The Boutique hotels in India, offer a feel of grandeur and sublime sophistication of the erstwhile era that comes equipped with modern amenities. These hotels have mostly been customized as per the requirement of a modern day tourist while retaining the basic environs intact and consist of beautiful lodging facilities with lobbies and accompanying restaurants. The underlying concept of a boutique hotel is well maintained through the smallness, which connects you more to the personalized service that you get here.
Privacy at Sanctuary Bay, Kerala
Place: Muhamma, Kerala
This getaway resort is an ensemble of two distinctive bungalows. One of them consists of one suite and the other one has two double rooms. There are huge sliding screens that open into the verandas that are covered with bamboo blinds so that you can relax and enjoy the view across the glistening lake. This is one of those most heavenly places in Kerala. It’s a super cool retreat to have a dining room, a living room and two bathrooms in one thatched air-conditioned suite. There is a lovely pool that is shared. The interiors have minimal colors and are more like those typical Malabar Houses. These are among the boutique properties that include renovated old buildings of Kerala which have retained most of the original look and decor with utmost sympathy.
Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar
Place: Madhya Pradesh
Ahilya is situated high above the Narmada river and there’s always an amazing breeze flowing. The breeze makes it an enthralling hotel.The dark timbers, the floors of pale stone and the doors with ancient shutters have all been restored quite well. The driving force behind Ahilya was Richard Holkar. He belonged to the family of kings of Indore. The Holkar Trust is also behind the revamp of hand weaving that used to make Maheshwar famous once, and is famous as the Maheshwari hand loom today. You could pay a visit to the hand loom center close by. You would find finely woven fabrics in the soothing bedrooms. They serve buffet breakfast on the fortifications and dinner cooked from scrumptious home-grown vegetables, on the terrace.
Fort Barli, Barli
Place : Rajasthan
The scenario in the village is still the same, as it was 300 years ago when Darbar Lal Singh used to rule. The women still cook over open fires. Restoration of Anirudh Rathore reminds of the heavenly days of royal Rajasthan. Sitting under the marvelous ceiling of the dining room and watched over by portraits of five generations, you can relive the feel of the court where warriors used to meet over matters of the state. It’s only the prayer at a distance that can disturb you while you are floating in the exquisite perpetuity pool. Your simple travel into the village in a bullock cart with a velvet couch can make the locals extremely curious. Though a real treat for those who wish to enjoy the ethereal India, very few are aware and actually travel into the village. You must definitely check this one out next time around!
Chapslee, Elysium Hill
Place: Himachal Pradesh
The glorious past and the parochial present of Shimla are at odds. But undisturbed by mobiles, internet or TV, Chapslee is a real retreat. Built in the year 1835, it is one of the oldest houses in the town. The walls are adorned with swords and sabres and paintings and embroideries from the Raj-era. There are enormously comfortable bedrooms and extravagant suites that spoil. The sitting room done in the style of a hunting lodge, the garden smothered in nasturtiums; it is even more English than England. An unblemished snapshot of another time.
Cardamom House, Tamil Nadu
Place: Athoor, Tamil Nadu
Chrish, being a doctor, a traveler and a talker with comedic flamboyance, has poured vigor into creating his utopia. A British by origin, he makes his staff wear the world’s broadest of smiles and the whole place sweeps you into an affectionate embrace. The house is situated at the foot of a steep hill, huddled in a horseshoe of scrub hills. You would get amazing views from the beautiful garden that reaches across the lake to the Western Ghats. The tiled-flooring, showers powered with solar energy, white-linen and flowers cut afresh on the bed spreads make the bedrooms a depiction of taste and restraint. Chris is fervent about the environment and the society. The local community is supported by the guided trips to the village.
Shahpura Bagh Palace, Rajasthan
Place: Shapura, Rajasthan
If ancestor Nahar Singh did not mortgage the jewels to build earth dams to bring water to his people, Shahpura Bagh would have been very different from what it looks like today. Pastures, evergreens or the mustard crops would have been long gone. Bedrooms are served by light and cool walls and bathrooms. The family makes effort to keep you entertained with hilarious anecdotes of the most colorful characters of Rajasthan, if you happen to eat together with them in the beautiful dining room. That shows their superb hospitality.
Old Harbour Hotel, Fort
Place: Kochi, Kerala
You get to sip cocktails under the mango tree and laze around by the pool. An English tea broker used to have this 300 year old colonial building as his office. Bold local paintings, plain antiques and some engaging artifacts add to the beauty of the interiors. The bedrooms have quite high ceilings with big windows for cool breezes to flow in. They have deep relaxing beds too. The bathrooms in the cottages are too elegant that have opening to the sky showers. The ingenious, ancient but still in use, Chinese fishing nets come in the view from the windows. You get to see the patio garden with the fountain and the pond filled with lilies. Dinners with fresh fish on the menu are awesome. The staffs here hold a distinct glee to make you feel comfortable.
Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Santoshima Farm
Dressed in whites, the staff welcomes you as you make way through the resort gates. It is when you begin to fill in a questionnaire about your mental and physical health, you realize that this is a lot more than just a regular luxury hotel. Your stay is planned taking your diet and treatments into consideration. During the stay, you can enjoy the well known Ayurvedic massage, eat exquisite food. Avail the facility of yoga twice a day, practice meditation and enjoy a rejuvenating spa etc. You could spend the afternoon in the organic vegetable garden. You could also simply relax and get a tan by the pool.
Casa Susegad, Goa
Place: Loutolim, Goa
It is situated in the midst of the coconut trees on the outer reaches of Loutolim, which is one of the prettiest villages of Goa. A Jodhpur blue exterior and fairy-tale lights cascading from the terracotta top are among the first signs that you are going to experience something really different. This seven hundred year old house which is a wonderland of color, outstanding local and international art; mostly belongs to Norman and Carole. Interests that complement each other – art and snooker table for Norman and her exceptional cooking and jewellery on sale for Carole – come together with a fervor for gardening, which is mutual. Four serenely designed bedrooms whose colors of the jewels face out on to the pool.
The Manor, Delhi
Place: Friends Colony, West Delhi
A Japanese architect designed The Manor which came to life in the 1950s as a jungle-fringed hotel, finds itself among one of the smartest suburbs in the city today. It gives you the full Indian experience and has a city oasis with a garden of an acre or so. It has charming wall hangings in the corridors, dazzling montage floors. The luscious food is Indian or fusion and the serene garden is a sweet spot for a fresh lime soda. Try a morning yoga or a rejuvenating massage – a fifteen minute tester is covered in the price.