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    Hotels

    South India’s dramatic coastline is peppered with wild, sandy bays backed by bendy coconut trees. Nestled along them are some fabulous hotels brimming with character – from breezy Portugese-style residences, family-friendly homestays, barefoot luxury beach villas to deluxe houseboats gliding passengers through untamed Backwaters. Don’t just stick to the coast though – inland, in the fascinating and much overlooked city of Hyderabad, you will find what is arguably the finest palace restoration ever undertaken, the magnificent Taj Falaknuma Palace. Browse our portfolio of hand-picked South Indian hotels, villas and resorts, listed alphabetically by location:

    Houseboat ,
    Backwaters

    These beautifully converted Kettuvallams (rice barges) are the perfect way to explore the Backwaters. Shaded by a woven bamboo canopy...

    MS Oberoi Vrinda ,
    Backwaters

    The Oberoi Vrinda is an exclusive cruiser that offers a luxurious journey through the picturesque and lush backwaters of Kerala....

    Philip Kutty's Farm ,
    Backwaters

    This private island offers a wonderful homestay experience that combines charm and character with good service and professionalism. The owners...

    Privacy ,
    Backwaters

    Lying on the shores of Lake Vembanad, this tranquil property began with a pretty bungalow, formerly a boathouse and has...

    ITC Grand Chola ,
    Chennai

    This ornate, palatial tribute to Southern India’s greatest empires – the Imperial Cholas – overlooks the verdant foliage of Alexander...

    Visalam ,
    Chettinad

    An elegant Art Deco mansion which has been carefully converted into a boutique hotel in the heart of this fascinating...

    Brunton Boatyard ,
    Cochin

    This airy white-washed colonial building is located on the waterfront overlooking Cochin harbour. The public areas are incredibly spacious with...

    Rajakkad Estate ,
    Dindigul

    Rajakkad Estate is an intimate garden hotel with 7 unique bedrooms within an 18th century wooden structure, which was built...

    Elsewhere ,
    Goa

      Elsewhere is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Beach Hotels On a totally private spit of land overlooking the ocean, separated...

    Leela Goa ,
    Goa

    One of our favourite beach resorts in Goa, The Leela is a sumptuous property nestled amongst 75 acres of landscaped...

    Nilaya Hermitage ,
    Goa

    From the moment you arrive, you know you're going to be very comfortable indeed. Ex-Parisian fashion stylist Claudia Derain and...

    Summertime ,
    Goa

    The height of sophistication, Summertime is the ideal luxury villa in Goa. Exclusive and private, a stay at Summertime will...

    Taj Exotica ,
    Goa

    Located on the southwest coast of Goa, just 150 metres from the Arabian sea, this beach resort offers all the...

    The Bangala ,
    Karaikudi

    The Bangala, the Tamil pronunciation of "the bungalow", is on the outskirts of Karaikudi, Chettinad's largest town. The property has...

    Coconut Lagoon ,
    Kumarakom

    Located on the shores of Vembanad Lake, this unusual resort is a haven of relaxation and tranquillity. Only accessible by...

    Windermere Estate ,
    Munnar

    Windermere Estate is a charming 15 bedroom property perched on a hilltop, surrounded by a working cardamom estate. The 360...

    The Lotus ,
    Neeleshwar

    The Lotus describes itself as “A houseboat of unequalled style” and we couldn’t’ have put it better ourselves. Offering a...

    Savoy Hotel ,
    Ooty

    Ensconced high on a rising hill, this quaint property sprawls over six acres of landscaped gardens. Made up of colonial...

    Palais de Mahe ,
    Pondicherry

    Opened in 2013, this extremely welcoming CGH Earth property is set in Pondicherry's French Quarter, smashingly located 50m from the sea....

    Tanjore Hi ,
    Tanjore

    Tanjore Hi is a 1940’s heritage boutique hotel located next to the Tanjore Palace. Located in the lovely little Tamil...

    Serenity ,
    Vazhoor

    Surrounded by rolling hills and shady rubber plantations, halfway between Cochin and Thekkady, this wonderful, fully-staffed 1920s estate house is...