Perched right on the shores of Lake Pichola, arriving at The Oberoi Udaivilas by boat under a shroud of rose petals drifting from the ramparts ranks among the world's greatest hotel entrances. One of India's most spectacular hotels, the palatial 30-acre compound opens up to a maze-like lattice of sandstone corridors and gold-tipped domes, designed to mimic the layout of Udaipur itself. Rooms with pretty cushioned alcoves look out onto private terrace with embroidered parasols and a sensational 240-foot pool, which runs moat-like along the side of the buildings.
There's an ethereal feel to the place; at night, the glass-encrusted Candle Room glows in the moonlight, and royal thali platters are served in the restaurant under a dome painted to mimic the night sky. Staff's attention to detail is unfaltering, extending to turban tying and henna painting classes; while romantic lunches on the lake and sunrise yoga sessions are the perfect tonic after a hectic Rajasthani road trip.
Couples and romantics
Lovers of nature and tranquility
Those seeking a VIP or royal experience
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Enjoy a therapeutic massage in the spa overlooking the lily ponds
Take a serene boat trip at sunset
Dine by candlelight on the shores of the lake
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Immerse yourself in the colours and aromas of the grand bazaar
Marvel at the elaborately carved pagoda of the Jagdish Temple
Learn to make fine Rajasthani dishes with an acclaimed chef
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