It’s good to be frugal, especially when times are tough. But sometimes, a bit of luxury every now and then is a nice change and it makes life definitely sweeter.
Can you imagine living on nothing but greens and gluten free, sugar free, fat free foods, without even a slice of cake to break the monotony every once in a while? I don’t know about you, but I sure can’t. That’s why whenever I have some extra cash to spend for myself, I treat little old me to a luxurious vacation, and I do it in style.
I pack my classiest clothes, pick all the locations where I can wear them, make reservations at the best gourmet restaurants, and stay at the nicest hotel that I can afford.
And since I don’t do this all the time, I make sure that I do this kind of vacations right. And I start by picking the right hotel to stay in.
To plan the perfect vacation, I started by making a compilation of the best hotels in India. Here are the most luxurious hotels in the country:
1. The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel
Address: Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
Cost: $270 a night for a Superior room in the tower, to $7,000 a night for the Presidential Suite.
If you want an authentic taste of old India, then this is the place to stay in. This hotel has many chandeliers, archways, domes, and turrets, and also artifacts and an extensive art collection that gives it an eclectic feel. It has more than 500 rooms spread over two wings—the restored heritage Palace wing, and the recently constructed Tower wing.
There are six restaurants, two lounges, two bars, a nightclub, a swimming pool, and a luxury spa. Every corner of this hotel is oozing with elegance. The lobby is where you’ll see Bollywood stars being interviewed by magazine editors, and staying at the tree-lined pool will make anyone feel like a celebrity. It’s perfect for those who want to experience the lifestyle of the stars.
2. The Oberoi
Address: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Cost: $320 a night for a double occupancy room
Fans of modern design and technology will appreciate this hotel. It has 73 suites and 214 rooms. To get the most out of the stunning views, make sure to book a room with an ocean view. Imagine waking up to that! Rooms also come with an iPod docking station, a high definition media interface hub in the desk to connect electronic devices to the TV, and Wifi access.
The Oberoi has three restaurants, so take your pick between Indian, world cuisine, and Italian food. There’s also a bar and champagne lounge, a 24 hour fitness center (in case you feel like going on the treadmill at three in the morning), an outdoor heated swimming pool, and a spa.
3. The Palladium Hotel
Address: 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Cost: starts at $170 a night
Formerly known as Shangri-la Hotel, this was rebranded as the Palladium Hotel just a few months ago. It blends contemporary and old-world Indian design, which gives an indulgent and grand air to the place. This hotel also has the distinction of being the tallest hotel in Mumbai, and it houses Mumbai’s highest bar, highest nightclub, and highest Asian restaurant.
The hotel is part of the High Street Phoenix mall complex which is located in the central Mumbai suburb of Lower Parel. This makes it a perfect place to stay in if you want to be at the center of where all the hip and chic shopping and entertainment places are located.
There are 28 suites and 296 rooms, and you can take your pick from among the stunning views–overlooking the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, the city skyline, or the Arabian Sea.
The Palladium Hotel is a top luxury food and beverage destination in Mumbai, and it’s no surprise that the young and the beautiful people of the city flock to the hotel for parties. If you want to be right where the great nightlife is without leaving your hotel, then this is the place to be.
1. Taj Exotica
Address: Near Benaulim Beach, Off Colva Road, Calwaddo, Benaulim, Goa
Cost: about $300 a night during peak season
There’s an excellent range of facilities including a golf course, spa, swimming pool, and evening entertainment. For an indulgent and more private accommodation, book a room at the Sunset Villa, where you’ll get your own private plunge pool.
2. The Leela
Address: Mobor, Cavelossim, 403731, India
Cost: starts from $200 to $330 a night
Most rooms have a great view, especially the ones on the ground level. Try to book a room there if you can, and to ensure that you get a great room, book at least three months in advance.
3. Taj Vivanta Holiday Village
Address: Dando, Candolim, Bardez , Goa
Cost: $175 to $250 a night
The swimming pool has a swim bar, perfect for those who want to get their drink on while lounging by the crystal clear waters. If you feel like indulging in some great food, the restaurants will cater to your every culinary whim, and the spa will refresh and recharge you for a day of frolicking at the beach.
Indeed, small pleasures such as staying in a well-appointed hotel can set the tone for an opulent vacation. Do check out any of these hotels the next time you plan a grand holiday in India.