#ELLERecommends: 8 Luxurious Destinations For Your Next Getaway


Now that travel restrictions have eased, hotels are welcoming guests to experience their variety of offerings (with safety norms, of course). For everyone itching to book their tickets and saunter in pristine white bathrobes with a martini in hand, here’s our list of recommended luxury hotels–the perfect getaway from the monotony of the city.

1. Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

This regal hotel is the best gateway to the Thar Desert. Its interiors are reminiscent of the bygone but glorious era of the Maharajas and Maharanis, and suitably so, the property redefines luxury and architectural beauty. We love its expansive rooms with vintage decor and breathtaking views, the luxurious spa session at The Rait, and a leisurely indulgence by the pool. We’re not kidding when we say that the treatment here is fit for royalty. But the best is the sunset at the Thar followed by a dinner under a star-lit sky.

2. W, Goa

Located on the shores of Vagator beach, this 5-star boho-luxe resort invites you to take it easy, incorporating the very essence of a Goan holiday! You can dive into your vacay by chilling at the pool—which faces the beautiful beach, no less—and then drag your languid self to the Away® Spa for a massage. A gin-credible night awaits you at their gin bar, Sylvia housing premium British, Japanese, German and Indian craft gins. Before you head back home, give your sand-ridden hair some TLC at W‘s in-house Levo Salon, or even better, just get a complete makeover. We’re reminded of Monica Geller and her vacation braids, but hey, we’ll leave that decision to you.


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3. Ayatana, Coorg

Nestled within the 100 acres of lush greenery and surrounded by waterfalls, Ayatana serves as a tropical escape with very many things to do. Give your adventurous streak a channel with ziplining, heading on the numerous trails and hikes, and off-road safaris. And after these physically-demanding activities, is it any surprise that the on-property spa promises to feel heaven-like? Spend your days housed in cute private cottages and enjoy meals in restaurants amidst glass walls.


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4. JW Marriott Walnut Grove & Spa, Mussoorie

The 5-star hotel tucked in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges is the perfect getaway to rest and recuperate. From an energising yoga session to an entertainment centre with indoor games—take your pick from multiple recreational activities. Go beyond the hotel property and get closer to nature through treks with unforgettable views. Case in point: a trek to Sir George Everest’s home built in 1832 is sure to leave you captivated with a panoramic view of the Doon Valley on one side, and Aglar River valley and snowbound Himalayan ranges on the other. No trip is complete without feasting on authentic local cuisine, and JW Marriott Mussoorie tricks you into returning over and over again with their Garhwali Thali and the Kumoani Thali.

JW Marriott Walnut Grove & Spa, Mussoorie

5. Evolve Back, Hampi

With stunning rugged forests and boulders forming its backdrop, Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi welcomes you with fort-like entrances, stone-paved boulevards, arched hallways and regal chambers—a heritage destination, indeed! Take your pick from a host of villas with palacial interiors, a private swimming pool, and a vast living room. What’s more? An invigorating experience at Vaidyashala, the in-house spa with Ayurvedic therapies. There are multiple cuisines to choose from for culinary enthusiasts; our top pick is the Vijayanagar cuisine native to this region, available in the hotel’s Tuluva restaurant.

Evolve Back, Hampi

6. The Postcard Hotel Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

Best known for its slow and relaxed holidays, The Postcard Hotel now has a picturesque property within the Gir forest itself. Home to 674 lions, you’ll surely spot one or more, making it the perfect holiday for wildlife enthusiasts. Located on 16 acres of Kesar mango orchards, the hotel has 15 rooms with plenty of privacy, ensuring that the only sounds you hear are that of birds, and if you’re lucky, the call of a welcoming lion.

7. Taj Chia Kutir Resort and Spa, Darjeeling

Situated within the Makaibari Tea Estate dating back to 1859, the 72-room Taj property is the best vacay destination for tea connoisseurs. It houses a tea lounge where you can enjoy high tea and a tasting session with a tea sommelier, besides having a stunning view of the hills and a fine-dining restaurant. Step into the world of wellness at the Jiva Spa offering a blend of ancient Indian wisdom with contemporary therapies.

8. Spice Coast Cruise, Kerela

Planning a romantic getaway with your beau? Head to this off-beat getaway in which you get to stay on a lake! Spice Coast Cruises takes you on a journey upon Vembanad Lake in a Kettuvalam. That’s Kerala’s traditional houseboat which was once used to carry cargoes of rice and spices up and down these same waterways, for centuries. Interestingly, the captain of the boat doubles up as your chef. Must-try dishes include the Karimeen Pollichathu (the local fish infused with Kerala spices, wrapped in banana leaf and grilled to perfection) and nutritious red rice (grown on the fields you pass by). A peaceful boating holiday amidst the wonders of nature in a secluded space, away from the busy city–what’s not to love about it?

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- Lifestyle Editor


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