Luxury Hotels in Kerala & Karnataka

Stay on a houseboat on the waters of Kerala or a lakefront resort in Karnataka: this region offers endless luxurious and unique accommodation options.   

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Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort is a luxury spa resort near Alleppey, Kerala, on the shores of Marari Beach. The resort is committed to being as eco-friendly as possible - this is reflected in the construction of its luxury beach villas, with jute, rattan and bamboo used extensively throughout. 

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Beach

Sugati Retreat

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Centred around wellness and self-healing, and set in the mystical mountains of the Western Ghats, your stay at Sugati Retreat will certainly be a serene and relaxing one. Discover the power of nature and ancient Ayurveda wisdom in a stunning setting. The retreat’s name translates as ‘happy state’ – which says it all really!

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Cultural Immersion, Landscapes & Scenery, Wildlife & Nature

Coconut Lagoon

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Coconut Lagoon is a tranquil oasis, criss-crossed by canals and surrounded by coconut groves, rice paddies and lush landscapes. It can be reached only by boat, and you can stay in a traditional, restored Keralan home, offering an authentic experience.

Best for: Landscapes & Scenery, History & Heritage, Water activities, Spa & Wellness

Kumarakom Lake Resort

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Kumarakom Lake Resort is a beautiful luxury resort on the shores of Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom. Named by the BBC as one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the world, Prince Charles, no less, chose this resort as the place to celebrate his 65th birthday, and you’ll be left feeling like royalty after a stay here.

Best for: Setting & Views, Village Life, Peace & Quiet, Eco-tourism

Old Harbour Hotel

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

The elegant Old Harbour Hotel occupies an attractive 18th-century Dutch/Portuguese colonial building in the heart of historic Fort Kochi, with characterful interiors of stone arches, whitewashed walls, and colourful artworks and sculptures, surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, History & Heritage, Food & Wine, Cultural Immersion

Neeleshwar Hermitage

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Neeleshwar Hermitage is a luxury hotel in northern Kerala, on the beachfront of the town of Neeleshwar. With sandy beach on one side, the Western Ghats on the other, and the famous Keralan backwaters within easy reach, this is a perfect place to experience the varied natural beauty of the Malabar region. Accommodation takes the form of luxurious cottages spread throughout the hotel’s beautiful gardens.

Best for: Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track, Beach, Peace & Quiet

Windermere Estate

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Windermere Estate is a charming boutique hotel in the Keralan hill station of Munnar, with rooms spread across colonial-style bungalows. A historic centre for tea, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the days of the Raj as you sit enjoying a brew and gazing out over the Western Ghats mountains and the three rivers which give Munnar its name.

Best for: Setting & Views, Peace & Quiet, History & Heritage, Food & Wine

Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, Kabini

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Housed in a collection of rustic but luxurious thatched huts, Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, Kabini is all about making the most of the beauty of the surrounding countryside, with Nagarhole National Park within easy reach. Your neighbours during your stay at Orange County will include the world’s largest population of Asian elephants, one of whom, Meenakshi, is friendly with hotel guests.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Lodge, Eco-tourism, Off the Beaten Track

Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi is a luxury hotel with an unrivalled location next to the famous ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed in a style reminiscent of the regal palaces once lived in by Hampi’s kings, the hotel features extensive use of stone and marble and distinctive Indo-Islamic architectural features.

Best for: History & Heritage, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track

Marari Beach Resort

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

In an idyllic beachfront setting, nestled in tropical gardens with lotus ponds, coconut groves and swaying palms, the Marari Beach Resort is a tranquil and beautiful retreat, where you can relax in a hammock, stroll along the beach or meander along the serene waterways of Kerala in a traditional boat. 

Best for: Beach, Setting & Views, Water activities, Eco-tourism

Brunton Boatyard

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

The Brunton Boatyard sits on Cochin’s historic harbour, and evokes the charms and atmosphere of another era: recreated from a Victorian shipbuilding yard, it is full of history and character, blending English, Dutch and Portuguese influences, from its decor to its food.

Best for: Setting & Views, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion, Water activities

The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Kishkinda Camp, Hampi

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Kishkinda Camp, Hampi, is a luxurious eco-friendly camp on the fringes of the fascinating UNESCO-listed ruins of Hampi, which include impressive, richly-carved temples and palaces, with giant boulders scattered over the hills amongst palm trees, banana plantations and paddy fields. Enjoy expert guided tours around Hampi and beyond, and indulge your passions on a photography or cooking class, before retreating to your safari-themed tent and tucking into a delicious evening meal.

Best for: History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion, Walking & Trekking, Wildlife & Nature


Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Vismaya (which means ‘a magical place’) is a traditional Keralan villa in a beautiful setting on the shores of Vembanad Lake, surrounded on three sides by water. From the same people behind the equally lovely A Beach Symphony on Marari Beach, this truly exclusive hideaway has just two bedrooms, guaranteeing a tranquil escape.

Best for: Peace & Quiet, Secret / In the Know, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion


Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Aanavilasam is a luxurious hotel near Thekkady in rural Kerala, set on a former plantation estate and surrounded by seven acres of private estate dotted with pepper and cardamom plants. The hotel is the brainchild of Salim Pushpanath, a photographer whose beautiful black-and-white prints adorn the walls throughout.

Best for: Honeymoon, Service & Hospitality, Peace & Quiet, Food & Wine

Fragrant Nature

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Housed in the former office of the East India Company, Fragrant Nature reflects its and Cochin’s colonial past, while exhibiting modern standards of comfort and luxury. With beautiful rooms and suites overlooking Cochin’s famously picturesque harbour, a range of dining options and even its own open-air traditional Keralan theatre, this is a beautiful spot from which to explore the rich melting pot that is Cochin.

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Cultural Immersion, Boutique Hotel, City Hotel

A Beach Symphony

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Stay in traditional Keralan cottages with large verandas and private gardens right on the beach at this boutique hideaway, where you can truly relax in style. The team at A Beach Symphony is also behind the beautiful Vismaya on Vembanad Lake, where the same principles of creating a slice of paradise apply.

Best for: Family-friendly, Romantic, Service & Hospitality, Peace & Quiet

Malabar House

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

With a long history dating back as far as 1755, Malabar House has by turns been owned by spice merchants, tea traders and bankers, before becoming one of Cochin’s first boutique heritage hotels. This is a characterful and friendly hotel, with each of the 17 rooms and suites decorated in a unique style, and is the perfect base from which to explore this charming corner of Kerala.

Best for: Food & Wine, Spa & Wellness, Cultural Immersion, Honeymoon

Royal Orchid Metropole

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Royal Orchid Metropole is a luxurious heritage hotel in the heart of Mysore. Built by the former Maharajah in 1920 to entertain guests, the regal pillars, ornate arches and imposing corridors which make up the hotel betray its distinguished history.

Best for: City Hotel, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage, Food & Wine

Philipkutty's Farm

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

A family-run, luxury homestay on a secluded island in the backwaters of Kerala, at Philipkutty’s Farm you’ll feel like a guest in a friend’s home. Accommodation is spread across charming villas which blend traditional Keralan style with modern comforts, and the hotel is ideally placed for enjoying traditional boat cruises on the backwaters as well as spotting the local wildlife and exploring nearby villages, churches and temples.

Best for: Setting & Views, Village Life, Peace & Quiet, Food & Wine


Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

As if positioned by a landscape painter and designed by a minimalist gallery owner, Purity is an artwork of vernacular antiques, contemporary furniture and lakeside gardens, all housed in a white stucco and red terracotta building. With a spa and wellness centre as well as a massage parlour, this peaceful retreat will submerge you in a holiday spirit thanks to its calming atmosphere and romantic waterfront setting.

Best for: Setting & Views, Village Life, Peace & Quiet, Cultural Immersion


Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Once a plantation estate from the 1920s, this villa is now a small boutique hotel which maintains its colonial roots while providing luxurious amenities like an outdoor pool. Awash with dark timber, warm colour palettes and ornate furniture, Serenity is a beautiful little property overlooking the Blue Mountains.

Best for: Family-friendly, Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views, Village Life

Taj West End

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Taj West End is a luxurious hotel in Bangalore, set in a European-style manor and surrounded by 20 acres of beautiful green gardens. Originally opened as a 10-room inn by a British lady in 1887, in the early 20th century it was transformed by the Spencer family into the fully fledged country club and luxury hotel that you see today.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, City Hotel, Service & Hospitality


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