One of the oldest civilizations in the world, India is a mosaic of multicultural experiences. With a rich heritage and myriad attractions, the country is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It covers an area of 32, 87,263 sq. km, extending from the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south.

As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which gives the country a distinct geographical entity.

Fringed by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. As you travel the expanse of the country, you are greeted by diverse nuances of cuisines, faiths, arts, crafts, music, nature, lands, tribes, history, and adventure sports. India has a mesmeric conflation of the old and the new. As the bustling old bazaars rub shoulders with swanky shopping malls, and majestic monuments accompany luxurious heritage hotels, the quintessential traveler can get the best of both worlds. Head to the mountains, enjoy a beach retreat, or cruise through the golden Thar, India has options galore for all.

our LXRY! hotel selection

We have some criteria before we can call a hotel a LXRY! Selection Hotel. We want to be surprised, we need luxury and hospitality at a high level, we love the quality of food and the rooms, we think the location is super important, and….we want to memorize the hotel for a lifetime! So you will not find basic chain hotels that look similar in all countries but truly found local gems that are different and memorable.

India - Sindhudurg


Coco Shambhala—a place of peace, happiness, and tranquility. Come and experience “Shambhala” here in the vibrancy of Goa and the innate beauty of Sindhudurg, along the western coast of India.

Named amongst the best beach villas in the world by Conde Nast Traveller magazine, our award-winning luxury villas are designed to provide you an extraordinary holiday. They welcome all guests at Coco Shambhala as friends, and like all good friends, we hope you keep returning to create new memories with us in our villas in Goa and Sindhudurg.

The spectacular beach villas in Sindhudurg celebrate the romance of tropical living in one of India’s finest destinations. The award-winning architecture and design provide you a holiday for the mind as you connect intimately with the Arabian Sea and tropical jungles surrounding you. A Forest Essentials spa, seasonal menus that celebrate the fresh catch of the day, and local organic produce along with a fine selection of wines, handcrafted beers, and spirits make this a truly unique holiday experience. Whale spotting, leopard sightings, and a wide array of local and immigrant birds make this a nature lover’s ideal retreat with just the right amount of indulgent luxury!

Coco Shambhala is a collection of four bespoke luxury villas for exclusive holidays in Sindhudurg, India; a tropical land of forts, unexplored beaches, and watching the sea come alive with dolphins. Set in a tropical garden, overlooking the beach, the villas are designed as inclusive, barefoot retreats. Each tropical villa is complete with its own infinity pool with mesmerizing panoramic sea views.

The architectural balance and carefully designed spaces have already won international and domestic awards for architecture the best new luxury hotel in India.

The houses sit in complete harmony with the local landscape and cultural milieu, to provide the discerning traveler with a romantic retreat—a place of privacy that nurtures a sense of balance, much needed in the hectic lives of today. The villas take inspiration from the local vernacular and celebrate the outstanding natural beauty of the region. The property has been created without changing the land. This deep respect for nature and the environment continues throughout Coco Shambhala with a fabulous culinary journey inspired by the abundance of fresh local, organic, and artisanal produce, tailored to your individual preferences.

india - GOKARNA

Unhindered Luxury Living.

A kingdom to call your own

Nestled to the south of Gokarna, along the picturesque coastline where the cliffs of the Western Ghats plunge into the Arabian Ocean, lies an unexplored expanse of beach and jungle. Here, where the ocean gently folds into an estuary lies a glimmer of paradise.

Welcome to India’s only true Luxury Villa, Kahani Paradise.

Perched atop the hills and affording 360º views of the contrasts of the sea- and forest-scapes, Kahani Paradise offers a world of quiet indulgence amidst nature.

There are six suites at this property. Each suite has been designed to provide spectacular views of the ocean. Antique handcrafted doors and wooden high ceilings complement the tastefully designed interiors, fitted with authentically Indian furniture and customized textile tapestries and rugs.

Kahani Paradise sits on a 20-acre estate of the garden, forest, and farm. A tropical garden gives way to an orchard of coconut, betelnut, and banana trees.

The sprawling garden beckons nature walk every day, and offers stunning views of the ocean and tropical flowers around every corner.

Feel free to explore further afield on our Royal Enfield Bikes or the open-top Mahindra Jeep to set off to the surrounding beaches, towns, and temples.

Paradise beach is a 6-minute walk from the house where you can lounge around or take the boat out for a joy ride to the other secret beaches nearby.

Why not try your hand at Badminton, Croquet or Table-Tennis? There are plenty of board games too.

The yoga and open-air massage rooms are reflective, quieter spots at our estate that keep with the enchanting pull of a true wellness holiday.

India - Udaipur

Across the lake to a glorious age

Fondly known as the “City of Lakes”, Udaipur, the erstwhile capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, is resplendent with vast hilltop forts, palaces, temples, and gardens that serve as reminders of its majestic history.

Falling in love with the charm of the “City of Lakes” is easy when you are staying at the best hotel in Udaipur: The Oberoi Udaivilas. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, this 5-star hotel is spread over 30 acres of luxuriant gardens, with an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors that reflect the layout of Udaipur itself; whose seven lakes are linked by canals.

Superior accommodations, fine restaurants serving signature cuisine, and a quiet emphasis on your wellbeing with daily yoga and personally curated spa therapies.

All rooms and suites reflect a thoughtful harmony of Mewar-inspired motifs, elegant furnishings, and modern technologies.

And dinner? Seated under a vaulted dome in one of the exceptional restaurants. On a perfect terrace overlooking
the garden and the lake beyond. A bespoke candle-lit dinner for two with the stars above.

All brought alive by the sincere attention to your every need that is distinctively Oberoi.

India - Jaipur

Samode Palace weaves its magic on you

Exclusive and discreet, Samode Palace has been host to royalty, celebrities, artists, and discerning travelers. Awaken to the quiet dawn, or have a cocktail on the terrace garden to the accompaniment of folk musicians. Run your fingers across the intricate story of an ancient mural on an uneven wall. Emerge from a gentle healing massage at the spa, or perhaps just sink into the lavish bed in your room. 

Each room, with its own unique personality, is elegantly and luxuriously furnished. Four poster beds draped with sheer, delicate fabric and exquisitely carved couches invite you to relax completely.

Colour and spirit mingle with the sparkling of white linen and marble and with the warm wood of exquisite furniture. Samode is a world that effortlessly blends modern luxury with traditional opulence.

Each royal suite is a luxe apartment with its own private courtyard, looking out to the mountains, and a Jacuzzi. All rooms have lavish en-suite bathrooms that are classic and elegant – with spacious wardrobes, sink-and-laze tubs, gracious dressing tables – all deserving of the care you give yourself.

The breakfast is served in the courtyard under the shade of trees and the chirping of birds, with the staff cheerfully suggesting what you may enjoy. Stunning murals vie with the food for your attention. Enjoy the evening cocktails by the poolside or a romantic candle-lit dinner at the terrace garden under the starlight of a clear Rajasthani night.

The Palace has an extensive wine cellar, with a handpicked and expert choice of both International and Indian varietals.

Discover the beauty of the hotel – inch by glorious inch. Do it yourself or ask a hotel staff to guide you through. Indulge in a rejuvenating massage by our trained therapists. Health facilities include a fully-equipped fitness centre, a sauna and steam room.

Visit the Mughal garden at Samode Bagh. For the more adventurous visitor, horse and camel safaris are available and special visits to the sand dunes can be arranged. You could also just step out of the gates of the Palace and walk through the cobbled lanes of the Samode village into the local market, stopping by the little shops of the bangle maker, the cloth merchant, the gemstone expert.

The historic pink city of Jaipur is just an hour’s drive away.

India - Udaipur

Where royalty has always felt at home, today you are invited to an experience of a lifetime

The crescent-shaped palace was built in the early 20th century, in the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh (period of reign: 1884-1930), and has been meticulously maintained and preserved for guests like you. The palace was reserved exclusively for visiting dignitaries and guests of the House of Mewar. Today it is a Grand Heritage Palace for guests, combining the elegance of the last century with modern 21st-century amenities.

Shiv Niwas Palace offers beautiful, yet differing suites and rooms to choose from 17 individually decorated suites that carry original furniture and portraits that have been with the royal family for generations. All the suites look out onto the natural panorama of Udaipur. Unparalleled splendor and spaciousness characterize each room.
Guests to Shiv Niwas Palace like to return time and again. The hospitality is unchanged from the not-so-distant times when Shiv Niwas Palace was a royal guesthouse.

The distinctive character of Shiv Niwas Palace contributes substantially to the success of events of all types. Events benefit from a unique combination of history, luxury, impressive architecture, personalized service, and the finest cuisine.

India - Udaipur

the James Bond film  ‘Octopussy’ was filmed here

The young prince, Maharana Jagat Singh requested his father, Maharana Sangram Singh II, if he could reside in the pleasure palace Jagmandir with his ladies. The Maharana did not give permission but taunted his son that if he was so keen to stay in an Island Palace, why doesn’t he build one for himself. It is this taunt that led to him building his own pleasure palace on Lake Pichola in the year 1743. The Maharana (ruler) called this palace which he finished building in 1746, Jag Niwas. 

Jag Niwas is today the majestic and magnificent Taj Lake Palace of Udaipur.  Restored to its pristine glory, this spectacular palace became world-renowned when the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’ was filmed at it. It was the secluded lair of the film’s eponymous Bond Girl. 

This heritage hotel has 65 luxurious rooms and 18 grand suites. Its location on an island in the midst of a lake affords every room breathtaking views of the neighboring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir. The incomparable location provides the perfect backdrop for the exquisite cuisines at the elegant restaurants of Taj Lake Palace. These are open only to resident guests. Signature specialty restaurants at this palace serve a choice of cuisines. Neel Kamal for authentic Rajasthani and other dishes from India; and the seasonally open-air Bhairo for contemporary European delicacies. In the evening, indulge in signature martinis, cocktails, and a grand collection of premium international spirits at the bar, Amrit Sagar. Continue your being pampered as a royal at Jiva Spa, with a spa boat experience like no other. 

Carefully created treatments draw on the ancient wellness heritage of India, and the fabled lifestyle and savoir vivre  of Indian royalty. This palace continues the tradition of grand soirees and formal levees which were hosted here by the royal family of Udaipur. Meetings and Incentives at Taj Lake Palace are like nowhere else in the world. Where else can you meet at a palace in the middle of a lake? And this most romantic of hotels is the ideal venue for fairytale weddings and magical honeymoons.

India - Rajasthan

A royal palace of well-being

Opening September  2021

A beautiful 14th-century fort sensitively converted to become a Six Senses sanctuary of well-being. Originally owned by a Rajasthani Royal Family, it faces the Chauth ka Barwara Mandir temple. The significant conservation effort incorporates two palaces and two temples within the walled fort. The design reinterprets the gracious and regal ambiance of a bygone era dating back 700 years.

The historic fort has been sensitively preserved and converted and enjoys a sensational view of the lake and temple. The landscaping integrates purely endemic plants and water features. The property is working with the local community to rewild the forests to the east and revive the sacred lake to its former glory.

Each suite reinterprets the gracious and regal ambience of a bygone era

There are 48 suites ranging from 753 square feet (70 square meters) to 3,014 square feet (280 square meters). The East Wing overlooks the countryside and the West Wing offers views to Barwara village and beyond. Each suite is designed in contemporary Rajasthani style, reinterpreting the fort’s rich history while subtly incorporating state-of-the-art technology along with handmade mattresses, cotton bedding, and all the fundamentals for a good night’s sleep.