Top luxury hotels in India (part 1)

India is an amazing destination to visit, offering a plethora of travel experiences. Stretching from the mighty peaks of the Himalayas in the north to the tropical beaches in the south, India’s expansive borders encompass an incredible range of contrasts, landscapes, cultures, and religions.

The country is home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites, from the 7th wonder of the world Taj Mahal to majestic palaces and forts that were built hundreds of years ago, still standing upright to narrate the testimony of time of India’s rich culture and history. The nation also features vast wilderness areas, national parks and nature sanctuaries that are home to exciting wildlife, such as elephants, lions, and tigers. Here’s the list of the 10 most amazing hotels in India, where you can stay in lavish luxury.

1. UMAID BHAWAN PALACE JODHPUR

Built by Maharaja Umaid Singhji as a symbol of the “new” Jodhpur, this 64-guestroom Indo–art deco marvel is one of India’s largest private hotel residences. Today, Umaid Bhawan Palace treats its guests to bespoke Taj Hospitality which mesmerizes with a variety of experiences like Royal Butler Service. Guests can stroll the lush English gardens beautified by bougainvillea, play squash with the Royal Trainer, visit the on-site museum, sip fine brandy over a game of snooker, or experience India’s ancient healing wisdom at the Jiva Grande Spa, which offers holistic ayurvedic treatments and yoga classes.

Hotel website: Umaid Bhawan Palace

Other accolades: Umaid Bhawan Palace also features in my top 10 list of the world’s most magnificent castle hotels.

Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (such as early check-in, late check-out, room upgrade, daily breakfast, and one lunch, or dinner for two).

2. THE OBEROI NEW DELHI

Reopened in 2018 after an extensive refurbishment, The Oberoi New Delhi hotel reflects the spirit of India’s capital city in a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication. The property offers spacious, light-filled rooms and suites with cutting-edge technology and sweeping views of the Delhi Golf Course and Humayun’s Tomb. Restaurants include Threesixty for all-day fine dining, a contemporary Indian specialty restaurant, and a rooftop Chinese restaurant. There is also an open-air rooftop bar, a new cigar lounge, and a wine cellar. Wellness’ facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, The Oberoi Spa, and temperature-controlled swimming pools.

Hotel website: The Oberoi New Delhi

Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and one complimentary lunch).