The Oberoi Udaivilas
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur
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We've stayed in many hotels around the world but none have equalled this. Unsurpassed luxury created in a gentle and professional manner.
Died & gone to heaven
During a recent visit to India, we had the privilege to stay at several Oberoi hotels but this was by far, the greatest!
The hotel was built 4 years ago and looks brand new. It has views over Lake Pichola and the Lake Place. All rooms are spacious & have their own private patio - ours opened out onto the pool, which was incredible.
On our last day, we discovered another pool which actually overlooks the lake & there are beds that face the lake directly.
We ate at the outdoor restaurant both nights which serves Western & International food - there is entertainment during dinner.
The hotel also houses a wildlife park, heritage site and complimentary private taxi boat around the lake.
At all costs, avoid the Lake Palace for anything other than a drink. It is a mere shadow of what it once was - the service is appaling, the food is dreadful & the place is falling apart!!
Also disappointing was the Shivlivas Palace - nothing like it was in Octopussy!
Stick to Udai Villas.
Make sure you go to the Monsoon Palace to watch the sunset - it only takes 20 minutes by car (even though everyone says it takes 45 minutes). The view is incredible.
Simply the best, anywhere!
We have had the good fortune to stay in great hotels all over the world, The Peninsula in both HK and Bangkok. The Lost Palace in South Africa, Regent on Wilshire, Excelsior in Rome etc, so when I say that this is possibly the finest hotel I have ever stayed in I am not exagerating. It was simply stunning. You arrive at the hotel in a private launch over the lake. The hotel slowly appears on the horizon, like something out of an Arabian Nights story. We arrived just as the rain stopped and everything was wet and glowing in a soft light. Initial impressions are of an architectural masterpiece. Everywhere you look your eye is capivated. We had a pool room, which gave us an outlook over the horizonless pool, to the lake and the old Palace of Udaipur perched on the cliffs in the distance. Even the bathroom had this outlook, with the privacy of a walled courtyard. Private steps led into the pool. The pool was only shared by 8 or so rooms that had the palace view (make sure you request these rooms).
The gardens were spectacular as were all the internal courtyards. They even have their own wildlife sanctuary of sorts with deer and peacocks. The service was unbelievable. Nothing was too hard. The mark of a good hotel is when the staff all know you by name. This was the case here (as it was in all the Oberoi Hotels).
The room was large and well appointed, in the old Raj style. Excellent walk-in robe and large stylish bathroom, with an old style claw bath in the middle. (The hotel is only a few years old. even though it has the "old Raj fort feel")
The spa, run by the Banyan Tree group, was excellent, with a range of great therapies. Try their synchronised massage. Two masseurs working on you at the same time. Heavenly bliss. If you do have a therapy ask for the room with views over the lake. What a view.
The restaurants were excellent too. The head chef would come out and discuss your meal with you if you wanted anything special. Nothing is too hard for this hotel. Service is paramount. Staff were all brilliant. Run by a great manager.
And one last thing. Check out their websites. We went on their exotic vacations package. 12 nights, inc transfers, for $2,400 US. A great deal, by any standards.
Truly one of the great hotels, in a magical city. We stayed only 3 days and will go back for a week in another year.
One of the world's great destination hotels.
One last thought. Don't consider the Lake Palace hotel. It looks romantic, however even with refurbishment, its still 300 years old. Do as we did and go for breakfast to check it out. Good buffet. But not worth staying at in comparison to Udaivilas.
Oberoi has got it right again. This hotel has to be one of the best in the World.
We stayed for three nights in December 2004 as part of a trip to Rajasthan. It is the most stunningly beautiful hotel in one of the loveliest settings in the region. Service, food and facilities were flawless. Go. You will not regret it.
Have stayed at some great 5 star hotels in our time (around the world). This was by far the best. Awesome hotel, superb service, great food and a great location.
If there is a better hotel, please tell me
I have been lucky enough to have stayed at some of the top ranked hotels and resort in the world. From the Caribbean to the Far East and from America to Africa and Australia, but I have never stayed anywhere that got it as right as this place. The rooms, the food, the spa, the grounds, the pools... all fantastic. But what makes this hotel so much better is the service. Genuine smiles on everyone - not for the Indians that infuriatingly false 'Have A Nice Day' veneer of what passes for American service these days, no, these people smile like they mean it and when you say thank you they are happy that they have helped and are not simply waiting for the next tip. No bowing and scraping, just people doing what they have been trained to do. A beautiful, beautiful experience
We were looking for a new destination for our annual trip; India was the place to go. What a great country, the people kind and friendly and the food terrific. Our last leg of the trip was to be in Udaipur, when we arrived at the airpot our encounter with perfection began.... The perfect airport pick up, the unbelievable hotel greeting, the palatial grounds, the magnificent suite, the perfectly trained staff and the food, the food is so good it deserves itīs own review. This is one of the best, if not the best hotel in the world. If you expect the best, the Udaivilas is Perfect!
Probably the best in the World!
In the past I have written reviews on scores of hotels I have stayed at around the World, but am somewhat reluctant to write a review for this hotel for fear that hordes of tourists will descend upon it and ruin this special place. This is a magical hotel in an enchanting setting. The service is the best ever received and surpasses anything I have ever experienced anywhere else (and I have stayed in the best hotels in most parts of the world). The architecture and interior of the hotel is based on an Indian palace, down to the smallest detail. I was here for New Years eve and asked the hotel if I could have a small dinner party in my room instead of partaking in the festivities in the grand dining room. It turned out to be an amazing banquet laid out on my room terrace, surrounded by scattered rose petals and candles. You will not be disappointed with this hotel. I am already planning a return visit.
Udaivilas is magical. Stayed at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai for the first lag of the trip and it was no comparison to Udaivilas in terms of both the physical property and the software. Thanks Oberoi for the magic!
This is the place the rest have to beat! From start to finish we could not fault this hotel, from the welcome party on arrival (your driver phones ahead) to the farewell on departure we were enchanted. The place is an oasis of comfort, luxury and relaxation. We had a deluxe room which was like a small flat - everything with thoughtful touches. The decoration both inside the rooms and in the hotel generally is wonderful and there is a constant, but unobtrusive, cleaning crew who always greet you with a smile. Ate lovely meals in the restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Only there for 2 nights (unfortunately) but cannot wait to go back.
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Dear family, friends, and all you beautiful people that will read this digital journal of our adventures,
We left you last time after the astounding Taj Mahal.
... architecture is huge, modish and presents a true amalgamation of Rajputana and Mughal styles. The palace lies on an elevated topography to get a perfect bird’s eye view of Lake Pichola and Jag Mandir. Tourists visit the palace to witness the magnificent architecture which includes the gateways, amar vilas, bhim vilas, and durbar mahal, rang mahal, dilkhush mahal, jagdish mandir, fatehprakash palace, sheesh mahal and the well-maintained museum ...
... chugging away to power the candelabras. Now add to all this people standing on the roadside watching and joining in, plus all the usually traffic, motorbikes, auto rickshaws and cars hooting their horns trying to nuzzle their way through and past the throng on a street originally intended for donkeys. Utter chaos and it leaves western weddings in the dust, literally, oh yes, there are fireworks going off as well.
As always with travel, there comes a time when ...
... silver collection used for VIP weddings we went on a welcome boat trip around Lake Pichola and to the Jagmandir Island which was once the hiding place of Shah Jahan when he ran into a little trouble with his sons! Most famous for creating the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife he was eventually captured by his eldest son and held captive until his death in the Red Fort in Agra where he could only glimpse his beloved Taj. The island is quite serene and more used these days for ...
... sunset from the ghats overlooking the Lake Palace and a lovely candlelit dinner at Ambrai, a top restaurant spot lakeside, with a few well deserved beers.
Overall, Udaipur has been our favourite spot - the setting, the peaceful nature of it, and of course the hotels by which all other hotels will forever be compared!