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
Simply perfect. There are no superlatives that do further justice to this hotel. The hotel, dining, public areas, villas and, especially, the service is perfect. In 40 years of travel through more than 150 countries I have never experienced excellence at this level.
From the personal greeting from the GM, to the small unexpected gifts brought to us by housekeeping, to the smile and Namaste offered by all staff we met or passed in the gardens, everything about this hotel is exceptional.
Congratulations to Ankush and his team on achieving brilliance.
This was our second (out of three) experiences of Oberoi hotels in India and was by far the best... The hotel is simply stunning, coupled with incredibly good staff... From a smooth check in and being taken to our room with luggage in a buggy. The hotel grounds are lovely, really something different with so much greenery, peacocks and parrots! We loved the puppet show one evening, and also liked looking at the other little 'stalls' in the gardens. The room was beautiful, a lovely four poster bed, with window seat overlooking the gardens, to a big bathroom with floor to ceiling windows and a luxury sunken bath... We definitely could have stayed for more than the two nights! We ate in restaurant and sat outside, but I was worried about the mosquitoes so they sat us next to a diffuser and had no issues! I had the vegetarian thali which was superb, and the live music, atmosphere and venue made it the best meal we had in India. We also had a lovely afternoon in the bar talking to two Australian couples. The whole experience was made such with staff who are attentive and look after your every need.
A special and luxury hotel. Magnificent grounds immaculately kept, efficient friendly staff, two great restaurants and faultlessly managed. An oasis in the city.
The rooms were well equipped with large bathrooms and all the facilities one would expect from a top end hotel which this is.