Living like the Maharana and the Maharani

July 2019 – As part of the ‘Opulent Living – in luxury around the world in 80 days’ experience, we had the pleasure to stay at The Leela Palace Udaipur, a majestic palace on the banks of Lake Pichola in Rajasthan, India. Only a few days earlier, the hotel has been voted as World’s Best Hotel by Travel + Leisure USA, Readers Award Survey 2019. This accolade is received in recognition of its unique location, exquisite architecture and personalised experiences that connect guests with the rich cultural heritage/heart of the city.

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award Survey is a world-renowned mark of excellence for travel and hospitality companies globally. It honours the finest travel experiences in the world selected by Travel+ Leisure’s global readership of discerning travellers. Readers rate their experiences and evaluate hotels across the world on characteristics such as rooms, location, service, food and value.

Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said: “We are thrilled to receive this pinnacle accolade from readers of Travel + Leisure, USA. It’s a badge of honour for our young and passionate team members, who are committed to delivering memorable experiences to our guests.”

This award comes at an exciting time as the hotel is all set to celebrate its 10th anniversary and we could not agree more.

Since its inception, The Leela has from a single hotel at the edge of Mumbai grown to a collection of unique properties which have redefined luxury hospitality across India. Today, The Leela has expanded its hotel portfolio to nine world-class luxury hotels spread across key destinations in India, with plans to increase its footprint within the country and overseas through management contracts.  Upcoming projects include a resort in Jaipur, a palace hotel in Agra where every room will face the Taj Mahal, and business hotels in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The Leela Palace Udaipur is a stunning modern day palace inspired by the magic and grandeur of Udaipur’s past, an enchanting 16th century city in the heart of Rajasthan. Set on the banks of the pristine Lake Pichola, each of the 72 rooms and 8 suites are elegant and contemporary and offer captivating views of Lake Pichola, the City Palace, and the surrounding majestic Aravalli Mountains.  Each guest room spans 580 square feet with the Maharaja Suite, an impressive 3,552 square feet.  A haven for the gourmand, dining options range from enjoying multi-cuisines at an all-day restaurant to having a royal dining experience under the stars at Sheesh Mahal, to relishing fine wines and delicious cocktails at The Library. The property also offers an award-winning 10,000-square-feet ESPA, the only luxury tented spa of its kind in the country and we were treated with a 90-minute full body massage! This is where you feel incredible India from head to toe.

Equipped with state-of-the-art meeting and banquet facilities, The Leela Palace Udaipur provides unforgettable settings for events, whether it is a corporate board meeting or a lavish wedding.  Celebrated as one of the best resorts on earth, guests can explore the rich heritage of Mewar in style, comfort and tranquillity.

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