Need to know
Fifty-nine, including 41 suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.
Double rooms from $157.44 (INR11,200), excluding tax at 28 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
The original 230-year-old fort is an example of local architecture that was influenced by both the Mughals and the British – look out for gaps in the two-metre-thick ancient walls that once housed firearms.
At the hotel
Valet parking, free WiFi throughout, kids’ club, gym, bicycles to borrow. In rooms: LED TV, air-conditioning, free bottled water, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a fridge.
Our favourite rooms
For cosiness, opt for one of the smaller Heritage Rooms, which have intricately carved wooden window frames. The Regal Suites are predictably massive, with a honeymooner-friendly bath tub in the middle of the lounge. To feel like Rapunzel, choose one of the rooms in the tower, which have seating areas within the turret to enjoy the fairy-tale Rajasthan romance.
There’s an outdoor pool and bar at the bottom of the hill; buggies will transport you there and back.
The spa has an impressive treatment menu, incorporating Ayurvedic, Balinese and Javanese techniques. Even the kids can get in on the action with children’s massages. Yoga, Pilates and personal training are also available. Couples should book the double treatment room – it has a roof terrace with a bath tub on it.
This is a really old fort built onto a hillside – heels are not a great choice. Chic but sensible flats are the way to go here.
The hilly landscape will be tricky to navigate in a wheelchair, but some of the rooms are suitable.
All ages are welcome. Babysitting can be arranged for 700 rupees an hour. The Play Alila kids’ club is free.
Babies and up.
The spacious Regal Suites have plenty of room for families.
Play Alila looks after children with age-appropriate activities, such as face-painting, cycling, games and films. There’s no extra cost.
Cycling, badminton, football, cricket. There’s an outdoor playground and indoor playroom, as well as gardens.
There’s a smaller plunge pool next to the main pool, just for little Smiths.
Children are welcome in all of the restaurants, but not the bar. Highchairs and special menus are available, and staff are happy to heat up baby food.
Babysitting costs 700 rupees an hour and requires a day’s notice to book.
No need to pack
Baby bedlinen, highchairs, toys, books, puzzles, crayons, paints and paper, armbands, helmets, baby baths, bath toys.
Most of the vegetables and herbs are grown in the on-site kitchen garden, and everything that can be is locally sourced and seasonal. Cleaning products and lightbulbs are all environmentally friendly.