If exquisite artistry gives you goosebumps, India’s first Raffles hotel in Udaipur may prove irresistible
AUG 2, 2021 | By Kashish Kaushal
The beguiling Raffles Udaipur sets a new standard in luxury accommodation in Udaipur, and it’s not just the hotel’s design and multiple amenities that are impressive. Unfurling on August 2, 2021, India’s first Raffles hotel presents a never seen before outlook on the city famed across the world for its lakes.
Set in the midst of the pristine Udai Sagar lake, the 21-acre private island is a nature lover’s paradise with its breathtaking country estate, ornamental gardens and panoramic views of the surrounding lake, hills, and a 400-year-old temple. With this new addition, Raffles Hotels and Resorts continues to mesmerise travellers with unforgettable experiences and service. It is a part of Accor, the world’s leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,100 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries.
“Whether you are looking for a rare place of extraordinary discovery or a romantic getaway with captivating sunsets, Raffles Udaipur is the ideal choice,” says Abhishek Sharma, General Manager.
Speaking about the opening, Puneet Dhawan, Senior Vice President of Operations – India and South Asia, Accor, mentions, “India is a strategic market with long-term growth potential for Accor and it’s an exciting time for us as we present the iconic Raffles brand to the Venice of the East. Discerning travellers will now be able to experience the bespoke and immersive hospitality that is quintessentially Raffles. We look forward to warmly welcoming our guests and allowing them to discover what we have created, a confluence of Raffles’ global ethos and local Indian sensitivities.”
Upon arrival, the guests are escorted via a scenic 20-minute drive from the airport, followed by a boat ride in the company of migratory feathered friends. Weaving ingenious western cultural references with Rajasthan’s royal heritage and elements of Mughal architecture, 101 luxurious rooms, suites and signature suites constitute this edifice. With uninterrupted lake views, private gardens, balconies, plunge pools and an east-west design aesthetic, the guestrooms are every connoisseur’s dream.
Under culinary director Prasad Metrani, Raffles Udaipur is a food aficionado’s heaven with fresh, new flavours to relish every day. The Sawai Kitchen—an Indian specialty restaurant, Harvest—an interactive farm-to-table dining experience, Rasoi—the cookery school along with the Raffles Patisserie are all meticulously crafted alfresco dining experiences, framed by the stunning hills that surround the lake.
The iconic Writers Bar and Long Bar, a hallmark of the Raffles brand designed with European wood and leather, with engravings by local artisans, serve as the perfect places to socialise. From a celestial cruise under the moon, guided farm tours, to a well equipped spa and fitness centre—the hotel prioritises both emotional and physical well-being of the guests through various authentic treatments and personalised programmes.
This island location can also transform into a memorable setting for special events and celebrations. The Grand Ballroom of 9,000 sq ft, including pre-function area, multiple outdoor gathering areas and an on-site temple, is set to make landmark moments simply unforgettable. The exclusive inaugural package— A Royal Escape features Raffles high tea, morning yoga with the in-house master and sunset cocktail hour. Revel in the lush green landscapes with the in-house naturalist and the enchanting views of the Udai Sagar Lake.
Modern day travellers are frequently in search of picturesque, ravishing and insta-worthy bed and breakfast interiors. There is nothing more exciting than staying in a hotel that far exceeds expectations, capturing the wow factor from the get go, and the Raffles Udaipur ticks all the boxes.