With Holi Festival celebrations featuring the ‘festival of colours’ of spring still fresh on our minds, Luxury Gold encourages travellers to get the most out of the vibrant people, spirituality and cultural kaleidoscope of India. With that in mind, here are the Top 7 Luxury Gold experiences that take place in the inimitable India with an emphasis on delicious local cuisine and wellness.
Leela Palace Udaipur – Udaipur
Called Udaipur’s only modern palace hotel, Leela Palace is an exquisite stop on this journey. Rated the #1 hotel on TripAdvisor in 2017, the 5-star accommodation offers guests sumptuous suites with stunning views of Lake Pichola, an artificial fresh water lake created in 1392 AD. For weary guests, the hotel’s award-winning spa offers a unique fusion of Ayurvedic and European therapies to relax and restore the entire body.
Nahargarh Ranthambore Hotel – Rajasthan
Nestled in the foothills of the spectacular Aravalli Range, the 5-star Nahargarh Ranthambore Hotel is a magnificent place to spend a night or two (if you can manage to make yourself leave, that is). Built like a traditional Rajput hunting retreat, the Ranthambore resembles an extravagant 16th-century palace from a fairy tale. Complete with three outdoor swimming pools, sprawling Mughal-style gardens, and rooms with individual courtyards and private terraces with stunning views of the National Park, this hotel is luxury personified.
Baradari Restaurant – Jaipur
Designed by Delhi-based architect Ambrish Arora and his team at Studio Lotus, Bardari Restaurant has only been open for two years, yet it has amassed a reputation for traditional and authentic cuisine that delights the palate. Alongside delectable dishes like Laal Maas with baati and pan-seared kasundi fish are choices for international guests like pesto pasta and pearl barley risotto.
High Tea at Sukh Niwas – Jaipur
This VIP experience, available exclusively to Luxury Gold travellers, sees them enjoying a High Tea in the private elegance of Sukh Niwas, Jaipur’s City Palace. This grand tea time transpires in a space of pure opulence, with artwork and fantastical architecture everywhere you glance. Most illustrious is the renowned Lalique Peacock table made to order for the Royal Family of Jaipur by the world-famous artist Marc Lalique.
Fairmont Jaipur – Jaipur
The 5-star luxury Fairmont Jaipur has an entire holiday’s worth of experiences all located on its own glorious site. From hot air balloon rides to hiking through the famous Aravalli hills, any incredible experience guests can hope to have while in India is attainable once they check in to this opulent hotel. The jewel of the Fairmont might well be the spa, a sanctuary offering a range of therapeutic and rejuvenating massages including traditional Indian massage. A host of delectable restaurants can be found serving authentic cuisine that will delight even the pickiest eaters.
Rooftop Tea & Pakoras with Views of the Taj Mahal – Agra
A breathtaking view has the ability to elevate any dining experience, but there’s something extra special about enjoying a refreshing cup of tea with the dazzling Taj Mahal resting on the horizon. Sitting on a rooftop in Agra, guests will have the chance to taste an authentic Indian favourite, pakoras, vegetables dipped in a spicy batter and deep fried to make fabulous fritters.
Mughal Chamber Hotel – Agra
Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and near the Taj Mahal, the Mughal Chamber, a luxury hotel in Agra, is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. Comprised of 233 luxurious suites, guests can enjoy Indian hospitality while enjoying the opulence of an expansive room whose doors open into a private wading pool. The wellness and health spa is almost 930 square metres, surrounded by fountains and courts full of greenery, with two swimming pools and 43 spa treatments.