When you think of luxury, do you think of India?
Well you need to!
Late last year, we moved to India for 6 months. We decided to start of our stay in India with a bit of luxury.
Having travelled in India in many different ways i.e. as a backpacker, in B&B’s, all category star hotels, it was time to treat ourselves.
We spent 6 nights in 3 Palaces. We were totally blown away.
India knows how to do luxury too well!
While we stayed in India, we also visited a couple of other palaces.
From my own personal experience, here are my five bucket list luxury palaces in India
I stayed here a couple of months ago, and it blew me away.
Firstly, the service is 2nd to none. The lovely general manager, greets every guest personally at breakfast. I was very impressed.
I was not used to my own personal butler. That was a treat. When he brought my bags in, he asked if I wanted my bags unpacked and clothes hung up. I did declined. It was only a night stay, but thanks for asking!
The room was heavenly.
The food is amazing. The outdoor restaurant is stunning. Every detail is looked after.
The most special part for me, apart from my spa treatment, was the morning puja (prayer) at their 280 year old temple. The priest is the 5th generation in his lineage looking after this temple.
Many of our clients have this palace on their bucket list. Made famous, in James Bond, Octopussy.
The Lake Palace was built between 1743 and 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur, Rajasthan as a winter palace. It was initially called Jagniwas or Jan Niwas after its founder.
Taj Lake Palace has been called the most romantic hotel in the world.
Situated on Lake Pichola, it is breath taking to look at.
The highlight for us was the check in. Taking the boat from the wharf to the hotel, I felt like a princess.
The rose petals falling on you when you enter the hotel – magic.
We recommend a lake view room. I loved sitting on my day bed, looking out onto the water, and the historic sights along the lake.
Morning yoga on the roof top is an experience. What a view!
If you’re open to other options in Udaipur, Leela Palace is another beautiful option.
Situated on Lake Pichola, most of the rooms offer views of the Lake and the beautiful Lake Palace.
We recommend a Lake view balcony room.
And if you’re after some extra indulgence, visit their spa which has been rated one of the best in the world.
This hotel, would have to one of the most famous iconic buildings of Mumbai.
We were lucky to spend a couple of nights at The Taj Mahal Palace.
We had our own butler which again, was fantastic.
Every detail was catered for. For example, our laundry was delivered like a a beautiful gift to ready to unwrap.
A small gift in our room. on our departure.
I had a broken heel, and the butler organised a carpenter (?) to fix my shoe! A solution to every problem.
The restaurants were beautiful. Food was again a highlight.
There is something special about this place that will hold a special place in my heart (as well as my husbands!)
Where do we begin?
Let’s start with the check in.
Rose petals as we enter the palace. We are shown into the main the lobby area which is just spectacular!
Glass of champagne, and then the show begins.
Beautiful Rajasthani dancers enter, and perform for us, with live music featuring tabla players.
I took a short video, finishing off with my teary husband, Nick in awe. Watch it here.
The Palace is home to the current royal family and they reside in a sectioned off area of the palace.
I would describe our experience as one where we felt like we were staying with family.
Staff were excellent, attentive and friendly. Food was heavenly, and our room was beautiful.
The hotel has been awarded #1 Hotel in the world by Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards, 2016.
This was the best hotel experience ever for us!
There are of course many other gorgeous palaces and resorts to stay at in India. This my top 5.
Would you like to experience staying at some of these hotels?
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Domestic airfare from Udaipur – Mumbai
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Tell us your favourite India Palaces or which one you would love to stay at in the comments below!