One of the world’s most romantic hotels, the Taj Lake Palace floats like a beautiful white ship on the waters of Lake Pichola, with 360-degree views of surrounding Udaipur. Expertly managed and staffed by the Taj group, the service is flawless, cuisine standards are high, and the overall experience unforgettable.
Located opposite the ramparts of the City Palace, the hotel is a wonderful place to escape and admire the vista of Udaipur's golden lakeside havelis and palaces. A dedicated shuttle boat transports guests between the hotel and Udaipur city within minutes. Built in 1743 as a summer escape and pleasure resort by the royal dynasty of Mewar, it was converted into a hotel when the Maharana started accepting paying guests in the 1960's. The transition to hotel has been seamless, with the original fountains and fretwork expanded to include 65 luxury rooms. The Taj Lake Palace became world famous when it was used as a key location in the Bond film, Octopussy, and it still oozes glamour and decadence.
All 65 luxurious rooms and 18 grand suites come with round-the-clock butler service. The location on an island in the midst of a lake affords every room breathtaking views of the neighbouring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir. Interiors are sumptuously decorated with rich colours and quality Indian textiles.
The incomparable location provides the perfect backdrop for the exquisite cuisines at the elegant restaurants which are open only to resident guests. Signature speciality restaurants serve a choice of cuisines; Neel Kamal for authentic Rajasthani and other dishes from India; and the seasonally open-air Bhairo for contemporary European delicacies. You can also ask your butler to set up a private table just about anywhere you want, and order from any one of the four menus. In the evening, indulge in signature martinis, cocktails and a grand collection of premium international spirits at the bar, Amrit Sagar. Sunset drinks on the rooftop terrace are a delight.
Allow yourself to be pampered like a royal at Jiva Spa, a spa boat experience like no other. Carefully created treatments draw on the ancient wellness heritage of India, and the fabled lifestyle of Indian royalty. A decent sized swimming pool is located in the central courtyard area of the Palace.
If the budget allows, this is undoubtedly the quintessential iconic Udaipur experience - totally unique and rather fabulous!