Need to know
40, including eight suites.
Noon; check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible subject to availability for an additional fee.
Double rooms from $264.62 (INR18,900), excluding tax at 28 per cent.
Rates include continental breakfast and all taxes.
Slip into Ila Spa for some holistic, spiritual treatments.
At the hotel
Gardens, cushioned alcoves, spa treatment rooms, DVD/CD library, free WiFi throughout. In room: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, minibar, Kama Ayurveda toiletries. Suites in the Heritage Wing offer iPods.
Our favourite rooms
Set within the original Rajput residence, the three Old Wing Suites are the last word in romance. Rose-hued sandstone, carved jaali screens and splashes of Brahmin blue set the tone for these luxury abodes. Outdoor terraces lead into dimly lit living areas with cool tile floors and stone walls. Low-slung king-size beds and sumptuous freestanding bath tubs are fit for a Maharani.
The 18-metre heated infinity pool brings a splash of Ibiza to the Indian desert, with white-canopied sunloungers, chilled tunes and switched-on bar service to boot. Book ahead for poolside yoga.
Sari-fabulous wraps, feather-light cottons and broad-brimmed hats for Mrs Smith. Mr Smith, look to owner Nikhilendra's designer desert kit of crisp linen shirts, khaki cotton pants and aviator shades. If you don't want to wake with the pre-dawn azan from Laiquan mosque, use the earplugs provided in each room, but we reckon you're missing out on this melodic start to the day.
Pet dogs and cats are welcome, and smoking is allowed in outside sitting areas.
Junior Smiths are welcome at Raas. Baby cots are free, or under-4s can share their parents' bed at no extra cost. Extra beds (suitable for 5-12s) cost INR3,000 a night (plus tax; includes breakfast). Babysitting can be arrange for INR300 an hour.
Raas welcomes kids of all ages, with child-friendly activities, menus and bedding on offer.
Older kids, who'll appreciate the hustle and bustle of Jodhpur.
The ground-floor Garden Rooms open onto private grassy courtyards, making them pick of the bunch for Smiths travelling en masse. Baby cots can be added for free, and extra beds for under 12s cost INR2,300.
Hotel staff are only too happy to arrange treasure hunts, cooking classes, flower decoration sessions and music lessons. Beyond the hotel, the markets will dazzle and Mehrangarh Fort's Flying Fox lets juniors channel their inner Batman.
There's no dedicated kids pool, but the shallow ledge provides for safe splashing. Inflatables and arm-bands are on offer, and from 7am to 10pm a lifeguard will keep an eye on tiny tots.
Children can pull up a pew at both restaurants, where special menus and highchairs are provided. Pizzas, salads and noodles are sure to please young appetites. You can also ask the kitchen to prepare packed lunches, or heat up baby food and milk.
With 24 hours' notice, babysitting can be arranged for INR300 an hour.
No need to pack
Highchairs, baby cots and pool toys are all on tap.
Organic vegetables and herbs are grown in the grounds and at the owner's kitchen garden nearby, and swaying stands of aromatic lemongrass act as a natural insect repellent. Local materials have been used in construction, plus solar power and recycling programmes are in effect.