The world’s best hotel for 2015 is Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India. The hotel was judged by the readers of Travel + Leisure’s World in their annual awards for excellence in hospitality and travel. Oberoi Udaivilas has a five-star rating on TripAdvisor, with many describing their stay as a ‘royal retreat’. Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, The Oberoi, Udaivilas stands on the 200 year old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar. Spread over a luxurious fifty acres, which includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar, The Oberoi Udaivilas affords spectacular views across the verdant gardens and sparkling Lake Pichola.
The hotel’s intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors reflects the layout of Udaipur itself – whose seven lakes are linked by canals. These domes and walkways are flooded with sunlight, caressed by balmy breezes and offer magnificent views of the lake and gardens.
Featuring splendid furniture, Mewar inspired designs and the most modern technologies, the hotel’s rooms harmonise authentic style and convenience. On one side, rooms afford refreshing views of our expansive gardens, indigenous trees and vibrant bougainvillea. On the other, they open onto private or semi-private pools, with views of the serene waters of Lake Pichola and the dramatic City Palace.
An indoor and al fresco dining spaces combine the charm of Mewar architecture, with the finest Western and Indian culinary experiences.
Views from the restaurants encompass either the hotel’s landscaped gardens abundant with indigenous plant life – or Lake Pichola and the City Palace.
There’re many available activities such as culinary classes, yoga, camel rides, Henna lessons, art classes, lake cruises, sightseeing tours and luxury on-site spa treatments.