Hotel Recommendations - South India
BRUNTON BOATYARD, FORT KOCHI
Situated right on the water’s edge, all of the Brunton Boatyard’s twenty-two rooms overlook the sea, as well as the en-suite bathrooms. Few pleasures rival a long hot soak in your tub of an evening, watching the dolphins play tag with the trading ships of the globe. Each room is finished with high wooden ceilings, cool terracotta floors, old teak furniture and lovely old portraits and maps throughout.
COCONUT LAGOON, KUMARAKOM
The distinctive architecture of Coconut Lagoon celebrates the local traditions and the villas, of the resort are built from remnants of ancient Kerala homes called tharavads. Some of these mansions are over 150 years old and were carefully dismantled and transported here in sections from houses that had fallen into disrepair. Here you will find that the hotel respects the rich but delicate ecosphere along with the vibrant culture of Kuttanad region.
TAJ FALAKNUMA PALACE, HYDERABAD, TELANGANA
The Taj Falaknuma is one of the most beautiful palace hotels in India and features in one of our client stories. The stunning building is one of the best things to visit in Hyderabad, and features in our Secrets of the South itinerary and article. After ten years of sensitive restoration, a new life has been infused into this sixty room private palace sprawled across 32 acres of verdant and unique themed gardens.
THE LEELA PALACE, BENGALURU, KARNATAKA
Here you will find a multiple of dining options and extensive banqueting and conferencing venues, providing ideal amenities for even the most discerning traveller. The fine-dining restaurant Jamavar at The Leela Palace serves authentic regional cuisine such as Kannadiga cuisine, a Bengaluru local specialty. There are also proud variants of South Indian dishes—from crispy dosas and other rice-based dishes that are savoury or sweet to the distinctive regional filter coffee.
EVOLVE BACK KAMALPURA PALACE, HUMPI
Recreating the architectural heritage of the Vijayanagara empire, the Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace blends historical elegance, palatial grandeur and modern luxury. The suites are split into four categories, all decorated in an Indo-Islamic style and inspired by the architecture of Hampi. Facilities include an infinity pool, a family swimming pool, a spa and two restaurants offering continental and Indian cuisine.
THE SERAI KABINI, KABINI
Located in the small village of Karapura, between Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National Park, the Serai Kabini offers luxurious cottages and a serene and tranquil ambience. The spacious riverbank cottages all have cosy interiors and feature a quaint sit-out area to relax and watch wildlife. The restaurant serves a wide range of multi-cuisine delicacies. Private dining and picnics can also be arranged.
HETITAGE MADURAI, MADURAI
Heritage Madurai is a seamless blend of traditional elegance and modern comfort set among lush gardens. After extensive refurbishment it was completely restored in keeping with the traditional architecture of the town. The rooms are spacious, tastefully furnished and designed to meet the demands of discerning travellers. The 18th-century columns and antique doors from the Chettinad district give the hotel a distinctive character.
NIRAAMAYA RETREATS SURYA SAMUDRA, KOVALAM, KERALA
This keralan retreat houses 31 traditional cottages with 5 different categories all with open air bathrooms. Niraamaya also has an extensive spa offering therapeutic traditions from across the globe, along with a daily yoga program. There is an onsite doctor who works along side the therapists to help you with your journey who can tailor meals around your dietary requirements.
SPICE VILLAGE, THEKKADY, KERALA
The hotel is a short drive away from Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, considered one of the largest wildlife reserves in India. When not exploring the local wildlife you can enjoy the swimming pool, Ayurvedic centre or partake in a Keralan cookery demonstration, learning to use the indigenous spices of the region. Set high up in the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats, Periyar Spice Village is an eco friendly hotel.
NEELESHWAR HERMITAGE, KASARGOD
Neeleshwar Hermitage is a delightful retreat set among acres of coconut palms and gardens. All of the palm-thatched cottages, built according to the traditional architectural principles of Kerala Vastu, overlook either the landscaped garden or the unspoilt beach and have their own courtyard garden. The cottages are spacious, airy and beautifully designed.
LA VILLA, PUDUCHERRY
Designed by French architects Tina Trigala and Yves Lesprit, and located in the heart of Puducherry old town, the luxurious La Villa occupies an ideal location in walking distance of the town’s main attractions. This 19th-century former manor house has been lovingly restored and provides all the facilities of a modern boutique hotel while honouring its heritage with a decor of wooden furniture, muted fabrics and handmade tiles.
SOMATHEERAM AYURVEDIC VILLAGE, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
At Somatheeram, a range of treatments and therapies are offered including basic massages, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Sirodhara, Vasthi, Sirovasthi, Udvarthanam, Abhyangam, Nasyam, Thalam etc. Yoga is also used to help enhance the wellbeing of both the body and mind, with daily yoga classes, there is also the infinity pool to enjoy. In addition to having an Ayurvedic experience, Somatheeram provides a beautiful setting in which to heal.
PARK HYATT, HYDERABAD
Set between the residential districts of Jubilee hills and the Banjara hills, the Park Hyatt is one of the most luxurious 5-star hotels in Hyderabad, with opulent architecture, a grand atrium and carefully curated artwork. Rooms above the standard category have views of Hyderabad’s skyline. The restaurants offer an array of fine dining options and the lounge is a relaxing spot to enjoy afternoon tea or an evening night cap.
HOYSALA VILLAGE RESORT, HASSAN
Set among sunflower fields on the outskirts of Hassan and less than an hour’s drive to the serene town of Chikmagalur, Hoysala Village Resort is built in traditional style and reflects the simplicity of Malnad villages (Malnad roughly translated means ‘hill country’). All of the guestrooms and suites are spacious and rustic with tall wooden ceilings, four poster beds and copper bath tubs.
THE LALIT ASHOK BANGLORE
Located in the High Grounds area of Bengalaru, The LaLit Ashok Bangalore overlooks the green expanse of an adjoining golf course and is within easy reach of the city's bustling shopping districts. Spacious rooms and suites are appointed with modern facilities and feature large windows overlooking either the pool or the golf course. The restaurants offer a wide selection of international cuisine.
Svatma is a truly magical hotel, lying in landscaped gardens in close proximity to many of Thanjavur's (Tanjore's) most celebrated sights. Built as an elite family residence over 100 years ago, Svatma has been lovingly restored to provide 38 guestrooms all decorated in an individual style and character. A number of experiences are available at the hotel including cookery classes, chamber concerts and Thanjavur painting lessons.
RADISSON BLU PLAZA HOTEL, MYSORE
Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Chamundi hills, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is located in close proximity to Mysore's most famous attractions including the opulent Mysore Palace and the bustling city markets. Superior rooms are sleek and modern in design, with most offering a view of the Chamundi hills or Mysore Golf Club. The fine dining restaurant serves worldwide cuisine
CGH VISALAM, CHETTINAD
A typical Chettinadu mansion, CGH Visalam was originally built in the early 20th century and offers an eclectic mix of art deco, colonial and south Indian architectural styles. The heritage rooms are simply furnished in the local style with original 1930s furniture, combining old-world grace with modern amenities. The distinctive local Chettinad cuisine is served in the mansion’s restaurant and cookery classes are also offered to guests.
MANTRA KOODAM, KUMBAKONAM
Tucked away in the peaceful village of Veppathru, close to the temple town of Kumbakonam, the Mantra Koodam offers elegant cottages and bungalows surrounded by a serene verdant garden. There is an array of activities on offer at the property ranging from nature and birdwatching walks to cycling and village tours. The restaurant serves delicious vegetarian dishes using locally grown and sourced ingredients.
FRAGRANT NATURE, MUNNAR
Located in the hills of Munnar and offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, villages and mountains, Fragrant Nature is an excellent choice for those wanting luxurious comfort in a remote location. All guestrooms are tastefully designed with traditional decor and have their own fireplaces to keep you warm in the chill of the mountains.
VILLA SHANTI, PUDUCHERRY
Designed by French architects Tina Trigala and Yves Lesprit, hidden behind a discrete facade in the French quarter of Puducherry, the Villa Shanti is a recently built wing of a 19th-century house, designed in a contemporary style. There are 15 elegant rooms that are spacious and furnished with locally crafted wooden furniture. The restaurant serves Indian and continental dishes and the beach is just a 5-minute walk away.
THE LOTUS HOUSEBOAT, KASARAGOD
Cruising in a secluded region of the Keralan backwaters, The Lotus houseboat is a luxury converted rice barge perfect for spending one or two nights on the canals and byways. The two en suite rooms are elegantly appointed with solid teak floors, tasteful furnishings and have a light, airy feel. Both rooms have private verandas, perfect for watching rural Kerala drift by. Delicious fresh food is served on the roof deck prepared by the on-board chef.
SPICE TREE, MUNNAR
Set among the evergreen Kannan Devan hills and Bison valley, SpiceTree is a luxury boutique mountain retreat offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valley floor. Choose between a Classic Room, a Spa Suite or a Pool Villa, which features its own infinity pool and jacuzzi. There are a variety of activities on offer from yoga and meditation sessions, cookery classes and tea tasting to light treks.
THE LEELA RAVIZ KOVALAM
Spread over 18 hectares, The Leela Raviz Kovalam is built on a rock face between two beaches and affords panoramic views of the Kovalam coastline. There are several dining options and a spa specialising in traditional Ayurveda treatments. All Beach View rooms have private sundecks overlooking the ocean or the surrounding greenery. Two stunning infinity pools overlook the Arabian Sea.
Ishavilas is a collection of three Portuguese villas nestled among lush greenery and a sprawling garden, not far from the beaches and fine restaurants. The elegantly furnished villas include a 1-bed villa (sleeps 2), a 2-bed villa (sleeps 4) and a 4-bed cottage (sleeps 8). The villas are fully staffed with the option to personalise daily meals.
ELSEWHERE GOA, MANDREM BEACH
Located in North Goa on a spit of land cut off from the mainland, Elsewhere is accessed via a bamboo footbridge over a creek. There are four 19th-century houses, all with shuttered windows, cool natural flooring and a terracotta tiled sloping roof. All offer direct beach access. Superb Goan cuisine can be ordered from a dining shack conveniently located nearby.