By Alison Nicolle Africa & Indian Subcontinent Specialist

Not content with the reopening of their iconic Singapore hotel this August, Raffles have announced that they’re gracing India with a pair of new properties. With a rich history in iconic luxury hotels, it's an exciting new proposition.

“It is with immense pride that we announce the arrival of the Raffles brand in India, a hallmark of luxury and sublime service in a country that is famous for delivering luxury at the highest level,” said chairman and chief executive Sebastien Bazin. “We look forward to delivering the distinctive Raffles experience to travellers in India.”


The first property, expected to open by mid-2020, will be Raffles Udaipur. Set on a 21-acre private island in Udai Sagar Lake, it promises to be a slice of luxury in this serene water city where lavish royal palaces rub shoulders with colourful temples. Can’t wait until then? Consider the floating Lake Palace of Jame's Bond fame.

Can't wait? Stay at Udaipur's Lake Palace

Udaipur Lake


Then, in 2022, Raffles Jaipur will open on the city’s quiet outskirts. With private residences and grand courtyards, it promises a considered contrast to the bazaars, forts and bustle of Jaipur’s walled old town. However, if you’re looking to travel sooner, the Oberoi Rajvilas offers 32 acres of sculpted gardens and luxury rooms.

Can't wait? Stay at the Oberoi Rajvilas

Palace of the Winds, Jaipur

Together, these two new hotels mark a solid commitment to Rajasthan, India’s princely north-western state. Just next door to Delhi’s colonial charms and Agra’s Taj Mahal Icon, it offers a maharaja’s world of tiger safaris, medieval forts and historic walled cities. Inspired? Take a look at our Highlights of Rajasthan itinerary:

Highlights of Rajasthan itinerary