Luxury Stays In India (Personal Experiences By CEO & Editors)

Whenever we Indians think of a lavish and luxury holiday, we think of places outside of India. But India is full of surprises. Why to go abroad when you can find what you are looking for in our own country? Our CEO has taken upon himself to go and find such places in India with our editors. In this ever growing list of such places, the count has reached 50 plus (in 3 parts of this series so far)!

So many places in India itself where you can enjoy a luxury holiday. However there is a twist. Touted as a luxury holiday destination, many of these places do not meet the criteria of a luxury stay due to the lack of efficient service and various other factors. So here you will learn only the truth about the luxury stays in India. No hype, no selling and no partnerships, we are spending our own money to explore these places to bring out the real truth for you. Its not curated from the web, these experiences are personal experiences.

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1.The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambore

The stay, the staff, the jungle safari and the elephants at premises, everything is luxury here. No matter which time of the year you go to this property, you will feel relaxed and pampered throughout your stay. Special mention for the General Manager Ratna Ji, who leads from the front and keep the staff on their toes.  Highlights of the luxury you can expect at Oberoi Vanyavilas:

– Pick Up & Drop From Sawai Madhopur Railway Station With An Associate Of The Hotel Escorting You

– Personal Welcome By The General Manager & Almost The Whole Staff

– Beautiful Decorations By House Keeping & Gifts For You And Your Family

– Awesome Food Of Your Choice In Your Own Luxury Tent

– The Best Safari Experience Of India, We Had A Small Bird Joining Us During The Snacks We Had On The Jeep In The Jungle

– Staff At Your Service Always, No Matter What You Need They Will Get It For You!

So if you are thinking of staying in Oberoi Vanyavilas for a luxury stay in India, do not think twice. Go ahead and enjoy the luxury in India. You can find editorial review of the property on and you can share your review of the property as well to help others and make money for life.


2.The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

Everything grand is what we can use to describe this luxurious property in 2 words! Led ably by the General Manager Sumit Joshi Ji, this property will make you fall in love with the Oberoi Hospitality.  Located just between the crowded and famous new market in Kolkata, you will feel like stepping into a different world once inside the property. No noise, nothing from the outside world in your room. One of the best places to stay not only in Kolkata but in India, the Oberoi Grand will pamper you so much that you will not like to leave.

Being a city hotel, there is a scope of improvement in few aspects but with a General Manager like Joshi Ji, this place will surely provide you with a luxury stay you would have never imagined in India. Go ahead and let us know on your review of the property to help others and make money for life.


3.Wildflower Hall, An Oberoi Resort, Shimla

Situated at 8250 feet, its one of the very few luxury resorts at that height in India. Superb staff led by Mr. Ankush ensures no stone is left unturned for your comfortable stay at the property. Away from the hustle and bustle of Shimla city, this hotel provides a very fine option for people looking for luxurious and relaxed stay at a hill station. No matter the season, the property has its own charm in every season. In winters, the green all around gets covered with snow and in summers, you will feel like you are amid a forest on a hill! The indoor temperature controlled pool along with an outdoor Jacuzzi with mountain views add to the charm of the hotel.

We had a great time in this hotel during winters while it was snowing all around. The warmth of staff kept us safe and provided us with almost everything needed for a comfortable stay during harsh snowfall outside. So do not think twice, go ahead and enjoy the time at Wildflower Hall, Shimla. Have you already stayed? Please let us know your review of the this property on and you will not only help others but will also get a chance to make money for life with your helpful review.


4.The Leela, Goa

Wish to get a relaxed beach holiday away from maddening crowds of people on beaches in India? Yes, Maldives is the option but that is too far! Look no further than The Leela Goa in India itself for a luxury beach holiday where the private beach and its clean surroundings will make you feel like having a beach holiday abroad. Located at Mobor beach in south Goa, this Leela property will take your breath away with its beautiful set up. Here its not as happening as north Goa but it has its own charm. Imagine sitting with your partner in your room facing lagoon or in your own private pool with villa, going to enjoy the beach whenever you feel like for as long as you like with no disturbance, enjoying the the romantic dinner in any of the restaurants on site and just spending quality time with your loved ones. Its a feeling that you have  got to experience once in your lifetime.

Our private pool villa had one of the best butlers we ever had in any of the properties in India. From the moment we checked in, he was there for us every minute taking care of our every requirement. And in case he was not there, he had someone else there for us! Then the private pool facing Sea was amazing and even though we could just hear the sea and not actually see it, it was fascinating experience. So if you love beaches and wish to have a luxury beach holiday in India, look no further than the Leela Goa.

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5.Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, Goa

One of the four Taj properties in Goa is located on Sinquerim beach in Candolim, North Goa. Staying in one of the cottages overlooking Arabian sea is an experience you will cherish for long. Staff is great and take care of your every need. You can head to the beach and enjoy one of the most happening beaches of North Goa. The food is also good and the fresh sea food is the best you will get in India.

Not too far from the Goa airport, this Taj property is a great option for a luxury beach holiday in India. Have you stayed in this property? Do let us know your views on to help others and make money for life.


6.Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

One of the four property of Taj in Goa located on Benaulim beach in South Goa. This property will give you a relaxing luxury holiday away from hustle and bustle of North Goa happening beaches. The beach of this property though not private is pretty well maintained by the property associates and gives you a calm feeling while taking a stroll on the beach anytime of the day. The staff though not as good as one you can find in Taj Fort Aguada, does enough to make you feel good.

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7.MAYFAIR Palm Beach Resort, Gopalpur

Apart from Goa, you can head to Odisha as well in India for a luxurious beach holiday. Now here you won’t find any Taj or Oberoi but a previously owned by Oberoi property now acquired by Mayfair will pamper you just like any Taj or Oberoi! Located at Gopalpur in Odisha you will have an almost private beach, amazing support staff at the beach, private temperature controlled pool villa and amazing food. The gem of a general manager we have seen in India, Mr. Saroj, leads from the front and ensures that every single guest goes out happy after their time at MayFair Gopalpur.

While the staff and facilities can be improved further, the passion and level of commitment shown by the GM is enough reason for us to recommend this property for a luxury beach holiday in India. Do let us know what you think of this property after your stay on and make money for life with your reviews.


8.Taj Fisherman’s Cove Resort & Spa Chennai

Perfect for people near Tamil Nadu for a luxury beach holiday in winters, this Taj property can also be experienced during summer. Even tough your drive to the resort would be a very hot experience, the property on the beach will welcome you with soothing winds from the sea. In evening you can have great time near sea or in your backyard garden of cottage overlooking the sea. From lot of dining options, you can even have a private dining experience in your own cottage backyard. Staff is courteous and helpful to make your stay good. Overall can be considered for a luxury beach holiday in and around Chennai.

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9.The Lodhi, New Delhi

If you are in New Delhi and looking for a luxurious escape from the city life or looking to celebrate a special occasion, look no further than The Lodhi at the Lodhi road in New Delhi. Centrally located, by staying here you can also easily experience main attractions of Delhi. And if you are not in mood to go out, you can chill in your own private pool inside your room! Every room is of same category with just the difference being the floor (the highest floor room being the most priced). Staff goes out of their  normal routine duty to ensure a pleasant time at the property. Consider this, for a normal charger missed in the room during checkout, they sent it the same day to the other part of Delhi! No courier, no other work by their staff in that area and we did not even ask them to get it to us! That’s some service. Highly recommended place for a luxury stay in New Delhi.

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10.Vivanta By Taj, Surajkund (NCR)

Located in a green area near the famous lake in Faridabad, this Taj property is so near to Delhi yet feels like far away from the maddening rush of the capital of India. If you don’t have time to go far away on a holiday or looking for a luxury getaway around Delhi and NCR, this Taj property is one the great options. From getting pampered by staff during your stay and in the great SPA, you have also choice of unique experiences to celebrate any special occasion with your loved ones. Barefoot dining by the pool with love of your life is an experience that will create memories for life for any occasion. And then there is also a renewal of vows experience that you can have with your better half to celebrate that special day of your life. And all this comes at a relatively cheaper price as compared to other luxury hotels in Delhi NCR. So if you are looking for a luxury getaway around in NCR without burning a hole in your pocket, this Taj property should be your choice.

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11.JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa

Mussoorie is known as queen of hills and Marriott tried to create a perfect luxury destination in the queen of hills. We say tried because 2 of our experiences at this property were completely opposite. May be pressure of more guests or some internal issue caused this but still its not what we expect from a Marriott property charging premium rates for the stay.

Located away from the city chaos, you will feel a sense of calmness as soon as you arrive at this property. Our first visit was in monsoon in July and it was amazing! From clouds entering our balcony and then the room in the suite to eating food exactly as per our preferences, we had a great time. We returned in late November to see more guests this time around and probably that may be the reason the service level degraded. Even though the stay was part of a special occasion and room was decorated for it as per our requirements while booking, not a single staff cared to wish us throughout our stay! We had 2 private dining experiences and the first one had people clicking photos around us, nobody was there to ensure our privacy! And then in the second, we had to ask for a staff to be there among us to keep other guests from ruining our private dining experience.

And lastly, on the day of checkout, we called thrice asking for someone to help us with the luggage and no one came for half an hour! We had to drag our luggage by ourselves in order to avoid missing the flight from Dehradun.  On the positive side, the housekeeping was great and did everything we asked from them. Few people in the F&B staff were also great and tried their best to ensure a good experience for us but overall the second stay was a disappointing one.

Now considering the overall reviews of this property on the Internet, you can still take a chance for a great luxury holiday at this property. May be our second stay was a one off and would not be repeated with any other guest.  If possible, select monsoon season to visit this property which makes it a more magical experience. And do let us know about your experience at to help others and make money for life.


12.Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg

Two words to describe the beauty of this Taj property – completely heaven! Situated among 180 acres of rain forest in the hill station of Madikeri town in Coorg, the arrival experience is something you need to see to believe. So close to clouds, so close to nature and the view from the reception area is breathtaking in itself! Then for someone looking for luxury, there are private pool villas overlooking the lush greenery of the rain forest. The pool is temperature controlled, inside your villa with glass roof so no matter what the weather is, you can chill in your pool with your loved ones and enjoy the view outside! If that is not enough, order room service which serves hot meals round the clock. And then there are restaurants on property with views to die for! Doing breakfast among clouds is something one can never forget.

The staff is courteous and does all required of them however the warmth is missing somehow. But with property as beautiful as this, we can ignore the other small details. When in Coorg, try and experience this property once. For a repeat, we are not sure. Do let us know how was your experience with this property on to help others and make money for life.


13.Radisson Jass Shimla

Looking for a five star experience in Shimla without spending too much on room tariff? The Radisson Jass Shimla is a good option. Nestled on a hill top offering splendid views of the Shimla city, this hotel has everything you need for a good holiday, that is, a comfortable room with good bed, good views of city, attentive staff, good enough food and close proximity to the main part of the city attractions as well as transportation. There are few separate blocks in the hotel and you have to get out and in of each block to reach restaurant and reception which can be an issue for people with mobility problems. You can ask them to shift you to a closer block or call reception to have someone escort you everytime you go out of your room which they happily did for us.

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14.The Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik

One of the few five star properties near Shirdi Sai Baba temple, this Taj property does a great job in maintaining high standards in every aspect. Located in between 20 acres of lush green gardens, the property will give you a relaxing time in Nashik. Even if your sole purpose is to visit the Sai Baba temple in Shirdi, its recommended to stay here. With a good driver and SUV from the hotel, you can easily be on your way in early morning to visit the temple. And then you can use your next half of the day or evening to visit other attractions around Nashik. The hotel also offers 24 hours room service and relaxing SPA. From check in to checkout and even before checking in, the staff does a great job taking care of you and your stay. A recommended hotel in and around Nashik.

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15.Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate (Now Mansion Grand Agra)

Recently rebranded to Mansion Grand Agra, this Radisson property gives you a five star experience so close to the city’s main attraction which is the Taj Mahal. Easy on the pocket, the suites in the hotel gives  a distant view of Taj and provides you with very comfortable living and bed room spaces. Staff is quick and efficient. Food is good and hotel can arrange your Taj Mahal tour. With nothing much to do in the city apart from visiting the iconic Taj Mahal, having a good hotel definitely helps in having you a luxury holiday in Agra. This hotel does that for you without too much cost.

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16.The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata

Situated in the middle of the city center, this Lalit property gives you a great luxury stay experience in Kolkata. From picking you up from station or airport to ensuring you reach back to station or airport for your further journey on time, everything is so well taken care of by their each and every staff including front desk, house keeping and even drivers. With one of the best hotel staff in India, you will have no complaints with the service. Views are nothing to write about from rooms and suites but that’s due to the location and not a hotel fault. If you need a good relaxing luxurious stay in center of Kolkata, The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata is a good option.

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17.The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

A luxury holiday in the lake city is what this property offers you. Situated just around the banks of Udaipur famous lake Pichola, its completely royal look will definitely make you go wow. Upon arrival, you will be escorted from one side of lake to another towards hotel by boat on lake pichola making your arrival experience majestic.  And then apart from private pool villas, you have semi-private pool rooms offering stunning views of the lake and its surroundings. The staff of any Oberoi hotel will give you an excellent service and this hotel is no different. Overall no matter which season you chose to be here, you are going to have a lot of fun filled holiday.

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18.Taj Bangalore (Opposite Kempegowda International Airport)

This property of Taj by many can be seen only as a transit hotel nearby or rather just opposite of a big international airport. However, that is a myth. This property offers a perfect place to stay beside an airport in Bangalore where you can avoid the hectic traffic of the city and can visit Bangalore city or near by areas without crossing main congested areas of the city. Its a perfect place to host corporate events as well. Staff level is mixed, some is great and some will feel lacking in service but overall this is a Taj property that can give you a great time during your stay.

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19.Taj Bekal Resort & Spa, Kerala

By looking at the website and location of this Taj property, it feels like a hidden gem. A beautiful, clean and quiet beach along with your own private pool villa is something anyone should cherish. And then there are backwater activities provided by the travel desk that ensures you enjoy your time in this property. However, hidden gem seems somewhat neglected. Staff is good enough but it feels like they could be better. The picture of private pool villas looked amazing but in reality, the pool was dirty, the outside furnishings and bathroom was in need of refurbishment and even the entry gate (of the villa) is something that feels pretty old and outdated. With just 2 hours drive away from the Mangalore airport, this property can truly be a star for the Taj group with some better care. Overall, a once visit if you have no other option.

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20.Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin

Situated just besides the Cochin harbor, this Taj property provides an excellent and luxurious option to stay in Cochin. The rooms are somewhat small but offer good views of the harbor and its surroundings. And then you have the option to use the hotel’s own Yacht to organize private tea cruise in evening or breakfast in the morning or anything else you like on a per hour basis. If that is not enough, the staff and chef is ready to pamper you for a private dinner on the deck just on the water where the Yacht gets parked. Its something you and your loved ones will cherish for long. You can also get speed boat transfers for your further journey ahead in Kerela. Overall, a recommend property when in Cochin.

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So that was it for this post. In our next part 2, we will continue further in search of luxury stays in India and will expose the real truth behind some of the biggest properties in India including The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh & The Leela Kovalam Kerela.

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