With more and more people clamouring for evermore glamorous ‘venues’ to celebrate a special date or event in their lives, we find that they are willing to travel far and wide to find that perfect venue what will ‘wow’ their guests. The ultimate choice of venue is often dictated by cost, size, location or access and that is where Mahout hotels come into their own. Between them, they offer a varied array of fabulous places to celebrate special events or birthdays in style, and according to budget and numbers. With each of the Mahout hotels being unique and so extraordinarily special, with their very own ‘ID’ and character, almost each and every one of them provides the perfect place for a party, a wedding or a grand celebration.
Below we list (alphabetically) which we think are most suitable for what and we hope you find this guide useful if you are planning a bit of a ‘do’ in the near future. Many of them work well hired together, for a very large gathering, as they are close to each other and other link up very well for ‘before’ and ‘after’ parties as they are in similar areas. India excels at colour, flamboyance and entertainment and almost anything can be arranged – you only need to ask! For an unsurpassed experience and a lifetime of memories come and party with us in India!
An ideal place to take in its entirety due its small size and very private, spacious grounds. Suitable for longer, spread out celebrations due to its location.A property with many pretty areas suitable for different parties on different days. Other, overflow accommodation of a lesser standard is nearby but limited.Varied entertainment possible.
The Bangala provides the perfect venue for a party as it has so many areas in which to ‘party’ – poolside, in the garden, on one of the many verandahs – and then enjoy a feast in the dining room. There are plenty of places for people to file off and escape to for an intimate chat and then re-join the party in the central hub of the hotel.
Another small place perfect for taking over in its entirety. Due to its wilderness location, elaborate events here may be more difficult to organise but it’s perfect for nature lovers who want a low-key get together in a stunning, lakeside setting, surrounded by nature. Limited entertainment possible.
Bujera fort is the perfect party place, as it is small enough to be taken over in its entirety and yet has so many different dining and partying areas, due to its spacious and abundant roof terraces, courtyards and gardens. Equally being able to be split up into 3 separate dwellings if required, everyone is assured of their own space when they want to take time out. This would create a venue to live on in the mind forever – not to mention the style and panache with which it would be done!
Also small and perfect for taking in its entirety and with a gorgeous lakeside setting. Plenty of spacious areas, both covered and al fresco, to celebrate in style and ideal for those looking for an intimate, friendly place with plenty of rural activities to occupy guests during the day. Limited but colourful entertainment possible.
Given the peace and quiet and remoteness of the area, this is not the perfect party place but it would be a wonderful lodge to take in its entirety for a special holiday for a group of passionate wildlife people.
This cosy little plantation bungalow is another gem to take in its entirety, sitting in the foothills of the Himalaya. Good for a longer celebration due to the access. Various areas (both inside and outside) in which to hold special dinners / events on different days, and with possible but lesser ‘overflow’ rooms. Limited, local entertainment possible.
Perhaps one of the best tented camps in India and set in an impossibly pretty area of countryside, this small place would provide the ultimate in party venues to take in its entirety. A small group of friends would have a ball here and would dine and drink like kings, all in the height of luxury and with exceptional service. Varied but local entertainment possible.
Although small enough to take in its entirety, due to the nature and location of the lodge, being by a national park, it is not ideal for large, noisy parties. However, for a group of passionate country / wildlife people looking for a glorious ‘bush’ experience to celebrate something special, this would be a lovely place to ‘party’ at!
Being a houseboat which cruises the waterways and with just 2 bedrooms, this is really only suitable for a very small, intimate, low key celebration perhaps between couples or a family. Entertainment possibilities and space will be limited.
A stunning small ‘mud’ fort in the desert outside Jodhpur. With just 9 sumptuous suites, it’s ideal to take over for a private party and there are charming tents nearby (The Wilderness Camp) which work well for ‘overflow’. With many terraces, gardens and a great poolside area, this place is made for partying over several days! Varied entertainment possible.
A glorious, peaceful little beachside spa hotel which is perfect to take in its entirety for a few days of ‘beach party’. With spacious gardens and different venues both covered or open or poolside, there is plenty of room for different events in different places for a period of days. Limited, local entertainment possible.
A sumptuous grand palace in the hills with stunning contemporary interiors. Plenty of glorious terraces and a large pool area which come alive when decorated and turned into a ‘party place’. They are hugely experienced in hosting large events and this makes the perfect place to celebrate a wedding or major event in the height of style. Varied entertainment possible.
A chic, sophisticated hotel in the heart of the old city with unique views of the fort. Well versed in catering to glamorous party goers, this makes an ideal venue for a grand celebration full of colour, style and panache. It has various terraces and gardens which provide lovely venues by day or by night. Varied entertainment possible.
A delightful little traditional Malayali palace hotel with oodles of charm and character and history. Small enough to be perfect for a small group of friends to take over and who want to get away into the hills and spend time walking, catching up, feasting, imbibing and loving the jungle location. Limited, local entertainment possible.
This stunning palace / manions lends its self perfectly to grand celebrations. With oodles of space, a remote location, plenty of bedrooms, it would be ideal to take over in its entirety for a grand party. Lawns, terraces and plenty of ‘hidden’ spaces abound and a party here would be remembered for ever. The owner’s style and tasted would ensure it is catered beautifully and arriving here would be like walking into a fairytale.
A fantastic small fort on a hillock in pretty countryside, this is a wonderful place to take in its entirety for a few days of parties. With fabulous venues within the fort or by the lake, this would be a memorable party place. Glorious views, fine Rajasthani ‘home cooking’ and affable hosts. Limited, local entertainment possible.
A fascinating small hotel within its very own fort, this would be a unique place to take in its entirety for a larger group of friends who want to party in peace and privacy. Various ‘clusters’ of rooms are spread around this spacious premises which has a great choice of terraces and pavilions in which to host fabulous events and weddings. Varied entertainment possible.
A charming little hotel situated in a stunning area of the state, this medium sized hotel with two parts to it, could be taken in sections or in its entirety if a larger party is being planned. There are plenty of gardens, courtyards, terraces and indoor areas which would provide lovely venues for a series of dinners or parties. Varied entertainment possible.
A lovely, personal, family run hotel with very pretty gardens, pool area and terraces which would be perfect for hosting magical parties. Part of the hotel could be taken for a smaller celebration due to the nature of the layout of the rooms. Or it could be taken in its entirety for a larger group of people or an intimate wedding. Varied entertainment possible.
Jaipur’s finest boutique hotel, in the heart of the old city and a wonderful place for parties. With ample gardens, a pretty pool area, wonderful courtyards and a grand dining room, this is the perfect place to take for a large group of friends who want to really celebrate in style with all the colour and tradition of Rajasthan at its best. Varied entertainment possible.
This grand, rambling palace outside Jaipur has played host to many exceptional parties over the years and is a magical wedding or grand party venue for larger numbers. With endless roof terraces and courtyards, a large pool area, highly experienced staff and wonderful style cuisine, a party here would be a winner. It would also work very well for a very large party as Samode Bagh, down the road, could be hired as well. Varied entertainment possible.
A hugely pretty tented camp, set in exquisite Mughal gardens, just down the road from Samode Palace, this could be used as overflow or an alternative venue for large party / series of parties up at the palace. Or it provides a wonderful ‘space’ in its own right with various pavilions and glorious gardens in which to host the party of a lifetime for a large gathering. Varied entertainment possible.
This exceptional tented camp, situated in desert scrubland in the middle of ‘nowhere’ offers the epitome of party venues to take in their entirety. Ideal for a medium sized group of friends who want to party in the desert, in superb comfort, feasting on sublime cuisine and with the ultimate in being pampered. Varied entertainment possible.
A delightfully pretty garden palace hotel with acres of grounds and a vast pool area on which to throw a series of great parties. Ideal to take in its entirety and over a period of days due to its location. A party here would be intimate and cosy and beautifully arranged by the owning family. Limited, local entertainment possible.
A sublimely comfortable, unique lodge high in the Himalayan foothills, this would provide a truly unusual and memorable venue for a group of friends to take for an active or sedentary few days. A gourmet treat, with service extraordinaire and views from heaven, Shakti 360 would be a very special, peaceful, intimate to get together for celebration. Limited, local entertainment possible.
These carefully and exquisitely tailored walks would be a really unusual and special way to spend a few days with friends or family who want to spend time together on a longer celebration with less ‘pomp’ and glamour but with no less comfort, nor care, nor delicious cuisine. An exceptional ‘party holiday’ for the more active and adventurous. Limited, local entertainment possible.
This small / medium hotel lies deep in the jungle, surrounded by a spice plantation and would be ideal to take over in its entirety for a medium sized group of friends. With cottages scattered around the hillside, party venues are limited to the main lodge or up by the pool / spa area but would be done with style and care. Limited, local entertainment possible.
One of the best tented camps in Rajasthan, this gem of a place would be fabulous to take over for an exquisite private party. Due to its jungle location and park restrictions, riotous parties here would be more difficult to arrange but a group of nature and wildlife lovers, fine wine and food lovers would be in their element and in awe of the service. Varied but possibly restricted (i.e. fireworks) entertainment possible.
Srinagar’s finest houseboat would be a superb venue for a group of friends to take for a few days to party on the lake. Combined with charming service and delicious Kashmiri cuisine along with its sublime lake setting and views, this could provide a memorable party destination. Copious quantities of alcohol could be difficult to arrange. Varied entertainment possible.
With lofty rooms and lovely, spacious gardens and such easy access, this would be a perfect place to hire for a party but it is worth remembering that no alcohol is served.
A lovely, genuine little tented camp not far from Mihir Garh and the perfect overflow hotel if more rooms there are needed. Alternatively, this delightful place is small enough to take in its entirety for an intimate gathering of friends who want to spend time together, albeit with limited ‘party venues’, away from the city. Varied entertainment possible.
High in the hills, tea and cardamom estates of Kerala, this delightful hotel has glorious views and would be a fun place to take over for a medium sized gathering of friends who want to get. Limited venues on site might preclude longer party weekends from happening but any party here would be carefully and charmingly managed. Limited, local entertainment possible.