Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the last of the great palaces of India. Set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens and named after His Highness Maharaja Umaid Singhji, the Palace has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family, and even today a section of the the immense building is still used for that purpose.
The areas containing the hotel facilities have been faithfully restored and enhanced by JPA to create a genuinely unique environment that allows guests to immerse themselves in a world of exceptional luxury, glamour and exclusivity, once only enjoyed by royalty. At the same time, all the conveniences and comforts required in the modern world are catered for.
The Palace is a blend of Eastern and Western architectural influences. Its 105-foot high cupola references the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput tradition. Lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the Art Deco style and are complemented by exotic murals.
The atmospheric subterranean Zodiac Pool is an oasis of calm that has been acclaimed as one of the top ten “coolest” swimming pools in the world.
The interior of the guestrooms and suites are inspired by the art deco designs featured in the Palaces’ Royal Suites, while carefully selected artworks from the Palace’s collection ensure that each room conveys a sense of the history of the space, its royal occupants, and their pastimes.
Bathrooms are opulent, both in size and finish; the Maharini Suite bathroom features the original bath carved out from a single piece of pink Italian marble. Corner suites feature grand, turret bathrooms with high, domed ceilings. While staying true to the art deco theme, the rooms also feature the latest technology integrated seamlessly into the décor.
The Risala restaurant is furnished with items originally commissioned for the Palace’s reception rooms which are more classically inspired than the art deco of the royal suites. The Risala’s renovated interior reflects this, with elegant Victorian furniture and opulent upholstery,
grand crystal chandeliers and fine carpets throughout. Elsewhere, the communal spaces are inspired by the comfortable gentlemen’s clubs of the era. Furniture is generous in scale and period detail, and rich leather upholstery combine well with the timber panelled walls.