The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
What We Love
- That architecture: grand and sweeping, with expansive pavilions, turrets and domes
- That view: overlooking Lake Pichola, the City Palace on a hill and the Lake Palace
- Every detail is considered, from hand-crafted bronze doors to striking black granite tiles and hand-knotted carpets
- An utterly sybaritic spa, which has a pool overlooking the lake
- The traditional restaurant, which offers superlative versions of Indian dishes both familiar and unusual
What To Know
- Depending on the time of year and last year’s monsoon, the water level in the lake can be very low
- If you crave history, this isn’t your palace — it’s only nine years old
- The best time to visit is from October to March; the heat escalates in April, followed by the July monsoon
- One advantage to going in monsoon season: Tradition says it’s the best time to detox, so there’s a special yoga program
- There’s no smoking throughout the hotel except for specifically designated smoking rooms
- Parking On Site
As you pull up to the gate of the enormous golden stone palace that is the Oberoi Udaivilas — turrets, domes, elegant archways and expansive courtyards all on show — it’s hard to imagine a more magnificent first impression. A large central pool edged by sharp black granite and white marble squares highlights the property’s quintessential opulence, and next to the 30 acres of manicured grounds is an even more impressive body of water: Lake Pichola, with its two famous islands topped with marble palaces. Inside, the design unfolds on an equally majestic scale. The circular lobby features a gilded dome, a fountain of white Thassos marble and panels of tikri glass, a local art form in which blown glass is arranged in mosaic patterns. The nearby Candle Room pays homage to the vaunted glass room in Udaipur’s City Palace, with hundreds of thousands of glass mosaic pieces.
Bed and Bath
Intricate brass doors and 450 luminous hand-carved stone columns adorn the long corridors that lead to the guestroom wing. All the rooms and suites are decorated with local silks and hand-knotted carpets, and most have private courtyards with views of Lake Pichola, plus private or shared pools. Premier Rooms feature private walled courtyards with silk parasols, and bathrooms done in white marble with Victorian freestanding bathtubs. Kohinoor Suites have a spacious living room, a dining room with a fireplace and a 60-foot private pool that looks out at the Aravalli Hills.
In such a princely setting, you expect everything to be exceptional — and it is. At the traditional Indian restaurant, Udaimahal, guests dine on regional North Indian and Rajasthani cuisine by candlelight. Anyone craving a taste of home will be satisfied by the international fare at the ’30s-style restaurant, Suryamahal. The pampering spa has the serenity, and the imposing architecture, of a temple, along with a host of indigenous treatments, such as a rose and vetiver scrub and massages using herbal poultices. And if you want to relax after a treatment, there’s a welcoming pool flanked by cupolas overlooking the sparkling lake and palaces.
In the Area
Don’t miss a visit to the City Palace, a vast compound of four intricate palaces. The museum has an extraordinary collection of mosaics, and the Crystal Gallery showcases objects including sofas, tables and beds made of crystal. Learn to prepare classic Indian dishes in a cooking class led by one of the Udaivilas’s expert chefs. Up the romance a notch with a sunset cruise in a shikara (a Kashmiri boat built for two) on Lake Pichola. Or do some stargazing; one of Udaipur’s famous astrologers will map out your future (the hotel concierge can arrange a private appointment). Or you can get pampered with a three-hour “Spirit of Ayurveda” treatment involving two types of massage, an oil stream on the forehead and an herbal bath.
How to Get There
We stayed in a room with its own pool and it had the most amazing view of the lake. The service was fabulous and the food was great. A young manager, Uvi, went above and beyond - he always checked in to make sure we were comfortable, and at the end of our stay presented my daughter with a small gift! Very thoughtful and much appreciated - this was typical of the high standards of Oberoi staff.
Outstanding property , excellent food and service.This hotel has breathtaking views of the lake and palace . Peacocks all over the property .The staff was very prompt with their service. The best place to stay in Udaipur!!
My partner and I started our time in India at this resort and had a semi private pool from our villa. The rooms were lovey, spacious and opened up onto an outdoor seating area and pool.
The views were very pretty and we had the most relaxing start to our trip here.
The staff are very lovely and helpful. The spa was also a lovey experience. We would happily stay here again.
My husband and I celebrated our silver anniversary here. Our stay started with a couple of hiccups. In a ‘lesser’ place we might not have noticed them but it did make me wonder about the legendary Oberoi service. BUT, the moment manager, Manav and his team got a whiff of it, boy, did they spring into action! Such warm and wonderful service that we had no choice but to be completely floored. By the end of our trip, I was so sad to leave....
A magical property, oozing charm. Lots of space to walk around, enjoy the excellent landscaping and beautiful views of Lake Pichola.
Lovely rooms(we were in 103) - just the right size - cozy but not small and well equipped with every amenity you could possibly need. Well appointed bathrooms with very nice, luxe toiletries. They had decorated the room beautifully for our special day with flowers and had provided chocolates, cake and wine too.
One of the nicest things about the room was the little attached courtyard where we had our morning coffee. The birds would put on a fantastic show flying around and singing. So many varieties! There were peacocks too, calling and strutting around the property majestically.
The restaurant is good. During our meals at the restaurant they would bring complimentary regional dishes for us to try followed by cake after every meal. Very attentive.
My husband attended the yoga session every morning and was very impressed with the sincere young yoga teacher who went above and beyond to help my husband with something he wanted to learn.
There is also a very nice spa.
However, what we loved most was the service everywhere on the resort - everyone, without exception was warm and smiling, ready for a chat and always, always aiming to help and please and make your stay special.
Thank you Manav and the rest of the team at Udaivilas for a memorable stay! You guys are the gold standard!
We stayed in 4 different Oberoi Hotels in India, all amazing. This was our favorite, with the pool outside our back patio to enjoy at the end of each day of touring this beautiful city. Staff are impeccably trained and must love what they do because they couldn't be more helpful in a warm, professional way. Premier room is beautiful, comfortable, luxurious. Stay here.