“Traditional Rajput palace meets contemporary minimalism - an immaculately conceived and luxurious boutique hotel”
Having checked out many of the suites, we can assure you that they are all epic and utterly unique. Some have balcony seat windows, others have old original painted corner terraces and ring-necked parakeets abound (noisy things, but beautiful).
We stayed in a Palace Suite; very large and modern, as they all are. Despite giving very little sense of history, the styling works. Perhaps it’s because the palace is dripping in authentic details that the suites feel like a welcome respite?
The Aravali Suites are also palatial, with mind-blowing views over the peaceful village and rural expanse beyond. Most luxurious of all is the Devi Garh Suite, which has a private sun deck and a Jacuzzi, plus a black marble swimming pool (which it shares with one of the Palace Suites).
In a separate area near the pool, the Garden Suites are surrounded by a verdant manicured lawn. They have cute little outdoor terraces with canvas umbrellas, but forgo the views and prestige of the palace as a result.
Sophisticated design is matched by up-to-date amenities throughout, including entertainment systems, WiFi and air-conditioning. There's also a pillow menu to choose from. Huge bathrooms come with power showers, marble tubs and clean, contemporary lines.
The glistening white restaurant was created in the fort’s upper pavilion and our evening meal was taken on the terrace; under the stars, overlooking the Aravali hills. The kitchen turned out excellent Thai ginger and soy steamed fish as well as an authentic, home-cooked spicy Laal Maas lamb curry, demonstrating both the eclecticism off the menu and skill of the chefs. Don’t miss the wine list, either.
For sundowners, sample the eclectic mix of cocktails at the terrace bar, where music and candlelit charm sooth the soul. For an especially romantic evening, arrange a private dinner - perhaps on one of the verandas or in the intimate, ornately mirrored Sheesh Mahal hall?
Come morning, the breakfast venue hops around to keep things interesting. Ours was taken in a balcony overlooking the village and included creamy house-made yoghurt, tasty jams, hot drinks and freshly pressed juices (including a lovely sweet lime and pineapple). Eggs were cooked to order, but we preferred the Indian dosa stuffed with potatoes.
Lunch - we had a tasty prosciutto and parmesan salad, washed down with cold beer - is perhaps best taken on a lounger by the pool. Afternoon tea, served traditional-style with finger sandwiches and clotted cream scones, is available daily. Room service and boxed lunches are also on offer.
RAAS Devigarh is an outstandingly beautiful place to explore whether you're an adult or a child - with maze-like staircases, views and pools all around. Children of all ages are welcome; the atmosphere isn't exactly hushed but it's not theme-park-hectic either, so do bear that in mind.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All rooms have sofabeds, bathtubs and space for a baby cot.
Available by arrangement
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Although the restaurant looks rather formal and sophisticated, don't panic. Staff can arrange dining in other areas of the hotel, and you can order food here all day, including half portions for children.
The many tricky staircases, unfenced pool, high terraces and general atmosphere mean this isn't the ideal place for toddlers. Bring nappies and baby food with you - there's nowhere nearby to buy them.