19. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Situated in the middle of Lake Pichola and built in 1746, Taj Lake Palace is built with marble and features majestic architecture. It offers a full service spa at Jiva Spa and customised programmes including site-specific yoga sessions. It has breathtaking views of the City Palace, Aravalli and Machla Magra hills, and Jag Mandir. Rooms come with butler service.
For a truly local experience, the hotel offers guided heritage walks, astrology sessions and cultural shows. Leisure facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre and a hot/cold spa pool. There is also a shopping arcade, games room and business centre. Guests can take a heritage walk and know all the details about the palace.
Taj Lake Palace boasts rooms with beautifully carved wooden furniture and luxurious silk fabrics. Offering garden or lake views, each room has a flat-screen TV and DVD player. The private bathroom comes with a bathtub, Forest Essential toiletries and shower.
Offering views of the lily pond and a traditional ambience, Neel Kamal is a fine-dining dinner-only restaurant that serves authentic flavours of the royal cuisine of Udaipur, the North West Frontier and other Indian delights. Bhairo is a rooftop restaurant that treats you to European cuisines. Jharokha that overlooks the Lake Pichola is an all-day dining restaurant. Amrit Sagar Bar offers a selection of cigars, sheeshas and wines. The property offers private dining in fairy tale settings with handcrafted menus.
The hotel is just 1 km from the city centre. It is 4 km from Udaipur Railway Station and 26 km from Maharana Pratap Airport.