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Rambagh Palace Exterior at Dusk in India

LOCATION

Set in 47 well-groomed acres south of Jaipur city center, this so-called ‘Jewel of Jaipur’ is the former home of the Maharajas of Jaipur. As such, it’s a parade of grandiosity from croquet lawn start to high-ceilinged grand suite finish.

Its 78 rooms and suites with their marble bathrooms and wooden floors have all been gorgeously restored and feature authentic artwork on the walls and traditional antique furniture. Peek out of the windows and you’ll spy peacocks strutting around the courtyard. The history and the architecture make for a highly atmospheric stay. 

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

So regal has everything remained at Rambagh Palace, that it’s possible the staff are still awaiting the return of the Maharajah.

The choice of food is a fine example, especially when sitting down to an Indian feast beneath the crystal chandeliers of an 18th-century French ballroom. Less rarified, but no less delicious, is the selection of cuisine from several Asian regions at the renowned Oriental Restaurant. Or sit down for an elegant afternoon tea at the Verandah Café. Taste test rare whiskeys in the Polo Bar, or have a pre-prandial cocktail with some delicious finger food while watching peacocks on the terrace.

Other avenues of relaxation include a superb spa employing traditional aromatic Indian treatments, or the putting green.