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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