There are few cities quite as beautiful – or opulent – as India’s city of Udaipur, the former capital of the Mewar Kingdom. Udaipur is, after all, known affectionately as the City of Lakes for its series of man-made lakes, all built to frame the constellation of grand palaces and royal residences in the city.
The newly opened Taj Aravali Resort & Spa, dripping with decadent luxuries and sophisticated style, harkens back to the grand days of yore. The 27-acre resort is set at the foot of the breath-takingAravali Ranges, and takes its inspiration from Rajasthan traditions, albeit with a modern twist.
Udaipur is sometimes also known as the Venice of the East, and nowhere is this more stark than in the resort’s grandiose lobby, which dazzles and gleams as much as a royal treasury would. A total of 92 luscious rooms, suites and luxury tents are available on the property, each one more dazzling than the last. Guests can expect to wake to incredible views of the sprawling Aravali Ranges in their well-appointed accommodations, which are a pleasing blend of modern luxuries and tasteful, traditional design.
If holistic healing is what you’re after, you’ll be glad to know that the Taj Aravali houses the award-winning Jiva Spa, which offers up a wide range of treatments, including traditional Ayurveda services.
A slew of unique culinary options are available on the property: be sure to head to Tiri, the resort’s speciality vegetarian restaurant, for some local delights. Alternatively, if you want a great view with your meal, Ridgeview is an alfresco grill that offers unparalleled views of the surrounding hills.◼
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© This article was first published online in Jan 2019 – World Travel Magazine.