Taj Connemara, Chennai
THE TAJ CONNEMARA is located near Binny Road in the heart of Chennai (near the Spencer Plaza Mall). It is housed in a colonial-era heritage building that has been restored to its original glory and shape.
Amenities at the Taj Connemara include deluxe rooms and presidential suites, 24-hour in-room dining, a round-the-clock front desk, a large outdoor swimming pool, an in-house Indian Boutique called Taj Khazana and a J Wellness Circle (offering Indian Ayurveda and global therapies).
The Leela Palace, Chennai
THE LEELA PALACE in Chennai attempts to recreate the splendor of a Chettinad Palace. It sprawls over 4.8 acres of lush green space and over the Bay of Bengal.
This Chettinad-inspired Palace with its high ceilings, enviable collection of art pieces, vintage furniture, manicured lawns and a stunning private beach is a delight of a luxury hotel.
It is located on MRC Nagar in Chennai, 25 minutes from the Chennai Central Railway Station (and 35 minutes from Chennai International Airport).
THE SVATMA IN THANJAVUR is a luxury hotel operated by the award-winning chain Relais & chateaux. The Svatma combines traditional Tamil Nadu hospitality with the contemporary experience of a luxury modern hotel.
Amenities at the Svatma include airport transfers, a banquet room, a fitness center, air-conditioning rooms and suites, housekeeping, an in-house salon, a gift shop, a spa, a concierge, a rooftop terrace, an outdoor swimming pool and several restaurants.
Palais De Mahe - CGH Earth Pondicherry
The charming PALAIS DE MAHE is located in the quaint French Quarters of Pondicherry (Puducherry) in a heritage building that emanates French colonial charm.
Operated by the CGH Group, a well-respected name in the luxury hospitality industry, the Palais De Mahe boasts huge courtyards, geometric lawns, vast verandahs, tall ceilings and tastefully done interior décor featuring vintage French-era furniture.
It boasts the entire range of modern high-end amenities required for a cozy tropical holiday in the “French Capital of India.”
Chidambara Vilas, Chettinad
THE CHIDAMBARA VILAS showcases the glorious architectural tradition of the Chettinad region. It is considered one of the best heritage hotels in the region.
Housed in a heritage building dating back to the Chettiar Dynasty of Karaikudi. Boasting the famous Athangudi tilework, wooden paneling, and “Burmese beamed roofing, Belgium mirrors, Chandeliers from Daman and Dui, clocks from France,” the Chidambara Vilas is an opulent cosmopolitan affair in a traditional Southern Indian surrounding.
This splendid property offers 25 guest rooms, an experiential dining restaurant, an interactive demo kitchen, a bar, a fine-dining lounge and an outdoor swimming pool.
It is located in Ramachandrapuram— 4km from the historic fort of Thirumayam (Pudukkottai District).
ITC Grand Chola, Chennai
If the name didn’t already give it away, THE ITC GRAND CHOLA CHENNAI is a grand homage to the great Chola Dynasty of Tamil Nadu.
This massive contemporary 5-star hotel boasts a whopping inventory of 522 deluxe rooms and suites. There are 10 in-house food and beverage options (fine-dining restaurants offering global cuisines, specialty restaurants [offering Indian, Chinese, Italian and Continental dishes] and bars).
Other facilities include outdoor swimming pools, a Kaya Kal Royal Spa and a fitness center.
The Tamara Kodai, Kodaikanal
The idyllic hill station of Kodaikanal is perched at a height of 6,500 feet above sea level in the Upper Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most popular hill stations in all of India, famed for its perfect weather, scenic beauty and spice/tea plantation tours.
THE TAMARA KODAI is housed in a heritage building dating back to the 1840s in what used to be the residence of a British Judge who settled down here.
Still known by the locals as the Mr. Baynes’ House, the Tamara Kodai features luxurious rooms and suites, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, a library, a game room, a fitness center and a fine dining restaurant.
If you are looking for a relaxing hill station holiday, there is perhaps no better option than the Tamara Kodai in Kodaikanal.