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The Oberoi Rajvilas • Jaipur, India

Perfect portrayal of India’s regal past

The Oberoi Rajvilas • Jaipur, India - Exterior

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Harking back to the princely past in Rajasthan which had its heyday in the 18th century, The Oberoi Rajvilas is a recreated fort of a Rajput prince. Located outside the exotic and fascinating city of Jaipur, it is a luxury resort with a gracious manner, elegant service and singular tranquility.

Set in 32 acres of landscaped gardens studded with reflection pools and pavilions, it contains guest rooms, luxury tents and villas that are situated around private courtyards.

The interiors of the guest rooms feature marble baths and flooring, four-poster beds and balconies looking out on the lush courtyards. Amenities include the full range of hi-tech gadgetry including satellite TV, Internet access, CD and DVD players, as well as the usual luxury accoutrements such as bathrobes, refrigerators and minibars.

There are fourteen air-conditioned Rajasthani luxury tents which are finished with teak floors and claw-foot tubs. Tent guest can relax in their private walled garden and outdoor deck.

For the ultimate in luxury, there are several villas which have a master bedroom and guest bedroom, private pool and garden, dining room and kitchenette.

The Oberoi Rajvilas • Jaipur, India - Grounds

Dining is another romantic adventure. The Surya Mahal and Courtyard serves both international and India specialties. Guests can choose to dine under the stars in the courtyard with entertainment of traditional Indian music and dance.

There is a fine Oberoi spa with  spa suites adorned with hand-painted frescoes.  Holistic treatments drawing on both East and West are offered.  Guests can unwind in the steam room, sauna and whirlpool or rejuvenate with a session of yoga.  A fully equipped gym, swimming pool and tennis courts are also available.

The Oberoi Rajvilas • Jaipur, India - Guest room

The Oberoi Rajvilas
Location: Goner Road, Jaipur, India; 13 miles from the Jaipur airport. 

Luxury style: An amazing honeymoon destination, suitable for families traveling with children. Retirees will appreciate the convenience of the hotel car for expeditions. For anyone who has ever perused an Indian miniature or had their imagination stimulated by a carpet, this is the place for you.

What we’ve heard: Service is so attentive that it might be distracting for some guests not used to having their every whimsy taken seriously. But most guests will enjoy the pampering.

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The Oberoi Udaivilas • Udaipur, India

A princely dreamscape by Lake Pichola

The Oberoi Udaivilas • Udaipur, India

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The vast spacious interiors of the Oberoi Udaipur are designed to echo the princely hunting lodges built by the Raijput, the upper-caste Hindu warrior princes 200 years ago. Built by local craftsmen with traditional materials and methods, the acres of white marble gleam in the sunlight, creating an idealistic portrait of a regal India.

The accommodations live up to the promise of the exterior–the guest rooms are the ultimate in luxury at every level of accommodation. There are sixty-three richly appointed Premier rooms, with private walled courtyards, complete with silken parasols, table and chairs. Inlaid furniture, Raijput inspired decoration and marble bathrooms; nineteen additional Lakeview rooms look out to reflecting pools and the hotel’s own nature preserve.

The luxury suites, each over 1,150 square feet, have private infinity pools and tented dining pavilions, and spectacular views. Guests in these suites have their own private butler to see to their every need. The unique Kohinoor suite, over 2000 square feet, has a private pool, sauna, sitting room and fountained courtyard.

The Oberoi Udaivilas • Udaipur, India

A highlight of a stay at the Oberoi Udaipur is the exquisite spa managed by Banyan Tree. Rejuvenation and relaxation are achieved in serene spa suites, spectacular views of Lake Pichola and the City Palace inspire the spirit while guests experience the healing hands of trained therapists. Holistic treatments drawn from Ayurveda, Thai and Western techniques. Treatments can be complemented by a dip in the spa’s pool or some relaxing moment in the steam room or sauna. An extensive menu of yoga sessions is also available as well as state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

The Oberoi Udaivilas • Udaipur, India

The Oberoi Udaipur
Location: Hardasji Ki Magri. Udaipur, India; transfers from the airport include a trip in the Oberoi private car and then a trip across Lake Pichola in the hotel launch.

Luxury style: Service is the watchword at the Oberoi Udaivilas, the icing on the beautiful cake. Even travelers used to five-star ambience will marvel at the decor, service and setting of this tribute to a royal era. And, in 2007, the Oberoi Udaivilas was named the “Best Hotel in the World” by the discerning travelers in the annual Reader’s Poll.

What we’ve heard: Rave reports are heard about the lovely outdoor terrace with traditional Rajasthani musicians and dancers, many recruited from remote villages.

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The Oberoi Amarvilas • Agra, India

Experience the love…

The Oberoi Amarvilas • Agra, India - Grounds

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To gaze at the white dome surrounded by minarets, esplanades and garden walks. To wait for the moonrise to cast its silver glow, a site said to be one of the world’s most sublime travel experiences. To meditate on the great love story of Shah Jahan, who was so grief-stricken by the death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, that he spent the next 17 years building her mausoleum and monument.

All this is possible from the lush terraces and incredible vistas from The Oberoi Amarvilas, situated just 600 meters from one of the world’s most thrilling destinations and architectural masterpieces, the Taj Mahal.

Everything at the Oberoi Amarvilas is designed to show off the magnificent views, whether from a terrace, a bedroom picture window or even from one of the luxe soaking tubs. The Mughal architectural theme is explored intelligently, with all surfaces reflecting the rich color and patterning of this 15th-century flowering of Muslim culture.

The Oberoi Amarvilas • Agra, India

Esphahan, a regal restaurant in contrasting patterns of sandstone and marble, features authentic Indian cuisine accompanied by live musicians playing the classics of Indian music. The resort’s Bellevue specializes in Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. The magnificent views are also available at the lobby bar and tea room.

The 105 guest rooms at Amarvilas are a study in serenity. The Moorish theme is continued here in a more muted manner and every luxe amenity is available from Internet access to deliciously decadent marble baths with a separate shower enclosure.

About half the rooms in the “Premier” class have private open-air terraces. Deluxe suites have living rooms with butler’s pantry and bathrooms overlooking the Taj Mahal.

All guests receive complimentary two-way transfers from the airport or railway station. All rooms have a 24-hour Butler Service. The Spa at the Oberoi Amarvilas is fit for a king with treatment taking place with a view to the Taj Mahal. The personalized treatments might include holistic Ayurveda treatments, ancient Thai techniques and western methods as well. There is also a steam room and sauna, state-of-the-art gym and a “Yoga menu” designed by the resident Yoga specialist.

Rounding out the extensive facilities is a colonnaded swimming pool set in an Arabian Nights terraced garden.

The Oberoi Amarvilas • Agra, India

The Oberoi Amarvilas
Location: Taj East Gate Road – Agra, India 28 200; a complimentary transfer to and from the airport is included for all guests.

Luxury style: Although not a ‘couples’ resort at all, there is no finer spot for a romantic exotic honeymoon than the Oberoi Amarvilas. The resort is also perfect for those seeking a contemplative, rather than activity-laden, respite from modern life. The main activity is the exploration of the Taj Mahal. But since the Taj Mahal has recently been voted one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”, anyone wanting to experience this world treasure could do no better than the Oberoi Amarvilas.

What we’ve heard: Service is astonishing and management goes to great length to ensure guest satisfaction. Also, kudos are often spoken for the Indian cuisine at the

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