The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, the palatial and sophisticated Oberoi Udaivilas is unique amongst luxury hotels in Udaipur. It stands on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar and is spread over fifty acres affording spectacular views across the hotel’s beautiful gardens and sparkling Lake Pichola. The whole property is beautiful and meticulously maintained.
Luxury emanates from every part of the hotel – from the palatial Mughal style buildings and spacious gardens to the stunning domed Reception, excellent restaurants and superb welcoming staff – not to mention the service which is faultless.
All the rooms are beautifully appointed, our favourite being the “Premier Rooms with Semi – Private Pool”. Enjoy the privacy of your own bougainvillea festooned patio with its large colourful parasol and gorgeous sunbeds from where you can step down into the glistening, immaculate 240 foot pool with uninterrupted views overlooking the lake and gardens and which runs like a moat along this side of the hotel – solely for the use of rooms in this category.
Sumptuous buffet breakfasts are served in the Suryamahal restaurant, and anything can be cooked to order. The adjoining alfresco Chandni serves delicious international and Indian cuisine for lunch and candlelit dinners on the lovely terrace overlooking the city, whilst for speciality Indian food enjoy a superb royal thali at the beautiful Udaimahal. Don’t miss pre dinner drinks in the gorgeous bar with its lovely décor – just near Reception. For a lovely private and romantic experience delight in a beautiful candlelit dinner in the Lakeside Pavilion or on the hotel Promenade with views over the City Palace, accompanied by traditional folk music to add to the atmosphere. Or book a wonderful private lunch on the Oberoi Boat on Lake Pichola.
Enjoy the stunning and picturesque main hotel pool where you can relax under shaded pavilions overlooking the view of the lake and hills beyond. The super Spa with its decorative Mughal arches, sunny courtyard and its own spa pool is a joy where you can indulge in an Oberoi Signature massage. Or partake in any of the variety of experiences the hotel has to offer including private yoga lessons, mehndi hand painting, a fascinating guided Heritage walk through the Old City, the Mewar School of Art to learn about traditional miniature painting or the facscinating glass-inlay Thekri workshops.
If you have the energy to tear yourself away from luxuriating in the beauty and breadth of facilities that Udaivilas has to offer, then venture out to take in Udaipur and visit the world-famous City Palace, the astonishing Jagdish temple, and shop in the colourful surrounding bazaars and markets. For another unique take on this lakeside city, book the private Oberoi Sunrise Boat Ride experience to see Udaipur at its most peaceful best – the façade of the City Palace in the early morning light, and the locals making offerings at lakeside temples, bathing at the ghats and making offerings to the sun.
Udaivilas is the most stunning location and is also a great way to end your amazing journey if you’ve been travelling across Rajasthan.