“Live like Rajput royalty in this opulent 19th-century palace on the shores of Lake Gaibsagar - perfect for romance”
Every room and suite has been magnificently decorated in a uniquely opulent style, and the attention to detail is astonishing. The wallpaper, upholstery, tiling, rugs, bed linen - even the bathroom fittings - have been carefully selected by the royal family to give each room a distinctive feel. Little touches are everywhere: cosy alcoves, heart shapes carved into teak bedheads, cut-glass crystal bowls, even mirrored floors. On occasion, the clashing heritage fabrics can be overwhelming, but remain true to their 1940s origins. The palace has many hidden charms - from a Grand Suite featuring its own pooja (prayer room) to the tiny blue-patterned single room with its own staircase down to the lavish gardens.
The Maharawal Suite was the Maharajah’s private residence and is accordingly regal. With its roof terrace, Art Deco ensuite bathroom, writing room, four-poster bed, exquisite mirrored inlay-work, red velvet daybed, lounge area and fabulous views, romantic couples will want for nothing here.
All rooms are ensuite and the bathrooms are vintage works of art. Claw-foot tubs with showers and imported English fittings complement Moroccan tiles, Art Deco mirrors and herbal toiletries in beautiful cut-glass bottles. Bedroom doors don't have locks, but padlocks are available on demand and security is high throughout.
Meals are served in Zenana Chowk - the elaborate, open-air banquet hall that incorporates a towering 17th-century temple. Its vast marble table features an illuminated water pool running through its centre - eating here is one of the highlights of Udai Bilas Palace.
Meals are a changeable buffet of predominately Indian food, mildly spiced to suit Western palates. Expect the likes of chicken handi sula (a Rajasthani curry), chicken tikka, akhni pulao (a fragrant rice dish with almonds, pistachios, golden sultanas and fresh spices) and traditional desserts such as gulab jamun. Chinese, vegetarian and continental dishes can also be requested, as can candlelit dinners by the lakeside for a special occasion (at an extra cost). Beware the price of wine with your meal - as elsewhere in India, half-decent wine is extortionate.
Those here for long stays may find the buffet a little repetitive and if there’s a limited number of guests, you feel vastly outnumbered by staff in the grand hall.
Breakfast is a standard affair of breads, fresh orange juice and cooked eggs. Poolside, a simple lunch can be taken in one of the many swing-seats or loungers. The tasty, light fare includes pakoras, sandwiches, toasties, lime juice sodas and cold beers. The hotel can also provide picnics.
Children are greeted warmly here, as in most of India. Extra beds and baby cots are available and many suites feature adjoining rooms which are perfect for older children. They’re wonderfully designed too - one has pretty rose wallpaper and a matching bedspread.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available