Bookmark these properties for a holiday unlike any before
Luxury chains are perfect for business travel–there’s comfort in familiarity when you’re away from home but holidays need a touch of the unexplored for that adrenalin to truly kick in. Ignore the newsletters piling up in your inbox to familiar haunts and explore India through a unique lens. We’ve put down some of the most offbeat hotels and properties to recharge at.
Get rustic in the House of Rohet’s Wilderness Camp, Mihir Garh
Seven luxury tents setup in the Thar desert–glamping never looked this good. From culinary workshops to horse riding, village safaris, bird watching and safaris of the village, House of Rohet has plenty to keep you entertained in a unique landscape.
Get one with nature at Pepper Trail, Wayanad
Despite being in Kerala, Wayanad borderline qualifies as a hill station. It is located in the Nilgiri Biosphere and happens to be one the greenest spots down south to visit. If you are feeling your bucolic best, stay at the Pepper Trail ranges from colonial bungalows to tree houses. The property also houses an infinity pool and a spa for you to unwind and get off the grid. This disarmingly minimalistic space might be the right antidote to your crazy city life.
Feel like a princess at the Villa Palladio, Jaipur
Who doesn’t want to stay at a hotel that was featured in World of Interiors? Every corner of this property begs to be Instagrammed. Equipped with a library, a meditation hall and 24 hour concierge you will probably end up extending your stay here. The food at Villa Palladio is informed by seasons and celebrates local flavours. Start looking for flights to Jaipur as quick as you can.
Heal your soul at the Amal Tamara
Are you on your own Eat, Pray, Love journey? Then the Amal Tamara might be the perfect spot to feel grounded. Set in Alappuzha, Kerala, this boutique luxury retreat is centred around wellness. You can choose your stay based on your needs–ortho, detox, sensory revitilisation, skin rejuvenation–you name it. If self-care is what you need, book a stay here ASAP.
Celebrate yourself at the Mary Budden Estate, Uttarakhand
Nestled in the Binsar sanctuary, the Mary Budden Estate feels like a sanctuary itself. Here you can slow time to your pace, wake up to the crisp air, go on long walks, gaze at the stars in the clear sky. You can choose to stay in a cottage or at the larger lodge. Given the exclusivity of the space, it is ideal to book the place well in advance to take off for a couple of weeks.
Feel like a Jane Austen heroine at the Fernhills Royal Palace, Ooty
Walk into the main lobby of this heritage property only to feel like time has not passed. From a vaulted papier-mâché ceiling to a cardamom plantation surrounding the property–this little treat tucked away in Ooty is the perfect place to get over writer’s block, compose sheet music or even hand write letters to your one true love. The hotel specialises in Anglo-Indian cuisine perfectly suited for the chilly breeze of Ooty.