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Karnataka is a state in the South-western region of India. Its capital and largest city is Bengaluru, also known as the Silicon Valley of India. Kannada is the most widely spoken and official language of the state. Karnataka has been ranked as the fourth most popular destination for tourism among the states of India. The ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire at Hampi and the monuments of Pattadakal are on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Bengaluru is known for its high tech industry and many multinational companies have offices in the city. Karnataka consists of a large number of 5 star hotels and resorts due to high tourism and business travellers. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 5 star hotels and resorts in Karnataka.
10. The Tamara, Coorg
The Tamara Coorg is spread across 180 acres of lush greenery, plantations of the most aromatic coffee, cardamom and pepper, beautiful streams, and gushing waterfalls. The resort has 56 cottage-style villas on stilts on the face of the hills to provide a majestic view of the Coorg valley. The villas come in four categories. The Falls is a multi cuisine restaurant that offers an assorted range of dishes – local, Indian, and international while the Deck is a lounge bar that serves cocktails made from a variety of premium spirits. Freshly brewed coffee can be enjoyed at the Verandah. Facilities include a bookstore, a gift shop, a yoga temple, The Elevation Spa, a fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool, Tennis court, Badminton court, basketball court and Cricket ground. Guests can enjoy trekking, Plantation tour, bird watching and outdoor dining while at the hotel.
Website: The Tamara, Coorg
9. The Ritz-Carlton, Bengaluru
Embracing the grandeur of India’s historic palaces, The Ritz Carlton Bengaluru offers a 5 star oasis in the heart of Bengaluru. The beauty of India’s traditional latticework, or jaali, is both in its intricacy and overall design. The 277 rooms and suites blend modern silhouettes with elements borrowed from traditional Indian design to create inviting retreats. Guests can choose from 8 restaurants and bars serving a range of cuisines. Facilities include more than 21000 square feet of event spaces, a outdoor Swimming Pool, a fitness centre and a 17000 square feet Ritz-Carlton Spa.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton, Bengaluru
8. Taj Madikeri Resort and Spa, Coorg
Taj Madikeri Resort and Spa is spread across in a 180-acre rainforest with the hills having more than 200 species of plants including rudraksh trees, cardamom, coffee, wild jasmine and eucalyptus. The resort consists of 63 guest rooms ranging from Superior Cottage to Presidential 3-bedroom Nirvana Suite featuring panaromic views of the surrounding rainforest. FernTree is an all-day dining multi-cuisine restaurant, Poolside Grill serves barbecues and sizzler, Nellaki specializes in Coorg delicacies, Hive bar serves a range of alcoholic beverages and Dew serves wellness cuisine. Fitness Centre, an outdoor temperature controlled infinity swimming pool and Jiva Grande Spa are present at the hotel. Tours, nature walks, treks, coffee tasting, concierge tours and even cookery lessons can be arranged on request by the hotel.
Website: Taj Madikeri Resort and Spa, Coorg
7. Shangri-La, Bengaluru
Situated less than 3 minutes from the famous Bangalore Palace, Shangri-La Bengaluru, is a modern hotel in the heart of the city. The 397 elegantly appointed guestrooms have private bathrooms featuring walk-in wardrobes and rain showers. Restaurants include Caprese, Yataii, Shang Palace and Ssaffron serving Indian, Italian, Japanese and Chinese cuisines. Facilities include CHI, The Spa, a well equipped health club, an outdoor swimming pool , steam, sauna and a whirlpool bath.
Website: Shangri-La, Bengaluru
6. Conrad, Bengaluru
Ideally located 500 m from MG Road, Conrad Bengaluru is located in the heart of the central business district. Each of 284 rooms and suites offer views of the skyline and Ulsoor Lake. Guests can choose from 5 dining venues offering Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean and International cuisine. 21195 square feet of meetings and event space, a outdoor infinity swimming pool, sauna and a 24/7 fitness centre.
Website: Conrad, Bengaluru
5. Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru at Embassy One
Situated in the centre of the landmark Embassy ONE development in the heart of India’s high-tech capital, Four Seasons delivers a dynamic experience that reflects Bengaluru’s innovative, entrepreneurial and cosmopolitan spirit. The hotel features 191 elegantly appointed rooms and suites. The hotel has a host of world class restaurants like CUR8, The Lobby Lounge & Terrace, The Collection with the choicest selection of world whiskeys and a Pool Bar in a picturesque poolside setting. Facilities include 19592 square feet of meetings and event space, a 24/7 fitness centre, spa, beauty salon and a outdoor swimming pool.
4. Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, Kabini
Evolve Back’s Spirit of the land philosophy finds its most intimate expression at Kabini, where you are drawn into the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe. The resort features 37 guest villas spread across three categories: Pool Reserve, Pool Hut and Safari Hut. The resort architecture has a tribal Kadu kuruba leitmotif, where each of the guest huts bespeaks a happy marriage of traditional craft and modern luxury. Honey Comb serves international and regional cuisine while The Kuruba Grill is a speciality restaurant dedicated to Kebabs and Grills. By the Kabini and Candle Light Cruise are private dining options. Facilities include an infinity swimming pool, a family swimming pool, a reading lounge and an Ayurvedic Spa. Boat Safari, Vehicle Safari, Nature Walk, Night Trails and Coracle Ride are some of the experiences guests can enjoy while at the resort.
3. The Oberoi, Bengaluru
Composed around a centenarian raintree, The Oberoi, Bengaluru is a 5 star hotel nestled in verdant grounds and equipped with the latest in technology, it reflects and harmonises the dual personalities of Bengaluru, the Garden City and technology hub. Luxurious and elegant, all the air-conditioned guestrooms enjoy beautiful garden views. Le Jardin offers daily buffet meals, Rin Naam serves authentic Thai food, while Chinese cuisine can be enjoyed at Szechwan Court. Brewed coffee and tea, as well as cocktails, are available at Polo Club. Multiple state of the art meeting rooms, large banqueting facilities, The Oberoi Spa, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre are some of the facilities the hotel provides.
Website: The Oberoi, Bengaluru
2. The Leela Palace, Bengaluru
Conveniently located close to the Bengaluru’s commercial district, The Leela Palace, Bengaluru, is a combination of the modern amenities and a palatial setting true to the Vijayanagara empire’s reputation. Nestled in the midst of lush gardens that spread across 7 acres, the hotel features décor reflecting the grandeur of the bygone era. The 357 rooms and suites are some of the most spacious in Bengaluru. Guests can head to Citrus, an all day dining restaurant, to relish Asian, Mediterranean, European and Indian cuisine, Jamavar – Specialty Indian Restaurant, to enjoy Indian delicacies. Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai cuisines are offered at Zen – the Pan Asian specialty restaurant while French and Italian dishes can be relished at Le Cirque Signature. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness center, Yoga studio and 21000 square feet of events space.
Website: The Leela Palace, Bengaluru
1. Evolve Back, Coorg
Evolve Back Coorg is ensconced in the cocooned comforts of a lush 300-acre plantation paradise, the resort is perfumed with the subtly intoxicating aroma of coffee and spice. This resort consists of 63 guest villas categorised into Heritage Pool Villa, Lily Pool Villa, Lily Pool Bungalow and Lily Pool Cottage spread out in delightful clusters around this working coffee and spice plantation. Dining options include the Granary, a multi-cuisine restaurant, or Pepper Corn – Barbecues & Grills Restaurant and Plantain Leaf, which offers pure vegetarian delights. Hunter’s Lodge features refreshing drinks. The Machan – ‘restaurant for two’ offers a completely private and elevated dining experience. By the Lake, Moonlight for Two and Kodava Twilight are another private dining options. Evolve Back Coorg offers an array of facilities. An infinity swimming pool, a family pool, reading lounge, an Ayurvedic Spa, a gym and a children’s activity centre are present at the hotel. Plantation Walk, Bird Watching, Village Visit, Worker’s Trail, Coracle Ride and exploring Bylekuppe Tibetan Settlement are some of the things guests can experience at the resort.
Hotel Website: Evolve Back, Coorg
Featured image by Evolve Back, Coorg
If you think that I have missed any of the hotels present in Karnataka that you think should be included in the list, let me know in the comments section below.