The Oberoi Udaivilas is a luxury hotel located in Udaipur, Rajsthan, India. It was rated as the world’s best hotel in 2015 by Travel+Leisure.
The hotel was constructed on the hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar, which was around 200 years old. Around 40 percent of the total hotel area are designated a wildlife sanctuary.
Udaivilas is a 30-acre resort located on land; along the lake where the Maharanas of Mewar once began their hunting trips. They have the predominantly single-story structure rises with the slope of the land, creating different levels and stunning views of the 17th- and 18th-century island palaces and the long, sprawling City Palace.
“The design is an assimilation of the spaces in traditional royal residential palaces, using Mewari architectural elements. Guests are ferried across the lake and arrive by golf cart at the main gate, whose large cusped arch has historically been used by Mewar craftsmen. Other Mewari features, such as large domes and cupolas (ghummats and ghumtis), arrest the eye and define the Udaivilas skyline. Chhatris, or ornamental pavilions, dot the roofline.
Sumptuous but refined, the lobby sets the interior theme of Udaivilas. A large dome with floral painting on gold leaf gives an arrival royal importance. “An eclectic approach to the décor was most suitable.” “Applied decoration, like mirror inlay, was inspired by Udaipur’s Lake Palace and City Palace. They also used Déco-style furniture and other period pieces.”