The Oberoi Udaivilas hotel in Udaipur, India has been voted as the best hotel in the world by Travel+Leisure magazine readers with an amazing 99,2 score. „World’s Best Awards“ is an annual reader poll in which the readers rate the rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants, food and value of the hotel.
To reach the royal retreat the Oberoi Udaivilas you are met at the airport and taken by private car to a ferry that carries you across Lake Pichola. Spread over 50 acres, the hotel features a 20-acre wildlife sanctuary and vast gardens, with the building itself connected through domes and corridors. With just a glimpse on it, you realise that this is a truly magnificent property. It’s the perfect combination of a romantic environment and historic heritage of royal Mewar. The Oberoi Udaivilas was constructed in the mold of a traditional Indian royal residence designed for you to feel like a raja.
You will feel like a raja, as the Oberoi Udaivilas presents unparalleled luxury. Relax in your Premier Room and enjoy hand-crafted furniture, artworks and rugs, a walled courtyard, Victorian bathtub, and all the modern amenities. Spacious and luxurious, each room has a seating area by the window. Superior rooms have direct access to a swimming pool from their patio and have a view of the lake and palaces where you can enjoy timeless beauty. The Oberoi Udaivilas features the largest rooms in the region, ranging in size from 55 square metres to astonishing 246 square metres. The largest and one of the most unique on the globe - Kohinoor suite is a paradise itself. It features separate living and dining rooms with fireplaces, fountained courtyards, garden terraces and an 18-metre private pool. You enter the Kohinoor Suite through a private courtyard bathed in sunlight. Within the suite, a natural palette is lifted by subtle gold furnishings and wall frescoes. A master bedroom, twin bedroom and living room afford access to a private pool with outside dining, while inside is another dining room and work space.
As India is known for rejuvenation, yoga and spa treatments it is no wonder that the hotel has one of the best spa facilities in the world. The inner sanctum of the spa is majestic under a crystal chandelier, crowned by a day sky dome and caressed by the gentle sound of water cascading over a white marble fountain. Therapies use natural oils, and include international and Ayurvedic techniques to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Decorated with sandstone columns and spouting elephant water fountains, the pools are vibrant with Rajasthani splendour. Furthermore the property adjoins a wildlife reserve where peacocks, wild boar and deer roam so staying in this property really provides guests a feeling of getting away from it all and experiencing luxury on a different level.
Udaimahal Restaurant specialises in traditional Indian food including Rajasthani and North Indian dishes. Order Western, Mediterranean and Thai food at Suryamahal or enjoy open-air dining with traditional music and dance evening performances at Chandni. 24-hour in-room dining is also available. Savour a selection of rare teas on the boat accompanied with an array of homemade raisin and berry scones or enjoy a leisurely lunch while cruising on a boat in the beautiful Lake Pichola surrounded by the majestic views of the City Palace and Jagmandir.
The Oberoi Udaivilas hotel has it all. It is no wonder that it entered a „Hall of Fame“ by Travel+Leisure magazine, as it has been for 10 years in a row on a prestigious list of the best hotels in the world.
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