The Leela Palace Udaipur
What We Love
- It’s home to the India’s only tented luxury spa
- The daily morning puja, or prayer ritual, which unfolds inside the property’s own Shiva temple
- An aromatic welcome: upon arrival, guests are showered with rose petals
- Indian-accented French cuisine at The Dining Room, the hotel’s main restaurant
What To Know
- Cars can’t access the property entrance, though the hotel can arrange for a buggy or rickshaw transfer from the drop-off point
- Visit during the Indian winter months (November to February) to avoid the intense desert heat
- For an expansive wrap-around balcony, book Suite 114 in the property’s Heritage Wing
- There’s a kids’ buffet and play area offered during Sunday brunch
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
James Bond fanatics may do a double take as they’re ferried across India’s Lake Pichola to this enthralling palace (the body of water played a starring role in the 1983 classic, Octopussy). Chances are, you’ll remain just as awe-struck for a majority of your stay at Leela Palace Udaipur, thanks to the exceedingly royal furnishings that evoke a bygone era of grandeur including silver thrones, crystal chandeliers, and copious amounts of black and white marble that cover its lavish interiors. Guest rooms are just as majestic, thanks to locally made gilded furniture, a special pillow menu, and round-the-clock butler service—not to mention those spectacular lake views. The escapist, otherworldly atmosphere is further fueled by the onsite spa, whose nine air-conditioned tents wreath the hotel pool and where the comprehensive menu includes Ayurvedic treatments and hot stone massages. Over-the-top hospitality also reveals itself in the form of bespoke experiences, like a session with the resident palace astrologer, a children’s puppet show (the concierge can arrange upon request), or, the most popular—a traditional Mewari dinner, complete with house-made pistachio ice-cream in a patio overlooking the property’s guava garden.
In the Area
You’re in India’s most romantic city, rich with ancient marble havelis, or mansions, kaleidoscopic marketplaces, and a tangle of crooked, medieval lanes. A number of carefully preserved 15th-century Hindu and Jain temples (which the hotel can arrange chauffer-driven trips to) and wildlife sanctuaries are also nearby. If you’d rather stay in Udaipur itself, the not-to-miss list includes an atmospheric sound and light show at the City Palace, and Sajjangarh, a crumbling but impressive hilltop castle that was once a monsoon getaway and hunting lodge for a 19th-century Maharaja.
How to Get There
With excellent views , peaceful surroundings , luxurious rooms , most courteous staff this Leela hotel is the best pick and worth every rupee! You must do this for a relaxing holiday and feel of royalty !
Everything was just perfect . A must stay at this property when you visit udaipur. Right from the royal welcome to the entire period of stay - it was just amazing . It was safe and secure place . The location of property is just perfect
We were warmly welcomed by Mr. Wasim at the Udaipur airport in a BMW. Inspite of our flight being delayed by 3 hours he was attentive and soft spoken. We then were dropped at The Leela Jetty , where a boat was awaiting us to sail us through Lake Pichola. It was a surreal experience sailing in the evening towards the Hotel We were welcomed by Mr.Prateek Swarup ( Executive Astt Manager ) who pleasantly surprised by upgrading us to a luxurious suite.
Next day Mr.Wasim took us on a city tour, which was excellent with street side food and visit to The City Palace along with a guide.
The breakfast and dinner experiences were very good and every need of our daughter and us was taken care of. During swimming they provided us with a pretty pool basket full of frozen fresh fruits, iced teas and flavoured ice cubicles to beat the heat.
The property gives a heritage and royally nostalgia with every nook and corner giving you a feel of palatial grandeur. Everytime we wanted to get to land, the boat was available immediately at all times.
Chef Rupak was kind enough to ask us if there was any foor to be packed during our sightseeing tours from the hotel. Our steward Mr Akash was at his best serving , suggesting and serving us the best food from the menu and entertaining us with his stories.
We were dropped to the airport by Mr. Kamalji, who also gave us an insight of some of Udaipur history and culture.
My Family and me shall never forget this experience. Part of our Brain is trained to preserve certain memories which are truly special forever, and this is one of them.
SPECIAL SHOUTOUT TO MR. PRATEEK SWARUP. WE SHALL BE BACK SOON.