Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur has been voted the Best Hotel in Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent by the readers of the UK’s Conde Nast Traveller magazine at the 2016 Readers’ Travel Awards. Taj Lake Palace was also ranked 6th on the World’s Top 20 across categories – the only Indian hotel to be included in this category.
Originally built in 1746 as the pleasure palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II, Taj Lake Palace is one of the most recognisable residences in the world. It was built with gleaming white marble on a central island in the stunning Lake Pichola; its romantic location affords breathtaking panoramic views towards the City Palace and Aravalli Hills. Every room has the elegant touches that evoke the best of the past, and its sumptuous suites have regal histories of their own from the dynasties of the Mewar.
Guests can relax in the palace’s secluded courtyards complete with serene lily ponds and cooling fountains or drink in the views from its many terraces just as the royal families have done for centuries. On a Gangaur cruise, in the antique ceremonial imperial barge of the house of Mewar, guests can sip cocktails by candle light under a canopy of stars. Heritage walks, shopping trips accompanied by a royal butler, spa treatments inspired by the palace’s own regal history and authentic Rajput cuisine at the palace restaurants offer guests an authentic tastes of the culture and traditions of regal Rajasthan.
Nayan Seth, General Manager, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur said: “We are extremely proud to have been voted among the best in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller. My colleagues and I are passionate about honouring the culture and traditions of the palace as custodians of a landmark of our Rajasthani heritage. With this we aim to offer every guest an experience that is unique and creates memories to last a lifetime; this award is testament to the hard work of each one of our associates at Taj Lake Palace in our pursuit of service excellence.”
Also, ranked highly in the Best Hotels in Asia and the Indian sub-continent category was Rambagh Palace, Jaipur securing 13th place and Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad that was ranked 16th. The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai was also listed among the top 20 Overseas Business Hotels.
The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards are regarded as a coveted seal of approval for hotels, spas, tour operators, airlines, cruise lines and destinations. Chosen by the magazine’s readers, these awards reflect the views of consumers on the best the travel world has to offer.