The Karma Group: redefining luxury travel in India and abroad

New Delhi: With an impeccable range of comprehensive, multifaceted, and luxurious offerings, the Karma Group has cemented its position as an internationally renowned hotel and resort brand, beloved by travelers all over the world.

During its 25 years of journey in India, the brand has been driven by an unconventional philosophy that redefines great holidays to not simply revolve around clean linen and comfortable accommodation, but rather, the experience that is offered.

As a result, it has created a unique reputation for its specially curated offerings, consisting of innovative entertainment facilities, exciting activities, and nothing short of the finest amenities, at some of the most exotic locations. This has helped the brand to completely revolutionize the standards of services and offerings prevalent in the hospitality industry, and deliver customer experiences which transcend one’s imagination and expectations.

The brand began its journey in 1993 in Goa, India, when its founder, John Spence, was inspired and captivated by the intoxicating beauty of the country, during his visit there. Realizing the untapped potential of the emerging Indian middle class, he used a cash injection from his own life savings to establish Royal Resorts, which would later evolve into the titular brand.

The success of its first resort, The Royal Goan Beach Club in Cavelossim Goa, prompted him to focus on reinventing vacation ownership in India and South East Asia, starting with developing several resorts in Rajasthan and Kerala. Diversification outside India followed, with projects in Bali, Lombok, Indonesia, the Gold Coast of Australia, Chiang Mai, and Phuket, in Thailand.

However, India continued to hold a special place in the heart of the brand, and the rapid economic growth and the ensuing liberalization only saw the hospitality sector flourish in the country.

Owing to its specially curated selection of world-class restaurants and bars, premium beach clubs, glamorous fashion shows, rejuvenating spas, and pulse-pounding performances by world-famous musicians and DJs, the Karma Group has grown exponentially.

Today, it has properties in 27 locations across 4 continents, comprising Karma Resorts, Karma Retreats, Karma Royal, Karma Estates, Karma Beach and Karma Spa, establishing its presence in Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Japan, and Australia in the East. In the West, the Group has a number of properties in Mykonos, Crete, the Bavarian Alps, France, and England.

In India, it has five resorts in Goa, one in Jaipur, one in Kerala, and one in Dharamshala. Looking ahead, the Karma Group is also planning on inaugurating at least two more resorts in the country, taking advantage of the enormous growth in its Indian consumers, besides expanding into the Caribbean as well.