India is home to a collection of swoon-worthy hotels, boasting decadent designs, colourful interiors and luxurious living. Each one's unique interior style is in keeping with its setting, be it the shades of pink taking centre stage in Jaipur's Rajmahal Palace or the subtle hints of blue in Jodhpur's RAAS.
From converted palaces to contemporary havelis and luxurious camping, escape on our tour of India's lavish hotel scene from majestic Rajasthan to Darjeeling's tea country and the dreamy South whilst uncovering design gems all worthy of interior accolades.
Sujan Rajmahal's Palace
Opening last year, Rajamal Palace was once the Maharajah of Jaipur's residence and over the years has welcomed royalty and celebrities alike including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Jackie Kennedy. Its impressive heritage has been beautifully restored by the acclaimed interior designer, Adil Ahmad and each room's fabrics and wallpapers (also designed by Ahmad) tells the stories of Jaipur and its rulers. This opulent palace epitomises luxury with its lavish marble floors, elaborate chandeliers and treasured heirlooms on display within a fuschia pink and turquoise colour scheme.
All images from Rajmahal Palace
Not only did Bar Palladio's cobalt blue bar inspire this post but its pinned to a many pinterest board. Owned by Italian Barbara Miolini who 'dreamed of a place where people from across the globe could share their stories, find inspiration and unwind, letting their cares melt away.' Located in Narian Niwas Palace Hotel the picturesque bar was bought to life by Dutch designer, Marie-Anne Oudejans whose floral theme combined with the perfect blue palette makes for a dreamy escape.
All images from Bar Palladio
Already featured on the Jodhpur post, RAAS is an architectural gem. Once a haveli, it's been updated to a hip design hotel with the newly built rose sandstone blocks in keeping with the haveli's traditional features. Its a wonderful oasis embracing the 'outside in' with iits beautiful courtyards, hidden alcoves and open air dining. With the incredible Mehrangarh Fort backdrop, its unsurprising that RAAS won the 'Best Holiday Building' at the 2011 World Architecture Festival. This is a one of a kind place that should be on every Rajasthan travellers' hotel list.
Images from i-escape
Ranthambore National Park
Aman-i-Khás, Ranthambore National Park
Next stop is tiger country and the luxurious Aman-i-Khás, located just outside Ranthambore National Park. With an 'Out of Africa' interior style, this is camping at it best offering spacious and luxurious rooms in a neutral and light decor accompanied with classic furniture. Along with a sighting of the elusive tiger, this resort makes for an unbeatable safari experience.
Images from Mr and Mrs Smith
The Lodhi, an architectural masterpiece in the heart of New Delhi. The hotel's exterior features an intricate design inspired by the typography and motifs found in the Lodi era's architecture which is also woven into its brand's identity. Inside, they have created luxury living spaces with a more modern and minimalist Scandinavian feel but with a subtle injection of colour.
Images from The Lodhi
Glenburn Tea Estate
Set in the Himalayas foothills, Glenburn Tea Estate's traditional interior style is in keeping with age and period of the restored tea planter's bungalow. Established by a Scottish tea planters in 1859, its still a working tea estate and now ran by The Prakashes, one of India's famous tea planting families. Each room's individual's style adds an unique charm, showcasing Indian artisan designs including block printed textiles, which also blend in beautifully with the English antiques.
Images from Glenburn Tea Estate
Malabar Escapes: Trinity
Our final stop is Cochin in Kerala, Southern India with the contemporary and arty Trinity housed in what was once the Dutch India East Company's headquarters. Boasting an Art-deco style, Trinity certainly would not be out of place in Miami and so it brings a glamorous and cool vibe to Southern India. Each of the three bedrooms, Red Blue and Yellow has one wall painted in its namesake's colour and also features Indian art (both modern and antique) along with and bright and bold home accessories.
Images from Mr and Mrs Smith
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