Unwind amidst splendour at this sprawling palace hotel
This is quiet, unadulterated luxury. It’s your first thought as you cross Lake Pichola by boat and see the Oberoi Udaivilas with its majestic domes bathed in sunlight. On the banks of Udaipur’s famous lake, the Udaivilas is spread across 50 acres of verdant gardens, rippling fountains and a conservatory. The indulgence begins from the moment you step into your room – relax with a glass of chilled rose-flavoured ice tea, while the butler unpacks your luggage.
You’ll be hard-pressed to leave your lake-view room with its sunken bathtub (fitted with a pillow) and breakfast served on the patio as peacocks strut near your pool. The opulent suites come with infinity pools and tented dining pavilions; and even the hotel’s premier rooms have marbled bathrooms, sink-into-softness beds and cushioned bay windows. Our suggestion: Book yourself an unforgettable holiday package, available till 31st March, which offers premium rooms with breakfast and spa discounts.
DINE IN STYLE
The hotel restaurant, Chandni, lets you feast under the stars on a traditional thali with spicy laal maas, dal churma and mini rasmalai. There’s also the informal 1930s-style Suryamahal, which serves Western, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine. At Udaimahal, lavish Indian dishes are served by candlelight. If you’re dining in, they’ll personalize dishes for you. We were treated to a low-fat, soul-satisfying mushroom risotto, warm brownie and vanilla bean ice-cream, and rich hot chocolate. Perfect for chilly nights.
The Oberoi spa has to be one of the most soothing spots you can chance upon. There’s a host of Ayurvedic massage therapies and beauty baths but we loved the Hydrating Sea Salt Crystal Rose Scrub. Over 90 minutes, your body is polished to a glow and a relaxing massage kneads out every niggling ache. The spa also offers a yoga session at dawn; we recommend doing surya namaskars at the hotel’s Bada Mahal. Afterwards, you can catch the feeding of deer and wild boar at the conservatory.
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If you want to step out, start from the royal family’s City Palace, followed by the Crystal Gallery at Fateh Prakash Palace hotel and the centuries-old Jagdish Mandir. Unwind later with tea at sunset on the island of Jag Mandir where Latin pop star Shakira has performed.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Hardasji Ki Magri, Udaipur 01, Rajasthan. Inquiries, (294) 2433300.