RARE & New: The latest hotels on the RARE List are as follows:
1. Karma Chalet, Manesar, Har.: A 30 Keys, privately owned estate of Karma Lakelands with a conservation twist is why Karma Chalet is on the RARE List. The clubhouse is a haven for those who love the thrill of sports but for the nature lover there are nature trails and cycling circuits to be explored.
2. Mekosha, Near Trivandrum, Kerala: Less than an hour from Trivandrum and close to the famous Varkala temple town is a wellness destination on the meandering Attingal river. Eleven spa-suites and a unique idea for rejuvenation and therapies, Mekosha has several firsts to be discovered.
3. Suryagarh, Jaisalmer and Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner, Raj.: Both are large holdings and RARE for a reason. Immaculately conceptualised to create desert experiences with Suryagarh and to allow you to live through the colourful life of the last reigning Maharajah of Bikaner with Narendra Bhawan. Both are exceptional hotels curated as visual stories exceptionally presented to engage the traveller.
4. The Lodge at Wah, Dharamshala, H.P.: Just that RARE flavour, with a young couple playing host to a six cottages on a heritage Kangra Tea Plantation, The Lodge at Wah is a welcome addition to access Dharamshala and Palampur.
5. Wild Mahseer, Balipara, Assam: This lovely plantation estate, a first for RARE in Assam is now a preserve, a part of the eastern Himalayan botanic art. With huge bungalows and suites surrounded by a generous canopy of trees and carefully tended ornamental plants, Wild Mahaseer has a colonial flavour and connects with Nameri, Kaziranga and other areas of Assam.
6. Anahata Retreat, Goa: Far from shacks and the crowds, on a clean beach is Anahata Retreat, bare-foot luxury perfect to kick your shoes off and head straight into the sea. Eleven huts close enough to feel the ocean spray on your bed is a ‘RARE’ kind of luxury. Do expect superbly curated cuisine at Atelier, spotless and comfortable huts with ensuite bathrooms. Should you be fussy about air-conditioning you may choose one of the five rooms of the villa.
7. Kathiwada Rajmajhal, M.P: Bordering Gujrat, this boutique Palace Hotel run by Digvijay and Swati has many tales to tell. One of them being a development project for the rural folk of Kathiwada that began when Digvijay converted an abandoned polo ground into a rural Cricket stadium. 11 elegant suites allow you the luxury of connecting with an off-beat program of India with much to discover, weaving you through Madhya Pradesh from Bhopal and Indore and onwards to Gujarat via Kathiwada.