This is a very luxurious and decandent place to stay. It is not on the usual tourist route, so its very quiet and very private. It is also very luxurious.
The History of Udai Bilas dates from the mid-19th century, when Maharawal Udai Singhji-II, a great patron of art and architecture, built a wing of bluish grey local stone "Pareva" overlooking the lake and the "Ek Thambia Mahal", featuring intricate sculptured pillars and panels, ornate balconies, balustrades, bracketed windows, arches and frieze of marble carvings, a perfect example of Rajput architecture.
The rooms (23) are large, with high ceilings, four poster beds and beautiful furnishings.
The dining-room has a very unusual marble table, which is about a mile long. It has an inlaid water feature, which is very unusual and beautiful to look at. It can seat up to 32 people.
There are comfortable lounges, and the outdoor areas are magnificent. The pool probably one of the best we have seen in India. A garden filled with large old trees, shrubs and exotic flowers. The hotel is situated next to a lake, and the bird-life in the garden and around the lake is prolific.
The service is 10/10- what one can expect from a hotel of this quality.
Meals (buffet style) are served in the "Zenana Chowk" dining-room or outdoors around the pool.
The only thing that I found unappealing was the amount of Hunting Trophies that were in this hotel- dead animals looking down at me I found very intimidating and sad.
It was, however,a favourite pastime of the original owner- so one has to just look the other way.
Unique Quality: The pool - it is built in a way that it seems to flow into the lake. Elaborate carvings and statues surround the area.
The gardens- with sun-beds and swing-seats
View of the lake
PRIVACY- There were only 2 couples staying at the time
Directions: 120 kms south of Udaipur, Rajasthan
UDAI BILAS PALACE, Dungarpur