This 70-year-old mansion has been lovingly restored to offer atmospheric guest accommodation. Grand, elegant and art deco-inspired much of the original character of this home has been retained, including its lofty ceilings and polished floors. The guest rooms are spacious and airy with period teak furniture and soft furnishings made by local handloom weavers. There's a pretty garden and terraced pool, and anyone intrigued by Chettinad's unique cuisine can take part in an interactive kitchen session.
Leisure: Swimming pool, Ayurvedic treatments, library, cookery lessons
Rooms: 15 rooms & suites
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.