Think less slum dog and more millionaire when you experience over-the-top opulence and luxury at India’s top 5 palace hotels.
Floating on Udaipur’s Lake Pichola, the Taj Lake Palace is a vision of marble and is said to be one of the most romantic hotels in India. Each suite is distinctly designed to capture a different mood and period. Mosaics, exquisite artifacts, and other fine embellishments punctuate opulent silks, richly colored frescoes and ornately carved furniture. Originally built as the Summer palace for the royal family, construction of the palace finished in 1746. If you’re thinking it looks a little familiar, the thirteenth James Bond film, Octopussy had some scenes filmed at the hotel.
Ever heard that the Taj Mahal is one of the most crowded tourist attractions in the world? Not for guests of the Oberoi Amarvilas where every guest has a private uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal. The resort is often recognised as one of the leading luxury hotels in the world. Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the resort is a splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions with rich interiors. Guests have access to their very own personalised butler service.
Rambagh Palace in Jaipur offers its guests a taste of royal living – a luxury and extravagance that was once the sole preserve of kings. Its elegantly appointed rooms, marbled corridors and majestic gardens echo with history. Each richly renovated room has opulent interiors with unique themes, hand painted motif work on the walls, regal four-poster beds and luxurious bathrooms to provide a distinct experience befitting royalty and even includes free-roaming peacocks.
Voted amongst the top four hotels in the world, The Leela Palace New Dehli is a palace style hotel offering 260 lavish rooms. All suites at the palace include a plunge pool, Jacuzzi, Bvlgari toiletries and a fully stocked butler pantry. The hotel’s spa was a collaboration with Warren Tricomi, the legendary American salon brand which boats a list of celebrity clients such as Ivanka Trump, Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale and Adrien Brody.
The palace is one of the world’s largest residences housing Jodhpur’s royal family while another section of the palace houses a luxurious heritage hotel that makes guests feel like nobility. Interiors are opulent, with Art Deco touches, gilded furniture and colored murals.
Can’t decide? Insight Vacations’ 9-day Imperial Treasures of India escorted journey includes a stay at each of the above listed hotels. Prices for the tour start at $5,450.00 AUD per person or $6,765.00 AUD per person including return flights with Singapore Airlines (these prices are accurate until 31 December 2013).For more information visit: www.insightvacations.com/au.