Take a look inside the stunning lakeside hotel in India that was just voted the best in the world

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe Leela Palace Udaipur — a picturesque lakeside resort in Rajasthan, India — has been voted the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure readers.
  • The Leela Palace Udaipur – a picturesque lakeside resort in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India – was voted the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure readers this year.
  • The Leela Palace Udaipur lures visitors from far and wide with its beautiful scenery, personalised accommodations, and luxurious amenities.
  • The hotel boasts 72 rooms and eight suites, multiple upscale restaurants, and a world-class spa.
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The Leela Palace Udaipur – a picturesque lakeside resort in Rajasthan, India – has been voted the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure readers.

The stunning, modern-day palace lures visitors from far and wide with its beautiful scenery, personalised accomodations, and luxurious amenities.

Leela Palace Udaipur also boasts 72 rooms and eight suites, as well as multiple upscale restaurants and a world-class spa.

Check out 20 photos showing what it’s like to stay at The Leela Palace Udaipur.


Welcome to The Leela Palace Udaipur, a stunning, 80-room resort in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

The hotel, which sits on the banks of Lake Pichola, was just voted the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure readers.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

Guests can see the lake during a luxurious boat transfer provided by the resort.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsA boat ride to The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

And once they reach the shore, guests navigate stunning koi ponds and pristine gardens on their way into the palace.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsArrival at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

Guests are greeted at the door, and the opulence of the hotel is evident upon first glance.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

When they reach reception, guests quickly see that “the staff will go above and beyond” to organise their accommodations and excursions, according to Travel + Leisure.

The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.Reception at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

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Standard rooms, including some that overlook Lake Pichola, still boast lavish accommodations.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsA lake-view room at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

But the hotel’s suites are truly magnificent.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe Maharaja Suite at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

Combining modern elegance with traditional Indian style, the Maharaja Suite — the most extravagant at the resort — boasts 3,585 square feet of space complete with a living room, study, dining room, and master bedroom with a walk-in closet.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe Maharaja Suite at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

And if you’re looking for a relaxed and romantic atmosphere, the in-suite king-size bathtub and Jacuzzi almost certainly will not disappoint.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe Maharaja Suite at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

But all of this luxury costs a pretty penny: $US9,914 per night, to be exact.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palace, Hotels and ResortsThe Maharaja Suite at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

Source: The Leela


Once guests get hungry, they have a variety of dining options to choose from.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe Dining Room at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

For fine dining, the hotel’s Sheesh Mahal rooftop restaurant has an authentic and upscale Indian menu with stunning views of Rajasthan’s heritage city and Lake Pichola.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsSheesh Mahal at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

And in the morning, guests can enjoy a champagne breakfast with the same breathtaking scenery.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsSheesh Mahal at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

When they get thirsty, patrons can head to the walk-in wine cellar at The Dining Room.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe Wine Cellar at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

Or they can visit The Library Bar for cognacs and single malts as wells as wine and champagne.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe Library Bar at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

Guests can also achieve peak relaxation at the resort’s spa by ESPA, which offers personalised holistic treatments that come with a tea ritual.

Hardev Singh/The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsThe spa at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

And the pool area is equally as luxurious as the rest of the hotel.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsAn outdoor pool at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

If visitors are ever inclined to leave the hotel grounds, they can explore Udaipur, otherwise known as “Venice of the East.” Sites like the City Palace and 18th-century Sajjangarh Fort are located nearby.

Source: The Leela


Rooms at The Leela Palace Udaipur start at $US991, or 68,000 Indian Rupees per night.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsAn outdoor courtyard at The Leela Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

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