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“A renovated 17th-century fortress in an unspoilt area of Rajasthan, half-way between Jodhpur and Udaipur. With exquisite rooms, a sublime swimming pool and the Aravalli Hills on your doorstep, this is a truly magical place to stay.”

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“A renovated 17th-century fortress in an unspoilt area of Rajasthan, half-way between Jodhpur and Udaipur. With exquisite rooms, a sublime swimming pool and the Aravalli Hills on your doorstep, this is a truly magical place to stay.”

Hotel Overview

“Set in a fortress in the village of Narlai, surrounded by arid lands and granite boulders, this idyllic place feels strikingly remote. The only sounds are of birds and temple bells. Once a royal hunting lodge, it was transformed into a chic boutique hotel in 1995. Its style and character (original fort walls and gates, elegant archways and stained-glass windows) hasn’t been lost, but now, there are flowers and ivy carpeting the walls, water features, sun loungers under frangipani trees and a gorgeous swimming pool. The 32 beautiful rooms are all different, the most unusual one being the cosy Queen’s Room, which has low, frescoed ceilings and a balcony overlooking a spectacular 350ft granite boulder. And there’s plenty to do here: you can visit nearby Kumbhalgarh Fort or Ranakpur Temple, go horse-riding or trekking, set out on a jeep safari to spot leopards or explore the local villages. (Narlai itself has about 350 temples.) Afterwards, you can enjoy a deep-tissue massage in the tented poolside spa, sip a cocktail in the courtyard and dine beside a candlelit, 1,100-year-old step well, listening to the melodies of a sitar. In the words of Mick Jagger, who once stayed here, ‘Such a wonderful place’.”

Recommended for
  • Total relaxation
  • Hideaway
 

Written by Laura Griffith-Jones

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Free wifi
  • Parking
  • Family Suites
  • Bar
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Massage
  • Book a massage in the tented poolside spa
  • No pets
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Wifi
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor
  • Garden
  • Child friendly
  • Sitting Room

Activities

  • Learning
  • Local markets
  • Riding
  • Discover Narlai on horseback
  • Safari
  • Jeep safaris can be arranged
  • Sights nearby
  • Holy temples and historic villages

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36 rooms from $159 per night

Hotel Overview

Recommended for
  • Total relaxation
  • Hideaway
Activities
  • Learning
  • Local markets
  • Riding
  • Discover Narlai on horseback
  • Safari
  • Jeep safaris can be arranged
  • Sights nearby
  • Holy temples and historic villages
Other highlights
  • Free wifi
  • Views
  • Family Suites
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Colonial
  • Outstanding location
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Historic
  • 17th century fortress
  • Antiques
  • Village
  • Child friendly
  • Traditional
  • Charming
  • Luxury

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