We are sad to leave tomorrow.... Such a peaceful and beautiful place... We are staying in garden suite... Massive bedroom, large hallway and spacious bathroom... And fabulous patio.. Marble everywhere... No kitchen... My kind of 1 bed, hall and bathroom flat... Not a basic accommodation!!!! Have stayed in 5 star hotels where you can not walk as no room to unpack or put your suitcases... This hotel/ palace is best in every way...
Vaishanavi, Sakshi were really friendly and helpful... I mentioned to Vaishnavi that my husband has lot of muscle pain... And guess what.... She gave him a spray which he used and felt much better... I am so happy that I spent 3 nights here.. Wish there were more...very happy with breakfast and dinner... We were not hungry to try lunch .. Oh yes...did not order desserts ...so we were given that ..complimentary... Brilliant... Can not praise the hotel/ palace enough...
From the moment you drive into the hotel and are greeted by a smiling beautiful member of staff, as you walk under the arch and are showered with rose petals, you know you are staying at a very special place. This attention to detail is a theme of the hotel.
We had a garden room, which were the old stables, which was well designed with a private outside sitting area, a small lounge area, bedroom and the most enormous bathroom.No views. However we did go for a tour of the palace and although I did not see into the rooms I would advise paying the extra for a room here, to get the full Indian Palace experience, plus views.
The whole hotel is beautifully developed, integrating the palace and the more modern pool area. They have a small gym, with the running machines facing the view, plus a spa, which we did not have time to use!
Service is excellent, food in the restaurant and by the pool was very good too.
The first night we had a butter chicken and mixed vegetable curry with breads, this was one of my best Indian meals in my 2 week trip. Plus a super sweet but very good Indian steamed desert! For the second night we pre-ordered a 7 hour slow cooked lamb shank with black daal and breads.
The wine, as in the rest of India was not very good and expensive!
TIP: If you are staying in the garden rooms, make sure you do a tour of the palace, plus do not miss the fantastic lounge bar in the palace open to all guests.
Perfect hotel in every way.
We've been lucky enough to stay in some superb hotels on this special family trip. But our favourite was RAAS Devigarh - an outstanding hotel in a small fortified 18th century palace on a hill, overlooking the village of Delwara, beautiful green farmland and the dramatic Aravali hills. Our rooms were large and comfortable with great views. The staff were outstanding - very friendly, helpful and very well trained too. The food was exceptional and the wine much better (and more reasonably priced than in most places we stayed.) You can take bikes for a ride around the village and local countryside; have a guided tour of the palace; enjoy the excellent spa and swimming pool; or do the guided walk around Delwara. Or just sit and watch the village waking up in the morning or the sun setting over the hills at the end of the day. It's about 25k out of Udaipur so you need a car and driver.
This is a gorgeous property, full of interest. The hotel is large and on many levels, it's a pleasure to walk around exploring its different aspects. We stayed in an Aravalli Suite and it was a good size, with a little sitting room as well as good sized bedroom. The bathroom had a rather odd sunken bath and shower which might be difficult to get i and out of if you weren't as fit and lithe as us.
The restaurant serves good food at dinner and the buffet breakfasts are plentiful and of good quality. The service is always efficientand friendly.
We were in Udaipur for sightseeing but we did manage to spend half a day around the pool and it was great to relax in 80 degree+ temperatures in January. The food served around the pool was rather good too, I had a very nice Indian chicken wrap/roll.
The Spa is very clean and my wife had a fantastic massage there.
I walked to the local town, Delwara, a few times - it's about a mile each way, a good walk to stretch one's legs before breakfast. I also cycled around the village below the hotel and that was a fascinating way to spend a few hours. I was lucky to run into the hotel barman Kulram (?) on his motorbike and he took me to the nearby lake that I couldn't find the way to, so thanks to him.
In conclusion the hotel is lovely and would get top marks but for three things:
First they do allow children to stay there and it only takles one noisy small child to take away the feeling of peace and tranquility here
Second there are quite a few religious sites nearby the hotel which makes for interesting sightseeing BUT it also means that the local mosque's Adhan may wake you before sunrise with the Salat al-fajr. The latter Adhans are not so disruptive but the chanting coming from the local Hindu temples is also quite loud if you're trying to relax by the pool. To be honest I didn't find this noise that irritating but other guests did
The final issue we had was when the hotel had a wifi issue in a few rooms, including ours. Loss of wifi is not the end of the world but I was immensely irritated by the hotel staff's inability to tell me, the customer, what the problem was and what could be done to solve the problem, and when. I wasted too much time trying to get to the bottom of this issue, time that I could have better spent enjoying the hotel and its surroundings.
So rather than an Excellent rating, it's a Very Good one from me.
I stayed for 3 nights at this beautiful resort. I can't praise the service enough, extremely courteous and friendly..the rooms are beautifully decorated and very spacious.
Personally I feel they could rotate the menu a bit..it is made more for the western palate...though they were more than willing to accommodate my requests ... food is of good quality ...