We recently published a list of the 30 best hotels in the world, and several of the properties that made the list are in India.
Many of the country’s hotels are actually former palaces that have been turned into hotels and still treat their guests like royalty. India is renowned for its incredible hospitality, and these hotels’ lavish interiors and stunning gardens and pools make them ideal destinations for any traveller looking for luxury.
Here are the 7 best hotels in India.
7. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Rambagh Palace provides guests the chance to feel like royalty. They can dine in the palace’s former ballroom, play polo, take an elephant ride, or sleep in the legendary peacock suite, which overlooks the Mughal terrace and garden where the king used to celebrate festivals. The rooms and tents feature rich colours, historical artifacts, and lavishly ornate furniture.
6. The Oberoi, New Delhi, New Delhi
The Oberoi, New Delhi offers sweeping views of the Delhi Golf Course on one side and of Humayun’s Tomb — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — on the other. Each of the rooms are furnished with plush carpets, blackout curtains, and king-sized beds, and its 3,500-square-foot Kohinoor Suite includes its own private butler, treadmill, and massage bed. Guests can also enjoy a Sunday buffet with an array of international dishes and incredible views at Threesixty°.
5. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
At Taj Lake Palace, guests are taken to a stunning palace that sits against the backdrop of the Aravalli Range. Here, guests can sail on a 150-year-old Gangaur boat and be waited on by a royal butler.
Each of the 66 rooms and 17 suites within the resort are adorned with mosaics, artifacts, and frescoes that create an inviting yet palatial environment.
4. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Taj Mahal Palace has played host to Maharajas and dignitaries thanks to its lavish suites that offer views of the Gateway of India, the Arabian Sea, and of Mumbai’s bustling city. With 24-hour butler service that is available at the touch of a button, visitors can be catered to like royalty during their stay.
For prime dining, guests can enjoy meals prepared by top chefs like Chef Morimoto, known for his notable Japanese restaurants, and Chef Oberoi, who has served as a personal chef to heads of state for years.
3. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas is located near the iconic Taj Mahal and offers visitors breathtaking views of the monument. Cascading fountains and arched passageways decorated in gold leaf frescoes lead guests inside.
Its rooms include dark sandstone and white marble, while Mughal coins and antique Indian fabrics adorn the walls. Guests can travel in private golf buggies during the day or go for a candlelit dinner near the Taj Mahal at night.
2. The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
Feel like royalty at the breathtaking Oberoi Rajvilas, set in a 32-acre oasis of gardens. You’ll find yourself surrounded by exotic bird life, a stunning 18th-century Shiva temple, gold leaf frescoes, magnificent crystal chandeliers, and relaxing swimming pools.
Built in the traditional Rajasthani style, the resort offers a luxurious spa, master suites, and private dining pavilions for guests.
1. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Taking the No. 1 spot on this year’s Travel + Leisure world’s best hotels list, the Oberoi Udaivilas borders the serene waters of Lake Pichola and is spread over 50 acres, complete with a wildlife sanctuary. The hotel was built to reflect the layout of Udaipur — outdoor corridors link the hotel’s various domes and serve as ideal walkways to enjoy the magnificent view.
The intricate architecture and room designs were inspired by India’s Mewar region, and the whole experience of staying here is over the top. Guests arrive at the grand estate by private boat, then go on to their private suites, many of which have private pools and terraces.
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