Given that India is a dynamic and constantly evolving country,
its luxury hotel scene can always be relied upon to deliver a
constant stream of exciting new properties. 2013 saw a number of
new hotel openings in India, from wellness-oriented retreats to
luxury camps, with a batch of venues also expected to open in early
2014. If you're about to book a holiday to India, try one of these
new hotels for an indulgent and unforgettable stay.
Welcoming guests from January 2014, the Vana, Malsi Estate is
tucked away in Dehradun, located in the foothills of the Himalayas.
In addition to its Ayurveda treatments, the hotel is a destination
for its yoga classes, Tibetan healing, aqua therapies, and a number
of other spa treatments. Guests can stay in one of 90 luxurious
rooms, and dine in the two on-site restaurants.
The view from the Himalayan
Malsi Estate © Vana Retreats
JAWAI Leopard Camp
From SUJAN Luxury, the hospitality group behind the lavish Serai desert
camp in Jaisalmer, comes the new JAWAI Leopard Camp. Wild
leopards do indeed roam the remote terrain in western Rajasthan
where the camp is located, and visitors can go on custom safari
tours for a chance at spotting the big cats. The luxurious camp,
which is set to be one of the best new hotel openings in India for
2014, offers high-end tents with private decks, while guests can
treat themselves in the on-site spa and dining tents.
The luxury Rajasthani camp at
night © JAWAI Leopard Camp
Assam Bengal Navigation Cruise
Guests staying with Assam Bengal Navigation kill two birds with
one stone: not only do they enjoy prime, waterfront rooms, but they
travel in style at the same time. Trawling the scenic, languorous
rivers that lead from Calcutta in West Bengal up to Varanasi in
Uttar Pradesh, these boats provide a unique window into life in
this part of the country. The renovated fleet of ships offer
approximately 12 cabins apiece, to ensure a tranquil and
Take a meandering river journey
from Calcutt to Varanasi © Assam Bengal Navigation
Hilton Shillim Estate
Easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune yet offering a private
experience in rolling green hills, the Hilton Shillim Estate is
perfect for visitors seeking a touch of peace and quiet. Spanning
over 320 acres, the hotel features spacious villas, as well as an
acclaimed on-site spa with a menu of 150+ treatments. Set
overlooking bamboo fields and offering poolside champagne and
butler service, it's the very picture of luxury.
Hilton Shillim Estate © 2013
Hilton Hotels & Resorts
The Ultimate Travelling Camp
The Ultimate Travelling Camp, which is classed as the first
truly nomadic hotel in all of India, is one of our favourite places
to stay for 2014. Its mobility allows the camp to bring guests into
the wild and remote heart of India to the rugged Himalayan
foothills. A new schedule for 2014 provides visitors with a number
of opportunities to book a unique Indian escape.
The luxury bedroom at the
Ultimate Travelling Camp © Ultimate Travelling Camp
The environmental and wellness-oriented hotel group CGH Earth
recently unveiled its latest property, the Kalari Rasayana. Located
near the southern tip of Kerala, the retreat is ideal for those
looking to slow down and drink in the incredible local landscape.
Specialising in Ayurveda, the retreat offers 22 suites in a
waterfront coconut grove. Note that minimum stays are two weeks
long, though the time is recommended to make the most of the
hotel's spa, meditation, yoga, pool yoga, and walks.
Lush Kerala is the backdrop for
the Kalara Rasayana © Mikhail
Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
The scenery surrounding the Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa in
Kashmir is arguably some of the world's most beautiful. Framed by
the snow-capped peaks of the Pir Panjal range, the resort offers
simply incredible views. Across 80 rooms and four private cottages,
guests can take advantage of plush furnishings, four on-site
restaurants, and an Ayurvedic spa.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort
offers astounding views © The Khyber Himalayan Resort