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Royal Revels

By VANI MALIK

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur offers an exemplary experience of luxury that transports you to the golden era of princely Rajasthan

The very first glimpse of The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur can suffice to transport a spectator back in time, to the golden era of princely Rajasthan. An idyllic retreat located eight kilometres away from Jaipur, it has been built to be reminiscent of a grand Rajasthani fortress. An elegant combination of authentic restoration, refreshing greenery, inspiring art and the signature five-star luxury that defines The Oberoi Group, the property is an enchanting destination in its own right. It also serves as the perfect base to explore the charismatic city of Jaipur, with its bustling markets, grand monuments and palaces, beautiful countryside and rich culture.

One of the first things you notice about the interiors of The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur are spectacular gold leaf wall murals by master artist Ghanshem Nimbark, who has painted them - as well as the intricate miniature paintings - by hand with impeccable detailing and inimitable vibrancy. The Modern art collection at the property also includes original paintings by renowned Indian artist Paresh Maity.

As an experience, the hotel offers an exemplary rendition of luxury, steeped in a unique old-world charm even as it lays out before you every essential modern amenity you seek in a luxury vacation. Within the hotel premises, you will find a 280-year-old Shiva temple and a Rajasthani haveli, both of which have been carefully restored. Within the latter is housed The Oberoi Spa, which offers Ayurvedic as well as Western therapies and treatments for beauty and holistic rejuvenation.

An essential part of any good luxury vacation is delectable food, and The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur offers a variety of culinary delights to choose from. You can opt for the all-day international dining space, Surya Mahal or the seasonal Indian speciality restaurant, Raj Mahal. Both feature an exquisite indoor dining area and a courtyard with space for live folk music and dance performances. While Surya Mahal, with its extensive menu of world cuisine, is open throughout the year, Raj Mahal opens only from October to April and serves rare Indian delicacies. For fine spirits, the Rajwada Library Bar boasts a wide range of international wines, single malts and classic cocktails.

Among the hotel’s greatest highlights, however, are the curated Oberoi Experiences on offer. From an opportunity to renew your marriage vows with a beautiful ceremony and a romantic dinner at Chaarbagh to an authentic Rajasthani thali by the poolside and a couple’s spa experience at The Oberoi Spa, a range of wonderful choices awaits to let you create memories for a lifetime.

Sprawled across 32 lush green acres, The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur opened its doors in 1997 as the torchbearer for a new concept of luxury leisure hotels in India. Today, after two glorious decades, it still stands tall as one of the finest examples of true Indian luxury.

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