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Taj Hotels is a luxury hotel chain and is a subsidiary of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), headquartered at Express Towers, Nariman Point in Mumbai. Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, in 1903, the company is a part of the Tata Group, one of India’s largest business conglomerates. The chain’s 1st hotel was The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai overlooking the Arabian Sea that opened on 16th December 1903. The brand continues to be one of the most revered and loved hospitality brands with a legacy of over 116 years of impeccable service and genuine warmth. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Taj Hotels and Resorts in India.
10. Taj Lands End, Mumbai
With a view overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Bandra Worli Sea Link, Taj Lands End, Mumbai is a luxury 5-star deluxe hotel, located in the midst of the pulsating life of Bandra. Because of the hotel’s close proximity to the airport, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Lower Parel, Andheri and Worli business districts, the hotel makes it an ideal choice for business as well as leisure travelers. Taj Lands End, Mumbai offers unparalleled views of the beautiful Arabian Sea from every one of its 493 rooms. Guests can choose from 6 Dining options from aromatic Indian to the piquant spices of fine Chinese. Facilities include Jiva Spa and an outdoor Swimming Pool.
Website: Taj Lands End, Mumbai
9. 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
8. Taj Resort and Convention Centre, Goa
With a forested hillside perch and gorgeous Sea views, Taj Resort and Convention Centre, Goa, is situated near Dona Paula in Panaji. It shares neighbourhood with its sister property the Cidade de Goa – IHCL SeleQtions. Majority of the 299 rooms including 17 themed suites offer sweeping views of the bay. Taj Hotel & Convention Centre Goa features an all day dining restaurant BLD located off the main lobby with a beautifully landscaped garden on the north and a vast deck garden on the sea side. The hotel also offers a lounge bar and a Coastal Cuisine specialty restaurant. The vast elevated deck at the rooftop with infinity pool along the Arabian sea offers panoramic views of the Vainguinim beach, the Zuari bay and the sea beyond, and sun bathing opportunity to the guests and a second 25 metre lap pool at the lower deck. Multiple event spaces, water sports, sunset cruise, activities at the beach, e-biking, kids activity zone, a state of the art fitness facility, Jiva Spa, 40-seated cinema and Club Lounge are some of the facilities provided by the hotel.
7. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Andamans
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Andamans occupies 46 acres on the famed Radhanagar Beach at Havelock Island. Fringed by strip of mangroves overlooking the beach, the luxury resort in Andaman is a homage to the secluded Andaman and Nicobar archipelago stretching for 700 Kms from the southern tip of Burma towards the north of Sumatra. The resort consists of 54 luxury villas on stilts under a canopy of Coconut and Palmyra trees. Every villa comes comes with a balcony offering garden or pool views. The Settlers is an intimate community dining experience in a glamorous setting with sensational cuisine. Turtle House is the resort’s global grill restaurant, serving wholesome meals with generous servings all day. The menu features American, European, Middle Eastern and Indian classics enhanced with local ingredients. Shoreline offers multiple cuisines ranging from lush and creamy coconut milk-based curries to fiery, spice-laden bombs. An outdoor Olympic length swimming pool, a fitness centre, a recreational centre and Jiva Spa are present at the hotel. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa also offers activities such as picking mangoes, mud apples and mulberries at the orchards, jungle treks, beach picnics, supervised scuba diving, snorkeling, night kayaking and scuba diving.
Website: Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Andamans
6. Taj Aravali Resort and Spa, Udaipur
Positioned on a dramatic landscape, Taj Aravali Resort and Spa is spread across 27 acres, creating an expansive oasis surrounded on all sides by the rugged Aravali Ranges, while staying in close proximity to the city centre and the sublime Fateh Sagar, one of the five major names that make up the city’s sophisticated lake system. The hotel features 176 well-appointed rooms, suites and luxury tents staggered over different levels across an undulating landscape. The property has an all-day diner, a specialty pure vegetarian restaurant, an alfresco grill and bar overlooking the swimming pool and manicured gardens. A continental breakfast is served each morning at the property. Guests can play squash, badminton, basketball, tennis and use the indoor golf simulator at the property. It also includes a 34 seater movie theatre and a Jiva Spa housed in its own block. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and multiple event spaces.
Website: Taj Aravali Resort and Spa, Udaipur
5. Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa, Uttarakhand
Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa, located at a distance of 30 kilometres from Rishikesh, is spread across 12.5 acres of eco-friendly habitat. Guests can choose from one of the 79 accommodations present at the hotel. Riverside is the specialty restaurant that serves Himalayan cuisine and local classics from the provinces of Kashmir, Himachal, Garhwal, Kumaon and Nepal while Rock Flour is an all-day dining restaurant serving local classics, Indian and Global cuisine along with a dedicated wellness menu. Panorama Bar is where guests can enjoy a drink with wide-angle views. It also has a library. Pebble Beach – Open Air Pizza Bar is a pizza and salad bar facing the gurgling Ganges a few hundred feet away. An outdoor swimming pool, Jiva Spa and a fitness centre are present at the hotel.
4. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Perched 2,000 feet above the city of Hyderabad is Taj Falaknuma Palace, a hotel with deep and rich heritage. Built in 1894, it is the former palace of the Nizam, rumoured to be the richest man in the world at one time. Guests arrive at Taj Falaknuma Palace in a horse-drawn carriage. The five-star luxury hotel, spread over 32 acres, allows you to journey to the gilded ages, where opulence and excess is celebrated and savoured in equal measure. The 60 rooms and suites are beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored by Her Highness Princess Esra, the Nizam’s Turkish wife. Each provides marvellous views of the palace courtyard and the 400-year-old city of Hyderabad. Guests can choose from various dining options that include Adaa – Indian fine-dining restaurant, Celeste – multi cuisine restaurant, Jade Terrace – offering afternoon and Gol Bungalow – located at the restaurant section of the palace overlooking the “city of pearls”. In addition to this, there is Hookah Lounge. Jiva spa, oak-paneled Palace Library, billiards room, a beautifully landscaped swimming pool and a fitness centre are some of the facilities present at the hotel.
Website: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
3. Taj Theog Resort and Spa, Shimla
Located at a 75 minutes drive from Shimla, Taj Theog Resort and Spa is surrounded by the mesmerising skylines of the Himalayan range. The hotel offers stunning 180 degree views of the Churdhar, the highest peak in the outer Himalayas. Taj Theog has 99 guest rooms and suites offering a outdoor balcony with views of the surrounding mountains. Guests can choose from 3 dining venues – Tragopan is an all-day dining restaurant offering global cuisine with some relished local Himalayan meals, Peony is an Orietal restaurant and Theog Junction is a bar. Jiva Spa, a fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool, garden and a kids club are present at the hotel.
Website: Taj Theog Resort and Spa, Shimla
2. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Goa
Spread across 56 acres of landscaped gardens, the Mediterranean-style Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa sits along a private beach overlooking the Arabian Sea. All this space is coupled with old-world architecture, flower-lined patios and a sunshine-laden atrium. Tropical design elements pervade this 5 star resort in Goa’s magnificent rooms and villas. Tiled roofs, textured walls, and warm and earthy colour tones create the essence of this luxury seafront getaway. Each of the 140 rooms comes with a balcony overlooking the garden, pool or sea and select rooms offer a private pool or hydromassage bathtub. Guests can try a range of Indian and international delicacies, along with refreshing drinks. Dining options include Alegria (Goan cuisine, seafood), Li Bai (Asian cuisine), Lobster Shack (beachfront), Miguel Arcanjo (Mediterranean food), Eugenia (multi-cuisine restaurant). The lounge bar Adega Camoens offers cocktails and light snacks. Sunny afternoons can be spent playing tennis or getting a relaxing massage at The Jiva Spa. The resort also provides a fitness center and Children’s Activity Centre. There are also multiple event spaces and a outdoor swimming pool.
Website: Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Goa
1. The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
The Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, giving birth to the country’s first harbour landmark. Strategically located in Mumbai’s prime historical and commercial hub, The Taj Mahal Palace is walking distance from Colaba Causeway, known for its touristy tiny roadside shops. Each of the 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. Guests can choose from 9 restaurants and bars, renowned for delectable cuisines from India, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Facilities include Jiva Spa, an outdoor swimming pool, Taj Salon and a 24-hour fitness centre.
Website: The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, also features in my Top 10 list of 5 star hotels in Mumbai.
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