In the scenic Aruvali Hills, about 45 minutes drive from Udaipur, Devigarh by Lebua is an 18th century fort-palace that has been meticulously restored into a luxurious resort with 39 suites. The rambling palace is a maze of terraces, courtyards and balconies and has traditional features such as turrets which contrast with the contemporary decor, based on gleaming white marble with colourful stonework and fabrics.
There are 17 Garden Suites, comfortably furnished and equipped with private verandas, are situated in the garden below the pool. The reamining suites are all in the old palace. The 16 Palace Suites are spacious, with bay windows or balconies and large gardens. There are 5 Aruvali Suites which feature a separate sitting/dining area, while the Devigarh Suite Complex has 2 bedrooms, the smaller of which is a Palace Suite and the larger of which has its own sun deck and jacuzzi. All suites are air conditioned, have ceiling fans and are feature a mixture of traditional materials and modern design with an individual theme. All have wonderful views of the valley, gardens, courtyards or fields.
The resort is equipped with its own swimming pool, gymnasium and spa and is set in extensive gardens. There is a library/sitting room where guests can relax. Devigarh is a great base for relaxing or exploring the surrounding area by car, foot, bike or horseback. Visits can also be arranged to the local village. The restaurant is famous for its fine mix of Indian, Thai and international food and has a comprehensive wine list. Dinners, lunches and sumptuous afternoon teas are sometimes served in the pretty vegetable garden. Private dinners can be arranged in various locations throughout the palace. The bar is located by the pool and serves drinks and snacks during the day.
Devi Spa by L'Occitane
Enjoy pure pampering and relaxation in the beautiful setting of Devi Garh palace. The holistic therapies offered here are a fusion of western and eastern practices, including Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Balinese, Shiatsu and Ayurveda. Treatments have been specially designed for Devi Resorts and combine the use of local flowers and herbs with natural L'Occitane products. The atmosphere in the spa is relaxed, with soothing orange colours and soft lights and candles. The 5 treatments rooms each have a steam room and shower and overlook the attractie herb garden. There are also outdoor Spa Cabanas, where guests can experience treatments while enjoying views of the palace, village or mountains. As well as massages, exfoliating scrubs and nourishing body wraps are offered. L'Occitane signature treatments such as the Immortelle Secret of Youth facial and the Aromachologie Relaxing Massage feature on the list of treatments and therapies. Guests are welcome to meditate on the terraces and can take part in yoga classes. The spa offers a range of wellness cuisine to complement the physical treatments, using the freshest ingredients to create tasty salads, soups. smoothies and health drinks. Devi Spa was voted 'Among Asia's Best Spa Destinations' by Conde Nast Traveller RTA in 2010.
Open: Devigarh is open all year.
Location: Devigarh is located in the Aravali hills in the village of Delwara in the state of Rajasthan. The nearest airport is in Udaipur, about one hour’s drive away.
Rooms: There are 39 suites, decorated with marble and semi-precious stones. Garden suites have a lobby, private garden and tented terrace. Palace suites have a courtyard and a balcony or bay window with views of the fields and hills. The spacious Aravali suites also have balconies or large bay windows and areas for private dining. All suites are equipped with minibar, tea and coffee makers, Wi-Fi internet access and TV. The premium suite, Devighar Suite, has its own swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Activities: Guests are encourage to explore the local area on foot, by bike or horse. Staff can arrange a trip to Delwara village and the nearby Jain temples at Ranakpur or to the lake city of Udaipur. Kite flying and star gazing are possible, or relax over a good book in the library.
Facilities: The hotel offers multi-cuisine dining, with an emphasis on Thai food. Meals can be enjoyed in the restaurant, in the vegetable garden, in the privacy of the suite or in a number of venues around the palace. There is a well-stocked bar which serves a range of snacks as well as drinks. The spa offers a fusion of Indian and Mediterranean treatments. The hotel has a library with books and CDs and a gift shop. Outside there are 5 courtyards providing ample to space to rest and relax. The main swimming pool has a sundeck with open and shaded seating. There is an on-site spa with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and swimming pool. Other on-site facilities include currency exchange and laundry.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables in a variety of locations.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The hotel offers a baby-sitting service and special children’s activities.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free high speed internet access.
This was an abandoned fort which now attracts tourism to the local area which in turn brings benefits to the local villagers.
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