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MAhout is a small, highly personal representation company which provides a face and a voice in the UK for private, independent hotels and companies which do not find it viable to have their own offices here. We are, effectively, their 'ambassador', and provide an umbrella under which each of them may sit, whilst fully retaining their own identity and individuality. Under this umbrella we have successfully brought together a spectacular group of properties. These range from some of India's most luxurious and innovative boutique hotels, spas and yoga retreats to glorious small, forts, palaces, colonial mansions and bungalows. We also represent a collection of outstanding and truly special tented camps and jungle lodges.

As a company we represent what is possibly the finest collection of small or independent hotels in India, providing them with increased exposure in the travel trade and trade press. Each has been carefully selected and hand-picked for its excellence, style and atmosphere, architecture or unique location, and they are spread all over the country. I return to India regularly each year to ensure that these enchanting places' high standards are being maintained, and to keep abreast of any changes taking place at any one of them at any given time. Subsequently, MAhout is able to consistently provide honest and up to date information on all the hotels it represents – a vitally important element to planning a holiday.

India enthrals, mystifies and intoxicates its visitors – so much so that many see it as their second or spiritual 'home' and yearn to return year after year. Having been well and truly bitten by the 'India bug', Mary-Anne- has spent several years travelling in the Subcontinent and has been lucky enough to discover a few of its many hidden secrets and to form long and lasting friendships with some of the most affable people in the world. We do hope that, as you glance through these enticing hotel web pages, you will find a special place which either lures you back to this extraordinary country or which tempts you out here for the first time. Be warned, however, once you begin exploring these little gems, you may find yourself captivated forever more!

Behind the Scenes - Mary-Anne Denison-Pender

The aim is to keep MAhout small, intimate and personal and Managing Director, Mary-Anne Denison-Pender, is directly involved in all aspects of the running of the business. In this aspect alone there are huge benefits as it is Mary-Anne who personally looks after the company's clients' interests, rather than handing things over to someone who is less knowledgeable. Her passion for travel and, in particular India, is unsurpassed in the UK and all comers - individuals, the travel trade and members of the press - have direct access to her and her in depth knowledge and valued advice, at all times. Her dedication to the trade is well known the world over and she is considered by many to be one of England's leading experts on The Subcontinent.

Mary-Anne has been in the trade for almost 27 years and has built up a strong and recognised reputation around the world. She first travelled to India 27 years ago and, on arrival, she immediately fell in love with the country and decided to 'stay on' for a while. Her time there was spent exploring every nook and cranny of the country, travelling on buses and trains (often the rooftops!) During the course of her travels she made a great many true and lasting friendships, which she still retains today and which enable her to do what she is now doing.

Subsequent years were spent travelling in Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, China and Hong Kong before continuing to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. When she finally hung up her 'backpacking' boots, she joined Cox & Kings Travel Ltd. as a specialist India consultant and ran their India product. She later joined / was part of setting up Western & Oriental Travel Ltd. where she was Managing Director. Having created their Asian product, Mary-Anne secured its widely acknowledged reputation as the UK's leading tour operator for holidays to The Subcontinent and Asia. The brochures she produced for the company are considered 'collectors' items' by many individuals and are used as 'bibles' by other specialist tour operators.

Ten years ago Mary-Anne moved on again in order to pursue what she has always felt destined to do - namely to put some of India's finest small hotels 'on the map'! The result is MAhout – an owner run company whose primary focus is to create exposure and business for some of the Subcontinents most exceptional and deserving hotels.