THE OBEROI CECIL, SHIMLA
This pre-Independence grand hotel used to serve the colonial royalty and elite in the summer capital of British India, Shimla.
Located in the apple and cherry region of Himachal Pradesh, Oberoi Cecil is now a Heritage Hotel known for its British architecture, wooden floors, glowing fireplaces, classical elegance and old-fashioned colonial charm.
Offering panoramic views of the Himalayas, Oberoi Cecil has all the amenities of a 5-star modern hotel.
THE KHYBER HIMALAYAN RESORT & SPA, JAMMU AND KASHMIR
This 8,825-foot high resort in the Pir Panjal branch of the Himalayas offers you exclusive views of the Affarwat Peaks from its suites and luxury rooms.
Sprawling over 7 acres of sylvan coniferous forest, the Khyber is designed to pamper you with opulence and luxury. 5-star luxuries, the world’s highest golf course, Asia’s best ski slopes and nearby bedecked meadows are some of the attractions at the Khyber.
SAVOY, OOTY - IHCL SELEQTIONS
In the 19820s, Sir John Sullivan was summoned by the Madras Presidency to explore the famous “blue mountains” and find an escape for British officers from the scorching heat of the Indian south. His search led him to Ooty.
Housed in a heritage building constructed in 1829 AD, Savoy SeleTtions exudes colonial grandeur and elegance.
The 6-Acre Savoy boasts 40 luxurious rooms, manicured lawns with 150 varieties of flowers, a spa, a 152-year-old library and the Ootacamund Gymkhana club where the game of Billiard was invented and which still houses the world’s first Billiard table.
WINDERMERE ESTATE, MUNNAR
Housed in 18 handcrafted rooms in what used to be a tea-plantation bungalow, the Windermere Estate is nestled atop a tea hill in MUNNAR with splendid views of the cascading tea gardens. The mountain breeze brings with it the mesmerizing aroma of coffee, cardamom and tea.
Windermere boasts old-world minimalist grandeur with its cozy cottages, a library, a swimming pool with a view of the plantation and an excellent restaurant offering locally-sourced delicacies.
GLENBURN TEA ESTATE, DARJEELING
Tucked away at the foothill of the Kanchenjunga Mountain range in the high Himalayas, Glenburn Estate was established by a Scottish Tea Company in 1859 AD.
Now owned for almost a century by the fourth generation of the Prakashes “Chai Wala Family,” the tea plantation has maintained its old-world charm.
The Glenburn Heritage Hotel offers not just a 5-star luxury, but also an amazing learning experience as you walk around and learn more about the tea, spices, herbs, fruits and vegetables grown on the estate
THE TAMARA KODAI, KODAIKANAL, TAMIL NADU
Nestled 6,500 ft above sea level in the hills of upper Palani, Tamil Nadu, the Tamara Kodai is a heritage hotel dating back to the 1840s AD, when British District Judge, Mr. Baynes built it as a residence for his family.
It offers luxury rooms and suites, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, outdoor cycling expeditions, a library and Board games center, a fitness center and multiple restaurants.
TAJ MADIKERI RESORT & SPA, COORG
Designed as a wellness resort and spa, Taj Madikeri is ensconced in the majestic hills of Coorg, with state-of-the-art European-styled stately rooms and opulent suites that bring you unmatched comfort in the middle of the wilderness.
Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, the Vembanad Coastal Cuisine Specialty restaurant and a spa offering traditional Ayurvedic massages and treatments.