A gorgeous home away from home, secluded from the noise and pollution so you can tailor your stay to suit your needs and the needs of your family – doesn’t that sound amazing? If you’ve been eying those long weekend on your calendar and would like to plan something grand, a stay in one of these amazing villas is a highly recommended pampering therapy. Here are our top 5 picks from the finest villas in India to give you a head start in planning your luxurious getaway!
Set in a tropical garden, barely 200 metres off the beach, the villas are designed as inclusive, barefoot retreats, each with their own infinity pool looking out to the sea. The houses sit in complete harmony with the local landscape and cultural milieu – the bedrooms provide natural light and boast of gorgeous coconut wood furniture along with modern luxuries. There is no restaurant on the premises; every meal is tailor-made to suit your culinary preferences and each feast is an exquisite and intimate experience.
La Villa is located in the heart of the old quarter of Pondicherry called ‘the white town’ and is at a walking distance from the main attractions. This estate is inspired by its colonial past and gives you a taste of 19th century life. Old wood from levelled houses has been reused to create elegant contemporary furniture and local handicrafts are combined with the most luxurious and sophisticated western design. The food here is rich in flavour and the menus change with the season; enjoy your meals made with fresh and local products in the garden, beneath the arches of the villa.
In a 19th century English merchant house in the heart of Galle Fort, this villa overlooks the Indian Ocean and Sri Sudharmalaya Buddhist Temple. This retreat is located within a UNESCO Heritage Site. It boasts of a charming garden, a rarity within Galle, with a dining pavilion by the 10 metre pool – our ideal spot for breakfast or lunch.
Located on an 8 acre hilly property and overlooking the Sinquerim River and the Aguada bay in the distance, this is a haven for the soul-seeker and offers luxury in simplicity and peace. Each villa, built like a Goan home, offers a balcao, a large verandah, semi-open bathrooms with ample natural light. The many doors open onto the verandahs looking at the gardens, the river, paddy fields, salt pans and blue skies. The resort also grows a number of herbs and medicinal plants.
Nestled in an acre of oak, pine and deodar trees, this villa is an old English cottage restored to its former glory. Located at 7600 feet, you get spectacular views of the Upper Himalayas and the Doon Valley. There is a constant play between the elements and the vistas keep changing to enchant the temporary inhabitants of the house. The villas is surrounded by history. Whether it is the St. Paul’s Church where Jim Corbett’s parents were married or the old pre-colonial era cemeteries or the Sisters’ Bazaar, there is more than enough for one to enjoy. Besides these, one could also take delight in sitting at the legendary Char Dukaan and enjoy endless cups of tea with a good book to give you company.
So which villa are you choosing for your next getaway?