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
It is very easy to feel spoilt staying in this chain of hotels. The standards are maintained at this extraordinary place.
It is full of features, including:
. Superb rooms with all the comforts including a sunken bath facing a lovely, private courtyard.
. Stunning grounds full of wonderfully tended plants, peacocks, parakeets and other birds, chipmunks and interesting buildings.
. Great food.
. Outstanding, thoughtful service.
It is on the fringe of the city, so the drive to the sights is fairly long, fascinating and a little disturbing as you pass squalour and slums. However that slight isolation provides a haven from the frenetic action of the city.
We had a very enjoyable stay and recommend this hotel without equivocation.
When was the last time you were greeted on your arrival by the General Manager of a major luxury luxury hotel? That is what happens to arriving guests at The Oberoi Rajvilas. GM Ankush Mahayana unobtrusively and warmly welcomed us, and gave his business card and offered to deal with any problems.
Of course there were none as this outstanding hotel met our every need and expectation.
We were offered a spacious villa with massive bed and sitting area, all marble bathroom with a sunken marble bath looking out through floor to ceiling windows to its own courtyard garden, dressing room and an entry through its own courtyard with fountain and pools and lush greenery.
The massive four poster bed and tasteful furnishings were all of high quality.
The villas at this hotel are set in gracious, manicured expansive grounds set off by ornamental domes, paths, walkways and even strolling peacocks. The main building is designed in the style of one of the old forts which abound around the Jaipur area. It is set off by its own moat with masses of water lillies.
Food quality is excellent...the lamb shank dish was highlight.
Of course, service is impeccable.
This hotel would have to be high on the list of the world’s best.l And likewise the
help we have received over many months from Nikita Karuthia of Oberoi’s head office was also world class. Nothing was too much trouble for her and her patient attention to our naive enquires was greatly appreciated by us on our first visit to India. Her concern for and advice to clients was exceptional.
In Australia several companies are now marketing an experience at India’s Oberoi hotels. We have travelled widely, and as a group these hotels are certainly the best we have used. We used Luxury Escapes Travel and they appear to have seamless links with the Oberoi chain in India.
This hotel is situated a very short drive out of the city. It is set in magnificent grounds with the rooms spread out around the grounds. Peacocks stroll about and there is the chatter of birds and the occasional sight of monkeys. All is very tranquil. The satff are even more amazing than the hotel. Everyone has as smile, a cheery greeting and nothing is too much trouble. This is an example to hotels around the world as to how you can provide an amazing service to guests in a charming way. The hotel organised a driver and guide for a tour of the city and a day trip. On each occasion our immaculate driver, Remesh dealt with chaos of India's roads, was informative and was a pleasure to be with. The guides we had were also knowledgeable and helpful. Every member of staff stood out as professional, but in a way that was also friendly and made you feel good. Special thanks to Priya, Yachana and Remesh for their help and smile. This is a wonderful hotel to stay at and I cannot praise it too much.