Royal Heritage Haveli hotel is a sanctuary of beautiful sights, sounds, flavors and experiences in the heart of Jaipur. A converted 18th-century hunting lodge built by the Maharajah, the hotel now holds frescoed suites, walled gardens, a serene spa and an al fresco restaurant serving the spicy flavors of Rajasthan using home-grown vegetables.
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A guided tour of the property, high tea for two (with sandwiches, savoury canapés, a dessert and coffee, tea and juice), and luxury organic soaps
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 1pm.
Double rooms from $114.51 (INR8,190), excluding tax at 28 per cent.
Rates include continental breakfast, a large spread with Indian breakfast treats, fresh pastries, eggs and fruit.
Head to the gardens in the afternoons for cocktails and croquet.
At the hotel
Gardens, pool, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Minibar, free bottled water, kettle with teas and coffee, flatscreen TV, WiFi, Kama Ayurveda bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The spacious Heritage Premium suites have stunning hand-painted ceilings and prime views of the garden and pool, as well as a private terrace.
Set just outside the palace by the gardens, the unheated lap pool is surrounded by marble and sand-coloured Jaisalmer stone sunbathing areas.
The tranquil Frangipani Spa offers treatments inspired from around the world, including Balinese massage, Tahitian scrubs, Ayurvedic treatments, poultices and a traditional Indian massage using herbal infused oils.
Bring sketchpads to capture the stunning frescoes and two gorgeous gardens on the hotel’s grounds. Don’t over pack: Jaipur is world-renowned for its shopping, including gemstones, silver, fabrics and leather sandals.
The common areas and one suite are wheelchair accessible.
Opt for an outdoor table by the flowering gardens. For a particularly romantic setting, request a private dinner at the Baradari, facing the pool.
Beautiful silk fabrics.
Serving diners in a frescoed dining room and on a courtyard beneath a 200-year-old kigelia tree, Kigelia Court specialises in authentic Rajasthani and Northern Indian cuisine. Though the menu changes daily, there are also a few Italian dishes for diners looking to pause from India’s rich tikkas and curries.
Mehrab has plenty of secluded corners for romantic after-dinner drinks. With bevelled glass arches and mirrors cleverly designed to resemble hunting trophies, the menu includes plenty of spirits, and house cocktails made with India’s excellent fruit, including watermelon martinis and mango mojitos.
Kigelia Court serves all day, from the start of breakfast at 7am until 10pm.
The full restaurant menu is available during the restaurant’s operating hours, along with a selection of comfort foods, cheeses and drinks throughout the day.
Royal Heritage Haveli hotel is in Jaipur, 5km west of the city centre, and 18km from Amer Fort.
Jaipur International Airport, which offers domestic flights, is a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Transfers are available for INR1100 (about £12). The largest nearby airport is Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, a five-hour drive from the hotel.
The Jaipur Railway Station is a 10-minute drive from the hotel, and connects with major cities throughout the country, including Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Chennai. Transfers are available for INR650.
The roads in India can be intimidating for drivers unfamiliar with the area, so those looking to travel by road are best off hiring a car service; the hotel can recommend reliable local outfits. If you do opt to drive yourself, you can park on-site at no additional charge.
Worth getting out of bed for
A 250-year-old escape for the Maharaja of Jaipur, Royal Heritage Haveli has plenty to amuse guests within its manicured grounds. Dip into the pool to escape the Indian heat or set up a croquet game in the garden or practice sunrise yoga. The staff of Prithvi restaurant can offer cooking demonstrations. Jaipur, known as the Pink City, is rife with exceptional architecture, including the City Palace, the official residence of the Maharajah. The Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, resembles a large pink beehive, thanks to its intricate lattice-work windows, which enabled the women inside to watch the streets without being seen. Outside town, Jal Mahal, or the Water Palace, is accessible only by boat, out in the middle of a lake. Just north of town Amer Fort, set on a hill, is accessible by foot or on an elephant's back. The city holds numerous exceptional shopping opportunities, including the textile-abundant Johari Bazaar.The Gem Palace, a venerable jewellery icon that has sold rubies, diamonds and gilded crafts to Maharajas and royals since 1852. For a soaring view of Jaipur’s many sites, Skywaltz operates balloon rides over main attractions.
A popular restaurant in the heart of town, Niro’s on MI Road serves traditional Rajasthani dishes, a small selection of continental dishes and an assortment of Chinese food, including non-vegetarian options. For a break from Indian food, Taruveda Bistro offers a quirky assortment of globally inspired fare, including Texan hot wings, beet hummus, sushi, eggs Benedict and pesto pasta. The stunningly beautiful Bar Palladio is a near-surreal break from Indian cuisine. Inspired by Harry's Bar in Venice, and named for Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, but the interiors are a Mughal wonderland, set among orchards with peacocks strutting past. The menu is an ode to Italy, with pastas, soups and entrees all using classic Italian ingredients.
Lassi are a cooling Indian alternative to coffee, and few make them better than the Lassiwalas on MI Road. Offered in sweet or salty and served in clay cups, they’re a refreshing taste of the locals’ Jaipur.
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A 250-year-old hunting lodge that once hosted royals in pursuit of deer and boars, Royal Heritage Haveli now offers amusements of a different sort. The intimate 15-suite hotel is a lush sanctuary of gardens, shaded terraces and sprawling lawns ideal for sunrise yoga, croquet and relaxing under the Rajasthani sun. Run by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur, a descendent of the original 18th-century owner, the hotel has the warm, welcoming appeal of a family home — provided the family is Indian royalty, of course. Singh and his family are gracious and hospitable, welcoming guests as friends into their home — also shared with a pair of lazing basset hounds. Each suite is uniquely decorated, with soaring archways, decorative columns, intricate tile work and colourful frescoes, creating a distinctly Rajasthan vibe. Continue the experience at Kigelia Court, the beautiful indoor-outdoor restaurant named for the centuries-old tree shading the courtyard. Chef Prithvi Oli serves authentic Northern Indian food using home-grown ingredients.
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