Dotted across picturesque destinations, the stunning resorts from Taj promise an unforgettable summer retreat in the serene aura of the hills.
Once the favoured summer break for the colonial British, India’s hill stations offered an escapist retreat far from the sweltering cities, and was a regular fixture on the Raj social calendar. These little towns carved from rocky mountainsides and nestled in the meadows of high plateaus offered a highland countryside reminiscent of the Britain they had left behind.
First established in 1903, the iconic Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is lndian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) brand for the world’s most discerning travellers seeking authentic experiences in luxury. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.
1 Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg
Situated at an altitude of 4,000 ft. within 180 acres of subtropical rainforest, the hotel is the perfect retreat for nature lovers and sybarites, offering panoramic vistas of the imposing mountains for which Coorg famous for. Guests can detox from city life and find sanctuary in the hotel, which has 270 degree views of the surrounding rainforest from each secluded villa.
The 30,000 square-ft Jiva Grande Spa is a key highlight, hidden under a rainforest canopy where guests can unwind listening to the sounds of the jungle at the Buddha Garden and vast outdoor pool.
2 Taj Savoy Hotel, Ooty
Ensconced high on a rising hill in Ooty, the Savoy Hotel sprawls over six acres of landscaped gardens, offering 40 colonial styled cottages with a snug décor and fireplaces.
This timeless Raj-era bungalow is surrounded by numerous picnic spots with mountain views, bracing walks such as Dolphin’s Nose and a 12-hectare botanical garden Sim’s Park, featuring hundreds of plant species including a hillside of glorious roses.
3 The Gateway Hotel, Coonoor
The Gateway Hotel at Church Road Coonoor, is a hotel with a 158 year-old legacy. With a rich historic background, no two rooms are alike at this hotel with an old-world charm, featuring colonial style cottages that were built between 1829-1865. Colourful flowerbeds surround the cottages, adding to the general English atmosphere at this characterful retreat.
Make it happen: To find out more and make a booking, visit www.tajhotels.com