The Oberoi Rajvilas
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Winner: Best Grounds
- Lusciously landscaped gardens with ponds, fountains, temples and onion dome pavilions for lounging
- Over-the-top but discreet service (there are staffers employed solely to shoo pigeons from the pool)
- There's a four-poster bed and a sunken bathtub overlooking a private walled garden in every room
- The extensive spa menu, featuring massages, facials, yoga and ayurvedic treatments
- Being on the outskirts of Jaipur, the resort feels like its own destination
What To Know
- The hotel is well suited for couples as well as families, and it's a popular honeymoon destination
- Jaipur and its attractions are about five miles away, but traffic can be challenging
- For the least amount of hassle, book a private car and guide to get around
- The resort has two restaurants on-site, one serving international food, the other Indian cuisine
- The hotel asks that guests tip only at the end of their stay, to simplify the process
- Parking On Site
Located five miles outside the walled pink city of Jaipur, the Oberoi Rajvilas sprawls across 32 acres of lushly landscaped garden and orchard crisscrossed with pools and fountains. It was built to resemble a Mughal emperor’s walled palace, and no detail was overlooked. There’s a 250-year-old temple located on a small island, and even the swimming pool is majestic, with onion dome pavilions in lieu of umbrellas and water spurting from the trunks of marble elephants. Speaking of elephants, you’ll see plenty of them here. Guests are greeted by a painted elephant and his mahout, as well as a camel, and it’s not uncommon to see peacocks strutting around the property.
Bed and Bath
The 71 guestrooms are just as splendid as the public spaces, featuring colonial touches such as four-poster beds and other finely crafted furniture, as well as Mughal details including marble floors and latticed windows. All the rooms feature white Italian marble bathrooms with sunken marble tubs that overlook a private walled garden, and butler service is available around the clock. Premier Rooms feature a dressing room with a walk-in closet, and Luxury Tents have timber flooring, block-printed and hand-embroidered fabrics, and a private patio with lounge beds.
There are two dining options on-site. Both are superb, but the most memorable experience is the four-course dinner menu at Rajmahal. Biryani and an assortment of curries and breads are served on a silver platter, and guests can learn a thing or two about Tandoori cooking by peering into the display kitchen. For recreation there’s tennis and pitch-and-putt golf. For relaxation the spa offers a long list of indulgent treatments that the hotel likes to call “experiences” and “rituals”; try bathing in a tub of milk and rosewater, or having warm oil dripped onto your forehead. If you’re too relaxed to walk back to your room, you can be carried there in the resort’s horse-drawn carriage.
In the Area
Take an elephant ride to the top of the Amber Fort to see this sprawling complex of marble and pink sandstone palaces and gardens. Indulge at the in-house spa; try a specialty bath, such as milk and rosewater or purifying neem tea, or a body treatment such as pomegranate orange exfoliation. Head into Jaipur and bargain for textiles and pottery, or pick up stylish jewelry at the Gem Palace, which also has an outpost at Barneys New York. Head to the magnificent City Palace, the former home of Jaipur’s ruling family, which is surrounded by a breathtakingly beautiful high wall. Cool off at the hotel’s majestic outdoor pool, which is surrounded by marble elephants and lush gardens. Peacock sightings are also common.
How to Get There
I recently spent 9 days in India through Luxury Escapes,staying at the Oberoi Hotels in Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. This was the most amazing experience I have ever encountered....everything was absolutely perfect - to the point where we were often "in tears" - overcome by emotion of such a wonderful experience. I cannot recommend the Oberoi Hotels, our Tour guides and Drivers highly enough..if you have the opportunity to take this tour...grab it! Thank you Luxury Escapes for putting together such an amazing holiday.
It's purely a family getaway for holiday . It's very expensive ₹₹₹₹ . It's a bit far from city . It come when we are going to agra from jaipur. Agra is 120kms from this place . There are 2 restaurants , Both are good . There is no compromise on standards , cleanliness, quality and maintenance - they are damn good . The staff is very friendly and helpful . Lots of birds, peacock roaming around. There are many activities happening in the evening like puppet show , bangle making etc. The important mention for spa and swimming pool, well maintained and very good services. A lot of options in services .
We attend in several Oberoi properties in India and I cannot say enough good about these hotels. Service is impeccable in each one. In Jaipur like all the rest we were greeted by name and personally walked through everything we needed to know. The food is excellent and the grounds are absolutely perfection. All hotels should take a lesson from Oberoi.
Very high organised and professional. every thing on track from the minute we arrived the airport to the minute we left the country. We were in honymoon, they made an spectacular acermony for us on our arrival to the hotel. Amazing and warm welcoming. From our traveling experince I Can say the best check in, room was absolutely gorgeous.Genral Manger was so kind taking care by himself even in every small details just to let us feels happy. Mr. Isa the head manager of the Indian resturant was soo good.and the food was sooo tasty. If I have the name of every person serve us in the room I well writes thanks for each one .
The grounds and public spaces are gorgeous, and the restaurants' elegant with delicious food, but the service was gracious beyond compare! The impeccably well-trained, charming and attractive individuals making up the staff were each outfitted in gorgeous attire, and the check-in process started in the lobby and was completed in our room #319. (Thank you, Hardy!) We enjoyed breakfast indoors and dinners by the pool at the Surya Mahal, and drinks one evening at the elegant Rajwada Library Bar. Our beautifully decorated room (really more of a suite with every amenity) included a spacious bedroom and a window seat, desk, makeup area, and a view of a walled garden through the window in the bath. My husband and I loved walking along the paths among the peacocks that appeared from time to time. We canceled our morning tour of Jaipur to spend a few more hours at the hotel, and the general manager even met me in a golf cart for the short distance to the lobby and our waiting car to head home. I look forward to returning one day, and also staying at other Oberoi properties when traveling where they are located!