
OBEROI UDAI VILAS – UDAIPUR
Ranked as # 01 Hotel in the world - Udaivilas, designed to resemble a traditional Rajasthani Palace perched over the banks of Lake Pichola, is intended to be the finest luxury resort in India. Mr. Oberoi dreamed of building this property for many years, and began drafting plans immediately following the success of Rajvilas and Amarvilas. Set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens, fountains and pavilions, this resort has 96 rooms, all of which have private terraces for al fresco dining; most have views of the City Palace and Lake Pichola. Eighteen rooms feature private swimming pools, as do the four Deluxe Suites, and single Maharaja Suite. Once completed, this will be the ideal romantic getaway in India's most enchanting city.
AMAN-I-KHAS – RANTHAMBHORE
Maharajahs in Jaipur once had exclusive hunting rights in what is now Ranthambore National Park, and the area has always been considered a precious national treasure. Now visitors can explore Ranthambore much as the Maharajahs did, in magnificent Mughal style. This Aman property features just ten luxury tents, each of which resembles a spacious mini-hotel, with a series of opulent "rooms" partitioned with cotton drapes. Three separate tents house the dining room, sitting room, and spa treatment area. An outdoor terrace and fireplace provides a comfortable focal point for the property and allows guests to absorb the surrounding natural beauty.
THE OBEROI VANYAVILAS – RANTHAMBHORE
The Oberoi Group expands their line of luxury resorts in India by creating new properties in Udaipur and Ranthambore. Opened in November 2001, Vanyavilas features 25 luxury tented-style accommodations adjacent to the famed Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Designed as a luxury jungle camp, this is the first true resort in any of India's game or wildlife reserves. Each air-conditioned tent measures nearly 800 square feet and is elegantly designed with teak flooring, canvas tented roof, and a private outdoor lounge surrounded by walled gardens to ensure total privacy. It is from here that one may steal a glimpse of an elusive Bengal tiger, with assistance from an expert guide in one of Vanyavilas custom-built safari vehicles.
COCONUT LAGOON - KUMARAKOM
Coconut Lagoon is an enchanting property located among the narrow waterways and canals of Kerala - this is one of India's most magical natural areas. The resort, which is reached via a tranquil boat journey, is comprised of genuine Kerala-style cottages that are brought over from different parts of the region. This traditional style of accommodation, combined with a modern and luxurious interior, makes Coconut Lagoon a must for anyone traveling to South India.
THE TAJ UMAID BHAWAN PALACE – JODHPUR
Completed in 1943, this majestic yellow sandstone Art Deco palace was originally constructed for the Jodhpur royal family. Indeed, the 347 rooms do feel fit for a maharaja, and the surrounding 26 acres of gardens, lawns, and courtyards are lovely for an evening stroll. The impressive lobby has vaulted 100-foot-high ceilings and the guest rooms are equally grand, decorated in a tasteful Art Deco style that emphasizes clean lines -- and we love the deep marble bathtubs! Restaurants include the Trophy Bar, Risala, and the Pillars, which offers commanding views of Mahrengarh Fort and the city. Be sure to save time for a dip in the Zodiac Pool or have a cocktail on the terrace, overlooking some of the most impressive gardens in Rajasthan.
THE TAJ MAHAL PALACE & TOWER - MUMBAI
An architectural marvel right across from the Gateway of India, this historic hotel has been the place to stay since its grand opening in 1903. The interior combines Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles, dramatized with vaulted ceilings, onyx columns, graceful archways and hand-woven silk carpets. Guest rooms are located in two wings, the Palace and Tower, each representing a different era. We recommend the sea-facing Heritage Wing Rooms: these luxurious rooms have been refurbished with contemporary amenities, but the elegance of the past can be seen in the antique furniture, and artwork and artifacts that line the walls of the corridors and living spaces.
IMPERIAL – NEW DELHI
Reckoned amongst Asia’s finest hotels. The Imperial is a legend that offers a unique experience embarrassing facets of India’s History. The 24 king palms, that lead up to the porch, stand a witness to the creation of New Delhi. Conceptualized in 1934 by Blomfield and inaugurated by Lord Willingdon in 1936, it was in Lutyen’s scheme og things to build the most luxurious hotel in New Delhi. As New Delhi’s landmark Hotel, t is located on Janpath, the erstwhile qeensway. It is steps away from the renowned shopping district and major city attractions and a half-hour drive from the International airport. Among Asia’s most revered hotels, The Imperial spreads over fragrant, sprawling gardens and offers a unique experience that embraces both history and modern convenience.
OBEROI WILDFLOWER HALL – SHIMLA
Situated at 8,350 feet in the magnificent Himalayas, Wildflower Hall is a fairytale luxury resort set in 23 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar. The former residence of Lord Kitchener, rebuilt to a new magnificence, Wildflower Hall recreates the grand style of the colonial era. Enjoy beautiful views of mountains and valleys from the rooms, restaurants, outdoor Jacuzzi and the heated swimming pool. Nature lovers can explore the Himalayas and enjoy adventure sports. For the ultimate in pampering our luxury spa pavilions are tranquil havens for revitalizing the body and soul.
OBEROI CECIL – SHIMLA
A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Colonial era in the Queen of Hill Stations. Located in the majestic Himalayan ranges, The Oberoi Cecil is very much a part of Shimla’s colonial history. The hotel has been restored to its original grandeur with wood floors, period furniture, crackling fires and an inviting ambience. Built around a beautiful atrium, the rooms offer splendid views of the mountains and valleys. A heated swimming pool, billiards rooms and children’s activity centre and many opportunities for nature walks, make this luxury resort an all season destination.
LEELA KEMPINSKI – KOVALAM
A short drive from Trivandrum (Thiruvananhapuram) Airport unfolds The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, Kerala. With 182 rooms and suites dotted over many verdant acres, Kerala’s largest beach side resort is cradled between two sweeping beaches. Perched on a rock-face, this 5 star deluxe resort offers the most panoramic views of the famed Kovalam shoreline.
Along with spoiling you with a host of impeccable dining and entertainment options, The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, Kerala also has Divya, an authentic Ayurveda Wellness Spa. You could also choose to unwind in our splendid infinity pools that merge into the westerly horizon. And when living in God’s Own Country, can the living be anything less than divine? All our beach-view guestrooms have their own private sundecks. And the Sea View wing, which houses The Club, is perfectly positioned on a seaside cliff. Sounds divine, doesn’t it?
TAJ FISHERMAN’S COVE – MAHABALIPURAM
Taj Fisherman’s Cove, it is unbelievably easy to find your place in the sun; once an impressive Dutch Fort, it is now one of the finest beach resorts in Southern India with 88 luxury cottages and comfortably appointed rooms. Bask in the warm glow of our friendly service and spacious rooms with views of the white sand beach, lapped by the waters of the Bay of Bengal. To ensure that our guests while away on sun-drenched sands, our cottages are set on the palm-fringed beach.
DWARIKAS – KATHMANDU
The late owner of this property, Dwarika Das Shrestha, started the hotel as a labor of love: after seeing old buildings with ornate wood carvings being torn down, he began collecting the pieces and eventually used the salvaged material to decorate his hotel. The now-legendary property has become something of a living museum and a treasury of artisans' work that would otherwise have likely been lost. Each of the 74 deluxe rooms and suites are decorated in a unique style, though each features 16th century windows and Nepalese artwork, and some feature a private outdoor courtyard. Dwarika's hosts some of the best events in Kathmandu, including weekly outdoor barbecues by the pool, film screenings, and local music shows.
TIGER TOPS JUNGLE LODGE - ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
The stilted lodges and traditional roundhouse of Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge seamlessly combine comfortable luxury with the wild surroundings of Royal Chitwan National Park. Ride Elephants or leisurely float down the Naryani River with the Himalayas towering in the distance, to catch sightings of the Royal Benghal Tiger, Gharial Crocodile, One Horned Rhino, and countless other exotic flora and fauna. This is the perfect place to relax after a tiring trek in the mountains, an ambitious sightseeing itinerary, or for any nature enthusiast!
Nestled among dramatic snow-capped mountains and valleys, the Uma Paro seamlessly integrates itself into the eastern Himalayan countryside, one of the last pristine mountain landscapes on earth. Though local Bhutanese artisans used traditional methods in designing and building the 20 rooms and 9 villas, the result is somehow a clean-lined modernism that is both relaxing and peaceful. No luxury is spared: among other amenities, all rooms feature oversized bathrooms, DVD players, heated towel racks and in-room yoga mats. The one-room villas all have their own private spa and courtyard for absolute privacy. Using local organic produce, the restaurant serves Bhutanese cuisine combined with pan-Asian flavor and accents. More pampering awaits at the Como Shambhala spa, which offers Asian-inspired holistic treatments, a steam room, sauna, indoor pool and a yoga room.
Sticking to the luxurious, refined signature style of the Aman resorts, the Amankora offers 24 suites located below the remains of the 17th century fortress Drugyel Dzong. Each suite features natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs, and wood-paneled interiors with a king-size bed, a traditional bukhari wood burning stove, and a large terrazzo bath. The dining room opens onto a flagstone terrace and showcases spectacular panoramic views of the Dzong and the distant snow-capped peaks. To help guests unwind after a day hike, mountain biking, or a visit to the monastery, the spa treatments usually start with a hot-stone bath filled with local herbs followed by traditional treatments and remedies. The living room is also an ideal spot to relax and sip a glass of wine, with floor to ceiling glass windows and comfortable sofa and lounge chairs.