Luxury hotels in India with a spectacular lake view

Perfect weather, scrumptious food and a breathtaking sight of a lake, there’s so much to soak in at these stunning properties

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The crisp winter air brings with it a longing for a vacation, and with only a few weeks left before the end of 2022, we know we need that one relaxing, beautiful holiday to revitalise ourselves and gear up for all that’s in store for us in the new year. Imagine this—you are in the midst of all things serene, with a lake in front of you; it’s just you, maybe with a riveting read to keep you engrossed and a hot cuppa or a glass of premium whiskey as you watch the world go by and take in all the beauty. 

If that strikes a chord with you, then this list of five hotels and resorts that offer spectacular lakeside views is all you need to read today.

Zana Lake Resort, Udaipur

Looking to live life king size, well, at least for a few days? Overlooking the picturesque Udai Sagar lake, the Zana Lake Resort in Udaipur offers spectacular views of the mountains, sunrises and sunsets. You can start your day with a yoga session by the infinity pool and end your evening on a romantic note with a private dinner right next to the lake. Scrumptious delicacies, warms rays of sunshine that enter into your room, and a host of fun activities in the sprawling lawn, will ensure that you know what it’s like to live like a maharaja. 

Vivanta Dal View, Srinagar

We can’t talk about lakes in India and not mention Dal Lake. If you want to see heaven on earth, then experiencing a luxurious stay at this lake resort comes close. After all, it offers the best of both worlds—views of snow-capped mountains as well as the pristine lake in front of you. The property celebrates the ethos of the valley with its interiors, think timber carvings and earthy colours. The resort is surrounded by some truly beautiful sights—the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Shalimar Bagh Mughal garden, and the terraced gardens of Pari Mahal. Delivering on everything that the Vivanta Taj brand name promises, this is the perfect lake resort to reconnect with nature. 

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

From the north of Kashmir—that’s heaven on earth—we move to God’s own country—Kerala. With 25 acres of lush greenery, it’s time to witness Kerala’s beauty at its best. Here, King Charles (then Prince Charles) celebrated his 65th birthday with his wife, so you know that you’re going to be treated like royalty. Designed in traditional style with modern amenities, the rooms, villas and houseboats present you spectacular lake views.  

Ri Kynjai – Serenity By The Lake, Meghalaya

Ri Kynjai literally means ‘serenity by the lake’ in Khasi and just one visit to this luxurious resort is enough to know how true it is to its name. Spread over 45 acres, Ri Kynjai is a hotel with a charm of its own as its spacious cottages, that are built in traditional Khasi style, present a gorgeous view of the Umiam lake. And if that wasn’t enough, the verdant property and glorious sunsets will make you forget all your woes. Experience the quintessential North-East India hospitality during your stay here. 

Mayfair Lagoon, Odisha

You could also choose to do something different and stay in a property that’s built around a lagoon. If you’re a fan of greens and blues, Mayfair’s gardens and waters will breathe a new life into you. So don’t delay one bit, book yourself a cosy cottage and watch the sun set from your balcony as you relish the scrumptious local cuisine and feel the breeze on your face.