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
everything was expected thank you so much for making my stay memorable .
It was my first time to visit oberoi.
The Indian hospitality always amazing.
This is the example of Rajasthani Traditional
I will recommad this place to my family friends and colleagues.
Regal, classy and naturally beautiful, is the best way to describe this property. We stayed for a night at this breath-taking and elegant hotel. And it was quite an experience. For one, there are plenty of feathured creatures (birds) right from peacocks to ducks in a lovely pond that surrounds one of the ancient Shiva temple. Secondly, this place flaunts of lovely flora too and it kind of dazzled with the first pre-monsoon shower that hit last week (Monday evening during our stay). The entire staff is just so hospitable and amiable. We tried our hand with pottery too (actually it was for kids but we too kind of tried it). The best part of our room was -the washroom. One side of the washroom was just glass (with no concrete wall) facing a small lotus water patch in a tiny green lawn that was of course surrounded by a tall wall, thus providing privacy. One of our best stays ever..
Right from the manager (Udiksha) to front desk manager (Bilal) and just all of them (forgetting the names) are quite amiable. The staff at this place gives a personal touch to your stay. A must visit if you go to Jaipur the next time.
I've stayed at many luxury hotels in India and aborad, and my recent stay at the Oberoi Rajvilas with my husband and daughter was by far among the most memorable experiences. We were weighing another heritage hotel in Jaipur with the Oberoy, and I'm glad we chose Oberoy based on the reviews. I felt a bit bummed that we were not experiencing staying at a "heritage" site but my sadness disappeared as soon as we arrived in the room. The hotel is beautifully designed amd appointed, has an abundant bird life (several peacocks roam freely around the property), the site hosts a Unesco heritage site (300-yo Shiva temple), and a heritage building that once used to be the house of the local Thakur (the village chief). The rooms are spacious, well-laid out, comfortable, and very well appointed -- the stay itself was an experience!
However, what really made our stay truly, truly enjoyable was the warmth shown by the staff. Pragyaan, KK, Ayushi, Udiksha, and all others, whose names I am forgetting. In fact, each and every person was so welcoming, warm and helpful, and worked hard to make us feel at home. This was our first stay at an Oberoi property, and I will be coming back to stay at more Oberoi hotels in the future, for sure. The service is not just great, it's so personal, that we felt like they knew us since a long time. Everyone, and I mean everyone, seemed eager to help make us comfortable. We also enjoyed the diversity among the staff (I liked the fact that we met people from Ladakh, Sikkim, UP, Rajasthan) - and they all were very knowledgeable about the property.
When we arrived, our room was perfectly set up and ready. We traveled with another family friend with a kid and both our kids roamed the property freely, we felt safe, and so did they.
At the restaurant, they were very understanding about our food preferences (and we had some!!) They also arranged some kiddie activities for the children and they could experience some of the local arts and crafts.
Overall, I highly, highly recommend the hotel.
There is a reason, we only stay at an oberoi , And Raj villas reinforces that even more this time around
We were at the Oberoi Raj villas for five nights in the beginning of June 2019, we left with such a heavy heart , and it was more like leaving home,
There are so many people we miss, and so many people we have to thank so here we go ;
We were picked up by the Oberoi team at the airport and taken by AUDI with our delightful driver Durga
From the wonderful check in, which was seamless and quick just like we love it, Miss Ishita immediately made us feel at home, from a delicious welcome drink to deal with the not so great Rajasthan heat, to cold towels to help us relax
The room was quite spectacular, spacious and spotless, and as we requested our room was right next to the pool how we loved it
I was interested in golf, and unfortunately, the golf course on the property was being renovated, Nikhil made sure that was not a problem and arranged a golf lesson for me at a near by golf course,
The food was wonderful, probably the best we have ever had, and Chef Rajeev sure has magic in his hands
The breakfast is served everyday at the hotel restaurant and both from the buffet as well as a delicious al cart menu, Yuvraj , Mandeep , AJ ,,Saurabh , Munish and Dristhi really made sure we were treated like royalty
We spend most of our time by in the SPA, That’s an absolute must if at the rajvillas , Thanks so much Ugyene as being spectacular and off course how can we forget Kinley ,
K.K from operations, what an outstanding team you run !!! We hope to see you again soon !
No Oberoi holiday can be complete with the amazing Oberoi touches, Its touches like these that make is realize, why we will never ever stay with anyone else
1) Mrs. Udiksha ; the outstanding hotel manager , who is always present , and I mean always !!! . She went out of her way to make sure we literally had the best holiday of our lives,
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for treating us like family, when we left we both wished we could give u a hug; may be next time
You are a real inspiration to how an organization should be run and we can really see you lead from the front
2) For the surprise and complementary tea at Naila Fort , an absolute must for anyone visiting Rajvillas
3) And the icing on the cake, the room upgrade on our last night to a luxury tent
as we said , we left the hotel really feeling like we left our home ,
It’s without a doubt there is no brand like The Oberoi , but after this holiday we feel that is really no Hotel like The “ OBEROI RAJVILLAS “
The peppy Hindu music and austere calls to prayer from nearby mosques are the only reminders when you're on this idyllic property that you're just outside a city of millions. The Rajvilas are a short drive from most tourist sites, but a world away from the hectic, frenetic pace of the city outside.
The grounds are immaculate and beautiful, among the best in the world, filled with about 100 resident peacocks.The main building was designed off of the nearby Amber Fort.
- A nice restaurant with Indian and western cuisine on site.
- Incredibly comfy tent rooms - we loved having breakfast on our covered patio area with peacocks only a few feet away. The tents are well made and well maintained.
- The hotel offered a side trip to Naila Fort (the Oberoi owner also owns this property) atop a nearby hill, and was a nice, quiet, peaceful spot to catch the sunset. Note that we chose to skip the elephant ride - take that option if you can - elephant riding is a practice that needs to stop.
Service was gracious and friendly; for me, almost to the point of discomfort, something I've occasionally noted in Africa and elsewhere in SE Asia. It could be my discomfort as a white guy seeing these former English colonies, I don't know, but it is at times a bit intense and formal, and I prefer a more relaxed, less over the top level of service. My wife has no such qualms, and absolutely adored the service levels.
One last note to show how first class the place is: we made India a late 20th anniversary trip, and the resort provided an incredibly thoughtful cake at check-in. We asked if it was gluten free (my wife gets ill when eating gluten), they said yes, but it was not - my wife had joint pain for 1-2 days from just a couple bites. They realized their error, apologized profusely, and kindly offered a free spa service.
In serving the public, mistakes will occasionally occur. The key is how you react to those issues. The Rajvilas did a first class job.
Congrats to KK and his team, they run a spectacular resort.