Tucked away along one of the narrow streets within the old town of Jodhpur, India, the RAAS is hip Maharaja living at its best. A skillful combination of old world Rajput buildings with a new designer bolt-on with huge carved sandstone jali screens makes the RAAS Jodhpur a hot ticket.
As you enter from the street through the magnificent old wooden gates, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. And it becomes even more spectacular once you walk through the fish tank glass reception out into the bright sunlight beyond, with the most incredible view up towards Mehrangarh Fort. So good that to quote Tatler Magazine, always reliable on matters of taste: ‘This is the most spectacular view from any hotel in India, maybe actually the world.’
The 18m infinity pool is lined with muslin-draped cabanas which are the perfect place for an afternoon doze and if you fancy a board game or just to brush up on some local history, there is no shortage of supplies in the alcoves to the side of the narrow gardens.
Spending time in the old haveli building is a treat enough, but to indulge in the ILA spa is a fast track to heaven. The cuisine is also as brilliant as you would expect. Lazy mornings are spent at the poolside Bandari restaurant drinking cappuccinos and wrestling with the immense problem of whether to go buffet for lunch or a la carte … or both. And throughout the day Mediterranean, Indian and Thai classics are dished up with zeal.
If you feel like a change of scenery and some very refined dining, head up the steps to Dari Khana to sample some of the finest Rajasthani dishes around, whilst lounging amongst chic sofas and white cushions, in air con if you so wish, gazing up at the glowing, ever-present hilltop fort.
The majority of the rooms are located in the new building at the front of the hotel. The Luxury rooms are perfectly formed envelopes of bliss with screened balconies looking directly over the roofs of the old town and up to Mehrangarh Fort. Liberal use of red sandstone provides texture and warmth, whilst the terrazzo bathrooms add a sleek streak to well-sized rooms. If you crave something larger, the heritage suites, all located in the old Rajput Residence, will leave you awestruck.
PRICE: Punchy but doesn’t blow the budget
RATING: Wow factor
Thoughts on a postcard
Tatler was right. The best view EVER! No matter whether we were in bed or having a Raas Martini (its got a pomegranate twist) as the sun was going down, the enchanting hilltop fort was always in view.