Discovering the amazing amã Stays & Trails by IHCL

The hospitality group’s villa venture in India exemplifies simplicity and sustainable travel. Here’s what you need to know.

Even if you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware of IHCL’s numerous grand palace hotels and luxury resorts. But what you may not know is that among its bouquet of offerings, is also a selection of heritage bungalows, private villas, and home stays.  

Branded as amã Stays & Trails, it has a whopping 72 bungalows and villas, including 32 under development. They recently announced the signing of 13 new amã Stays & Trails bungalows, stepping into four new destinations — Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Kanha and Kochi.

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Private villas and bungalows by amã Stays & Trails allow for the most secluded vacays. Image: Courtesy IHCL.

From British colonial style villas to Portuguese cottages, homes inspired by traditional Kerala architecture as well as contemporary homestays, each bungalow has a unique design. Guests can escape and unwind in comfort in relatively unexplored, pristine locations.

Each home brings a personal touch and individualistic offerings to travellers who prefer a holiday stay that’s simpler and more immersive in the local culture. Many of their bungalows have a lower carbon footprint too, perfect for those who are conscious about the ecological impact of travel.

For example, the Old Cattle Shed is a two-storey pet-friendly bungalow located in the midst of a 25-acre coffee estate in Wayanad, Kerala. They say the house gets its name from the traditional Kerala-style roof tiles, wooden columns and design elements that were repurposed from a 50-year-old cattle shed that once stood here.

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An erstwhile cattle shed in Kerala is now a comfortable and chic two-bedroom villa. Image: Courtesy IHCL.

The highlight though, is the bungalow’s stilt architecture that stands out beautifully with the raw touch of wood and stone in almost all the spaces. You can take time exploring the lush green surroundings of the bungalow or simply enjoy the awe-inspiring views from the porch while you sip on coffee from the estate.

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More and more people are espousing slow and more meaningful travel. Image: Courtesy IHCL.

So many unique stays to sample across India. And true to the IHCL group’s on-ground expertise, even amã properties offer a lot of experiential elements to add to your itinerary.

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