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
Despite not having spent time at this property ever before, we were at our comfortable best. Our never-ending demands on everything and anything were met with courtesy and smile , which was enjoyable. The joy of spending time there and the love and care that they showered us with, and the superb food that they treated us to (smile), will forever be etched in our thoughts.
We are extremely happy that we were able to spend couple of days there. We are hoping that the next time we are in India we would spend more time there .
We had an unique cooking and dinner experience with the well experienced Chef Mr Parashar Varun. He prepared and presented an excellent cooking class, also including the tandoor oven in his presentation.
Thereafter, we enjoyed an espectacular and original street food of top quality. Is was offered and prepared with passion in different tables, we felt being in an original local market where we were spoilt like nobody never else before. Un unforgettable culinary evening!
I would give this experience a 10 star review if possible.
Our entire stay, which alas was too brief, was truly memorable and magical.
Whilst the property itself is beautiful and immaculately maintained, it was the amazing service standards displayed that made our time here ultra-special.
We were indeed treated like royalty and made to feel larger than life. From the General Manager Abhishek, to Drishti, Ishita and the entire team, never have we felt more warmth and genuine caring for guests.
We even had multiple team members seem worried that we were leaving early morning and we should have proper breakfast before we depart. They offered us breakfast pastries as take away, fresh toast and tea even before the days’ service began. It was very touching to have someone take care of us in this manner.
I strongly recommend this experience to truly understand hospitality at its finest.
I wish Abhishek and team all the success in the world and more kudos.
You are worthy of the praise. Keep up the amazing work you are doing folks.
From the moment we entered the hotel until the time we departed, our experience here was just magical. While the hotel public areas, gardens, villas and restaurants were top-notch, the true highlight was the staff. Every single staff member made a point to interact with us and support our stay. We enjoyed breakfast each morning and dinners two evenings in the Indian restaurant. High tea with masala and local snacks was a treat by the pool. The cooking class with the master chef followed by dinner was just WOW. The tented villa was lovely...we enjoyed coffees and teas on our secluded patio and we watched Indian movies with popcorn after dinner each night, compliments of the hotel. The spa facilities are also quite nice; I used the steam and plunge pool each morning following my workout. I can honestly say there is NOTHING the hotel could have done to make my stay more enjoyable...simply sublime in every way.
There’s a reason why this is the top hotel and that is down to the general manager and his staff. It is a beautiful property with lovely rooms no matter what level you stay at. It’s a garden paradise, quite dark at night so you may need the torch to navigate to the restaurants. We really loved our gourmet Indian meal; the best we had at 4 Oberois. Well done Varun and his team. Breakfast is calm and lovely and any minor hiccup is dealt with immediately with courtesy and apologies. We were celebrating a special anniversary and the team were lovely towards us with special gifts and a great welcome. A wonderful hotel in our favourite Indian city. Don’t even think about the Taj Rambargh Palace - it’s not in the same league service wise. Enjoy!