The UNESCO-listed ancient ruins of Hampi in India has beckoned travelers for centuries, but it took decades before the town offered a luxury property deserving of its celebrated beauty. With its majestic façade and panoramic views, Orange County, Hampi has proven to be worth the long wait.
Why you’ll want to go: A relatively new hotel, the structure sports the same splendor that other Orange County properties have. It seamlessly fused the architecture of the Vijayanagara Empire with modernity, while providing activities that will give guests a thorough understanding of the town’s heritage.
Rooms: Hampi’s Jal Mahal suite was inspired by the Zenana enclosure, a walled harem that can be found in the ruins. A mantapa overlooks a beguiling pool and a bath fit for two make it ideal for honeymooners. Similar Indo-Islamic interiors can be found in Nilaya, which has an in-door Jacuzzi located a few steps from the king-sized bed. Lush crimson draperies are the rooms’ unifying theme, as well as generosity of space.
Things you can do: See the Vijaya Vitthala temple, the largest in Hampi and said to be the zenith of Indian temple architecture. Its elephant-led, stone-carved chariot is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Or visit the Lotus Mahal, a two-story symmetrical edifice that has withstood the test of time.