Like every year, the American travel magazine Travel + Leisure turned to its readers to get their vote on the best hotels in the world. The resulting list of the top 100 is an exhaustive one, covering everything from the urban jungle of New York City to the the wilder ones in Costa Rica, and the beaches of the Bahamas to the floodplains of Botswana. Rated on their location, facilities, food, service and overall value, the hotels also get a percentage score based on their guests’ experiences. But you do not have to get your passport and visas ready to head to these hotels. As it turns out, the world’s top 100 hotels include six from India itself. Here is a look at these hotels in India that made the cut. Also Read - Unlock Phase I in Rajasthan: Hotels, Restaurant, Clubs And Shopping Malls to Reopen From Monday | Details Here
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur: Rank 84, Score 95.61
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur lies on the banks of Lake Pichola, and is one of the most famous luxury hotels in Rajasthan. It holds quite a reputation, especially considering the sheer number of luxury heritage properties in the state. Located on what was once the hunting grounds of the ruler of Mewar, the Oberoi Udaivilas is spread across 50 acres, including a 20-acre wildlife sanctuary where you can spot wild boars and deer. The structure of the hotel itself is a thing of beauty, with corridors weaving together and domes and buildings that reflect the ancient architecture of Udaipur. Its al fresco and indoor restaurants serve international and Indian cuisines, with private dining venues for special occasions, big and small. Also Read - Haryana News: Shopping Malls Except in Faridabad, Gurugram Can Reopen; Restaurants at 50% Capacity
Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra: Rank 69, Score 95.84
Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
We have another Oberoi property in the list, but this time it is in the magical setting of Agra, just around 600 meters from the beautiful Taj Mahal. Each of the rooms in this hotel offers a clear view of the ancient monument that forms so much of India’s identity. In fact, much of its architectural design and floor layout is reminiscent of the Mughal architecture seen in the Taj Mahal and other ancient marvels from that era. The entrance to this hotel itself will take you back to the glory days of the Mughal Era, with its sweeping driveway lit by flames and a Mughal style quadrant with cascading fountains, gold leaf frescoes and an arched passage. You can spend the day at the Taj Mahal, which you can reach through the hotel’s private golf buggies, and then spend the night watching the monument as you have candlelight dinner. Also Read - We Have Named Her 'Priyanka Twitter Vadra': UP Deputy CM's Jibe at Congress Leader
Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur: Rank 68, Score 95.84
Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
Coming in just ahead of Amarvilas is another Oberoi hotel in Rajasthan: the Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur. Located off the Goner Road, the Oberoi Rajvilas is spread across 32 acres around an ancient 18th-century Shiva temple. The temple still hosts prayer and meditation sessions, along with morning yoga on the landscaped gardens around it. Outside, you can see exotic birds flying between the trees on the courtyard, and inside you will find a unique mix of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, with a generous touch of modern five-star luxury elements. The hotel’s spa lies in a restored 18th-century mansion, with signature and Ayurvedic treatments for some well-deserve rest and relaxation. Its two hotels offer indoor seating with live traditional folk music performances in the evening.
Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur: Rank 43, Score 96.41
Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
The Rambagh Palace, a Taj hotel, is the first entry here that is part of the Top 50 list of hotels according to Travel + Leisure. It is also the first heritage hotel in this list, with a history dating back to 1835. The Rambagh Palace was built as the home for the favorite handmaiden of the queen. Over the years, it transitioned to a royal guesthouse, a hunting lodge and eventually the home of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. the last king of Jaipur before it acceded to India post independence. The palace and its 78 luxury suites and rooms remain just as grand and extravagant as it did during its royal era, with hand-made latticework, elaborately landscaped Mughal gardens and sandstone cenotaphs, cupolas and balustrades. The hotel has hosted such personalities like Prince Charles, Lord Louis Mountbatten and Jacqueline Kennedy.
Leela Palace, Udaipur: Rank 34, Score 96.73
Leela Palace, Udaipur
We move back to the stunning city of Udaipur, once the seat of the Mewar Kingdom, where the Leela Palace Udaipur was ranked 34th among the top 100 hotels in the world. And rightfully so; this is a modern palace built to reflect old-school royalty. Located beside Lake Pichola with incredible views of the City Palace, the Leela Palace Udaipur is just around 4 km from the City Palace museum and the city center. Inside, it has warm interiors that are understated when compared to the other more elaborately built hotels in this list. Mix that up with all the modern luxuries you can expect from a hotel of this class, and you have everything needed for a paradise-like stay. The Sheesh Mahal offers fine Indian cuisine under the open sky, and there are extensive day trips that can be booked at the tour desk.
Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore: Rank 16, Score 97.50
Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore
We end this list with another Oberoi hotel, this time in Ranthambhore, Rajasthan. The Oberoi Vanyavilas is the highest ranked Indian property in this list, probably because it manages to combine luxury and adventure together in a way that other entries in this list do not. Located just ten minutes away from the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, the hotel let’s you go out on wild safaris in the jungle to spot the rare indigenous animals in the region. When the safari is done, you get to relax in the lap of luxury, sipping champagne and sitting by bonfires with traditional folk musicians giving live performances. Just remember that the property is closed for the monsoons from July 1 to September 30.