These hotels in India give luxury a new meaning

Luxury hotels

The Leela Palace in Udipar. Source: Shutterstock

DID YOU KNOW: India’s luxury hotel scene is one of the best in the world. 

Of course, it’s not always been known to be luxe capital of Asia. Neighboring nations such as the Maldives and Sri Lanka are more often associated with an exclusive paradise atmosphere.

India, on the other hand, is usually better known for its rapid urbanization, vibrant festivals, and fiery cuisine.

But these properties aren’t just visual and experiential representations of those sentiments, they add on a sinfully generous helping of luxury too.

They effortlessly offer guests cultural heritage and sublime luxury combined with faultless service and decadent dining options.

Let us waltz you through some of India’s unbeatable properties so you can plan your next vacation.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Imagine staying in a residence once occupied by the Maharajas of Jaipur.

Now you can at Rambagh Palace in the northern city of Jaipur. The hotel was a former hunting lodge and royal residence occupying 47-acres.

The regal characteristics can be seen everywhere throughout the property.

From the mighty high ceilings in every bedroom to the perfectly placed antiques that weave historical charm through the hotel.

Each of the lavishly furnished suites is fit for a king, but the Suka Niwas Suite steals the show, at the impressive cost of  US$563 (INR38,000) per night.

There are only two of these presidential suites at Rambagh Palace, each fitted with arched stonework, crystal chandeliers, gold-leaf frescoes, panoramic views, Hermes bath amenities, a four-fixture bathroom with marble Jacuzzi and a bath butler.

Uh. Wow.

There isn’t a moment to be bored here either. Guest can watch the peacocks strut their stuff around the grounds, swim in the indoor and outdoor pools, indulge in spa treatments, swing a round of golf and discover a new lust for henna tattoos.

Restaurants: Suvarna Mahal and Rajput Room

Suvarna Mahal seamlessly combines regal dishes from the princely states of Rajasthan, Awadh, Punjab, and Hyderabad and serves them in a rich heritage setting which curtseys to a time of erstwhile rulers.

For a multi-cuisine experience overlooking the groomed gardens, diners can head to all-day-dining restaurant Rajput Room.

You’ll leave Rambagh Palace feeling like the most pampered Maharaja.

The Leela Palace, Udaipur

The Leela Palace is hugged by Lake Pichola and the Aravalli mountains making it one of the most breathtaking hotel settings in India.

Each of the 80 rooms and suites offers lake views, so come morning your only alarm is the glistening sun beaming off the lake and illuminating your elegantly furnished room.

The Aravalli mountains provided Udaipur with natural barriers against invasion, even from the fierce Mughal armies. The peace and tranquility of the undisturbed region have been absorbed by The Leela Palace hotel.

Relaxation comes effortlessly here. Guests can dip in the azure pool and unwind in the spa by ESPA.

From restorative oils to cleansing muds and revitalizing massages to softening facials, ESPA will renew balance to the mind and body.

The colorful city center is just a heartbeat from the hotel where guests can immerse themselves in cultural heritage, explore shops with unusual trinkets or fly kites with locals beside the lake.

Choose to do nothing or everything in Udaipur, either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Restaurants: Dining Room and Sheesh Mahal 

At the Dining Room, you can pick your wine from the walk-in cellar before sitting at a candlelit table overlooking the lake, a spectacular sight.

Indulge in an eclectic choice of world cuisines with freshness guaranteed.

Sheesh Mahal is focused on perfecting royal Indian dishes, which they do wonderfully. This is arguably the best restaurant in Udaipur for real Indian flavors with contemporary nuances, devoured under the open stars.

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

There is love around every corner at The Oberoi Amarvilas, and also out of every window.

This luxury hotel boasts undisturbed views across to the original testament to love, the Taj Mahal, located just 600 meters away.

Everything about this property illustrates Mughal emperors’ eye for splendor.

From the enormous entrance quadrant with cascading fountains to the octagonal glass-paneled rain shower in the luxury suite.

By day, guests can summon a private golf buggy to whisk them off to the Taj Mahal, swim in the sunken turquoise pool and enjoy being looked after in the spa.

Come nightfall, the stars illuminate Agra creating a Taj Mahal silhouette, enjoyed best with a cold beverage on the private balcony.

Restaurants: Bellevue and Esphahan

Whether it’s pleasing different tastes or dining for the view, the brightly lit, all day dining Bellevue restaurant is a great choice.

However Esphahan steal’s the limelight at The Oberoi Amarvilas with its carved wooden doors, marble pillars, candlelit tables and dishes created by passed-down recipes. 

From crispy fried yogurt kebabs, Mughal curries and soft Indian flatbreads to chef’s special vegetarian and non-vegetarian platters, thalis and traditional desserts.

Is your mouth watering yet?