The Diplomatic Enclave's tree-lined boulevards - where you'll find the gleaming new Leela Palace - are a serene contrast to Old Delhi on the Golden Triangle route.
The style is classically opulent with high-tech touches - an iPod controls the in-room entertainment.
Tear yourself away from the vast Espa spa, four restaurants and rooftop infinity pool and grab a taxi to Hauz Khas Village, a mix of maze-like streets lined with hip restaurants and boutiques.
Further afield, the classic sights - among them the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid and Akshardham Temple - are not to be missed.
WOW FACTOR Its unashamed attitude to opulence - don't leave without trying lobster curry in the swish Jamavar restaurant.
FLIGHT TIME: 9 hours
WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring