The Oberoi Udaivilas is not actually a palace, but might as well be one, in terms of service and splendour. There is an 18th-century former palace within the 50-acre grounds, for this setting was once the hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewari. Royal standards and style linger within the exquisite courtyards and elaborate domes. The lakeside setting, the peacocks, shy deer and wild boars add to the romance of Rajasthan and Udaipur, the state’s most charming city.
There are just 86 rooms and suites, all exquisitely decorated, with marble bathrooms and sophisticated Indian art. The premier rooms have direct access to a moated pool, suites lead into courtyards with private pools. Service befits royalty, with every whim catered for. Each room has 24-hour butler service, useful given the amount of activities including culinary classes, spa treatments camel rides, lake cruises, city tours, henna classes, astrology sessions and art lessons. For leisurely moments in between, there are two spectacular swimming pools and two world-class restaurants.