From sun-kissed getaways in Goa to snow-capped chalets in Himachal, here are the most stunning villas in the Incredible India.

Your new holiday spot is a stunning villa in the middle of nowhere, perched above cliffs, on the banks of a river, on the beach, or in the heart of a cardamom plantation. Architectural marvels, modest cottages, centuries-old carefully renovated bungalows, and state-of-the-art constructions now dot India’s tremendously diversified landscapes.

They’re private, but they don’t skimp on amenities, with menus that equal the greatest 5-star restaurants. The 50 best villas in India are with luxurious spaces spilling into emerald green gardens, mist that winds through verandahs, halls that echo with the sound of waves, and midnight feasts under starlight.

BAAG-E-FURSAT CHANDIGARH
The evocatively called Baag-E-Fursat, located around 25 kilometres from Chandigarh’s city centre, is ideal for a family holiday or even small-scale corporate meetings. Despite its size, the building exudes the charm of a family-run villa, with wide grounds, an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, sunken bar, and outdoor barbeque area. This villa is suitable for families with senior elders because it has six rooms on the ground floor. There is an in-house chef who will prepare your meals, and you are allowed to bring your own booze.

Number of rooms: 10
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Kharar-Kurali Road, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Kharar, Punjab.

HOSTIE RAMSABAGH – Delhi NCR
Hostie Ramsabagh is a magnificent four-bedroom home nestled within three acres of lush vegetation in the Dera Chattarpur district, just 20 minutes from Gurugram’s Golf Course Road. We appreciate that this room is a genuine family-owned and lived-in home, which explains the gorgeous artwork and two well-curated libraries within. While the villa’s interiors are stunning, the outdoor areas are ideal for a BBQ or bonfire. Chef partners at the villa are happy to customise meals for you, or you can order your own cuisine. Two on-site caretakers will attend to all of your requirements.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

ISHAVILAS, SIOLIM GOA
Ishavilas, Siolim: A private luxury villa in Siolim, Ishavilas is a relatively new Portuguese colonial house. Ishavilas has a regal ambiance because to its one-of-a-kind Oriental art collection. The kind service, on the other hand, makes you feel perfectly at home. The home features four big bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The rooms open into a central dining area, though weather allowing, you can also dine alfresco on the patio.

Ishavilas is a spacious villa tucked away in a corner of Siolim, Goa, offering a sanctuary from the outer world. Each bedroom is its own living environment, with its own distinct features and appearance. The decor is a combination of royal-inspired traditional Indian detailing, antique accents, and Bali inspirations. Yoga, massage therapies, board games, and table tennis are all available to help you relax. A walk through the garden, which is planted with ponds, fountains, and statues, can also be rejuvenating. You can choose between two chefs who will prepare meals using locally produced foods or you can cook yourself. For those seeking outside adventures, Ishavilas is also close enough to the major attractions in North Goa.

Number of rooms: 7
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

VILLA AMORZITO, DONA PAULA GOA
Perfect sunsets on a patio surrounded by greenery, as well as peaceful days drifting in a pool, are all part of a stay at Villa Amorzito. This villa in the peaceful community of Dona Paula, on the outskirts of Panaji, was created to accommodate a big family across two properties (one with 4 bedrooms and another with 6). As the sun sets, the casinos outside beckon, and the 24-hour concierge service keeps your cocktails flowing. Mornings can be spent on Goa’s beautiful beaches, which are only a short drive away. Alternatively, you may go explore the state’s rich history, which includes century-old forts and churches, as well as art galleries and museums, all of which are within a short drive.

Number of rooms: 10
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: Partially
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: 204, Street 3, Lane 1, Nagalli Hills Colony, Dona Paula, Goa

VILLA ALENTEHO, ASSAGAO GOA
A powder-pink home in Assagao, Goa, allows families to experience life in the bustling tourist centre. Vintage curios, geometric tiles, botanical prints, and pastel tones are used in the design. The property features an outdoor pool with a shaded pavilion and al-fresco eating. Guests can prepare their own meals or hire a chef. Restaurants, beaches, and towns in north Goa are all within a short driving distance. A concierge service can plan custom vacations and experiences for you. Beyond the pool, guests can relax with a sundowner and local delicacies at the terrace bar.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: House number 628/3, Badem, Assagao, Bardez Goa

VILLA IN PALMS BY VESCAPES, BARDEZ GOA
This luxurious property, set among palm trees and overlooking an expanse of paddy fields, is spread out across 15,000 square feet. It’s the ideal spot to chill with your gang, with expansive apartments with own decks, distinctive bathrooms, and views of the garden, pool, and neighbouring village. Three in-house chefs and a bartender provide an à la carte dining and drinking experience. A pool and hot tub, as well as a private entertainment lounge and a wet bar, are available at the villa. At night, the poolside transforms into a live music venue with handmade cocktails and candlelit grills.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

SAWAI CHUKKERS, ASSAGAO GOA
Sawai Chukkers is a modern villa with stark laterite walls that have a Goan aesthetic. The infinity pool and swaying coconut trees are visible from the rooms, which are surrounded by lush greenery. The living areas flow effortlessly into the outdoors, giving the space a zen-like feel. An in-house chef can prepare Indian cuisine to suit specific dietary needs and preferences. The property is centrally located in the bustling Assagao village, making it ideal for exploring the beaches, restaurants, and heritage sites in north and central Goa.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: N/A
Does it have a swimming pool:Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

VILLA BRANCO, VAGATOR GOA
With arched gateways, louvred doors, carved screens, and handmade flooring, Villa Branco is done up in tones of white to reflect a European and Indian regal aesthetic. The 9,000-square-foot home features walk-in closets, a study, a private pool and gazebo, as well as a large, well-kept garden. Guests can cook in the fully equipped kitchen or hire a chef. Its Vagator location makes it convenient to the tourist hotspots of north Goa. For individuals looking to explore the state, a concierge crew can help with tours.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: N/A
Is it wheelchair friendly: N/A
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: 451/E, near Church Road, Badem, Vagator, Goa

SUMMERTIME, CALANGUTE GOA
Summertime is a nicely decorated house located in the middle of Calangute that offers luxury, solitude, and a personalised taste of Goa. Each room in the house is distinct, with bird motifs or prints aplenty. Spacious baths, small bookcases, furnishings purchased from visits abroad, and bright spots in the shape of curios and lamps can all be found in the bedrooms. A koi pond, seats under graceful cashew trees, and a manmade stream and little waterfall are among the garden’s quaint little pockets of beauty. The in-house chef can prepare any food to your liking, and a concierge service can arrange personalised trips and events.

Number of rooms: 3 suites
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

THE INNER TEMPLE, MOIRA GOA
The Inner Temple is a cosy, welcoming cottage in Goa’s tranquil village of Moira. A wide, high-ceilinged hall outperforms the patterned tiling and themed chambers. From peaceful evenings to cocktail nights to slow lunches, the verandah is where it all happens. A masseur, yoga and ayurvedic treatments, and a pool are available for leisure. The in-house cook can prepare any dish; her Goan cuisine is particularly tasty, and you can expect prawn curry-rice, fried fish, sol kadi, and other dishes. From in-house magic performances to marine adventures, the property can provide a variety of personalised events. Alternatively, you can simply stroll through the village’s tranquil lanes.

Number of rooms: 3
Are pets allowed: Yes, but they have certain rules
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

HAMPTON’S TWILIGHT, SIOLIM GOA
The largest villa in the Marsierra gated community- The Hampton’s Twilight, designed by Jaglax Homes, combines luxury and privacy. The small apartment is decorated in soothing colours and soft lighting, with a stunning chandelier in the centre. A pool with a private deck, as well as a terrace deck with a bar and a covered hot tub, are among the resort’s highlights. There are numerous cosy sitting rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a loft for additional guests. Meals can be prepared by a team of chefs, and cocktail nights can be hosted by bartenders. For those looking for a taste of Goa, a concierge service can assist curate holiday experiences.

Number of rooms: 3
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

TURIYA VILLA, CANACONA GOA
Turiya Villa is a peaceful green sanctuary located in a back lane of the rather busy Canacona district of south Goa. With two villas, a lush garden, blossoming plants, tiled roofs, and a big and comfortable verandah, it’s the ultimate Goan home experience. Each area has its own personality and is in sync with nature. For in-house activities, there are hammocks and tranquil patios, as well as a library and board games. Although the kitchen is simple, guests can order food from adjacent restaurants. For those looking for a lively beach experience, Palolem Beach is only a short distance away. The villa’s property managers can help with tours, rentals, and restaurant recommendations.

Number of rooms: 8
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: N/A
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

CASA TINA, VAGATOR GOA
Spend a long weekend in the heart of Vagator at this 400-year-old heritage property. Casa Tina can accommodate up to 15 people, making it ideal for a large family or group of friends. A private pool in the backyard, an old-style courtyard, and an outhouse where you can eat your meals or set up a bar for the evening are all included in the beautifully refurbished property, which also has a gorgeous wraparound balcao, antique furniture, and excellent tiled floors. Most of north Goa’s popular locations are a short drive away, and the villa comes with two full-time workers to assist you with everything.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Location: Casa Tina, Vagator, Goa

ONE 90 BY THE GOLF, DEVDHOLERA GUJARAT
One 90 by The Golf, located a few miles from Ahmedabad’s city centre, is a convenient and picturesque vacation for people who enjoy a round or two of golf. The villa’s design is reminiscent of a ship, with all of the bedrooms and various living rooms opening up to lush views. Manish Jain’s passion for art is evident throughout the property, with sculptures and paintings from Bastar and Kashmir adorning the grounds and interiors. One of the villa’s two kitchens is open to visitors. A cook is on hand to provide vegetarian Indian and Continental cuisine (they serve eggs). One of the most relaxing aspects of our quiet retreat is waking up to the sounds of birdsong from the nearby Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary.

Number of rooms: 3
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

BALLYHACK COTTAGE, SHIMLA HIMACHAL PRADESH
Ballyhack Cottage, built in 1826, is a hidden gem in Shimla. It provides unobstructed views of the Mall Road Square and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. The colonial architecture and unique furniture collected over the owners’ travels give this property its distinctive personality. The on-site chefs may prepare Indian, Continental, and Parsi cuisine. Walking tours, exploring the Botanical Gardens, and riding the narrow gauge railway are all available to guests. Picnics and cycling excursions can be scheduled in advance.

Number of rooms: 6
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

TAARA HOUSE, MANALI HIMACHAL PRADESH
The starlit sky forms a canvas above your head, while snowy peaks gleam in the distance, transforming the glasshouse of this home into a surreal site at night. This room, with its 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, is ideal for romance, and we know of at least one proposal that took place here. This cosy two-bedroom apartment was built from the ground up using reclaimed wood and decorated in a minimalist Scandinavian style. It is an ideal hideaway in the woods, but it is also just a stone’s throw away from the hill town’s shops, cafes, and other sites, being surrounded by pine forests and located just 15 minutes from Manali’s Mall Road.

Number of rooms: 2
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

THE ZEVOG VILLA, KASAULI HIMACHAL PRADESH
For city-weary souls, this chalet-style property built in the 1990s is a welcome escape. Almost every aspect of the property has breathtaking mountain views. The decor is eclectic, with bursts of colour thrown in here and there, whether in the living areas with vivid furnishings, on the outdoor terrace, or in the sunlit glass room with its cheerful décor. Aside from a children’s play area, there is a Jacuzzi and a sun deck where you may relax.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Old Kasauli Road, Parwanoo Kasauli Road, Kasauli 173204

VIOLET HILL BY VISTA ROOMS, MASHOBRA HIMACHAL PRADESH
This expansive villa is nestled among apple, pear, and cherry orchards, as well as a cedar forest, with unobstructed views of Himalayan peaks. The villa is made of stone, wood, and mud, with multiple verandahs that provide spectacular views. There are modern conveniences such as a dedicated TV room and a large DVD library. A cosy sunroom in the middle of an orchard with a well-stocked library is a perfect place to get away from it all. Slowing down is the greatest thing to do at Violet Hill, but there are also excellent treks, the most beautiful of which leads to the Shali Temple on Shali Peak.

Number of rooms: 3
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Mashobra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

976 PANANGAD, ERNAKULAM KERALA
Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala, Kerala 976 is a bit of paradise within a short drive from Kochi’s city centre that will make you want to stay forever. Beyond an infinity pool, all four rooms have direct views of the backwaters. A minimalist design aesthetic is combined with locally inspired design and specially collected antiquities. The in-house cook prepares delectable fresh seafood everyday from the nearby Chinese fishing nets. Spend the day watching Brahminy kites soar overhead, going kayaking, or driving 15 minutes to Fort Kochi to explore its diverse streets.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

ELAKAI, MUNNAR KERALA
Elakai is an exquisite two-bedroom home nestled in the heart of a big cardamom plantation, far from the madding crowd, past slopes swathed in green tea fields and overlooking Anayirangal lake. Elakai Munnar is all about turning off and letting time catch up with you, surrounded by lush greenery, blue hills, and stunning panoramic views all around. Everything from hot chai and pakoras to authentic Indian and Continental cuisine is served by the in-house chef. On a stroll across the property, get a crash course in cardamom production, go for a boat trip, or spend the day in the comfort of an armchair watching the many species in the vicinity.

 

Number of rooms: 2
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

THE RAIN, ALLEPPEY KERALA
The Rain is situated on the banks of Punnamada Kayal, a Vembanad Lake extension. The infinity pool and lake are visible from the bedrooms and living room, lulling guests into a state of exquisite tranquilly. Mornings and afternoons can be spent visiting the area, which includes bird sanctuaries, a beach and lighthouse, as well as old temples and cathedrals. Evenings are dedicated for poolside barbecues, Jacuzzi sundowners, and exquisite local gastronomy served under the sky.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

MARARI VILLAS, ALAPPUZHA KERALA
Imagine staying in a 100-year-old house with all of the contemporary conveniences and being only steps away from a beautiful beach. A century old traditional Kerala wooden house is included in this collection of three villas, each with its own private pool. The resort specialises in arranging experiences, whether it’s for a romantic retreat or activities for a group interested in seeing Kerala. Everything is designed to entice you to stay, especially the delectable food—there is a weekly Kerala ‘Sadya’ feast on Wednesdays and Sunday barbecues.

Number of rooms: 3 villas, 2 with one bedroom, 1 villa with two bedrooms.
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: Partial
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

TOYA TOYA, KOZHIKODE KERALA
Imagine waking up to the sight of swaying coconut palms and a peaceful river right outside your door. This rustic home on the banks of the Chaliyar River in Kozhikode provides just that—a tranquil haven surrounded by beautiful vegetation. The open living areas spill out into the yard. Rooms have river views, and there are benches strewn over the property for you to relax and enjoy the slow pace. The rooms are defined by earthy tones and artwork collected by the owners on their travels. The ‘catch-of-the-day’ installation, which features wooden fish sculptures hand-painted by friends and family, is the show-stopper. Soak in the Jacuzzi with the peaceful sound of the river as company after a long day of seeing the city, walking a spice trail, or kayaking down the river. Alternatively, get a massage at one of the nearest traditional Ayurveda centres to calm your nerves.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Pantheerankavu, MP Road, Kozhikode, Kerala

SPRINGHILLS VILLA & AYURVEDIC SPA, KOCHI KERALA
Springhills Villa & Ayurvedic Spa has it all: a lovely villa with traditional Kerala design, a jogging trail through the hills, a small dairy and poultry farm, an Ayurvedic spa, a swimming pool and gazebo, and a wide lawn. The three in-house cooks prepare delectable dishes. Expect a wide range of cuisines, from Northeastern to Continental to Kerala-style food. Fort Kochi is a short drive away, with numerous art galleries and restaurants.

Number of rooms: 2
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Chalakudi, Vellikulangara Road, Mechira, Cochin, Kerala

CONSTELLATIONS AQUILA, KHANDALA MAHARASHTRA
Constellations Aquila is a modern three-level space that integrates into the Khandala environment with its flat structure and clean straight lines. It is part of a bigger villa complex. With huge French windows overlooking the pool and surrounding nature, the décor is simple. It’s the ideal spot for a family jam weekend, with plenty of room for the kids to run about and play. The property is fully served, with a caretaker, cook, and housekeeping team on hand. If you want to travel out, famous sites in Lonavala include Bhushi Dam, Lion’s Point, and Tiger’s Point, as well as the Lonavala market, where you can stock up on necessities like Maganlal chikki and Cooper’s fudge.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: No but an elevator is available
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Bungalow number 2, Satguru Swarg Bungalow Complex, Khandala, Maharashtra

LA CASA MAESTRO, KASHID MAHARASHTRA
The spacious and colourful furnishings of La Casa Maestro, which is just a five-minute walk from the tranquil Kashid beach, will fill you with wonderful thoughts. The three-level mansion includes a double-height living room and wide bay windows and is designed in a Spanish style with arches and pillars. All of the bedrooms have private terraces that overlook a lush, planted garden and provide a 360-degree view of the surrounding hill and sea. A classy touch is added by vintage furniture and treasures from throughout the world. While outside food and drink are not permitted, the mouthwatering Malvani cuisine prepared by in-house chef Pramila more than compensates—ask for her specialty pitla bhakri and crab.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes

VILLA BEIRA MAR, ALIBAUG MAHARASHTRA
Villa Beira Mar, located on the Kihim beachfront, is a great place to unwind and enjoy the good life. This property, which spans an acre, features multiple terraces and bedrooms with views of the sea. The spacious living space, complete with stylish cane furnishings, is ideal for reading, working, or entertaining visitors. Plantation chairs and balconies overlook gardens dotted with frangipani trees. The pool, which has views of the ocean, is one of the property’s features, and an adjacent gazebo is perfect for a post-swim drink or casual lunch. Local specialties, as well as Continental and Asian meals, can be prepared by the on-site chef.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: V/P Navedir Navgaon, near Kihim beach, Alibaug, Maharashtra

COCO SHAMBHALA, SINDHUDURG MAHARASHTRA
Coco Shambhala in Sindhudurg is a well-kept secret among solitude seekers, located on a stretch of lonely Konkan beach amid the biodiverse woods of the Western Ghats. Each of the four villas, positioned at various altitudes on a spectacular hillside, offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, complete with an infinity pool that stretches to the horizon. The property’s wonderful meals, which emphasises local ingredients, is a highlight. For those wanting for more activities, there are a variety of options available, including onsite wellness treatments, walks through virgin rainforest, canoeing to secret waterfalls, and snorkelling and scuba diving on the neighbouring coral reef.

Number of rooms: 2
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

BOUGAINVILLA, MUMBAI MAHARASHTRA
The aesthetic of this Mumbai mansion owned by actor Mandira Bedi is dominated by upcycled furniture, gorgeous hardwood four-poster beds, and a peaceful understated grandeur. The primary objective of Bougainvilla, which is located on Madh Island, is to allow you to relax while listening to the waves in the background. The villa’s rooms, designed by Bedi, are all themed around colour, with bursts of vibrant blues, reds, and yellows. Design embellishments include repurposed saris and Banarasi fabrics. Unless you want to go for a walk down the beach, you don’t have to do anything. An in-house cook prepares all of the meals.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Bougainvilla Bungalow, Erangal Beach, Madh Island, Mumbai, Maharashtra

VILLA MAGNOLIA, ALIBAUG MAHARASHTRA
The huge stone Ganesha at Villa Magnolia’s entrance sets the tone for the rest of the house. The space has a distinct character thanks to vintage decorations, a classic Indian swing, solid wood diwans, and plantation-style chairs. Swaying palms, brilliant bougainvillaea, and scented frangipani trees surround the house. Each of the five bedrooms has a luxurious four-poster bed and a luxurious bathroom. The rooms have windows that open onto the garden, and the verandahs with views of the surrounding hills are ideal for sundowners. A beautiful outdoor pool hugs the porch and is ideal for a relaxing swim.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: N/A
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Mehta Wadi, Zirad Pada, Samaj Mandir, Alibaug, Maharashtra

GREYSTONE MANOR, ALIBAUG MAHARASHTRA
Greystone Manor offers a cool California vibe with its lush flora and minimalist glass and stone exteriors. The elegant mid-century modern villa is a cosy retreat that may easily function as a work retreat. The home is centred around a private swimming pool and is filled with vintage furniture, family treasures, and spectacular artwork, but the courtyard with its tall columns and fountains is the most stunning location. The manor serves great vegetarian home-cooked meals prepared by the house chef, as well as local seafood. A drink evening with the gang might be enhanced by an outdoor bar and seating area.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Kanchwala Bangla, behind B.N. High School, Alibaug, Maharashtra

VILLA SHASHWAT, ALIBAUG MAHARASHTRA
Villa Shashwat is a residence of subtle elegance set between expansive gardens of bamboo, flower, and fruit trees. The villa, which is inspired by English country houses, features stone flooring and red brick walls to create colour contrasts and a welcoming atmosphere. The villa’s living and dining areas stand out for its varied decor features, and the ingenious layout ensures that the outdoors mixes effortlessly with the indoors. Villa Shashwat is the ideal tropical retreat, with open-air showers, swings on shady verandahs, and a pool hidden among the trees with a beautiful gazebo. The hotel has a chef on staff who prepares delicious vegetarian meals. Indoor and outdoor sports such as mini-golf, a pool table, a netted cricket pitch, and a basketball court are available for onsite entertainment.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Shashwat Bungalow, Munavali, Post – Mapgaon, Alibaug, Raigad, Maharashtra

CASA RIVIERE, KARJAT MAHARASHTRA
Casa Riviere feels like a tonic for the spirit, with huge light-filled rooms facing out over the Matheran hills and wide areas of green all surrounding the home. While the interiors are lovely, it’s the outdoors that keep you coming back—the pool, walking and jogging paths, horseback riding, tennis and badminton courts, and the viewing terrace overlooking the lake—for a cup of tea at sunset or yoga at sunrise. Casa Riviere is energising and life affirming, and the only risk is that you won’t want to leave.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: N/A
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Borgaon, Karjat, Maharashtra

FIREFLY, ALIBAUG MAHARASHTRA
In terms of mentality and design philosophy, Firefly in Alibaug is one of the most distinctive villas. The goal was to build a community-focused, sustainable dwelling. The proprietors began by planting around 300 trees on a previously barren stretch of land. This has given the area its current green canopy over the years. The house was created over time with local yellow stone and a lot of cooperation and involvement from the community. Aside from the stunning infinity pool, the bookcases brimming with books catch your eye, displaying a diverse range of interests and amassed over years of collecting. Guests are invited to cook their own meals in a cheery blue-tiled kitchen. Frogs and birds provide entertainment, as does Skylar, the young puppy who is a joy to be around.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Bhonang Village, Alibaug, Maharashtra

L’ATTITUDE BY THE LAKE, KAMSHET MAHARASHTRA
L’Attitude (and its companion house Longitude), which overlooks the Andre Dam, is a lovely residence with stone and brick walls, sloping tiled roofs, and an arched porch that reflects local architectural forms. Its appeal is enhanced by carefully selected vintage furniture. Linger over delectable Indian and international cuisine prepared by the on-site caretaker couple. If you’re looking for a little excitement, check out the paragliding schools, go on a hot-air balloon safari, or try some water sports at Camp Water’s Edge. But we guarantee you’ll find it difficult to drag yourself away from your favourite position by the pool or by the pond.

Number of rooms: 7 rooms across 2 villas
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Gut 123, Falne, Maval, Vadgaon, Maharashtra

ONE TREE FARM, KARJAT MAHARASHTRA
With Scandinavian inspired architecture and floor-to-ceiling windows affording spectacular views of the River Pen, One Tree Farm is named after the Bodhi tree that can be found at the entry. Take a plunge in the infinity pool, unwind in the onsen, or recline on a hammock under the lemon and mango trees while reading a book. Enjoy the veg Kolhaphuri and butter chicken prepared by the caretaker-cook, but ask the property gardener to prepare her particular local chicken curry. If you’re feeling adventurous, try hiking in the Bhimashankar Hills, golfing at 9 Acres Golf Greens, or horseback riding at 1873 Equestrian Resort, all of which are within 30-40 minutes of the villa.

Number of rooms: 3
Are pets allowed: Selectively
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Location: Nasarapur, Karjat, Maharashtra

LA VILLA PUDUCHERRY
There’s little reason to leave LA VILLA, Puducherry, because the al fresco restaurant provides French treats such boeuf bourguignon and leek fondue with saffron shrimps on a bed of tagliatelle.

This 19th-century cottage, formerly known as Notre Dame de la Garde, has been restored by architect team Tina Trigala and Yves Lesprit using an adaptive reuse of-heritage technique. The ground floor’s antique walls blend seamlessly with contemporary architectural elements. Six themed experiences are available at the all-suite hotel. “Bridge to Heaven,” a 70-square-meter rooftop suite with an own terrace, is definitely our favourite. Its headline feature is a seven-course tasting menu created by Michel Christmann, a French chef who celebrates the excellent traditions of French cuisine. La Villa is a short stroll from the beach promenade and the ideal starting point for exploring White Town’s thriving food and beverage scene.

Number of rooms: 6 Suites
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes

MAISON TWENTY SIX PUDUCHERRY
This 120-year-old garden house is the town’s first private luxury villa and has won the renowned Viellies Maisons Françaises (VMF) award for French architectural heritage. The original owner, a Franco-Tamil entrepreneur who made his wealth in Vietnam, is reflected in the Belgian tiles imported from Vietnam and the Indo-Chinese bedroom decorated in colours of Shanghai red. The on-site chefs bring Pondicherry’s dynamic F&B scene and culinary traditions (including Tamil Creole) to the villa, while their list of activities includes everything from diving to surfing.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

LA VIE EN ROSE PUDUCHERRY
La Vie En Rose (which translates to “life in rose hues”) is a passion project of designer Agathe Lazaro and is located in the heart of Puducherry’s historic Ville Blanche or White Town neighbourhood. The show-stopper in this 19th-century French mansion is an emerald green spiral staircase that leads to a treasure trove of colonial artefacts and antique furniture from all over India. This villa, which has been Agatha’s family home since 1994, is the ideal location for exploring Auroville, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Guests can choose from a variety of cafés and bakeries in the neighbourhood. Take a cooking class, have a massage, or simply enjoy the in-house meals when you return to the villa. The food is a mix of French, Indian, and Creole cooking with a concentration on fresh seafood, European techniques, and local ingredients that can be customised to the guests’ preferences.

Number of rooms: 3
Are pets allowed: Yes
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

AN OASIS OF SERENITY, JODHPUR RAJASTHAN
This magnificent 150-year-old haveli is roughly 20 kilometres from Jodhpur’s city centre. Each of the six bedrooms in this family-run home is outfitted with modern creature amenities and adjoining baths, and is designed in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style. This vegetarian-only property has a cook on staff as well as housekeeping. Long walks are enjoyable here, and the plunge pool is an extra bonus.

Number of rooms: 6
Are pets allowed: No but they are open to a conversation
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: Yes
Does it have wifi: Yes
Plot number 9, Maharshi Goutam Nagar D Sector, Bhakrasni, Rajasthan.

SECRET GARDEN, PUSHKAR RAJASTHAN
Check out Secret Garden, a six-bedroom home tucked away in a lovely part of town, the next time you’re in Pushkar. The villa is designed to look like a heritage fort, and its terraces offer panoramic views. Relax in the grounds, games room, or swimming pool. For those who desire a taste of the desert, the Pushkar dunes are just a short drive away. While the in-house chef creates delectable vegetarian home-style meals, you are welcome to bring your own food and alcohol. For those who want to do some early morning asanas or meditate, the villa offers its own yoga shala.

Number of rooms: 6
Are pets allowed: No, but they are open to having a conversation
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

VILLA TOSCA, GANGTOK SIKKIM
Sikkim has a lot to offer visitors, including breathtaking Himalayan views, monasteries, a unique cuisine culture, and beautiful trails. Why stay in a hotel when you can stay in this all-suite boutique villa? This property’s biggest draw is its terrace garden, which commands dreamlike views of the gigantic Kanchenjunga thanks to its location atop a calm hill in Gangtok, Sikkim. Local, wooden flooring, chic country pieces, cosy throws, exposed brick walls, and other elements that are a nod to Sikkimese architecture blend with contemporary accents— think local, wooden flooring, chic country pieces, cosy throws, exposed brick walls, and other elements that are a nod to Sikkimese architecture. Enjoy the crisp mountain air by going for a hike when you’re not lounging in one of the many nooks and crannies.

Alternatively, use one of the riding trails. Although there isn’t a pool for you to relax in, there are magnificent mountain peaks that you can see straight from your backyard. Adventure treks, mountain biking adventures, day trips to adjacent villages, and visits to local monasteries can all be arranged through the villa.

Number of rooms: 5
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

XANADU, COONOOR TAMIL NADU
Xanadu’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide breathtaking views of the Nilgiris. Plus, there’s a chance to see one of the 60 or so bird species that call this area home. The underlying design concept is Scandinavian chic, which is a rarity in Ooty and Coonoor, where most residences are entrenched in colonial decor. An outdoor dining area, a Jacuzzi (in the premium suite), and a well-stocked library are just a few of the delights of this villa, which was designed as a personal vacation home. South Indian breakfast staples, Chinese comfort cuisine, and an all-day snack menu are among the culinary selections.

Number of rooms: 3
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

LA MAISON, KOTAGIRI TAMIL NADU
LA Maison, Nilgiris: This heritage bungalow, built in 1897 by a Scottish family in the hills of Kotagiri, features wooden floors, oil paintings, acrylics, and antique fixtures and is located in the centre of a tea plantation in the hills of Kotagiri. Try the in-house jams, such as the delightful orange-and-lavender marmalade, which is produced with organic garden vegetables.

Benoit Siat’s passion for India began in the 1970s. La Maison, an 1880s bungalow nestled in a 10-acre estate originally built for an adventurous Scotsman, is the pinnacle of romantic romance. The cheery Sunrise room, which preserves its original colonial charm and transports you back to a time when most of this area was wild and untamed, is one of four rooms available at La Maison. The French menu at La Maison features rich sweets, with souffles being the centrepiece. The villa is located in the middle of Nilgiris tea region, with most walking trails crisscrossing tea estates and leading to breathtaking views.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: Yes, with prior approval
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes, but the mobile signal is patchy

TEANEST, COONOOR TAMIL NADU
Teanest in Coonoor, located on the edge of a 1,800-acre tea plantation, offers a taste of colonial tea planter life while simultaneously impressing with its focused sustainability activities. The main villa has been lovingly repaired and yet exudes the same modest elegance as before. Each of the ten tea-themed rooms is decorated in a similar manner, including historical furniture and a working fireplace. The majority of the activities here concentrate around tea, and there is also the option of horseback riding on a route that runs through a local estate. The menus are the star attraction, with tea pairings for each course and dishes that use tea as a flavouring element, such as seer fish with organic pickled tea leaves or tea-braised pasta aglio-e-olio.

Number of rooms: 10
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

LA BELLE VIE, NAUKUCHIATAL UTTARAKHAND
La Belle Vie, located just 100 metres from Lake Naukuchiatal, provides an unmatched vantage point as well as quick access to outdoor activities such as boating, paragliding, and trekking. The property is divided into two levels, with the interiors designed by the owner, who repurposed many pieces and added sustainable value to each space. A three-man staff attends to all of your requirements and prepares delectable meals.

Number of rooms: 3
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: W-2/203, Thapiliya Mehra Gaon, Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand.

WOODHOUSE FARM, SATOLI UTTARAKHAND
This all-wood villa is 45 kilometres from Nainital and is surrounded by fruit orchards. The distinctive design of Woodhouse Farm allows it to fit in with the surrounding environment, and this beauty continues inside. The living space is spread out over three floors, with skylights bringing in natural light as well as moonlight. Two cosy isolated wooden cabins with huge glass windows give stunning views of the surrounding peaks are also available on the site. A meditation area on an open yoga deck with panoramic views is ideal. Spend your days reading or birding while taking advantage of the space. Go riding in the calm village of Satoli or take a walk along the several trails in the region for more athletic adventures.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

SECLUDE, LANSDOWNE UTTARAKHAND
Lansdowne is a little village in the Garhwal Himalayas where you may still walk through the woods among ancient oaks and pines without running into anyone. Seclude is located in the village of Umri Khal, 14 kilometres from the main town. It is, as its name says, “away from it all,” but it isn’t without luxury. The property is well-equipped with good Wi-Fi, modern amenities, and great food, including Garhwali lunches and gourmet BBQ evenings, making it a perfect retreat for writers and artists. The many trails in the region allow guests to embark on long nature hikes and woodland picnics. Lansdowne town is a fantastic place to visit if you want to do some sightseeing or go boating on the Bhulla Lake.

Number of rooms: 4 rooms in total. 2 independent rooms and 2 rooms in a villa
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

VAYU RETREAT, NAINITAL UTTARAKHAND
Vayu Retreat is best defined as the hillside retreat that most city residents imagine in their retirement fantasies. This wood and stone villa, surrounded by forested hills, is ideal for a family holiday. The hosts have added vivid personal touches as well as nooks and crannies where you may relax with a book or observe birds from the villa’s huge glass windows. Gajeb, the in-house chef, prepares delectable homestyle meals using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Day tours to Mukteshwar Valley, picnics by the stream, and nature walks are among the outdoor activities available.

Number of rooms: 4
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: No
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes

NORMANDY HOUSE, DEHRADUN UTTARAKHAND
The colonial-style Normandy House, located on the outskirts of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, offers a memorable escape steeped in history, with lush litchi orchards, extensive gardens, and a French chateau-style home that goes back to the 1800s. With wooden accents, vintage furniture, mosaic tiles, clawfoot bathtubs, armoires, and four-poster beds, the villa’s décor is a mix of French and British design features. Take a leisurely stroll through the four enormous gardens, each with a different French name, where you can find plenty of butterflies. A clubhouse on the property keeps the kids entertained with a range of indoor games. The personnel here ensures that all guests’ privacy is respected, and they are always there to assist you. For chilly evenings, they can put up a BBQ or a campfire. Farm-fresh food and local products are the mainstays of the meals, which can be customised to your preferences.

Explore the estate’s natural trails, which lead to a lookout where you may witness fantastic sunsets, in addition to birdwatching or simply admiring the grounds.

Number of rooms: 3
Are pets allowed: No
Is it wheelchair friendly: Yes
Does it have a swimming pool: No
Does it have wifi: Yes
Address: Sabri Estate, Purukul Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

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