India gets first Raffles – in Udaipur

Udaipur’s Udai Sagar lake is now home to India’s first Raffles property. 

Raffles Udaipur stands on a 21-acre private island in the middle of the serene Udai Sagar lake, offering to make you look at Rajasthan in a fresher light while keeping the hospitality ethics intact.

It is located 20 minutes from the airport, from where you’ll need a short boat ride to reach this expansive property that features beautifully manicured, ornamental gardens and panoramic views of the surrounding hills, a tranquil lake, and a 400-year-old temple.

Once you enter the building, it greets you once with Rajasthan’s heritage oozing royalty and charm at every turn. There are 101 luxurious rooms, suites, and signature suites that boast western decor plus elements of Mughal architecture. Guestrooms have uninterrupted lake views, private gardens, balconies, plunge pools, and an east-west design aesthetic with murals, handcrafted furniture, and other crafts by local artisans.

Any getaway to the Western slice of India would be incomplete without food. And so, to allow you to fully succumb to your cravings is Raffles Udaipur’s culinary director Prasad Metrani, who helms their Sawai Kitchen, Harvest, and Raffles Patisserie. While the Indian specialty restaurant Sawai Kitchen is open and running, their farm-to-table dining experience Harvest will open in October.

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