You will really be able to get a taste of the royal life, as the hotel is housed in one wing of the Maharaja Gaj Singh II’s private residence
If you want to be treated like royalty on holiday, spend the night in palace
High above the desert city of Jaipur, you will find the Umaid Bhuwan Palace. Here you will really be able to get a taste of the royal life, as the hotel is housed in one wing of the Maharaja Gaj Singh II’s private residence – the sixth largest private home in the world. You too can wander the 26 acre grounds that are decorated with peacocks, take a dip in the subterranean Zodiac pool and visit the Mehrangarh Fort that houses the royal family’s glittering private museum.
Take a speedboat ride across Lake Pichola in Udaipur to the former summer palace of the royal dynasty of Mewar. With its white marble walls that are laden with gems it really is the last word in luxury. Enjoy sunset drinks on the roof top or book a treatment at one of the world’s most unique spas, the Jiva Spa boat that floats across the lake. There’s no doubt that you will be given the royal treatment, as the butlers are the descendants of the original palace staff.
Sujan Rajmahal Palace
“This might just be India’s most beautiful hotel,” said Architectural Digest, and who can disagree? Sujan Rajmahal Palace is home to the Maharjah of Jaipur. However, this garden retreat feels more like a country retreat than an austere palace. Enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the palace lawns then walk off those calories with a stroll through Jaipur city, which lies just outside of the palace walls.
This former 16th-century princely residence that’s set on the banks of Lake Como, Italy. As soon as you walk through the revolving doors you will be able to enjoy the luxury and magnificence of a bygone era with a few modern touches. You can stay within the former palace or choose one of the four private villas found within the 25 acre grounds. They are willing to cater to your ever whim – you can dine almost anywhere you wish within the estate and if you want to take a boat out on to the lake, you can do that too.
The former residence of Prince Souphanouvong, who became Laos’s first president, is quite clearly fit for royalty. Every suite in this boutique hideaway in Luang Prabang, comes with a four-poster bed. Embrace the Laos heritage by taking a weaving class at Ock Pop Tok Crafts Centre near the banks of the Mekong River, stroll around the colonial town of Luang Prabang, or visit the Luang Prabang Night Market, which is open every night of the week.
The former imperial waiting rooms that now comprise the Aman Summer Palace are just moments away from the gates of the 260 year old Summer Palace in Beijing. Choose one of the suites that surround the internal courtyard, then enjoy treatments in the spa inspired by the Qing Dynasty. Beijing is a heritage lover’s dream – it is home to a total of six UNESCO world heritage sites including the Summer Palace, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.
This former royal hunting lodge turned Maharaja’s palace, has played host to numerous VIP guests, including Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Charles and Jaqueline Kennedy. The ex-royal retreat is beautifully decorated with hard-carved marble latticework, sandstone balustrades, and the wonderful Mughal Gardens. While away the hours watching a polo match next door at the Rambagh polo grounds or take a vintage car ride around the hotel.