Heritage & Boutique Hotels – India & Beyond
Greaves Portfolio of Heritage Boutique Hotels of India and the Subcontinent
- Coconut Lagoon, Kumarkom, Kerala
- Alsisar Havaeli Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Deogarh Mahal, Rajasthan
- Chhatra Sagar, Nimaj, Rajasthan
- Devi Garh, Delwara,Rajasthan
- Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur, Rajasthan
- Hotel De L’orient, Pondicheery, Tamil Nadu
- Samode Haveli, Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Rohet Garh, Rajasthan
- Khimsar Royal Castle, Khimsar, Rajasthan
- Samode Palace, Rajasthan
- Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan
- Jawahar Niwas Palace, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
- Neemrana Fort-Palace Rajasthan
- Malabar House Fort Cochin, Kerala
- Four Seasons Mumbai
- The Serai, Jaisalmer
- The Imperial New Delhi
- Maison Perumal Puducherry
- Apsara and Park on Vembanad Lake
- Uma Paro, Bhutan
- Dwarika’s Kathmandu, Nepal
- Heritance Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka
Charming Boutique and Heritage Hotels of India’s Subcontinent at a glance
The Subcontinent has a wealth of small forts, palace castles, stately mansions, boutique luxury hotels and colonial homes. Whether travelling to India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka or Nepal, these properties offer a glimpse of the country that one would not otherwise experience. The following highlight a selection of some of our favourite properties, but there are a great many more to stay in and discover.
The Camel Camp
Excellent camp accommodation with all the facilities Just north of Jodhpur lie the superbly carved 8th century Sun temples of Osian. In a dune behind these temples is The Camel Camp. The camp accommodation created by the ebullient Reggie Singh, emerges dramatically out of the desert and surrounding tribal settlements. Facilities are excellent, with fixed bathrooms, running water and a swimming pool. And almost every other thing you would ask for on a holiday tour to India.
COCONUT LAGOON, KUMARKOM, KERALA
Comfort and luxury, south Indian style
A deluxe ‘backwater’ property comprising cottages, mansions and superb villas with private pools, scattered around a small spit of lakeside land criss-crossed by small canals. The accommodation is designed to eco-traditional Malayali houses and they have been comfortably furnished.
ALSISAR HAVAELI JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN
Beautifully restored haveli hotel
A charming small, family run haveli hotel. Beautifully restored to ancient Indian times and ingeniously added by the owners, it has inner courtyards, pillared porticoes, terraces and a pretty garden. The cosy bedrooms are decorated in colourful block printed fabrics and there is a small swimming pool to refresh you during your tour of India.
DEOGARH MAHAL, RAJASTHAN
Traditionally decorated fort-hotel
This large, rambling fort is positioned in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, between Jodhpur and Udaipur in India. It is owned and run by one of the most affable families around. The pretty swimming pool, endless comfortable roof terraces, and the traditionally decorated bedrooms are the result of immense love and care, and superb taste.
CHHATRA SAGAR, NIMAJ, RAJASTHAN
Indian hospitality at its best
Situated east of Jodhpur, this hotel of India has recently been voted in the Top 10 tented camps in the world by Tatler. This is a truly magical place with just 11 beautifully decorated tents pitched on a dam overlooking a huge lake, teeming with birds. Owned and run by the delightful Nimaj family, whilst here on your holiday you will enjoy Rajput hospitality at its best and you will feast on some of the finest Indian home cooking to be had in the state. This property is closed annually from 01st April through 30th September.
DEVI GARH, DELWARA,RAJASTHAN
One of India’s finest luxury ‘boutique’ fort-hotels
Situated just outside Udaipur, Devi Garh is one of India’s finest luxury ‘boutique’ fort-hotels. The concept of entirely modern interior design within the framework of an Indian traditional palace works incredibly well. Divine suites are spread around the palace and in the gardens and are decorated predominantly in marble with individual colour themes. The vast, state-of-the-art bathrooms are also a sight to see. Rooftop yoga sessions with panoramic views of the hills are offered. Facilities include a large swimming pool, a small spa, superb cuisine and caring staff.
UDAI BILAS PALACE, DUNGARPUR, RAJASTHAN
Experience, the Indian way
This 19th century Royal residence lies on the banks of the Gaibsagar Lake in the south-western reaches of Rajasthan in India. The palace has some exquisite architectural designs and edifices inside. It has an air of faded grandeur replete with trophies which cover the walls. The lakeside position makes it a bird watcher’s paradise and it has a magnificent, huge new Swimming pool which seems to disappear into the lake.
HOTEL DE L’ORIENT, PUDUCHERRY, TAMIL NADU
Charmingly French-style property
Just 3 hours south of Madras, Pondicherry boasts stunning buildings, reflecting its French colonial past, and Hotel de l’Orient offers 14 luxury suites in one of the old mansion houses. All beautifully decorated with fascinating artefacts and Indian traditional tiles and woodwork, the luxury rooms surround a pretty courtyard and take you straight back to the days when French came to India.
SAMODE HAVELI, JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN
This is the townhouse of the Samode family lying in the heart of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Some of the interior walls boast fabulous frescoes and mirror-work. The large gardens provide peaceful sanctuary from one of the city’s busiest streets. The huge new swimming pool is magnificent and one of Jaipur’s finest and is a draw in itself.
ROHET GARH, RAJASTHAN
Traditional Rural India
Located 40 minutes south of Jodhpur, this lovely, family run fort turned hotel is a great favourite for travellers who prefer to be out of the city and in a rural environment. The family are lovers of the great outdoors and will take you out to visit the local tribal villages and farming communities. There is an excellent swimming pool and the Rajasthani cuisine served here is truly delicious.
KHIMSAR ROYAL CASTLE, KHIMSAR, RAJASTHAN
A desert retreat ideal for exploring wilderness of India
Situated 2 hours east of Jodhpur, on the edge of the Great Thar Desert, this fabulous fort remains the home of the ebullient Royal family who are very much involved in the running of this hotel. It is a large, rambling place with battle scarred walls, wide ramparts, many inner courtyards and a garden surrounding the swimming pool. This desert retreat is ideal for exploring the wilderness of India either by camel or by jeep, or for visiting the exquisite Nagaur Fort.
SAMODE PALACE, RAJASTHAN
Magnificent palace hotel with royal Indian architecture
Lying in the Aravalli Hills, 1 hour north of Jaipur, Samode Palace is a magnificent palace hotel of India with Rajput-Mughal architecture and boasts some of the finest frescoes and mirror-work in the state. The swimming pool is fabulous and the surrounding village is lovely to stroll around and have a feel of rural life in India.
SHIV NIWAS PALACE, UDAIPUR, RAJASTHAN
Relish the lifestyle of the Maharajas of India
A former Royal guest residence of the Maharana of Udaipur now elegantly restored. This hotel offers 17 exquisite suites with wonderful views across Lake Pichola. An opportunity to relish the lifestyle of the maharajas of India.
JAWAHAR NIWAS PALACE, JAISALMER, RAJASTHAN
Splendid palace hotel for a royal and relaxed holiday
This is one of the closest hotels to the fort and was formerly the Maharaja’s residence. It has recently been converted into a small but splendid hotel surrounded by landscaped gardens and a swimming pool. The bedrooms are large and the thick palace walls ensure that the desert heat does not penetrate. The views up to the fort are superb, especially from the rooftop terrace at dawn and dusk.
MALABAR HOUSE FORT COCHIN, KERALA
Fascinating ‘boutique’ hotel in South India
One of Kerala’s only ‘boutique’ hotels, the Malabar House is a fascinating and sophisticated hotel. An inspired mixture of local Indian furniture and antiques, combined with contemporary designs and stunning, vibrant colour schemes, is all housed within a pretty, old Dutch colonial mansion which has been lovingly restored to its former glory. The cuisine and choice of wines is superb, whilst the staff are friendly yet discreet.
NEEMRANA FORT-PALACE RAJASTHAN
Gorgeous Fort-Palace Hotel Near Delhi
Situated on a plateau, just 2 hours from Delhi and en route to Jaipur or Shekhavati, this glorious building is part fort, part palace and sprawls over 10 levels, clinging to the hillside. The suites comprise a mixture of traditional Indian and colonial furniture, together with numerous antiques. The recently added area comprises a stunning rooftop swimming pool, an amphitheatre where music and dance performances are held and a small Ayurvedic spa with 2 treatment rooms. So, just relax, refresh and enjoy your holiday in India.
Four Seasons Mumbai, India
Set in the Worli province of Mumbai, this property is an opulent oasis. A true Bastion of refined elegance, world-class service and impeccable hospitality, the indulgent accommodation combines classical touches of India with contemporary high tech finesse. The restuarants, bars and lounges all offer a variety of dining options. Catering to both corporate and leisure clients alike, the rooftop pool, 8 spa suites, steam room, whilrpools, ice fountains and state of the art gym complete an all-round spa experience.
THE SERAI, JAISALMER, INDIA
A luxury desert camp and spa, The Serai is set on thirty acres of a hundred acre estate of indigenous desert scrub in the Great Thar Desert. Accommodations include Tented Suites, each with their own verandah, Luxury Tented Suites with private walled-in gardens with a plunge pools and a Royal Suite boasting its own private spa, pool, and lounge tents. The camp has a pool inspired by a traditional Indian step-well, a spa created by Raison d’Etre, a dining tent and lounge bar. Guests enjoy tailored excursions, led by experienced guides to some beautiful places off the beaten track, and also to the medieval city and fort of Jaisalmer. Camel and horse safaris may also be arranged as a great way to explore the rural countryside and wilderness. The Serai is operational from 1 September to 31 March.
THE IMPERIAL NEW DELHI, INDIA
This exceptional colonial hotel is undoubtedly one of Delhi’s finest hotels. Built in 1931 by Bromfield, it is rich in history, replete with Italian marble floors, Burmese teak and rosewood furniture, high ceilings, spacious gardens and superb restaurants. The Deco Suites are truly stunning and the Imperial and Heritage Rooms are amongst the largest rooms to be found in Delhi. Guests enjoy the fitness centre, swimming pool, and extensive art galleries within the hotel.
MAISON PERUMAL PUDUCHERRY, INDIA
Opened to guests in January 2010, this property is a blend of the best of French and Indian styles. Traditional Tamil style varam (street verandah) and the thinnai (veranda around the house) combine with the fluted pilaster and arched windows give it a French charm. With just 10 rooms, the hotel has a very cozy feel and the resort staff manage the place like a home. Maison Perumal serves Creaole cuisine and seafood, which is the typical amalgamation of French and Tamil flavors.
‘APSARA’ & PARK ON VEMBANAD LAKE, INDIA
The luxury lake cruiser ‘Apsara’ is a two-level, eight-cabin cruiser with luxurious interiors that gently meanders the scenic palm fringed backwaters of Kerala on 4-day/3-night cruises. As a complement to the ‘Apsara’, Park on Vembanad Lake is a sophisticated lakeside resort with 10 luxury rooms, a tented spa featuring Ayurvedic and international treatments, a gym, restaurant, two bars, a pool and adjacent deck and performance space.
UMA PARO, BHUTAN
Spread over a 38-acre estate, this property reflects an understated philosophy of quiet comfort in a unique, culture-rich location. This inland retreat is also dedicated to activity and adventure, and is close to the town of Paro, which is one of the main cultural centres of Bhutan. The 29-room hotel offers five-star comfort and singular style in the wildly beautiful Himalayan Kingdom. Freestanding one- or two-bedroom villas include an en suite private treatment spa, and also services of a private butler. Guests dine in the sumptuous restaurant, Bukhari indulge in Asian-inspired treatments include massage, facials and authentic Ayurvedic therapies at COMO Shambhala Retreat, and explore villages on private tours of Bhutan.
DWARIKA’S KATHMANDU, NEPAL
One of Nepal’s World Heritage sites, Dwarika’s is about intimate luxury and the spirit and hospitality of the Nepali people. Each of the spacious and luxurious 79 rooms has its own character and individuality. Dwarika’s has all the amenities of a luxury hotel; but perhaps what guests appreciate more is the elegant comfort of the rooms and excellent hospitality. From reception to room service, from dining to recreation, everything reflects the luxury Malla kings used to have centuries ago.
HERITANCE KANDALAMA HOTEL, SRI LANKA
Tucked away in a tropical jungle overlooking Kandalama Lake, this hotel blends perfectly with the natural surroundings and occupies one of the most beautiful sites in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. There are 3 swimming pools, a Six Senses spa offering a wide range of treatments, a shopping arcade and a fitness centre. Adventure seekers can explore 55 acres of tropical forest on the many nature trails, take an exhilarating elephant back trek, go horse riding, bird watching or a hot air balloon ride.
AMAN NEW DELHI, INDIA
Luxury City Hotel
Just within reach of Delhi’s bustling city centre, Aman New Delhi is a cosy retreat in spacious surroundings, offering guests an ideal base from which to explore the city’s many diverse charms. With luxurious rooms and suites framing an exquisite courtyard, dark timber panels, locally quarried stone and jaali screens create an inviting aura of mystery in this charming resort. The design of this luxury resort is contemporary, complemented with Indian touches such as hand-made rugs and jaali screens. Spacious suites afford guests the opportunity to relax in enveloping luxury, while the heady aroma of fresh flowers throughout the aman resort brings nature home to this metropolitan haven, and are designed with a contemporary flair, drawing their aesthetic references from local materials as well as the architecture and design of the region. Aman New Delhi’s rooms and suites are positioned for complete privacy. One/two/three bedroom luxurious Lodhi Suites may be solely accommodated for families or celebrities seeking a private wing of the hotel during their stay.