Top 5 Luxury Beach Resorts in India
Beach Done with Goa and looking for a beach holiday with a difference? Check out these five luxury beach resorts that break away from the norm. Ideal for a winter break, they offer sun-kissed beaches, azure oceans and the promise of combining adventure with luxury.
Neemrana’s The Bungalow on the Beach, Tranquebar
USP: A luxurious beach property drenched in history
Located pretty much on the beach, this is a historical gem that’s popular with honeymooners and backpackers alike. This traditional Nagapattinam style property houses eight large and airy rooms named after Danish ships that docked in this part of the world. Furnished with vintage furniture and décor pieces, these rooms combine history and comfort to offer the traveller a slice of the Tranquebar story. Guests staying here can not only go on excursions to several of the historical sites around the property, they can also use the garden swimming pool, rejuvenate in this ozone-rich place, go on boat trips with the local fishermen or just soak in the sun at the pristine beaches for a laid-back holiday.
The Leela, Kovalam
USP: India’s only cliff top beach resortA beach resort that’s picturesquely perched on a cliff-top, The Leela offers both breathtaking panoramic views of the Arabian sea and the option to step out onto the beach. The resort has a charming garden and beach-view rooms as well as luxurious suites with butler service and an exclusive Club Spa and Gymnasium. Decorated in traditional Kerala style and combined with modern amenities, the rooms serve up comfort and style with élan. An in-house exclusive Ayurvedic Spa offers the chance to try out the age-old traditional, holistic therapies to de-stress and rejuvenate, while various bars, cafes and restaurants on the property offer a chance to sample delectable, local cuisine.
The Gold Beach Resort, Daman
A boutique-style luxury resort, the Gold Beach Resort sits on the serene Devka Beachfront in Daman, overlooking the imposing Arabian Sea. Spread across two acres of the Devka Beach, the friendly resort that is well known for very prompt service and great food, offers Deluxe and Super Deluxe rooms and Luxury suites. The sprawling 600 sq. ft. Suites comprise a living room and dining room and are equipped with a Jacuzzi-style bathtub, perfect for long, idyllic vacations.
Mayfair Waves, Puri
Another boutique resort, the Mayfair Waves is nestled on a serene beach in Puri. Whether guests visit this pilgrimage town to offer their prayers at the Lord Jagannath Temple or for a romantic honeymoon, the resort promises to accommodate them in style. Apart from offering amenities like a spa, a fitness center and a multi-cuisine restaurant, this beach resort also provides a lifeguard for those who want to dip their toes into the sea. For guests who want to visit the Lord Jagannath Temple, the resort’s in-house priest takes them on a guided tour.
Barefoot at Havelock, Andamans
Imagine verdant forests, white beaches and a turquoise sea sharing the same space, and quirky thatched cottages dotting this charming landscape. The outcome is Barefoot at Havelock—a charming beachside jungle resort that promises the treats of nature without the stress of staying connected digitally. With 31 thatched tents, cottages and villas that combine rustic elegance with modern amenities, this ecologically-designed resort promises to bring a plethora of adventures right at your doorstep. Whether it’s diving and snorkelling, kayaking or a nature walk, guests here find plenty to do while also unwinding in the spa or tucking into fresh island produce at the restaurant.