Taj Exotica, Goa
It is no surprise that the beach capital of India boasts one of the best hotels by the Arabian Sea. The Taj Exotica is in the southwest region of Goa, away from the manic crowds. The Mediterranean-inspired property has everything from sea-facing Deluxe rooms to an opulent Presidential Suite; from sprawling lawns to stunning views. Stay out at the beach all day and check out hotspots within the hotel at night.
Calwaddo, Salcete, Benaulim, Goa, +91 832 668 3333
Agatti Island Beach Resort, Lakshadweep
From the beach capital to a lesser-known jewel; Lakshadweep is a heaven for beach-lovers. Agatti Island Beach Resort offers cottages and bungalows, but it is the pristine white sand beaches that are the real attraction. There’s a coral reef and a lagoon nearby, providing ample opportunity for water sports.
Agatti Island, Agatti, Lakshadweep, +91 484 236 2232
Leela Kovalam, Kovalam
Close to the city of Thiruvananthapuram, this stunning property by Leela rests atop a cliff, boasting mind-blowing views of the horizon, with easy access to the beach. While the resort itself offers oodles of luxury with its rooms and spas, clubs and gymnasium, travelers can also make time to check out the authentic local fare of Kovalam city nearby and get a taste of Kerala living.
Kovalam Beach Road, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, +91 471 305 1234
Bungalow on the Beach, Tranquebar
Heritage properties by the beach are a rare thing, which makes Neemrana’s Bungalow By The Beach a unique destination. Placed majestically on the beach at Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu, between a 14th Century temple and a 17th Century fort, the ambience is old world and one of solitude. This is the place to catch a sunrise, to rejuvenate over a long weekend, and it comes with just the right amount of sightseeing involved.
24 King Street, Tharangambadi, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, +91 97861 00461
Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai
This hotel has been in business for decades and is truly old school, though it has maintained its charisma and contemporary feel. There’s plenty to do here, with both Chennai and Mahabalipuram close by. However, it’s the exquisite dining and serene green atmosphere that makes Fisherman’s Cove the perfect place to escape with a group of friends, when the plan is to lounge all day and party all night.
Covelong Beach Kancheepuram Dist., Chennai, Tamil Nadu, +91 44 6741 3333
Le Pondy, Pondicherry
Pondicherry is an eclectic mix of cultures, and a gorgeous city, with Le Pondy offering a glimpse into the historic architecture and natural beauty of the region. The resort is located between the Bay of Bengal and an estuary and offers excellent Ayurveda and Spa facilities. With acres of greenery and the deep blue surrounding it, this is one of the true gems of the Indian French Rivera.
No.3, Lake View Road, Pudukuppam, Pondicherry, +91 413 3040800
The Mayfair Resorts, Puri
The Mayfair Resort is close to the hustle and bustle of the Jagannath Temple of Puri but isolated enough to escape to the serenity the Bay of Bengal offers. The hotel has a festive atmosphere, with local Odia art all around and with great rooms and amazing food. It’s comfortable and cozy, and a quick, scenic drive away from the Black Pagoda of Konark, which promises a great beach experience of its own.
Chakra Tirtha Road, Puri, Odisha, +91 6752 660 660
Barefoot at Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar
The Andaman and Nicobar islands are not generally on people’s go-to beach list, but the experience at Barefoot, Havelock is beyond the imagination and one worth trying. The huts are nestled in greenery, with one of India’s best beaches laid out at your feet; there’s a reason it’s called Barefoot. The sand, the sun, the great food, and authentic ambience together make Barefoot at Havelock a great resort. It’s also one of the best places to go scuba diving.
SH 4, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, +91 4231 6378