An oasis in the Rajasthani desert, Udaipur has long been heralded as one of the most romantic spots on earth. It took 1O years for P.R.S. Oberoi to gain permission from the current Maharana in order to build Udaivilas, his new 5-star resort. His persistence paid off. The Oberoi group, under the guidance of architect Nimish Patel, revived ancient building methods in the region and has created a modern Mewar palace to rival those of the past.
And yet, the rooms are a surprising oasis of calm and simplicity, decorated with vibrantly colored hand-knotted rugs created by local artisans and with such well-thought out touches as Victorian-style baths and a pillow-strewn banquette just perfect for an afternoon nap. The Superior Deluxe rooms open directly into a long infinity edge pool overlooking breath-taking views of the lake and beyond. Full of romantic details, Udaivilas is a wonderful escape--offering spectacular views on a fascinating city, all the while pampering its guests in a level of luxury that might even make the Maharana on the other side of the lake a bit jealous.