Set on a 21-acre reserved island in the mid of the peaceful Udai Sagar lake, the Raffles Udaipur is redolent of a superlative striking country estate with trimmed gardens and picturesque sights of the hills, placid lake and a 400-year-old temple. You reach the property, an architectural marvel with 101 luxurious rooms and suites that gracefully entwines European cultural loci with the Mughal style, after a comforting boat ride shadowed by migratory birds. Guestrooms have continuous lake views, private gardens, balconies, plunge pools and an east-west design visual with murals, handmade furniture and other arts by resident artisans. With unparalleled culinary experiences, the largest ballroom in the city, the Raffles Spa, The Writers Bar and Long Bar, you will have a reason to discover the city anew. The on-site experience curators and the remarkable Raffles butlers ensure that you experience an immersive stay. From the spice artisan taking you on a journey of understanding Indian spices to the resident Barista and tea Sommelier who acquaints you with the art of coffee making and tea steeping, every experience at Raffles Udaipur is special.
Where: Village Teela Kheda, Post Matung, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Wallet: Starting from Rs45,000 plus taxes per night
Call: +91 294 277 9000
HILTON MELBOURNE LITTLE QUEEN STREET
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street exhales new life into Melbourne’s significant Equity Chambers. Taking up position in this historically noteworthy building — first built in 1930 — the hotel features 244 stylish guest rooms, counting five expansive suites, a restaurant and bar, a copiously fortified gym, and seven meeting and event areas. Experience modern Australian cooking with clues of Italian cuisine in their restaurant, Luci. The art deco-inspired bar, The Douglas Club, offers a widespread range of cocktails, spirits, wines, and craft beers from Australia and yonder. Its central location is well situated for both business and leisure travellers with its closeness to Melbourne’s key business districts and effervescent art, theatre and dining confines.
Where: 18 Little Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Wallet: Approximately $261-$350.00 (Rs15,000 to Rs19,000) per night
Call: 03 9116 8888
Habitas is an immersive experience where nature motivates creative expression, human relationship and the quest of adventure.
Each room is designed to hug the natural surroundings of the Ashar Valley that bids scenic canyon views and are located on the ground level. Transportation to the rooms is via electric carts. The Celestial Room hosts spacious areas for lounging, entertaining and absorbing the dramatic views of burning sunsets amongst sandstone cliffs and is equipped with a personal telescope to gaze up to the starry night skies. All 96 Villas are state of the art. Habitas also has an infinity pool, wellness and fitness facilities including a Yoga deck. For dining “Tama”, the regionally inspired restaurant uses fresh ingredients from local farms along with other culinary outlets.
Where: Located near UNESCO World Heritage Site Harga, Madain Saleh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Wallet: US $500-1500 per night (Rs36,000-Rs1.10 lakh) approximately
THE LEELA PALACE JAIPUR
Set against the imposing background of the Aravalli range, on more than eight acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this palace resort produces remarkable instants for visitors. At the Leela Palace Jaipur, eternal practise meets the cleverness of existing magnificence to craft a noteworthy montage of wellbeing and lavishness. With 200 sumptuously-appointed rooms, suites and villas offering verdant indulgence, 88 uber luxury villas here come with private plunge pools that could be counted among the biggest in Jaipur. Talk of balancing the gorgeous with modern-day luxury, and this place will be on top. The Villas offer a true Leela Palace experience defined by the signature service, solicitously curated and provided by the palace butlers.
Where: The Leela Palace Jaipur
Wallet: Rs35,000 for a pool villa
Villa Copenhagen is the newest social magnet in Copenhagen that blends the past, current and the upcoming in an inspirational and lively collective. Villa Copenhagen is a surfeit of a city that displays sustainability, extravagance, pleasure and variety, a city and thus a hotel with room sufficient for everyone — both plentifully and metaphorically speaking. They take complete accountability for their influence on the planet; therefore, The UN Sustainability Development Goals are portion of their general strategy and in specific of their value of mindful luxury. The Danish modest tactic to life, the aptitude to find happiness in the lesser things and the gratitude of extravagance in the form of time, liberty, and excellence. Villa Copenhagen exemplifies this opinion on the world and their courteousness and service echo this. The air of the hotel is vivacious and friendly, witty yet well-bred and individual.
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
Wallet: Euro 1,690-4,290 (Rs20,000-Rs50,000) per night
Call: +45 7873 0000
THE DEAN, CORK, IRELAND
Don’t expect the predictable indulgence hotel with ornate hotel formality. The Dean, Cork in Ireland offers a design-fixated, fun and trendy take on indulgence with splendid cosy custom-made rooms that are bursting with gadgets, cool treats and quite comfort. Simply book, appear, say ciao, take an elevator and relax in. A share of boutique delight in the core of one of Europe’s greatest exhilarating cities, The Dean offers spaces to work and play. The hotel boasts of its very own rooftop restaurant and bar which offers stunning views of Cork City. Located right in the heart of the city, the incredible location makes it the perfect place to stay for your next Cork visit. The hotel is open to visitors with its open house vibe for a quick coffee grab; a quiet corner to use as a hot desk, an unbelievable dinner with a side of views, a table full of classic cocktails or DJs on the decks, sunrise, sunset…
Where: Horgan’s Quay, Railway St, Northern Quarter, Cork, Ireland
Wallet: EUR265 (Rs23,000 approximately) per night with breakfast for the Super room; up to EUR985 (Rs86,000 approximately) per night with breakfast for the Penthouse Suite
Call: +353 (0)21 234 1200
AMAN, NEW YORK
Aman New York hints refurbishment on many levels and will respire new life into Manhattan’s iconic Crown Building. At the seam of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, one of the premium curves in the realm, the opening of Aman New York concurs with the Crown Building’s 100th anniversary. The hotel will offer an extensive Aman Spa and the very first urban Aman Residences worldwide. The hotel will contain 83 guest rooms and suites, each having an operational fireplace. Arva, Aman’s signature Italian restaurant, will offer incomparable all-day dining together inside the airy restaurant and on the wraparound garden terrace. The Bar will serve cocktails produced by prized mixologists, craft beers and gin from prominent local breweries and distilleries, and an international selection of fine wines.
Where: The Crown Building, 730 5th Ave, 10019 New York
Wallet: On request
Call: +1 754 216 7830
ADDRESS BEACH FRONT, DUBAI
You can relish direct entree to one of the world’s highest infinity rooftop pools bragging spectacular views of Dubai and the private Jumeirah Beach Strip. Stimulate your palate at Li’ Brasil, an immersive fusion eating experience. Loosen at The Spa, situated on the 75th floor with magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf. Let the little one’s free their vision at QIX Club. Positioned in the centre of the sparkling Jumeirah Beach Residence and fronting Bluewaters Island, you will constantly find yourself in the core of the enthusiasm here. With an endless list of actions and dwellings to see across town, there is never a dismal moment in Dubai.
Where: JBR THE WALK, DUBAI, UAE
Wallet: Starting from Rs24,000 per night
Call: +971 4 879 8888
THE LEELA GANDHINAGAR
Created on the terrain of a standard railway station, 22 meters above ground, the Leela Gandhinagar combines contemporary grandeur with the pulsating traditional ethnicities of Gujarat. Positioned near the Dandi Kutir museum, it delivers spectacular views of the Central Vista. The hotel’s interiors attract effect from the opulent archaeological and architectural relic of the stage. Each of the four Presidential Suites boast a different degree of unmatched magnificence, ultra-modern facilities, and plush amenities. On offer is a rich gastronomic experience with banqueting sites crossing across a swarm of gastronomies served in charming environs. The Royal Club Lounge encompasses of an select dining area serving breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening beverages available absolutely to the guests staying at The Royal Club Rooms and Suites. It also vaunts of a reserved library lounge and an select party room with gorgeous views of the city. From chic ballrooms to majestic meeting rooms, the hotel’s inspiring venues offer the epitome milieu for any event.
Where: The Leela Gandhinagar, Sector 14 Airspace, above Gandhinagar Railway Station, near K Road, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Wallet: Rs7,000 to Rs10,000 plus taxes per night
Call: +91 (79) 6902 1234
KARMA GOLDEN CAMP, JAISALMER
Karma Golden Camp is the latest addition to the Karma Group’s fleet of 44 resorts worldwide! Located in the Thar Desert, this resort provides a fabulous holiday experience. Guests can choose from a selection of 30 safari tents and bungalows. On-site facilities include a restaurant, spa and an outdoor amphitheatre. Karma Golden Camp allows you to select from a long list of exciting adventure activities and relaxing experiences. Camel safaris, dune buggy rides, sand surfing, private dining under the light of the full moon and star gazing at the magnificent night sky with zero light pollution are only a few of the unique and magical experiences that guests at Karma Golden Camp can enjoy. Just 45-minutes away from the ‘Golden City’, Jaisalmer, this resort is a destination in itself and promises an experience of a lifetime!
Where: Front of Desert National Park Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer.
Wallet: Rs21,000 per night