CT Throwback: 8 Best Homestays Of 2023, The Perfect Retreats In India We Loved!

From regal palaces to serene hillside retreats, explore immersive escapes beckoning travellers to embrace culture, nature, and timeless serenity.

by Mallika Khurana
CT Throwback: 8 Best Homestays Of 2023, The Perfect Retreats In India We Loved!

Ah, homestays—those hidden gems that whisper tales of culture, heritage, and untamed beauty! Picture this: a tapestry of serene landscapes, immersive cultural experiences, and cosy sanctuaries away from the beaten path. In the enchanted realm of travel, where wanderlust meets a yearning for authenticity, Curly Tales has unveiled a treasure trove of the Best Homestays of 2023! These aren’t just places to rest your head; they’re immersive portals into history, artistry, and the raw, unfiltered embrace of nature. So buckle up as we embark on a journey through curated havens.

Best Homestays Of 2023 We discovered

1. 7 Pines, Kasauli


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Nestled in the tranquillity of Kasauli, 7 Pines offers a serene escape amidst charming colonial architecture and breathtaking mountain vistas. The essence of colonial charm merges seamlessly with the comforting warmth of a home away from home. Here, dining isn’t just a meal but an organic culinary journey featuring locally sourced ingredients served in a surreal setting, enhancing the flavours with the view of lush hills. The resort also offers a range of activities like trekking and nature trails, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

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Where: Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
Cost: ₹ 9000 onwards/night

2. Sawantwadi Palace Boutique Art Hotel, Maharashtra

Steeped in regal elegance and historical legacy, Sawantwadi Palace is a tribute to the Sawant Bhonsle Royal Family’s rich heritage. The palace, a masterpiece of architectural prowess, is an embodiment of native craftsmanship, marrying English arches seamlessly. Each room narrates a unique tale, inspired by different avatars of Lord Vishnu and adorned with curated Ganjifa art, immersing guests in a world where mythology and history converge. 

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Where: NH 17, Sindhudurg, Khaskilwada, Sawantwadi, Maharashtra
Check-in time: Available 24 hours
Cost: Starting at ₹15,000 per night

3. Sukoon Homestay, Jalna

For those seeking solace amidst the hills, Sukoon Homestay in Almora, Uttarakhand, presents an idyllic haven away from the chaos of modern life. Tucked within the serene village of Jalna, this retreat unfolds over three acres of picturesque landscapes. Majestic pine, oak, and rhododendron trees adorn the surroundings, offering an ideal space for family moments and tranquillity beneath a starry sky. The homestay’s seclusion from the bustling town yet easy access to nearby attractions makes it an ideal retreat.

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Where: Village Toli, Tehsil Lamgara, Almora, near Takoli bend, Jalna, Uttarakhand
Cost: Starts from ₹4,500 onwards

4. Villa Akasa, Varkala


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Nestled in Kerala’s Varkala, Villa Akasa offers a tranquil haven where spirituality, relaxation, and adventure converge. This chic abode, tucked away in a village, promises a leisurely escape just a short stroll from the stunning beach. Imbued with the rhythm of Varkala’s life, the villa’s interiors seamlessly blend traditional Kerala architecture with modern aesthetics. The culinary experiences, amidst breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, promise to linger in one’s memory, offering a glimpse into Kerala’s rich flavours and traditions.

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Where: 283 K Arattu Road, Varkala
Cost: ₹6,000 onwards/night

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5. Kintsugi, Seetla


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Nestled amidst the hills of Uttarakhand, Kintsugi stands as a restored heritage homestay, a serene 7.5-acre farm retreat with spotless interiors and calming surroundings. The homestay, a restored heritage stone home, reflects the essence of the Japanese art of Kintsugi. The property’s deck and sunroom offer magical views of snow-carpeted areas during the winter, providing a surreal experience for guests.

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Where: Kintsugi at Aikkya Farm, Seetla, Uttarakhand
Check-in time: 2 pm – 10 pm
Cost: ₹ 7,676/night

6. Mountain Villa, Vagamon


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Embraced by a pristine virgin forest atop a remote mountain in Kerala, Mountain Villa Vagamon offers a serene haven harmonising with nature. This off-grid retreat, sharing boundaries with the Kurushumala Ashram estate, invites guests to revitalise their bodies, minds, and souls. The property, committed to responsible tourism, boasts cottages renovated from historic sheds, offering a blend of vintage charm and modern comfort. Mountain Villa Vagamon’s dedication to sustainable practices ensures a memorable and environmentally conscious stay.

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Where: Vagamon, Kerala, India
Check-in time: 2 pm onwards
Cost: ₹7,610/night

7. Dera Haveli, Gwalior

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Dera Haveli Heritage Homestay in Gwalior encapsulates the essence of Maratha architecture, offering guests a glimpse into the city’s rich heritage. With its grand entrance and intricate details reminiscent of a bygone era, the haveli exudes regal charm and elegance. Each room, adorned with rustic yet charming terraces offering breathtaking views of Gwalior Fort, creates an idyllic setting for guests to unwind. The space’s thoughtful restoration preserves the city’s cultural and historical significance.

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Where: Phalka Bazar Road, Sardar Phalke Bada, Lashkar Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Check-in time: 12 pm
Cost: ₹3,359

8. Vida Goa, Anjuna


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Vida Goa, nestled in the heart of Anjuna, offers a retreat amidst nature, inspiring creativity and relaxation. This minimalistic haven, surrounded by bowing coconut trees, invites guests to escape the bustling city life and immerse themselves in tranquillity. The homestay’s thoughtful design pays homage to Goa’s architectural heritage, featuring Azulejo tiles and serene white spaces. With its blend of vintage and modern elements, the space offers a canvas for travellers to unwind, explore, and reconnect with their creativity. 

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Where: Beside Mango Shade Cafe, Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa
Cost: ₹ 1350 per night onwards

With every homestay, a story unfolds, weaving together moments of tranquillity, heritage, and sheer bliss, leaving behind a trail of cherished memories and a longing to return.

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