Half-hour drive from Jodhpur; opens in February
The name translates literally to “The Sun Fortress”: Each of the nine luxury suites, fashioned to resemble African lodges, offer views of either sunrise or sunset. The resort also offers expert instruction in horse riding and a chance to clop around on the region’s stately breed of horse, the Marwari.
Minimum stay of two nights at around Rs37,000 a night per suite. Includes all meals, drinks (excluding imported alcohol), riding and excursions.
North-east of Anjuna Beach, north Goa
Forgoing the beach for the backwaters, Casa Colvale offers a Goan experience off the beaten track. Each of the 12 luxury rooms overlooks the river Colvale, where guests can watch for buffalo and crocodiles. Beach bums can take heart, however—there are speedboats to ferry guests to the beach, as well as traditional Goan houseboats for more languorous jaunts.
Rooms start at Rs10,000, excluding taxes, during the high season from January to March. The cost includes breakfast.
Twenty kilometres from Shillong, Meghalaya
Nestled in the side of a cliff, Ri Kynjai, or “Serenity by the Lake”, looks out over Umiam Lake. It spans 45 acres of lush mountainous land near the base of the eastern Himalayas. All 11 rooms and five private cottages have huge balconies with scenic views. With a spa offering treatments based on the traditions of the Khasi and a nearby golf course, the emphasis here is firmly on relaxation.
Rooms start at Rs5,000, excluding taxes. Breakfast is included in the price.
North Kerala; the resort is around 2 hours from Mangalore International Airport
Twelve cottages with thatched roofs dot the coastline at this picturesque resort dedicated to health and spiritual well-being. In addition to a large Ayurvedic spa and daily meditation sessions, the resort avers by a strict eco-policy: Rainwater harvesting, solar panels and recycling are some of its eco-friendly initiatives. Less gentle are the bans on spirits and smoking.
Rooms start at Rs11,500, excluding taxes, during the high season of October-March.