For travellers looking for somewhere extra special to stay we’ve hand-picked some of the best luxury homestays in India.
Superb service, rooms with a view, romantic settings and world-class cuisine doesn’t have to come with the high price tag of a five star hotel. These premium properties will give you a break to remember without breaking the bank!
TAAMARA HOMESTAY, ALLEPPEY, KERALA
As you drive into the home’s premises you’re welcomed by a lotus pond in full bloom and it’s smiling owners, waiting with a pink lotus flower to give to you. The well furnished rooms are comfortable and stylish, with huge windows looking directly out onto Vembanad Lake. Wander onto your own private balcony which juts out over the water and watch the fisherman and houseboats passing by, drifting through a sea of violet water hyacinth. There can’t be many places more beautiful and relaxing than this!
The delicious home-cooked Keralan cuisine will treat you to some of the best tasting food in the region and the amiable hosts can help you arrange a day out on the backwaters, spa treatments or a trip to the beach.
GLENORA HOMESTAY, WAYANAD, KERALA
Waking up with fresh coffee, drinking in the views over the jungle from the balcony of your luxurious room at Glenora will leave a lasting memory. Luxury cottages built on platforms high above the ground allowing spectacular views deep into the plantations without a sign of habitation for miles around.
The rooms are comfortably furnished and designed to make the most of the peaceful surroundings. A delicious dinner around a warm bonfire under a starlit sky adds to the atmosphere. The friendly hosts will cater to your every need, from delicious snacks to a tour around the plantation, allowing you to taste and smell fresh spices such as cinnamon, clove, lemongrass and sweet sherbet root. It’s no wonder this homestay has received so many rave reviews in the world press, including the Guardian, New York Times and The Hindu.
PALM COURT, JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN
In royal Rajasthan, Palm Court is located in a peaceful colony in Jaipur. Well appointed rooms offer the perfect place to relax after a days sightseeing. The property is immaculate with an open plan ground floor and an elegant mezzanine floor above, with incredibly high ceilings, tall windows. Every aspect of this property, from the linen and silk curtains to the delicious meals offers luxury to the discerning traveller.
ARCO ORIS, MARGAO, GOA
This bright yellow house stands vividly in the backdrop of one of the lakes of the Curtorim village. The large the wide airy rooms, large courtyard of the house and the hammocks outside offer perfect places to relax and unwind. The well-appointed rooms are tasefully done up with all the conveniences guests need.
THE HOMESTEAD, CORBETT, UTTARAKHAND
The Homestead is sprawling farm bordering the Corbett National Park. A cottage, three rooms and a recently constructed spa area with two rooms are perfect to accommodate large groups, while offering a high degree of privacy. Immaculately and tastefully decorated, the rooms are extremely comfortable with bright sunny terraces opening out from each type of accommodation.
AMBADY ESTATE, MUNNAR, KERALA
Set within a 75 acre estate, which sprawls boundlessly behind the century old smoking house, Ambady Estate offers guests a luxurious get-away. With a plethora of tropical fruit trees as well as exclusive rainforest fauna and grasslands on top of the mountains, the region is a natural wonder. The accommodation is contained within four cottages each with two separate rooms.The high roofed rooms are tastefully decorated in soft hues with large French windows which overlook the green vegetation outside. Extra touches, such as meditation platforms, make this the perfect place for a special stay.
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