Udai Vilas Palace- Udaipur
About the Udai Vilas Palace
The Udai Vilas Palace is situated on the Brahmapuri island on the western side of Lake Pichola and spreads in an area of 30 acres of beautiful gardens lined up with decorative fountains and pavilions. The palace is a classic example of the architectural skills of the Mewar dyansty. The palace took nearly ten years to complete and served as a hunting resort for the royal family. Today, the palace has been converted into a heritage hotel.
Udai Vilas as a Heritage Hotel
Udai Vilas Heritage Hotel functions under the patronage
of the famous Oberoi Group of Hotels. With the the Aravalli Hills in
the backdrop and the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola in the front,
the Udai Vilas Hotel enjoys a perfect setting amidst natural beauty.
Moreover, the spectacular views of the Jagmandir and Jagniwas palaces,
specially during sun rise and sun set adds to the feeling of being in
a completely different world. Inside the palace hotel, the beauty of
hand-painted mural, carved stone columns, landscaped terraces, lotus
flowers carved in marble, brilliantly shinning gold-leaf cover of
domes are a feast for eyes and joy for heart.
The luxury treatment accorded in the Udai Vilas Palace Hotel is comparable to the best in the country, Rajvilas, Jaipur and Amarvilas, Agra. Rambling around in the lush greenery of lawns, guests can feel the exhaustion of their body slipping out very fast and a renewed vigour replacing it with a remarkable ease. Guests have always found the true meaning of luxury after even a brief stay in this hotel. A stay in Udai Vilas Palace is truly an amazing experience that leaves guests asking for more. The love for the royal treatment offered here is pretty much apparent in the number of guests who decide to come back here for another round of stay.
Facilities on Offer
Udai Vilas Palace hotel has altogether 87 rooms for the
purpose of accommodation including 63 Deluxe, 19 Superior
Deluxe, 4 Deluxe Suites and 1 Kohinoor Suite. The
Deluxe rooms have an area of 600 sq feet and offers its guests a
private walled courtyard along with silken parasols, table and chairs.
Guests are at a liberty to roam around a little bit in the courtyard
or sit under the soothing shade of the silken parasol. The interiors
of the rooms, heavily influenced by the Rajput style are a ready
reckoners transporting the guests to the royal era. Additionally, the
marble bathrooms too spell their charm on the guests and force them to
spend more than usual time bathing.
The speciality of the Superior Rooms is that they all open into a semi private moated pool on a terrace. Views of Lake Pichola and a nearby wildlife sanctuary from the terrace instantly connects guests to the wondrous natural beauty around. The next level of rooms, the Deluxe Suites have an area of 1150 sq feet which means that the guest can move around more freely and comfortably. Staying in these suites is really special because apart from the basic amenities that are there in the above rooms, the Deluxe Suites offer its guests a private infinity pool and tented dining pavilion. Views from these suites, specially those of City Palace, are simply fantastic. There is also a telescope incase views of stars captures the imagination of the guests more than the City Palace. Infusing a sense of further royalty is the private staff - a personal butler who takes care of every requirement of the guests.
At the top of the level is the single Presidential Suite (Kohinoor) covering a massive area of 2650 sq feet. The rooms have a royal ambience that carry guests to the bygone era of grandeur and luxury. There is a fountained courtyard, massive private pool, sitting room with real fireplaces, and master suite with its own wooden sauna - nothing is amiss to make you feel at the top of the royal world.
Dining in Udai Vilas is really special because the chefs here have received a direct training from the few remaining royal chefs of Rajasthan. This means that the flavour and taste of the cuisine of the royal era will be yours to relish. Guests can visit the Udai Mahal, a restaurant offering traditional north Indian dishes for a special candlelight dinner or choose the Surya Mahal. The decor of the Surya Mahal reminds of the era of 1930's and Mediterranean and Thai style dishes give a a good alternative for the Indian dishes.
Chandani, the open air dining courtyard brings the guests out from the confines of the halls and allows them to enjoy their dinner with rhythmic beats of Rajasthani music and dance performances. For those guests who really find eating out an amazing experience, there are picnic lunch on private gondola. And then there is Bhagwanti Royal Barge for a private cocktail party. Floating around Lake Pichola, dinner on the barge is truly an awesome experience.
Recreational facilities in the hotel include a swimming pool whose cool water beckons many guests to take a refreshing dip. And for those who do not want to wet themselves yet enjoy the coolness of water, there are boat rides on beautiful Lake Pichola. Watch the sun rise and set from the horizon and appreciate the beauty that spreads at its arrival as well as departure.
There is a professionally run non clinical spa (Banyan Tree) in the Udai Vilas Palace hotel that offers its guests treatment ranging from Ayurveda to Aromatherapy. With a placid environment of mountains and lake in the backdrop of the hotel, this spa is hugely successful in alleviating the worries of mind and weariness of body.
Last but not the least, there is a library stocked with a selection of books, music and video discs. The library is a wonderful place to enjoy reading a book in complete isolation and silence.
The hotel is located 22 kms from the airport, 4 kms from the Railway Station and 3 kms from Bus Stand.