Udaipur, India

Bujera Fort

Rates from (ex tax)$247.13

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (INR20,480.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Relaxed Rajasthani

Setting

Hills, palaces and lakes

Bujera Fort has blossomed in the Aravalli Ranges like a pale pink, exotic wildflower. Sticking with horticulture, the hotel has majestic Mughal gardens, the centrepiece of which is a monochrome-tiled pool, flanked by immaculate lawns and paths, plus a cluster of sun loungers. Sip cocktails in the library, try thalis in the restaurant and use this new-build fort as your launchpad to Rajasthan’s considerable cultural charms.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

14, including four suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 12 noon.

Rates

Double rooms from $247.13 (INR16,000), excluding tax at 28 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (INR20,480.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include Continental, full English or Indian breakfast.

Also

Bujera Fort’s relaxed refinement stems from its clever owners, Richard Hanlon and Trish McFarlane. Richard is an acclaimed interior designer, who sourced Indian furnishings for Firmdale favourite, the Ham Yard Hotel in London.

At the hotel

Gorgeous Mughal gardens; soft-ball tennis court; spa with yoga room and two treatment rooms; library; drawing room; boutique; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: desk; Kama Ayurveda bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Who wouldn’t want to wake up in a master suite with marble bathrooms – two per suite, natch – and crackling fireplaces? If you’re travelling in a group, book the Cottage, which has three bedrooms, a pretty private garden and two sitting areas, one of which is alfresco. Guests staying here will spend most of their time outdoors, cooling off in the plunge pool or dining in the chatri's shade.

Poolside

Prepare to feel your eyes pop and your jaws drop at the sight of Bujera Fort’s regal, marble-lined, monochrome-tiled pool, the star of the hotel’s dreamy, flower-filled gardens. There’s also a plunge pool by the Cottage.

Spa

Unwind at Bujera Spa, where masseuses melt muscles knots and treat skin to fragrant unguents in body treatments. Still wound up? The house physiotherapist will ease any residual stress.

Packing tips

Silks and scent to waft around the manicured environs in; a thirst for tea. The hotel has a stash of on-loan sun hats.

Also

Afternoon tea here is a highlight: expect feather-light lemon cake and an array of teas, served in shiny silver tea pots and delicate bone china.

Children

Over-12s are welcome (younger Smiths can stay by previous agreement with the hotel); there’s a fleet of bicycles that they can borrow.

Eco‐friendly

Any greener and Bujera Fort would blend into its gardens: this practically emissions-free hotel collects rainwater from its roof and uses it to water the gardens. All the lights are LED; local materials were used for construction (nearly all the doors and windows were salvaged); local produce stars in the restaurant.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

In warm months, pick a table in the Dining Pavilion, set in a shaded veranda in the gardens and decorated with colourful textiles and furnishings. Head inside for the Dining Room when the temperature drops; sit next to your favourite European antique.

Dress Code

Aim for relaxed refinement: light, loose layers (cashmere for winter). Add silks and scent by night.

Hotel restaurant

Bujera Fort’s food, served in an airy dining room open to the gardens, comes with your nutritionist’s approval: healthy, light dishes put the focus on local produce (the majority is home-grown; the rest is recruited within a 20-mile radius) and the current season. Instead of a set menu, dishes are adapted to guests’ tastes; lunch has a European bent – caramelised-garlic tart, cheese-and-cauliflower soufflé, for example – whereas Indian flavours dictate dinner (expect thalis a-go-go). Living up its farm-to-fork philosophy, the hotel makes its own jams, marmalades, cakes, biscuits and more; ghee and oil are used minimally.

Hotel bar

There’s a bar in the library, but drinks can be served wherever you like: by the peaceful pool; in the emerald gardens; around blazing braziers on the courtyard in cold months...

Last orders

Meals and drinks are served when you want them (within reason).

Location

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Address
Bujera Fort
Village Bujera, Via Nai,
Udaipur
313031
Udaipur
India

Planes

Bujera Fort is a 45-minute drive from Udaipur airport, which connects to Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities in India. Hotel transfers can be arranged (£20 each way).

Trains

City Station in Udaipur is 8km from the hotel, a 20-minute drive. Transfers with the hotel are £10 one way.

Automobiles

Only the most fearless tourists self drive in India – the rest hire a driver and let them navigate the chaotic roads; get a chauffeur and wheels from Udaipur car hire (www.udaipurcarhire.com). From Udaipur, take the Dudh Talai road around the lake to Sisarama Bridge, then follow the blue signs marked for Bujera Fort.

Other

Hop on a rickshaw – luggage and all – from the city.

Worth getting out of bed for

Challenge your companion to a game of tennis on the court or have a board game battle in the library. Perfect your downward dog in the yoga room and have a massage in the spa. If you want to go home with a thali or two under your belt, sign up for a culinary masterclass with Bujera Fort’s chef. Set off on a walking tour of the local villages or hills (borrow bicycles, if you’d rather wheel around). The hotel can also arrange cycle tours, trips to City Palace, shopping excursions in the old city (don’t miss Ganesh Emporium, a kingdom of textiles), sunset cruises on Lake Pichola to Jag Mandir island and outings to an array of temples, including Nathdwara, Eklingji, Ranakpur, Chittorgarh and Kumbhalgarh Forts.

Local restaurants

Spy on the lake from the jharokhas – overhanging enclosed balconies – at Jagat Niwas Palace restaurant, which serves Indian, European and Chinese cuisine. The restaurant is in the heart of the old city, behind the famous Jagdish temple. You can expect equally tasty views of Lake Pichola from Fateh Prakash Palace’s Sunset Terrace restaurant. Take your cue from the name and come at sunset for eye-popping panoramas; the terrace is also well suited to coffee- or cocktail-pit-stops.

Local cafés

Pause for coffees or inventive milkshakes – a Mars or Twix one, perhaps – at Govinda's, a characterful little café at 169 City Palace Road. There’s an array of snacks and mains – sandwiches, salads and pastas – all marked at very fair prices.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this palatial hotel in India and unpacked their linens and leather gifts, a full account of their Udaipur break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Bujera Fort in Rajasthan...

Clap eyes on Bujera Fort and you could be forgiven for thinking it’s been a part of the (epic) furniture for centuries – as rooted in the scenery as the Monsoon Palace opposite, or the Aravalli hills it’s set in. You’d be wrong though. This is a newly built fortress, which blossomed in its surroundings in a mere six years. Thanks to salvaged doors and windows – many of which have clocked up centuries – and gem-bright vintage fabrics and furnishings, the hotel looks old beyond its years, in the most handsomely historic of ways. Live like a thakur – Indian aristocrat – in this elegantly styled hideaway, whose interiors come courtesy of owner Richard Hanlon. The gardens are magnificent, the pool is peaceful and the chef is a dab hand at healthy, colourful cuisine. There’s even a spoiling spa and a trinket-stuffed gift shop, so you can take a piece of Bujera back home with you...

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Bujera Fort’s Guestbook below.

We loved

I actually went alone and it was perfect. Super relaxing, great food, wonderful service. The rooms are phenomenal and the location is lovely. It is just outside of town so you really experience the peace, quiet and charm of a small Indian village. The city center is just a short drive away, but I always looked forward to escaping back to the fort after a day of touring. I cannot wait to go back!! City Palace is a must. And i did most of my shopping at Ganesh Handicraft Emporium. I also took a cooking class at Shashi's Cooking Lessons. It was a lot of fun, but very long. The owners have some other cooking lesson suggestions if interested that may have fit my timeline a bit better. While I would've loved to have had more time to explore, I spent most of my free time in the main part of town or back on the property. Make sure you spend some time on the lake in some way whether on a boat cruise or cocktails at one of the restaurants/cafes around the lake. If you want any additional recommendations, the owners, Richard and Trish are experts in the area and will know exactly where to send you depending on your preferences.

Don’t expect

A mini bar in your room or buffet of food options. The meals are very curated at Bujera Fort. They will absolutely take into account any restrictions you may have, but the food is made fresh daily from what is available in the garden. Because it is set up as a home stay, there is no continuous restaurant, but if you make a request the staff will do their best to fulfill. Don't expect a lively hotel bar, that is not what you stay here for. My favorite part of the day was just sitting outside for lunch in the sun having a glass of Sauvignon Blanc with a bunch of fresh salads! Where many hotels in India have someone waiting to help you at every turn, Bujera Fort gives you space. They can absolutely help with any arrangements you need - yoga, drivers, massage, etc. and will be as visible or not as you'd like. I spent quite a bit of time with the team and always enjoyed the company, but if you're looking for a secluded/private stay that is welcomed and respected.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Jan 2017

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