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Luxury Tour of India: Thoughts on these hotels?

Old Aug 29, 19, 3:01 pm
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We’re flying Vistara from Delhi to Varanasi - they sound really good and back by SQ.
Probably stuck with Indigo from Udaipur to Delhi, but the AI flight doesn’t work time wise.
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Old Aug 29, 19, 3:09 pm
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Originally Posted by sydakllon View Post
We’re flying Vistara from Delhi to Varanasi - they sound really good and back by SQ.
Probably stuck with Indigo from Udaipur to Delhi, but the AI flight doesn’t work time wise.
You definitely take whatever you can get with Indian airlines. Heck, we flew SpiceJet's "laborer" flight from Jaipur to Dubai simply to avoid having to connect through Delhi and risking the missed connection or delays. It wasn't pretty, but getting to Dubai on a nonstop made it all worthwhile--where we gleefully devoured enough beef at Zuma to stock an American steakhouse.
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Old Aug 30, 19, 2:05 am
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I think you might have an overly optimistic appraisal of the quality of AI.
this seems likely
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Old Jan 8, 20, 1:11 pm
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Here's some feedback on a few "luxury" hotels on a trip to South India. Trip was organized by Greaves (with most of the plan given to them by myself). They gave us good drivers and execution on the ground was without a flaw.

Taj Fisherman's cove: nice location to see Mahabalipuram. Rooms perhaps a bit dated and the cottage/suite rooms seemed a bit overpriced, we stayed in oceanview rooms instead. Views were nice, beach is clearly more of a domestic than international destination. Food was reasonably good, particularly breakfast. Some issues getting the room ready on time at check in but compensated with a bottle of wine.

Palais de Mahe in Pondicherry is not really marketed as luxury, decent option in town rooms were fine, nice pool, but service at breakfast was painfully slow, dinner just ok.

Svatma hotel in Thanjuvar. This is a relais and chateau property that has gotten a decent amount of media attention. good reception, nice common areas, reasonably furnished rooms, good food, excellent service (relative to other properties) nice spa and small but pleasant pool. Restaurants had good food. Cultural events were nice. Highly recommended if travelling in South India, a bunch of UNESCO properties nearby. Mantra Koodam would be a more out of the way option but seemed nice when we stopped for lunch.

Heritage Maduri, one night only nice option could find in town. Nice villa sized rooms, otherwise unremarkable.

Ambady Estates, Munnar. Low key place with views over tea plantations, happy with stay. Didn't seem like any real luxury properties in the region. Staff was very friendly and the meals were quite fresh/good. Local excursion hike was nice. Drive from Maduri to Munnar is a bit rough as roads were damaged in monsoon 2018.

Purity Kerala backwaters. relais and chateau owned by same group as Malabar house. Very nice property, design and location are great right on the lake. Service could be a bit better, didnt' get much of a reception upon arrival, but otherwise without major flaws. We had a room upgrade right on the lake, was happy with it. Spa is excellent for the price. Arranged a day trip on their larger boat through backwaters with lunch. This was one of the highlights of the trip. They also offer a sunset cruise on a small boat which is great for photos.

Malabar house, cochin. Another relais property, nice room well furnished heritage property, good location, good restaurant. Service in restaurant is poor rest of hotel had good service, food was good.

Ate at Bukhara in Delhi, enjoyed the lamb and chicken, underwhelmed by Dal Bukhara. Haveli in Delhi was also excellent. Stayed with family on the way out in Delhi. Quick layover at Andaz delhi aerocity was quite comfortable on the way in. Security at cochin airport was frustrating, (have to take out all elecrontics of any size, all cables, camera lenses have to be removed from protective case only to be manhandled by operator)

Overall there isn't a true luxury tour option through south india on the same level as some of the palatial options in Rajasthan, but really enjoyed our trip. No major incidents, and no one got sick which is half the battle as far as my expectations go. Hotel highlights would probably be Svatma and the hard product at purity.
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tdiddy23 great post. I would love to take my husband to south India but just couldn’t find any good hotels and your post really helps. At this point, have plans for Jaisalmer , Jodhpur and Udaipur in Jan ( covid- permitting) and we are looking at Leela Palace in Udaipur, Raas in Jodhpur and Suryagarh in Jaisalmer. Serai tents are not my cup of tea.
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tdiddy23 great post. I would love to take my husband to south India but just couldn’t find any good hotels and your post really helps. At this point, have plans for Jaisalmer , Jodhpur and Udaipur in Jan ( covid- permitting) and we are looking at Leela Palace in Udaipur, Raas in Jodhpur and Suryagarh in Jaisalmer. Serai tents are not my cup of tea.
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