The luxury industry is filled with innovative and unique experiences and we’re of the opinion that dining in the very apartments enjoyed by royalty, is right up there with the best of them.
The following hotels from our collection were once all owned and lived in by Kings and Queens of Asia and the service and comfort they offer are befitting of their pedigree to this day.
After Prince Maharana Jagat Singh II, got a royal telling off for his lavish parties on palace grounds, he did what every self respecting royal with a penchant for extravagance would do. To avoid bothersome calls to sobriety and restraint, the Prince decided to continue his shenanigans on his private playground and hence, the Taj Lake Palace was born.
Though built on an Island, the marble and stone structure seems to float atop the lake turning the Taj Lake Palace into a vision that wouldn’t look out of place in a fantasy landscape. The butlers and some members of the serving staff are the direct descendants of retainers that waited upon prince Mahrana Jagat Singh himself. Royal service guaranteed.
You don’t get to stay in the Summer Palace per se but instead, in the pavilions in which the royal guests were housed, so it’s as close as you can get without breaking the law.
All those waiting for an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi would stay within these walls and though we’d rather stay clear of discussing her political agenda, we’ve got absolutely no doubts regarding her hospitality. The hotel is an enclave of zen and taking a stroll in the courtyard and among the pavilions is simply poetic.
It’s also one of the few hotels in the world with so many UNESCO heritage sites within its immediate vicinity. The great wall of China, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven are all neighbors of this little slice of Paradise.
The Rambagh Palace is deeply entrenched in Jaipur’s royal history and is a dream factory for anyone who hasn’t set foot inside… after all, this is the hotel that lets you play polo from the back of an Elephant.
Once the former residence of a royal handmaiden, it evolved into a hunting lodge before prince Sawaii Man Singh II established it as his royal residence and threw in some royal suites for good measure. Nowadays it still serves up the royal treatment in spades and offers ballroom dining and lamplit courtyards and tents, and the views over the Aravalli hills, are second to none here.
You can only stay in one section of this palace, want to know why? because the other section still houses the royal family which commissioned its construction in 1905…(their descendants of course)
One of the world’s largest private residences and among the last great palaces of India, the Umaid Bhawan Palace offers a unique hotel experience to guests. As if the sheer size and having royals as neighbors wasn’t enough of a wow factor, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is staffed by the descendants of the palace’s retainers and these guys know just how to provide service fit for a king… after all it’s in their blood.