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
While the experience was great overall, what stood out was the excellent service by a very courteous staff.
We asked if we could have a traditional Rajasthani meal and Chef Varun prepared an extravagant thali especially for us. The bati and churma was very light and the papad paneer and ki sabzis were very tasty. The desserts that we had every day were excellent.
We visited the Surya Mahal restaurant of rajvilas for a family dinner last week.They have a really nice kids menu as well! The staff as expected was super courteous...it being a Sunday we got the opportunity to watch the puppet show and the dance show during the dinner.
We had ordered Italian as well as Asian and both the cuisines very just too good..the ravioli and the tofu are to die for!! Looking forward to visiting again!! Highly recommended!
Our second visit to this property was just as wonderful as the first. I cannot begin to explain how special this place is - you feel like you are the only guests in the hotel and are treated like royalty. Nothing is too much trouble and everything is dealt with the care and attention you expect from Oberoi. Well done for continuing to tempt us back.
This was our second of 3 Vilas stays in India. Having our info from the first stay, the staff went overboard to accommodate our likes and added many surprises along the way. Upon arriving, they celebrated my daughter’s birthday even though it had passed 2 weeks prior, and we received lots of little “gifts”/treats during our stay. But most of all is how caring and responsive they are to any small wish even if you don’t actually say it aloud! My daughter wanted to try lychees in India. Although they were almost out of season the restaurant manager (Isa) went out of his way to get them for her and even though we missed dinner when he had them ready, he saved them for her during the next 2 meals. Similarly I made an offhand comment about being sad not to be able to eat the Palak chaat again because we were leaving and it showed up for breakfast the next day (thanks Maheep and Kshitij!). Even something small like the 15 rupee souvenirs we picked up were packed for us with the most care when I asked for bubble wrap. It was so touching. The manager of the property Abhishek is around a fair amount and always knows the guests names and what they’ve requested.
Btw if you love peacocks this is the place for you! Also lovely that they have retained the temple in the center of the property and allow guests to have private blessings done.
One thing to note - this property is a little far from the main sites in Jaipur (eg Amer Fort is about 40 min away). We didn’t mind at all given its beauty though.
The Oberoi at Jaipur took my breath away from the first moment the door was opened. Being greeted with a shower of petals and the smiles of welcome totally moved me. The hotel feels like a palace and is filled with the best hotel staff you will find anywhere. Everywhere was spotless, timeless, elegant and unmistakably first class Oberoi.
The rooms have everything you could possibly want or need. We were four single women friends on our first trip to India. We were met at the airport and treated with kindness and respect always. a highlight was the 300 year old Shiva temple in the centre of the beautifully manicured grounds. Receiving a blessing from the priest set up each day in a wonderful way. There are peacocks everywhere and every part of the grounds is lovingly cared for. Whatever you expect, it is beyond the best!!!! I will go back!!!!