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Discovering Kerala Hotels with the Bespoke India Portfolio

Described by Lonely Planet as a ‘tropical symphony’, our Kerala hotels are in a coastal state in India’s deep south, characterised by its layered landscape and nearly 600km of coastline and beaches

With spice and tea covered hills the area is everything that the storybooks would have you believe – a soul quenching, fantastical part of the world, built for myths, legends and fulfilling travel and discovery.  Kerala in particular is known as home to wild elephants, exotic birds and even tigers, while it’s also rich with tradition and temple festivals overflowing with the kind of characterful energy that gives even its smallest villages a palpable buzz.

Kerala Hotels

Key amongst Kerala’s recommended experiences are those showcasing its wildlife and history at their best – the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Mattancherry Palace, Pardesi Synagogue, and the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary.  However, the Kerala hotels that you stay in also have the capacity to shape your experience and really give an insight into the hospitality and culture of the region.

The enticingly named Elephant Court, for example, is an ecological hotel in a 100-acre nature reserve and organic farm.  Rather than rooms, guests stay in one of 20 bungalows nestled into the Palni Hills, surrounded by one of the most important biodiversity spots on the planet.  As the name suggests, the hotel is close to the town of Kodaikanal, which is famed as an old elephant migration route and now extends into the wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala.  Meanwhile, the bungalows themselves are all unique, from the three-bedroom Peninsular Room, to the Tree House which is held aloft by a 100-year old Sizigium Cumini tree. So you can see how this particular hotel is an all encompassing experience in its own right.

Kerala hotels

Alternatively, Poovar Island Resort is an altogether more luxurious affair – a small village made of 78 land-based and floating villas surrounded by 25 acres of verdant green coconut gardens. The hotel has its own Ayurvedic Village – otherwise known as a wellness centre – that’s a spectacular 6,000 square feet of medicinal herbs and wellbeing based on ancient practices.  Meanwhile, there’s also a swimming pool, sunken bar, private beach, and all the trimmings that go with a decadent exotic holiday – one of the range of different Kerala hotels.

Showcasing the romantic diversity of this part of India, other hotels in the Bespoke India Portfolio, range from The Highland Heritage homestay hotel in Goa – featuring its own antique hand-crafted furniture – to the contemporary 14-bedroom boutique hotel The Richmond in the French Quarter of Pondicherry.  All are an indication of how you can experience multiple facets of Kerala and its history through its different locations and hotels.

Kerala hotels

A particular favourite of ours, however, has to be Destiny Farm Stay.  Set in the pristine, untouched valley of Avalanchi, this is a real wildlife adventure resort.  Here the views are of the hills and lake, while the hotel and farm operate on eco-friendly, self-sufficient methods, while producing their own fruit, coffee, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  It’s a nature lover’s paradise, but without losing that special sense of luxury, thanks to spa treatments, beautiful design, and incredible panoramas.  No wonder that it’s a popular hotel for weddings as well as those simply wanting to escape – India, and Kerala in particular, is an impossible place not to fall in love with.

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Discover Indian Hotels in the Majestic State of Rajasthan

Rajasthan, which translates as ‘Land of Kings’, is India’s largest state, positively brimming with fortresses, palaces, wildlife, and a rich cultural heritage as well as a fabulous range of Indian hotels.  In other words, you can see why it was an important region for Bespoke Hotels to expand its portfolio with beautiful places to stay in this iconic part of the world.

Part of the expanded Bespoke International collection, which reached India in 2016, Rajasthan is known for encompassing the Great Indian Desert, the Aravilli Mountains, as well as national parks and artistic culture, juxtaposed with village life that remains steeped in tradition, as is typical across India. These days for example, turbaned men still barter for camels, before reporting to their other halves about successful deals via iPhone.

Indian Hotels Elephants

Think sweet teas, heat, spice, colour and sounds, saris, turbans and festivals. Rajasthan is all this and much more: an intoxicating combination of sensual experiences, and an experience we were looking to encapsulate with our partnerships in the region, alongside the principles of high standards and guaranteed service, minus the bank-breaking price tags. That is what our partners in our Indian hotels collection, Peppermint Hotels excel in.

Souvenir by Peppermint

At Souvenir by Peppermint for example, you will find a 60-bedroom hotel where each room has been individually designed, with careful attention to contemporary detail and expectations, boasting features including a gym, a rooftop pool and both alfresco and 24-hour dining. It’s on the northern outskirts of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, and is nestled alongside classic tourist attractions including forts, temples and museums.

Indian hotels Rajasthan

The 1799 Palace of the Winds is possibly the most recognised building in the area, while the Jantar Mantar Observatory with its 27-metre sundial is definitely worth a visit.  Alongside this, The Monkey Temple, a holy Hindi temple with three sacred pools all overtaken by thousands of monkeys swimming and bathing is quite a sight to behold.  On a more contemporary note, Elefantastic, which opened in 2012 to promote the wellbeing of elephants, is also understandably popular.  All of these give an indication of the diversity of experiences in the area.

Hotel Gandharva by Peppermint

In central Jaipur, on the other hand, is Hotel Gandharva by Peppermint. Another modern hotel, it boasts 43 rooms and a location conveniently close to both the airport and railway station. The hotel manages to capture the colour and character of this beautiful city with shocks of orange in contemporary soft furnishings and design alongside lots of natural light, dark wood fixtures and marble.

Monkeys on Building in Indian hotels Jaipur

The hotel is in the heart of the ‘pink city’, thus named because of the trademark colour of its 18th century buildings.  So it’s within easy reach of attractions including the 16th century Amber Fort and Palace, a red and white sandstone palace built by one of the first war chiefs Man Singh.  Alternatively, visit the Jal Mahal water palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, a most serene sight amidst the chaos of the city, and once the shooting lodge of the Maharajah.  Its light sandstone walls contrast beautifully with lush foliage and the blue of the water, embodying the majesty of India, which ultimately is what life here is all about.

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International Bespoke Hotels

Now the British winter seems here to stay, most of us are dreaming about getting away to the sunshine. Even if we can’t drop everything and take off right this instant, at least we can plan a holiday in the sun for later in the year. If you’re tired of the usual hotel brands, and eager to experience something a little bit different, there are plenty of bespoke hotels offering unique experiences in locations ranging from surprisingly unfamiliar corners of Europe to the exotic and far-flung. Allow us to show you a few…

Reads Hotel, Mallorca

The major resorts on Mallorca may be crowded, but the setting around Reads shows why the original tourists came to the island. The first five-star hotel in the island’s countryside, Reads is one of those bespoke hotels that has been offering exclusive service to its guests since 1995.

Nestling again the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Reads has suites and double bedrooms that offer views across four acres of landscaped gardens and vineyards where the hotel produces its own wine. The Vespasian Spa, rated by Tatler amongst the top 50 spas in the world, provides an impressive range of wellness options.

Reads Hotel Majorca

Palazzo Belmonte, Italy

In the Campania region, two hours down the Italian coast from Naples, Palazzo Belmonte is a 17th century palace converted into a luxury hotel, with a choice of apartments and suites as well as a restaurant. With a private beach on this glorious Mediterranean coastline as well as a swimming pool, it’s surrounded by extensive walled gardens.

And if this wasn’t a great find just five miles away, the Villa Sirena  with seven en-suite double bedrooms is under the same management. Besides its own swimming pool and Roman ruins, guests at the Villa Sirena can also use the Palazzo’s facilities. So you can chose from your type of Bespoke Hotels from one location and the facilities that you want.

The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Puducherry, India sunset

The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Puducherry, India

If you’re looking for something worlds away, both geographically and culturally, the Dune Eco Village and Spa is a beach hotel in south-east India that offers a mixture of eco-friendly living, Indian spirituality and a glorious climate. With 55 bungalows (many of them historical buildings) offering accommodation, the Village also has a spa that provides alternative therapies such as Watsu, as well as yoga, meditation and Ayurdevic treatments.

The Dune is as much a way of life as a hotel, and guests are invited to share activities like milking the cows on the property’s organic farm, which provides most of the food serviced in the healthy-eating restaurants. And alongside the quieter activities in the spa, a wide range of sports are available — as well as the glorious beaches on the Bay of Bengal.

India is becoming a great place to visit in 2016 with lots more different bespoke hotels on offer from City to Country from large to small so check out what on offer by clicking here >>>>