Spending the night in India has never looked so beautiful. Journey with Ker & Downey from the desert to Delhi in the Fall 2012 issue of BESPOKE Magazine and take a peek at our curated selection of ultra-lux hotels designed to inspire.
Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Jaipur, India
Find the ultimate in unhurried relaxation and seclusion in the dusky pink villas of the Tree of Life Resort & Spa, located just outside the famed “Pink City” of Jaipur. Vibrant colors indicative of Rajasthani design are on full display, from the plush textiles in fuchsia, green, and turquoise to the painted dome ceilings above the spacious bath. Each villa acts as its own private walled home, with the exclusive comforts of a plunge pool on a private furnished terrace and tented sala on a lush lawn.
Total Number of Rooms: 14 Private Villas
What to do: Live Performances, The Ganesh Adobe, Temple Ceremonies, Outdoor Massages, Cooking Lessons
RAAS, Jodhpur, India
In its heyday as a lavish private home in the 19th century, the rose-red buildings that now comprise the RAAS Hotel played host to a cast of exclusive guests of the Thakur and his family. Today the grandeur of old is echoed in the intricately carved jaali screens that accent the sandstone structures, and the retreat’s contemporary buildings balance the spirit of the past with modern furnishings and elegant amenities. Jodhpur’s signature cornflower blue pops against a scheme of soothing neutrals, while peeking through the screened balcony reveals the manicured garden square or the Mehrangarh Fort lording over the city.
Total Number of Rooms: 32 Rooms, 7 Suites
What to do: Tuk Tuk Rides, Mehrangarh Fort, Poolside Cabanas, Ayurveda Treatments
Devi Garh, Udaipur, India
Though its weathered facade remains purposely untouched, the corridors of the 18th-century Devi Garh fort palace have been painstakingly restored and enhanced with updated minimalist interiors. As it did in bygone days, the Rajput palace hovers over the pastoral village of Delwara near Udaipur. Despite the simple peace of the region, luxurious embellishments like semi-precious stones and a generous presence of local white marble remind guests of the palace splendor of old. Each incredible suite is unique in composition, offering views of the Aravali Hills or verdant gardens from private balconies and bay windows.
Total Number of Rooms: 39 Suites
What to do: Sunrise Yoga, Devi Spa, Camel Rides, Stargazing, Kite Flying
The Lodhi, New Delhi, India
This city-chic resort emulates a private community plucked from Beverly Hills and dropped into the quiet landscaped surrounds of colonial-era Delhi. Each room possesses its own private plunge pool and terrace, and guests have a choice of Aman or Lodhi accommodations, the latter being only suites and housed in a separate five-story tower. The contemporary splendor has a marked Hindustan vibe – native khareda stone and handcrafted carpets adorn the floors, rich wood paneling warms the walls, and the exterior textures display patterns from the traditional jaali screens.
Total Number of Rooms: 30 Aman Rooms, 8 Aman Suites, 28 Lodhi Suites
What to do: The Aman Spa, Wine Tastings,Tapas Lounge, Lutyens’