We could have hardly wished for a better introduction to Udaipur than checking-in to a hotel that showcases the rich heritage of Mewar region in a quite so spectacular a way. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, Oberoi Udaivilas is grand and sweeping, and never fails to make the experience feel authentic.
As our car rolled in front of the hotel—just after sunset—we were immediately taken by the magical atmosphere. Subtly illuminated, with the domes silhouetted in the starlit night, the Udaivillas delivered on the “wow factor” in the first minutes.
A Modern Palace
Adjoining the entrance is a large courtyard flanked by arcades, with an immense fountain feature in the centre. The lotus-shaped ponds dominate the space. They are designed to impress, and to introduce the main strands of the Oberoi’s design, right on arrival.
The hotel’s architecture harks back to the Rajasthan’s heritage, to the era of the Mogul maharajas. But it’s a modern take on the traditional style—the Oberoi never feels old-fashioned.
Surrounding the hotel are acres of immaculate gardens, peppered with centuries-old banyan trees. Peacocks, squirrels and birds roam garden lawns. Udaivilas feels embedded in the lakeside landscape.
Our suite had access to a semi-private infinity-edge swimming pool, and a great view out over the Lake Pichola and the city. The pool was just fine for a cool swim in the heat of the day, while our small patio with loungers and a colourful parasol was a perfect spot to watch the sunset with a glass of wine.
Matching the hotel’s expansive design and beautiful landscaping, the elegantly designed room had plenty of space, and was furnished with handcrafted furniture and high quality textiles.
Hotel and beyond
We loved breakfasts on the restaurant terrace, overlooking the gardens and the lake below. It was a good time to plan the day. Should we do spa today? Definitely at least take a look. Its building with the adjacent swimming pool is one of the most picturesque spots at Udaivilas. This is where the hotel’s design uses symmetry to a beautiful effect, as the tranquil water mirrors the tall gazebos and the spa’s facade.
Or, should we go for a boat ride? The hotel provides a free shuttle to the other side of the lake Pichola. The pretty wooden boats offer a unique vantage point from which to admire the hotel’s shapely architecture, and the beauty of Udapur.
Beyond sailing there are Udaipur’s attractions on the other side of the lake, especially the City Palace. Still home to the current Maharaja, the palace is not just a museum, but a living embodiment of history. And so is the Oberoi Udaivilas, in a way—it reflects the Mogul splendour with its own brand of contemporary luxury.
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Number of rooms & suites: 90
Rate per night: From ₹12,000.60 (approx. $189)
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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