UMAID BHAWAN PALACE JODHPUR, INDIA
PREPARE FOR YOUR PRINCESS MOMENT
As you step back in time to the heady days of fantasy palaces in Umaid Bhawan’s divine Maharani Suite. It’s impossible not to be wooed by this haven of art deco otherworldliness, with sumptuous curved sofas and an intimate private dining room. Pamper yourself with an Indian aromatherapy massage in the suite’s own spa, bathe in a sea of perfumed rose petals in the luxurious bathtub carved out of a single piece of pink marble, then make for the regal.
UMAID BHAWAN PALACE JODHPUR, INDIA Photo Gallery
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Plinthed bed and drift into a glorious slumber. Copious French windows, with billowing drapes, lead to a tranquil veranda where you can revel in the fairy-tale view of manicured gardens, strutting peacocks and the hilltop Mehrangarh Fort soaring above the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur. Your dedicated butler will pour the tea with white-gloved hands while you take in the vista. Tear yourself away to explore the hotel’s domed rotundas and marble courts awash with cascading chandeliers, Venetian mirrors, roaring leopards and family portraits in the palace beyond the door (home to the former Jodhpur royal family), then dine on a spicy maharaja thali in the absurdly romantic Pillars restaurant. Past guests have included Madonna and Prince Charles, so you’re in good company.
OUR KIND OF LUXE
Further afield, cruise the winding streets of Jodhpur’s old town in grand style in the family’s shiny 1947 Packard Clipper. GO Greaves India (greavesindia.co.uk) offers a seven-night itinerary from £2,195 per person, based on two people, including accommodation, return British Airways and domestic flights and transfers.