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These 10 Most Spectacular Resorts in India Are Vacation Goals

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Craving to get away from the maddening crowd? Well, we have the perfect list of resorts for you where you can not only escape the human rush, but also beat the heat and pamper yourself to your heart's content. 

1. Goa: Taj Exotica on the shores of the Arabian sea
Goa: Taj Exotica on the shores of the Arabian Sea © Provided by Leisure & Lifestyle Information Services Private Limited Goa: Taj Exotica on the shores of the Arabian Sea source: taj.tajhotels.com

Taj Exotica is a Mediterranean-inspired resort which is replete with luxury right on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Forty minutes away from the airport, located in Benaulim on the south-west coast of Goa, Taj Exotica is where time slows to a tropical tempo. The shore-based old-world charm, flowery patios and magnificent atrium of the place allow you to experience pure leisure.

HolidayIQ reviewer Bhavna Guidry shares, "Just came back from a 3 day, 2 night stay at the Taj Exotica. What an amazing hotel. The grounds are absolutely lovely and the beach side is pristine. The hotel staff are incredibly accommodating. They even sent a crib with stuffed toy and Johnson's baby products for my two-year-old daughter. The restaurants at the hotel were lovely. I especially enjoyed Miguel Arcanjo's Mediterranean place. The seafood dishes there were exquisite. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and highly recommend it for other families."

2. Kerala: Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad is India's only "earth" resort
Kerala: Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad is India's only © Provided by Leisure & Lifestyle Information Services Private Limited Kerala: Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad is India's only source: wayanad.org

Simulative and imaginative possibilities of rammed earth architecture inspired by the building craft of the ancient Mesopotamian era. Spread across 35 acres of verdant terrain, Banasura Hill Resort is constructed using mud excavated from the very site that it stands on, its unique rustic look offering the best in luxury and comfort is truly "Heaven made of Earth."

HolidayIQ reviewer Parag Shah says, “Found some difficulty in finding the place, but once we reached there we never went out. The property itself is spread out quite a few acres, which includes many plantations. Rooms (or as they called earth rooms) are made up of clay so that makes different experience itself. Outdoors activities include open badminton court and some slides, but real highlight were hammocks in between plantation and you can feel the nature at its best. Coming to food, and it just wow. The taste of the vegetarian food was very good and the chef was so good that if we ask for something special, he will make it ready for us. All 3 meals breakfast, lunch and dinner were too good.

3. Rajasthan: Aman-i-Khas, Ranthambore mimics Mughal living
Rajasthan: Aman-i-Khas, Ranthambore mimics Mughal living © Provided by Leisure & Lifestyle Information Services Private Limited Rajasthan: Aman-i-Khas, Ranthambore mimics Mughal living source: aman.com

A luxury wildlife camp styled after the Mughal grandeur. On the threshold of Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas is a wildlife camp comprising of ten-tent safari outpost, set in a sun-dappled forest of the starkly beautiful Aravalli Hills.

HolidayIQ reviewer Rohit says, “I stayed in Aman I Khas in this year. The destination was excellent. I felt the location of the resort was convenient. The resort was located within the city. Parking facility was provided. The food was excellent. The room ambience was superb. The rooms provided at the resort were excellent and washrooms were neat and clean. The behaviour of the staff was very good. The outlook of the resort was very good.

4. Maharashtra: Blue Ocean Resort and Spa sports Portuguese style cottages
Maharashtra: Blue Ocean Resort and Spa sports Portuguese style cottages © Provided by Leisure & Lifestyle Information Services Private Limited Maharashtra: Blue Ocean Resort and Spa sports Portuguese style cottages source: blueoceanresort.in

Portuguese style cottages with splendid ocean views and tropical-inspired interiors. The epitome of privacy and elegance, Blue Ocean Resort and Spa in Ratnagiri has a Riviera style infinity pool, multi cuisine restaurants, Spa, Yoga and Meditation, sports and cultural village among others.

HolidayIQ reviewer Nivedita Sethi says, “Blue Ocean Resort is one of the best Resort I have stayed in the country. The location of the resort is excellent with a soothing atmosphere. The beach here at Ganpatipule is also amazing with its clean environment. The resort staff were also very supporting and helpful in all the queries.The rooms are also very big and are very clean. Best for a luxurious stay at Ganpatipule.”

5. Uttarakhand: Shakti 360 degrees Leti, Kumaon Himalayas has glass walls in every room
Uttarakhand: Shakti 360° Leti, Kumaon Himalayas has glass walls in every room © Provided by Leisure & Lifestyle Information Services Private Limited Uttarakhand: Shakti 360° Leti, Kumaon Himalayas has glass walls in every room source: shaktihimalaya.com

It's a seasonal resort (working season - Early October until the end of April) with glass walls in every room overlooking the Himalayas. The little known Kumaon region is resplendent with the most stunning jagged scenery of the snow-capped Himalayas and quaint little hill stations at the foothills. And overlooking all of this is the Shakti 360 degrees Leti. You will witness the slowing down of time as you open up to the local culture and people. A truly immersive experience is the aim.

6. Himachal Pradesh: Wildflower Hall, Shimla is one of the highest, luxury hotels
Himachal Pradesh: Wildflower Hall, Shimla is one of the highest heritage, luxury hotels © Provided by Leisure & Lifestyle Information Services Private Limited Himachal Pradesh: Wildflower Hall, Shimla is one of the highest heritage, luxury hotels source: oberoihotels.com

The former residence of Lord Kitchener, Wildflower Hall is one of the highest heritage, luxury hotels in the Himalayas. Nature walks, rafting, cycling or yoga, or relax and rejuvenate with an exclusive spa therapy, Wildflower Hall has it all.  It offers relaxing, rejuvenating treatments unmatched by other spa hotels in Shimla. The Oberoi Spa affords exclusive massage, yoga and Ayurvedic treatments at bespoke locations around the hotel and grounds.

HolidayIQ reviewer Jiyalal Khanna says, "Amazing place, what a location it's great. The view from the room was to be seen. I have seen any better view from any hotel. The room was like a palace, swimming pool was temperature controlled. The jacuzzi was so good, service was great. No complaints at all, very good place to stay."

7. Orissa: Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, Ganjam is luxury amidst simplicity
Orissa: Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, Ganjam is luxury amidst simplicity © Provided by Leisure & Lifestyle Information Services Private Limited Orissa: Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, Ganjam is luxury amidst simplicity source: bstatic.com

A setting of luxury and splendour amidst the simple, inherent town of Gopalpur, skylights let natural light into the corridors which are painted a beautiful pale teal. Glimpses of a well-designed lighthouse, a serene tea shop on the beach and frequent ambient motifs like seahorses and turtles add to the charm of the Mayfair Palm Beach Resort.

HolidayIQ reviewer Narayan Patra says, “Got warm traditional welcome, friendly staff, check in was pleasant. They have ample in-house facilities like board game room, swimming pool, pool, children's play area (Indoor and outdoor) to spent the time. The sea beach is in the backyard. Get complimentary tea/snacks and enjoy there. Food is great. Enjoy the local specialities like crab and prawn.”

8. Kerala: Coconut Lagoon Resort, Kumarkom is a heritage stay
Kerala: Coconut Lagoon Resort, Kumarakom is a heritage stay © Provided by Leisure & Lifestyle Information Services Private Limited Kerala: Coconut Lagoon Resort, Kumarakom is a heritage stay source: cghearthresorts.com

In close vicinity of The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Coconut Lagoon Resort showcases the heritage of the old feudal villages of Malabar. It is one of the popular heritage stays in Kerala. The ideal location of the resort amidst lush greenery ensures a tranquil and rejuvenating stay.

HolidayIQ reviewer Prasoon Shukla says, “Coconut lagoon was beyond expectations. The approach to the resort via boat sets the mood right. The mix of traditional Kerala culture with modern room design are the best part. Bedroom on the second floor and open shower area give you the premium feel. Absolutely loved the traditional musical event in the middle of the restaurant during dinner. The service could be a bit slow as the rooms are spread apart but the overall, hospitality of the staff is great. Must stay if you're planning to visit Kumarakom!

9. Jammu and Kashmir: Shakti, Ladakh set in the lap of rugged terrains of Ladakh
Jammu and Kashmir: Shakti, Ladakh set in the lap of rugged terrains of Ladakh © Provided by Leisure & Lifestyle Information Services Private Limited Jammu and Kashmir: Shakti, Ladakh set in the lap of rugged terrains of Ladakh source: shoesonloose.com

Designed to give a village-like experience amidst the rugged terrains of Ladakh. Ladakh is mostly known for camping, backpacking and a biking destination. But Shakti Ladakh enables you do do something different. Accompanied by the porters and guide, the resort allows you to step out of the modern world and walk along the virgin villages, traditional mud huts, all of which is very much authentic. 

10. Karnataka: The Tamara, Coorg is the perfect romantic retreat
Karnataka: The Tamara, Coorg is the perfect romantic retreat © Provided by Leisure & Lifestyle Information Services Private Limited Karnataka: The Tamara, Coorg is the perfect romantic retreat source: thetamara.com

Featured in Conde Nast’s list of ‘Top 20 Romantic Resorts in India’, The Tamara showcases verdant landscapes and tranquil, nature walks through cardamom plantations where time slows down and the multi-cuisine restaurant where the ingredients are sourced from the organic garden. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Nichelle Saldanha says, "It's a wonderful holiday destination as the place is heaven for the nature lovers. Resort staff are helpful and always service with a smile. Most of the resort activities are well organised. Food is good with an amazing spread. As this resort is a bit away from the few must places of visits in Coorg, like Talakaveri and Madikeri city, the Tamara management should organise such visits. Over all it is good."

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