The hill station town of Shimla has been a glamorous retreat since the days of the Raj. It remains a place full of history and romance, perfectly realised at Wildflower Hall. Lord Kitchener’s former estate has been transformed by the Oberoi group into a hotel as striking as the Himalayan views. The colonial ambience remains, overlaid with new levels of luxurious comfort.
Rooms are rich in charm, with hand woven rugs on teak floors, watercolours of local flowers, king size beds and majestic views of the mountains from every window. The public rooms are lavish too, with attention to detail décor, colourful carpets, fireplaces and deep sofas. An open-air terrace is a wonderful place to relax on sunny days, and like the outdoor whirlpool, has outstanding views. A heated indoor pool is a joy all year round, with chandeliers sparkling overhead.
More adventurous activities are available, from treks and horse riding to white-water rafting. On return, rejuvenate at the spa, or relax over a drink or game of snooker at the Cavalry Bar, seemingly straight out of a grand Scottish country house, full of history. As you’d expect, the restaurant offers exquisite dining – and views.