History and tranquillity are the keynotes of this small garden hotel, a converted 18th century palace in the foothills of the Western Ghats. The central courtyard's flowering trees sleepily scent the air and the estate's garden, farm and coffee drying yard likewise gently demand a relaxed pace of life.
The extraordinary timber building is intricately constructed from beams, panels and screens. The guest rooms within are decorated simply and comfortably with contemporary furniture and embroideries, artworks and rugs gathered from all over India.
Leisure: Gardens, yoga, walks
Rooms: 7 rooms
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.