Indulge yourself with a stay at one of these majestic and extravagant hotels. By Satyaki Sarkar
India has always had a rich history of splendour and extravagance, given the vast number of kings and princes ruling the country. Even to this date, palaces and mansions the size of football fields with vast open gardens and chateaus remain, serving as a reminder of our grandeur. Similarly, modern India has more than matched up to it by creating numerous palatial hotels and grand luxury establishments all over the country. Here are a selection of five breathtaking hotels that promise to treat you like royalty.
1. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Right from your arrival, which involves a boat ride on Lake Pichola, to the magnificent exterior, this palatial hotel will make you feel like a king or queen. Adding to the hotel’s charm are the majestic peacocks that freely wander about on the property. A number of rooms even have their own private walled courtyards with silken parasols and inlaid furniture, along with a private butler. The suites on the other hand, have their very own tented dining facility and infinity pool, while the 2,650-square-foot Kohinoor Suite boasts of countless courtyard fountains, gorgeous fireplaces and a rejuvenating sauna in the master bedroom.
2. Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai
Comprising of as many as 565 rooms, this palatial hotel is a mix of three different architectural styles, Moorish, Oriental, and Florentine. The arched alabaster ceilings, stunning onyx columns, expansive archways, silk carpets, crystal chandeliers, and cantilever stairway make you feel like you have been transported to a Sultan’s private residence in a far off land. In addition to that, the hotel also has a slew of delectable dining venues including the Middle Eastern Souk, Morimoto’s Wasabi and the Zodiac Grill where the menus keep changing each month based on the astrological signs.
3. The Imperial, New Delhi
Constructed in 1936, the hotel is a heritage landmark, standing proudly in the midst of beautiful palm trees, shining in its own splendour of glossy Italian marble floors, teak furnishings and high ceilings. Fit for royalty, the spacious rooms, especially the Art Deco suites, are not only captivating but are also fitted with each and every modern convenience you’ll need. While you are here, make it a point to have the hotel’s resident curator take you on a tour of the expansive collection of British art that hangs on its walls.
4. The Leela Palace Kempinski, Bangalore
Located in the heart of the country’s IT hub, the hotel is a beautiful combination of regal old world opulence that India is known for and the latest in modern features and accommodations. From gold-leaf dome ceilings to rejuvenating spa treatments, exclusive butler service, and the Royal Club Lounge, no expense has been spared to make you feel like a king at this five-star hotel. The hotel also offers a taste bud tickling collection of restaurants serving scrumptious Italian, Pan-Asian, and authentic Indian cuisines.
5. Amanresorts Amanbagh, Alwar
Situated on the same site where the maharajah of Alwar had his hunting lodge and personal pleasure garden, this opulent resort is guaranteed to have you spellbound from the moment you reach. The name Amanbagh translates to ‘peaceful garden’, and the hotel certainly lives up to its name, being possibly the most serene and enchanting place you have ever stayed at. Built from beautiful, soft sandstone, the hotel is surrounded by a spread of palm, eucalyptus and frangipani trees, in the middle of immaculately maintained jade green lawns. As for the interiors, the regal haveli-style rooms are some of the largest in India.