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The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Breathtaking Views and Rooms and Spa

I knew I wanted to visit this place when I saw pictures, and it's even more majestic in person.

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almost 7 years ago

Sweeping views of Udaipur's palaces

Although the hotel was only recently built (2002, I believe), on site there are two much older buildings with a caretaker who has been on the grounds for 40 years. If you walk across the peacock covered 32 acres, you may meet said caretaker who will happily spend hours showing you the murals within the walls, replete with optical illusions, and learn about the courtyards contained within where tiger matches were allegedly held. For a family, I can think of no better hotel in Rajasthan than the Oberoi Udaivilas. Look for their off season family packages, where you get complimentary adjoining rooms for the kids, and many on-site activities as well as affordable babysitting. The rooms with the semi-private pool are fantastic, with a sitting area and steps right into the infinity pool with views across Lake Piccola.
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almost 2 years ago

The Oberoi Udaivilas

What we love: Romance and grandeur on the lake

The Highlights:
-Thirty garden-dotted acres
-Dining with a view
-Signature Oberoi spa and wellness services

The Review:
Centered around serene Lake Pichola, the Rajasthani town of Udaipur is known for its elaborate city palace, laid-back atmosphere, and traditional arts like miniature paintings. Set across the lake from the main palace, on 30 beautifully-manicure acres, the Oberoi Udaivilas evokes the royal history of the destination in its architecture (think dome-capped structures and intricate craftsmanship) and its regal service. Rooms and suites mix colonial-style furnishings with odes to the Mewar dynasty, like printed textiles and traditional motifs; they’ve also got pillow-top mattresses, claw-foot tubs, custom plant-based bath products, and cushy window seats looking out at the gardens or water. The Maharaja-like touches continue with 24-hour butler service for all guests, and special experiences like private boat rides and romantic dinners under a lakeside cupola. (Other activities like miniature painting classes, guided heritage walks, and cooking classes are also available.) Dine at two stunning restaurants—one with a mosaic-lined outdoor terrace, the other with star-painted domed ceiling—and sip G&Ts in the clubby Bar. Lit by chandeliers and dotted with fountains, the spa has two pools (one’s adults-only) and a lengthy menu of wellness offerings, from private sunrise yoga to body treatments that use herbal ingredients like Himalayan rice and Indian sandalwood.