Category: India

Shreyas: a new boutique Yoga retreat in Bangalore, India

Shreyas: a new boutique Yoga retreat in Bangalore, India

Situated in southern India, Shreyas offers tailor-made Yoga holidays in the most sumptious of settings. Just one and a half hour’s drive from Bangalore Airport, the retreat offers tented accommodation and is equipped with an infinity pool, spa, gym, steam rooms, cinema and organic vegetable farm. Yoga classes take place twice a day in an […]

Devi Garh Fort Palace to host celebrity wedding

Devi Garh Fort Palace to host celebrity wedding

Devi Garh Fort Palace, a luxury hotel in India, is reportedly going to be the venue for the marriage of Elizabeth Hurley and boyfriend Arun Nayar in February 2007. Expect a lavish affair, possibly involving camels, elephants and an exchange of vows on a mandap (a flower-decked platform). A manager at the hotel is believed […]

Imperial luxury with Cox & Kings

Imperial luxury with Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings are offering a very special luxury travel adventure for all of those interested in the fascinating history of the British Empire in India.   Led by former cabinet minister Lord Hattersley, this once in a lifetime opportunity will take guests across the historic Ganges Plain from the old colonial city of Calcutta […]

Incredible India

A video that captures the timelessness of India, courtesy of the Indian Ministry of Tourism.

Bespoke shopping in south-east Asia with Style Clinic by Astin Brown Inc.

Bespoke shopping in south-east Asia with Style Clinic by Astin Brown Inc.

Travel to Singapore and Mumbai for 8 days and shop. Find the right things to buy for yourself, home and ‘shopping list others’. Discover the cultural spirit of these cities by joining Style Clinic by Astin Brown Inc. Part of the swish things they do is create bespoke shopping and spirit tours to some of […]

Top yoga retreats

Top yoga retreats

According to a recent Concierge.com article, the top yoga retreats to be found worldwide  are: Wildflower Hall, Shimla, India Como Shambhala at Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Begawan Giri, Bali, Indonesia Adventure Yoga Retreats (all over the Americas) Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California LifeTime Private  Retreats, Kangaroo Island, Australia Maya Tulum, […]

Bagvhan from Taj Hotels and CC Africa

Bagvhan from Taj Hotels and CC Africa

Last month I revealed that Mathua Kothi was to be the first lodge in India from the partnership of Taj Hotels and CC Africa. And now they’ve unveiled the property that’s to follow it:   Bagvhan – located at the edge of Pench National Park in Central India –  will be  the second lodge from […]

Oberoi to build luxury hotel in Dubai

Oberoi to build luxury hotel in Dubai

East India Hotels Ltd. has signed an agreement for a 250-room Oberoi  luxury hotel and 40 service apartments in Dubai, at an investment of $100 million. The hotel will be near the  Burj  and is expected to open in early 2009. Meanwhile, it’s also rumoured that the brand also has plans for a presence in […]

India to get another luxury train

India to get another luxury train

A 120-passenger luxury train connecting Bangalore and Goa could be available as early as July next year. The route from Bangalore will pass Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Gadag and Londa,  before completing its journey at Vasco in Goa. The 18-compartment train, designed by Mumbai-based Pendse and Associates,  will have 11 compartments for passengers with multi-cuisine restaurant, […]

A year of island hopping: November

A year of island hopping: November

This is post eleven  of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For November, the following are recommended: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India: Wild Orchid Resort Big Island of Hawaii: Jacaranda Inn Fernando de Noronha, […]

T+L's World's Best Small Hotels

T+L’s World’s Best Small Hotels

A couple of days ago, I unveiled that Travel + Leisure had announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006.   I couldn’t possibly do justice to all the lists with one blog post, and so ended up omitting the top 15 small hotels.   For those that don’t want to stay in one of the […]

India’s Kullu Valley to get five star ski resort

The peaks of the Himalayas are about to get their first five star ski resort in the mould of those in Vail or Val d’Isere. Indian officials have given their backing to  a $300 million project in the Kullu Valley in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, backed by Alfred Ford, great grandson of […]

New luxury hotels for 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

New luxury hotels for 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

A proposal to set up 14 hotels in Noida by 2009 – in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi – has been cleared by the Noida Authority Board.  Noida is close to where the Commonwealth Games Village will be sited. Of the 14 hotels, 6 will be five-star and 5 will be four-star.

A five-star tummy tuck, Madam?

A five-star tummy tuck, Madam?

Leela Palaces and Resorts is to start offering a real first: cosmetic surgery packages from the UK. The five-star Indian luxury hotel group has joined forces with Globe Health Tours to combine stays with costmetic enhancements. Whether you’re in the market for breast implants or a simple tummy tuck, the offering gives  overseas residents the […]

New Himalayan ski resort with five-star hotel

New Himalayan ski resort with five-star hotel

Alfred Brush Ford, a great grandson of US automobile pioneer Henry Ford, has been given the go-ahead on a new $250 million ski resort in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The resort in  the Kullu Valley  will include a hotel with  700 five-star rooms, 300 chalets, a handicrafts village and a food court. There […]

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is planning a global eBay charity auction to benefit Care for Children on 7th June 2006. Shangri-La hotels have created 14 exclusive luxury travel experiences with a combined retail value of over US$100,000 for the 10-day online auction, which will end on 17th June. The auction packages will feature metropolitan destinations […]