Probably The World’s Best Hotel


Welcome to The Leela Palace Udaipur, a stunning, 80-room resort in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

The hotel, which sits on the banks of Lake Pichola, was just voted the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure readers.

Guests can see the lake during a luxurious boat transfer provided by the resort.

And once they reach the shore, guests navigate stunning koi ponds and pristine gardens on their way into the palace.

Guests are greeted at the door, and the opulence of the hotel is evident upon first glance.

When they reach reception, guests quickly see that “the staff will go above and beyond” to organize their accommodations and excursions, according to Travel + Leisure.

Standard rooms, including some that overlook Lake Pichola, still boast lavish accommodations.

But the hotel’s suites are truly magnificent.

Combining modern elegance with traditional Indian style, the Maharaja Suite — the most extravagant at the resort — boasts 3,585 square feet of space complete with a living room, study, dining room, and master bedroom with a walk-in closet.

And if you’re looking for a relaxed and romantic atmosphere, the in-suite king-size bathtub and Jacuzzi almost certainly will not disappoint.

But all of this luxury costs a pretty penny: $9,914 per night, to be exact.

Once guests get hungry, they have a variety of dining options to choose from.

For fine dining, the hotel’s Sheesh Mahal rooftop restaurant has an authentic and upscale Indian menu with stunning views of Rajasthan’s heritage city and Lake Pichola.

And in the morning, guests can enjoy a champagne breakfast with the same breathtaking scenery.

When they get thirsty, patrons can head to the walk-in wine cellar at The Dining Room.

Or they can visit The Library Bar for cognacs and single malts as wells as wine and champagne.

Guests can also achieve peak relaxation at the resort’s spa by ESPA, which offers personalized holistic treatments that come with a tea ritual.

And the pool area is equally as luxurious as the rest of the hotel.

If visitors are ever inclined to leave the hotel grounds, they can explore Udaipur, otherwise known as “Venice of the East.” Sites like the City Palace and 18th-century Sajjangarh Fort are located nearby.

Rooms at The Leela Palace Udaipur start at $991, or 68,000 Indian Rupees per night.


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