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Taj Lake Palace

Address: Lake Pichola

Neighborhood: Jagniwas Island

City: Udaipur

Phone: 011-91-294-252-8800

Website: www.tajhotels.com

Expert Review

The Taj Lake Palace is a former royal residence on a 4-acre island in the middle of Lake Pichola. For some travelers, the resort might be that once-in-a-lifetime destination they aspire to visit – no matter the cost. This iconic property’s majestic buildings - albeit with guest rooms that are a bit small - include white marble terraces from which a musician plays the sitar, and courtyards where staff members dressed in traditional uniforms shoo away birds. Rich, colorful silks and elaborate frescoes of Rajasthani nobility adorn the opulent Jiva Spa. Ayurveda inspires the ingredients and treatments, but the execution veers toward sybaritic splendor. Like Indian cuisine, Lake Palace’s treatments involve a mind-boggling variety of ingredients – kewda, mustard oil, sandalwood, frankincense, turmeric, and so on. One wrap relies on 22 different local herbs. To truly feel aristocratic, take advantage of the new spa boat. Onboard find a double spa suite, a steam shower, an on-deck dining area, and a hot tub for two.

Tags: luxury | expensive | spa | historic | smart splurge

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