In a country over ten times the size of the UK, our tailor-made specialists have done the research and travelling required to pick out the best hotels, so you don’t have to. From evocative, colonial-era hotels to magnificent, floating palaces on the lakes of Rajasthan, our recommended hotels embody India’s various cultures, periods and architectural styles. Stay on a luxury houseboat as you explore the sleepy backwaters of Kerala, or experience what is simply the finest palace in India: Umaid Bhawan Palace of Jodhpur. We frequently return to the hotels we feature to ensure they maintain the character and style that makes a holiday to India so memorable. Enquire today to begin planning your next trip, and see how some of the hotels below can be woven into a tailor-made holiday.
The Oberoi Amarvilas
If you’re not inspired by the thought of gazing upon the domes of the Taj Mahal by moonlight while soaking in the bath, then The Oberoi Amarvilas may not be for you. But if unencumbered views of the Taj from your room sound appealing, then look no further.
Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur
With 360-degree desert views and an idyllic, off-the-beaten-track location, this grand castle hotel is just an hour from the pale-pink forts and palaces of Rajasthan’s storied capital.
The Leela Kovalam
The epitome of Indian beach chic, the ultra-luxe Leela enjoys an unparalleled position on a rocky promontory overlooking a sandy bay among the Kovalam cliffs.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Stay in the home of a living maharaja. Ride his horses. Explore Jodhpur and surrounds in one of his vintage cars. Dine on some of the finest Indian cuisine in the region. And unwind in style in the swish subterranean spa.
Taj Lake Palace
Frequently lauded as the world’s most romantic hotel, the unrivalled service, exquisite dining and an unparalleled location floating on a lake is mesmerizing.
Experience simple luxury and privacy in this eco-friendly resort featuring charming cottages dotted around aromatic spice gardens in the wildlife-rich Cardamom Hills.
Kumarakom Lake Resort
One of the finest heritage resorts in India set on the tranquil banks of a lake. The luxury-laden accommodation exudes Keralan charm while every modern comfort is catered for.
The Brunton Boatyard
Charming, Keralan colonial style boutique hotel on a historic stretch of Kochi Harbour. In surroundings evocative of another era, all rooms face the sea.
The Oberoi Rajvilas
A luxury resort full of character, with gorgeous rooms, tents and villas and all the first-rate amenities and facilities you would expect from the brand.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas
You’ve excellent chances of spotting tigers at dawn and dusk here. In between it’s up to you. Venture out to the 1,000-year-old Ranthambore Fort, get pampered at the spa, or climb the observation tower for wonderful views across one of India’s best-loved parks.
The Imperial, New Delhi
Regarded as Delhi’s most elegant grand hotel, this 1930s masterpiece is close to the attractions of both Old and New Delhi and overflows with colonial charm. Think rattan furniture, vintage photographs, black-and-white marble and staff in period uniform.
Brimming with artefacts from the days of the Raj, this opulent 5-star hotel offers a taste of regal splendour by the walls of the ‘Pink City’. Enjoy the signature spa treatments and exceptional Indian cuisine.
Wildflower Hall, Shimla
Wildflower Hall, once Lord Kitchener’s residence, is now one of the Oberoi group’s most impressive hotels, with spectacular Himalayan views.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Palatial, wildly romantic, set on the shores of a mirror bright lake, the Oberoi Udaivilas frequently tops any best hotel in India awards.
The Leela Palace, Udaipur
Guests arrive by boat to this romantic lakeside resort with splendid views and elegant rooms decked out in a traditional Rajasthani style.
The Leela, Goa
One of Goa’s most enchanting beach hotels, the Leela Goa sits amidst small lagoons and lush gardens beside the Arabian Sea.
Gorgeous boutique hotel in the heart of Jodhpur with possibly the best views from any hotel in India, maybe even the world.
Step back to the opulence of the Indian kings with one of the world’s most luxurious train journeys, showcasing the country’s rich wonders on a series of curated excursions.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
With views over the Arabian Sea and the Gateway to India, this is Taj Hotels' flagship property – a slice of nostalgic elegance in the heart of Mumbai's bustling waterfront.
Niraamaya Surya Samudra
Perched on the cliffs above Kovalam beach, this Relais & Châteaux retreat offers a superb blend of gourmet dining and Ayuravedic indulgence.
ITC Mughal, Agra
From its 35 acres of verdant gardens to its grand marbled halls and opulent rooms and suites, this hotel in the heart of ancient Agra is India at its luxurious best.
The Claridges, New Delhi
Located in the prestigious Lutyens' district, this luxury hotel, complete with a spa, palm-shaded gardens and four superb restaurants, is an oasis of calm in the heart of India’s busy capital.
Singinawa Jungle Lodge, Kanha
Kanha was declared a reserve forest in 1879, a National Park in 1955, and in 1973 became one of the first Tiger Reserves in India. Singinawa Jungle Lodge sits right beside this extraordinary stretch of wilderness, a jungle retreat as escapist as they come
Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh
There are just 12 beautifully appointed villas at this luxurious lodge, which borders one of India’s most exciting wildlife reserves. Indeed, it's one of the best places in the country to spot the elusive and majestic tiger – an unforgettable experience.
Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Pench
Located right beside Pench National Park, this exclusive collection of luxury tents is dotted beneath lofty Arjuna trees. The front wall of each tent rolls up to reveal stunning views of an untamed landscape filled with wildlife.
Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai
Overlooking the Arabian Sea and the famous swoop of Marine Drive, the Nariman is perfectly positioned to make the most of Mumbai’s attractions. It’s reputation as one of the best hotels in town is well deserved.