Luxury & boutique hotels


We’ve rounded up an ever-growing selection of boutique hotel stays, luxury hotel hideaways and romantic retreats in India. Click on a destination below to see our current pick of the best boutique hotels to book, as well as an insider guide to everything from restaurants and bars to picnics and hire cars...

And, if it's in-depth exploring you're after: See our Indian itineraries

Destinations in India

  • India's capital can be bamboozling, but once you look beyond the chaos and colour, you'll find an ancient city that’s rapidly modernising, with one foot in the past and the other careening towards the future.
  • Lapped by the Arabian Sea and set along the shore in India's sultry south, Goa claims some of India's most beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife and a rich Portuguese-tinged past.
  • Set in an area of unparalleled natural beauty, the Himalayas are India’s spiritual centre: lush Sāl forests dot the banks of the sun-spangled Ganges, and the ancient holy towns of Rishikesh and Haridwar nestle in the foothills.
  • Millennia ago, Karnataka was the seat of ancient empires. Today, follow in their rulers’ footsteps though Dravidian temples, Vijayanagara ruins and the royal city of Mysore… or just lounge on the pristine beaches by the Arabian Sea.
  • Coconut-studded coastlines, canal-like backwaters, and undulating evergreen hills – the tropical beauty of this south-west swathe of India is unrivalled.
  • As Pench National Park’s most-protected residents, the tigers burn especially bright in this green expanse, teeming with life. Set in the central Indian highlands, below Madhya Pradesh, this tropical spot will fascinate aspiring Attenboroughs and Mowglis.
  • With its maharaja’s palaces, dazzling sari fabrics and swathes of russet-red desert, Rajasthan and its hubs of Jaipur, Jodhpur and tiger-toting Ranthambore National Park is the stuff of fairy tales.
  • Srinagar is the lake-dotted and valley-surrounded summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Intricately carved temples, colonial forts and serpentine urban beaches are a handful of Tamil Nadu’s highlights.
  • Lively West Bengal is rich with memories of its colonial and ancient past: this former capital of the British Raj is home to iconic palaces, temples, mosques and ruins dating back thousands of years.

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