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With constant innovations and ideas being introduced every year, new properties always have something fresh to offer when it comes travel and luxury. Be it indulgent luxury, intimate spaces, or sustainable experiences, the individuality of each hotel is what keeps from travel becoming monotonous. We rounded up the five most sought-after new hotels in India this year for you to check out.

ITC Royal Bengal

Set to open next month, Royal Bengal will be ITC’s second hotel in Kolkata, after the Sonar. Celebrating the region’s rich legacy of art and culture, it is coming up in Tangra, right in the middle of the business epicentre and the main city. The large property will have 456 rooms and six dining spaces, along with a luxury spa and over 5,000 sq. ft. of banqueting area. The luxury hotel has been constructed keeping the city’s regal history and glam of the retro years — you’ll find flamboyant architecture from olden times set against modern-day which decor. The answer to why you’d want to visit this one is in its name — Royal Bengal — to experience the effortless grandeur of the state.

Postcard Hotels & Resorts
New hotels India. The Postcard Cuelim
The Postcard Cuelim. Image: Courtesy www.postcardresorts.com

Opened only last year, the Postcard Hotels & Resorts are already a favourite amongst travellers. If opening doors to three properties in Goa in one year wasn’t enough (Moira, Velha, Cuelim), they plan to open six more in the coming times. Karnataka, Himachal, Sunderbans, Ranthambore, Uttarakhand, and another one in Goa is what’s planned next. Authenticity and simplicity are at the core of these hotels, and make for great holidays if you’re looking for non-fussed, slow, sustainable ones. Set to open up at all the vacation hotspots, you can’t give these a miss.

Taj Theog Resort & Spa, Shimla
New hotels India. Taj Theog
Image: Courtesy www.tajhotels.com

The newly opened Taj property near Shimla is a sprawling resort across five acres of lush forest area. Between Kufri and Narkanda, it’s a 75-minute drive from Shimla, it looks over Churdhar, the highest peak of outer Himalayas. A total of 99 rooms, French windows and wooden floors give you visual access to the cold surroundings while making for a warm ambience indoors. A forest sanctuary 16 km away, the Taj Jiva spa, a temperature-controlled indoor pool, three dining options, and much more welcome one at the first Taj in Himachal.

The Park Hotel, Mumbai
New hotels India. The Park Mumbai
Image: Courtesy The Park Hotels (Facebook)

The latest outing by The Park Hotels is a luxury boutique hotel in Mumbai’s popular Juhu area. Only 60 rooms, bold and contemporary decor is the order of the day here. If you’re looking for an upbeat stay, this should be on your list. Sleek designs, quirky bathroom tiles, and elaborate light fixtures overlook the Arabian Sea at this hotel. High on design and looking to offer an uber chic experience, this one’s ideal for those with millennial sensibilities.

Four Seasons, Bengaluru
New hotels India.Four seasons Bengaluru
Image: Courtesy www.fourseasons.com/bengaluru

At the central Embassy One, the Four Seasons in Bangalore is a mix of buzzing activity and serenity. Large windows and careful angles for natural light ensure spaciousness in the tech capital. Bespoke cocktails and an outdoor deck make their bar, two dining spaces, a deck pool with a bar and cascading waterfall — it’s a sanctuary in the midst of the city’s hustle, and hence a must check-in when in the city.

Megha Uppal
Associate Editor
An innate love for travel and food has translated into many a trips since childhood for Megha; it also fed her curiosity to know about local cultures. When not writing, she is on the lookout for three things: A great dark chocolate dessert, a beautiful pool where she can practice her backstroke, and art that she can save up for.