A Pool With A View

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Must visit luxury resort in Karnataka.

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At some point in life, we all want to feel like the ancient Kings and Queens, so let's travel back in time to the glorious days of the 14th century Vijayanagara Empire. Its fort-like entrances, stone-paved boulevards, arched hallways, and regal chambers mirror the famed palaces of a bygone but glorious era.

Lookaside, you’ll also experience maharajas levels of indulgence when sampling the Hyderabadi cuisine (a favorite of the region’s rulers), unwinding in the Ayurvedic spa, and lounging by the infinity pool, a reimagining of the bathing tanks found at the local temples.


The Jal Mahal is a reflection of Vijayanagara architecture at its luxurious best. Inspired by the Water Palace within the Zenana Enclosure, the spacious Jal Mahal boasts separate dining, living, and sleeping areas and a royal-sized bath with its open courtyards. A private deck with a Mantapa overlooking your pool provides the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. Suitable for families or couples celebrating a special occasion.


Zenana, the most luxurious suite in the main palace. Zenana, the most luxurious suite in the main palace. It is inspired by the Queen’s quarters. It has separate living, dining, and sleeping areas. These large and spacious suites have their private balcony and, additionally, a private Jacuzzi in the en-suite bathroom. They are perfect for couples who seek romance in a period setting.


Nilaya is a spacious suite that offers separate living, dining, and sleeping areas. In addition to the large en-suite bathroom, each suite boasts an in-room Jacuzzi overlooking a private terrace. Ideal for couples who prefer extra space and privacy!


Nivasa is a spacious room with separate living, sleeping, and dining areas. Perfect for couples, these elegantly designed suites come with a balcony, with which a private Jacuzzi that is accessible from the room and also from the large en-suite bathroom.

Our Favorite Perks
  • Poolside

There are two: an Olympic-size infinity pool for over-16s and a the secluded, family-friendly pool where kids can splash about to their heart’s content. The sleek, adults-only, pool was inspired by pushkarini, the temple tanks that were typical of the Vijayanagara Empire. Unlike many of its predecessors, this pools at ground level, commanding views of the boulder-strewn a landscape that begins just beyond the hotel’s walls. The second pool is tucked away near the children’s play area, well away from honeymooners and serenity seekers.

  • Spa

Experience the art of Ayurveda at Vaidyashala Spa, where the therapists and masseurs draw on centuries of medicine and healing techniques. There are two placid treatment rooms where you can prevail upon the stress-banishing powers of Indian massage or regain your polished best with a manicure, pedicure or facial.

  • Packing tips

Pack those comfy trainers – Hampi is sprawled over 16 square miles, and hiking the surrounding hills is one of the best ways to take it all in.

  • Age Group

All ages are welcome. Rooms have plenty of space for children, who also have their pool and playroom.

  • Hotel bar

After dinner, retire to the Howdah bar, where mock elephant tusks arch across the ceiling. Old-world tipples are the order of the evening, so reach for a single malt or G&T, the bar’s specialty.

  • Last orders

At Tuluva, breakfast is served from 7.30 am to 10.30 am; lunch from 12.30 pm to 3 pm; dinner from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Bahmani’s dinner hours are 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm.

  • Room service

While the restaurants are open, a selection of dishes from each menu can be ordered as room service.


Evolve Back Hampi stands on large, peaceful grounds that are fringed by greenery and honey-colored boulders. The ruins are about five kilometers away.

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