“Majestic and rambling fairytale palace nestled into the Aravalli Hills, overlooking a traditional rural village”
Live like royalty as you languidly lounge in the dreamy rooms. Scattered around the building, they vary in size, shape and design but all are colourful and unique, with intricate marble and woodwork. As befits a palace they are stunningly and tastefully decorated with some of Jaipur's finest block-printed fabrics covering carved or four-poster beds. The room we reigned in (a Royal Suite) had latticed windows and motifs painted on the walls and ceilings, with a spacious living area, a soft and comfortable mattress, and thick curtains. The ensuite bathrooms are a little dated in places, but they have powerful showers, fluffy towels and huge bathtubs.
Thoughtful touches include hot-water bottles for cold nights, and ceiling fans, air conditioning and mosquito coils for the warmer months. You'll also find DVD players and a wide library of films to choose from. Our room overlooked the walled garden and valley; others have balconies and views of the village, the mountains or Samode fort.
The Deluxe Rooms are the cheapest, with adequate space and charming décor, though some can be a bit too dark for our liking. Paying a bit more will get you one of the large Deluxe Suites, with a sitting area and possibly a balcony and dressing room. Really splashing out? Then opt for one of the spectacular Royal Suites on the top floor, which have private balconies, Jacuzzis, vast lounges and large TVs.
The food at Samode Palace is a regal feast of Rajasthani and modern Indian dishes, as well as some European cuisine.
We breakfasted alfresco in the cool central courtyard, with its bubbling fountain and colourful flowers. You can have lunch and dinner here, too, or head to the colonnaded dining room or the Zanana Courtyard with its scented climbers. All 3 areas are beautifully decorated, and you can choose from buffet, table d'hôte and à la carte meals; you may even be entertained by a Rajasthani band as you dine. The Indian dishes are delicious, and everything we sampled, from sag aloo to gulab jamun, was excellent. The Western food (perhaps pasta, barbecued chicken or Greek salad) is less impressive, but still tasty enough if you fancy a change.
There's also a fine-dining restaurant, open to guests only, which we tried out during our last visit in 2012. The chefs here aim to stamp their own individuality on Indian cuisine by inventing new and unusual flavour combinations, and their delicate rose panna cotta is particularly divine. The wine list is extensive, the service smooth and professional.
Many of the items on the menus are available 24 hours a day, and can be served in your room or anywhere else around the hotel. We enjoyed a light lunch of salad and antipasti by the rooftop infinity pool, delivered promptly and with a friendly smile to our oversized daybed. There’s also a warm and atmospheric lounge bar - perfect for colder evenings.
The hotel welcomes children of all ages. Extra beds, cots and babysitting can be arranged for an extra charge, and there's a children's pool.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking