The Luxe List 2009, India: Aman New Delhi, New Delhi

A self-styled urban resort on the edge of Delhi’s capital district, Amanresort’s third property in India offers rare respite from the clamor of the city. Framing a sunken courtyard containing a 50-meter lap pool and tennis courts, two sandstone buildings accessorized with stone jali screens house 67 contemporary rooms and suites, most of which have private plunge pools. There’s an outstanding spa, and the restaurants—including a Catalan-inspired dining room, a tapas bar, and a kaiseki counter serving French-Japanese fusion fare—are all first-rate. For guests wanting to explore Delhi’s monuments, bespoke tours can be arranged to such nearby sites as Lodi Garden and Humayun’s Tomb (Lodi Rd.; 91-11/4363-3333;; doubles from US$550).

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