Need to know
39 suites, including 15 Pool Pavilions.
Noon, but flexible subject to availability and a charge of 50 per cent of the room tariff. Check-in, 12pm.
Double rooms from $600.00, excluding tax at 20.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of 12% per booking on check-out.
Breakfast is an extra US$25 a person, but Smith members get it for free.
Roll up your yoga mat for an early morning sun salutation or meditation session at the ruins of Bhangarh. According to local folklore, this eery ancient city was abandoned after being cursed by the court magician.
The hotel is closed from sweltering 1 June to 31 July 2015.
At the hotel
Day spa, gym, boutique, free WiFi throughout, well-stocked library of books, CDs and board games. In rooms: CD/DVD player, minibar, Forest Essentials toiletries. TVs and iPod docks are available on request.
Our favourite rooms
The Aman brief of understated, handsome furnishings is offset with refined Indian flourishes, including marble floors, carved wood panels, silver lanterns and intricate archways. All of the suites have king-size beds, private terraces, vaulted ceilings and enormous bathtubs (they take almost half-an-hour to fill) carved from a single slab of Udaipur green marble. We love Terrace Haveli Suite 38 for its regal balcony and generous terrace overlooking the pool and gardens, and Pool Pavilion 20 for its private marble pool, lush gardens and river views.
At the heart of the hotel is a 33-metre sea-green marble pool and a separate wading pool. The water temperature is kept cool in summer and warm in winter for blissful swims year round. Take a dip, then flop onto one of the eucalypt-shaded sunloungers.
With walking tours, camel treks and village jaunts galore, a pair of decent shoes are a must, but your runners ain't going to cut it come cocktail hour, so pack something suitably slinky, too. Be sure to leave plenty of room for your Jaipur loot, including silver jewellery, lavish fabrics and vivid blue pottery.
Unwind with Amanbagh's signature full-body massage – the Maharani for Mrs Smith and the Maharaja for Mr Smith – in the calm couple's treatment room. Healing therapies and traditional henna body art are also on offer.
All ages are welcome. Baby cots are available for free and extra beds for older children cost US$115 a night.
Amanbagh welcomes kids of all ages. Baby cots can be added to any room for free; extra beds for older kids cost US$100 a night.
All ages are welcome, but older kids and teens will glean the most from the cultural experiences.
The generous rooms can easily accommodate a baby cot (free of charge) and an extra bed for older children (US$100 a night). Families with small Smiths might want to avoid the staircases and low-slung balconies of the Terrace Haveli Suites.
There are plenty of activities to keep idle hands busy, including treasure hunts on the front lawn, camel rides and polo matches, guided nature walks, bike rides, garland making and cooking classes, child-friendly yoga sessions, horse-riding jaunts and music lessons on the tabla, a traditional Indian drum.
There's a wonderful wading pool in the grounds that is ideal for tiny tots. Teens will prefer to splash in the main pool and kick back on the sunloungers.
The restaurant has high chairs and a children's menu, and the chefs will happily accommodate any special requests, including preparing packed lunches and heating up milk or baby food.
Given 24 hours notice, free babysitting can be arranged.
No need to pack
Baby cots, high chairs and inflatables for the pool.