Experience exotic luxury at its best at the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur.
Located in Rajasthan, the city of Udaipur is set against the historic and impressive backdrop of the Aravali mountain range in India. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur property is framed by the banks of Lake Pichola, amidst 50 acres of lush landscapes; including courtyards, walkways, fountains, and reflecting pools.
The exclusive hotel is conceived as a modern palace, immersing guests in a fairytale reality. A traditional boat transports visitors on Lake Pichola towards the property. Guests experience their first taste of world-class hospitality with a royal welcoming ceremony. Guest rooms and suites transport one to the grandiose traditions of Indian royalty, while firmly echoing its 21st century ethos.
The premier rooms are available with either a pool view or lake view, and come tastefully furnished with custom handcrafted furniture. A walk-in closet and marble bathroom with freestanding Victorian bathtub, and a private walled courtyard are featured in every room. The larger luxury suites also include a private 10 m outdoor infinity pool and offer gorgeous views of the City Palace and the neighboring hills. While each room stands out for its apparent luxury and comfort, the Kohinoor suite is the highlight of the property. Elegantly appointed with fine art and rich textiles, the 2,650 sq ft suite is a true marvel. Two ensuite bedrooms and a living room comprise the space, with two working fireplaces. The outside features a 22 m private heated pool and a lovely dining canopy. Every room at the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur features individual temperature control air conditioning, 24-hour butler and concierge services, as well as other useful amenities.
For those seeking to transcend reality, the Oberoi Spa and Fitness Center provides a peaceful haven. A tranquil atrium with a central dome is adorned by a crystal chandelier. Guests can choose from therapy suites that look over the lake, featuring massage beds and steam rooms. A spa pool rounds out the space. Professional therapists utilize programs ranging from Ayurveda to aromatherapy to provide customized treatments designed to relax and pamper. A yoga master conducts private yoga sessions for exercise enthusiasts. For those inclined to simply enjoy the space, the magnificent heated pool beckons in the hotel’s courtyard, with refreshing beverages and snacks served poolside.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur offers guests exclusive experiential activities for memories that will last a lifetime. How about a romantic dinner for two with an authentic Rajasthani thali meal? Foodies can attend a special cooking session to learn the secrets of Indian cuisine. Younger guests can also occupy themselves with the various activities available, including block printing workshops, junior chef classes, and a young hotelier program to acquaint children with the hospitality business.
When it comes to dining options, the hotel has a lot to offer. Three restaurants offer a host of Rajasthani, Indian, and International cuisines, while the al fresco area stages live performances daily. For a bit of additional flair, the Devi Garh restaurant is one of the best fine dining options in Udaipur. Another place popular with tourists is Tribute, which boasts of a river view as you dine.
Do not miss the numerous palaces in the city, including the City Palace, which is a complex of palaces that include the Amar Vilas, Badi Mahal, Zenana Mahal, and Sheesh Mahal, the palace of mirrors. Each palace is unique with its distinct architecture and history. Cultural shows and folk dances showcase the rich traditions of the people, and are a great way to discover more about the city.
When it comes to shopping, Udaipur is a paradise for lovers of exotica. Intricate miniature paintings, handicrafts, semi-precious jewelry, pottery, and sculptures are some unique souvenirs to take back as mementos of a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.
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