A palatial abode: India’s first Raffles in Udaipur opens its doors

Tanvi Gupta
After nearly 10 years in the making, India’s first-ever Raffles property, Raffles Udaipur opened its doors last week. The palatial property is located on a 21-acre private island in the middle of the serene Udai Sagar lake.
Exterior, Raffles Udaipurv
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Raffles Udaipur is located 20 minutes from the airport, from where a short boat ride will take you to this architectural marvel that features beautifully manicured, ornamental gardens and panoramic views of the surrounding hills, a tranquil lake,
and a 400-year-old temple.
Lobby, Raffles Udaipur
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The property brings Raffles’ iconic brand of hospitality in India, with a chic and modernised way of experiencing Rajasthan, keeping the tradition alive. It features 101 luxury rooms and suites that seamlessly interweave traditional Rajasthani Mughal architecture with western cultural references.
Raffles Udaipur
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The culinary offerings, Sawai Kitchen, Harvest, and Raffles Patisserie are every culinary aficionados’ dream. Sawai Kitchen presents authentic recipes from the royal kitchens while Raffles Patisserie features classic French desserts and pastries. The magnum opus Harvest, set to open in October will offer an interactive farm-to-table dining experience.
If you prefer to enjoy a drink over intimate conversations, head to The Writers Bar, and enjoy bespoke cocktails and a champagne and caviar menu. Raffles’ hallmark, the Long Bar is the place to be if you prefer socialising. Designed with European wood and leather, with engravings by local artisans, it offers fine Indian spirits, local brews from across Rajasthan and the signature Udaipur Sling – the Singapore classic remade with fresh produce from the island and homemade syrups.
Writers Bar, Raffles Udaipur
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For restorative treatments and complete rejuvenation, head to the Raffles Spa, a space flooded with natural light. The fitness centre is also well-equipped with a gym and swimming pool.
“Whether you are looking for a rare place of extraordinary discovery or a romantic getaway with captivating sunsets, Raffles Udaipur is the ideal choice,” said Abhishek Sharma, General Manager. “With breathtaking views of the lake from every room, the chance for long, leisurely, romantic walks around our magnificent gardens, and experiences like star gazing and full moon rituals, we are a sanctuary for travellers on a quest for peace and rejuvenation.”
Exterior, Raffles Oasis Suite with Pool, Raffles Udaipur
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Guests can also choose this island location as 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.
 Raffles Udaipur
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For all those who wish to seek memorable experiences in the Venice of the East, Raffles Udaipur has launched an exclusive inaugural Royal Escape package for Rs 45,000 per night from August 2 to September 30, 2021.
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