Roseate Ganges — Rishikesh, India
It took Smriti Bhatia and her husband Ankur fifteen years to fully realise the potential of their property in the foothills of Rishikesh’s Garhwal Himalayas, but this bucolic resort framed by wooded hills and the ravishing Ganges was worth the wait.
A trained architect herself, Bhatia worked with New Delhi-based Studio Organon on the design and interiors of the 16 cottages, striking an almost monastic modernist mood that parses the hard surfaces of Arabescato marble and shimmering Bisazza tiles with drop pendant lamps and the warm hues of oak furniture.
Alongside the obligatory yoga and meditation, the resort rolls out river rafting, temple visits, and excursions to Rajaji National Wildlife Park and the ashram made famous by the Beatles in 1968.
Chef Chetan Rana, meanwhile, plunders the produce of the Uttarakhand region for grains, millets, and artisanal cheeses to serve up regional Garhwal and Kumaon classics on thalis, or traditional platters.§