An hour away from the Maharana Pratap Airport at Udaipur, The Leela Palace Hotel is the last word in indulging the 'royal' in you. The moment you step out of the Airport, the very obsequious chauffeur drops you at the banks of Lake Pichola. You know that very moment that you will be swept away with hospitality you won’t forget for the rest of your life. Yes, a truly 5-star experience awaits you here.
A Grand Arrival
A private boat ferries you to the entrance of the hotel. The boatman speaks about the Marathas with pride and honour, enlightening you with a perspective and trivia about them that will engage you. Eventually you will be looking forward to these intense conversations that happen during the boat rides.
A traditional Indian welcome would include a vermillion mark on your forehead, a small flower shower with garland, a gentle and almost inconspicuous spray of rose water and an earthen lamp that welcomes you. You arrive in the backdrop of tranquil Lake Pichola, with rustic music and soulful traditional Rajasthani vocals serenading you, and smiles that greet you with warmth. If this doesn't make you feel like a king or queen, wait till you are escorted to your room.
The Palace of Your Dreams
The décor is replete with silverware and many notes of royal heritage. As you pass the shiny, dressed up with mirror, wood work and colorful walls, the expanse of the glory of Udaipur gradually sets in. The stay at Leela Udaipur in itself is sufficient to keep you in Udaipur at least for three days. The grand spread of buffet breakfasts will make you skip the lunches for sure. What’s even more gratifying is that despite the voluminous footfall, your coffees would not be delayed and the parathas would still be piping hot. The palace has the Lake on one side and the city on the other. There are fresh green gardens and sit outs that you can make the most of to enjoy the view, coffee or some snacks.
In the evenings, the beauty of the lakeside enhances exponentially with the local vocalists singing folk songs and dancing to their tunes. The Dining Room, Sheesh Mahal and Library Bar are the three in-house restaurants with finger licking recipes served by award-winning Chefs. The Mutton Rara here is highly recommended. However, if you want to create your own signature evening, The Leela Palace would set up a quaint table for two anywhere you please in the entire premises. The Spa treatments here are a must too.
City that Exudes Exuberant Luxury
Udaipur is replete with all things princely. So, visiting its forts, palaces and markets would meet their match when you return to The Leela Palace, escorted to your private boat under a hand embroidered umbrella. This will then ferry you to your royal chamber at the hotel.
Yes, I Fell in Love
The Leela Palace at Udaipur is consistently rated as one of the best hotels of the world. For the money you spend here, you are treated to some of the most unforgettable moments and memories of your lifetime. What will probably stay back in your heart is the uncompromising hospitality of the staff, right from the chauffeur who picks you up, to the boatman, to the welcome entourage, to your hosts at the restaurants and the housekeeping staff that never forgets to leave lovely notes for you in the room. Their hospitality prompted me to gift my kid brother and his wife a package at The Leela in Goa for their second wedding anniversary. I know for sure, they will be taken care of.
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