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impressions before starting my tour. The Oberoi Amarvilas is an ultraluxe hotel offering views of the Taj Mahal from every room. A long driveway leads to the hotel’s welcome courtyard. Agra – where the hotel is located – is a 4 hour drive from Delhi via an express highway. Let’s tour the hotel’s welcome courtyard and lobby The mammoth property is modeled after an opulent Indian palace. The gate leads to an impressive colonnaded forecourt. It features stone bridges, hand-painted arches, fountains, reflective pools, and tall pillars. The facade reflects the grandeur of the nearby Taj Mahal.
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It is restrained enough in its elegance though so as not to challenge the shrine itself. A crystal chandelier hangs from an impressive &dome. The Mughal-style dome is painted with cobalt-blue pigment and gilded’. India is renowned. The Oberoi Amarvilas even goes beyond and delivers phenomenal. The hotel lobby exudes Mughal grandeur. The decor is inspired by the heritage of Shah Jahan’s dynasty. The lobby features several side rooms. This is the teak-paneled, Ottoman-style bar. This is the hotel s French-influenced tea lounge. It features a crystal chandelier, golden domed ceiling, and Mughal inspired artworks.
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The lounge serves specialty teas and coffees Plush armchairs and sofas provide exquisite comfort. The lounge opens to a terrace. It offers lovely views of the hotel’s pool area and the Taj Mahal. I’ll explore the fabulous pool area later in this clip. The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. I’ll upload a full tour of the Taj Mahal – built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan – next week. Let’s explore the hotel’s accommodations. There are 102 guestrooms (95 rooms and 7 suites), spread over 6 floors. I stayed in this room during my visit. Room category: premier room with balcony.
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This includes an upgrade, daily breakfast, and one lunch for two (link below clip). This includes an upgrade, daily breakfast, and one lunch for two (link fog. The room features a plush king size bed. Its oversized headboard is covered in Mughal-inspired design. Mod cons include:. Flat-screen TV, DVD player, A/C, complimentary WiFi, and tea & coffee making facilities. The room is decorated with the finest Indian fabrics. The decor strives to capture the glory of a royal era. The ensuite marble bathroom is small but elegant. It is equipped with one sink, a shower, toilet, and bathtub.
A basket of ayurvedic products is provided. Toiletries are daily replenished. For more space, I recommend booking a luxury suite. These suites have palatial bathrooms with a unique octagonal glass paneled rain shower. Next to the bathroom is a walk-in close. A safe is also found here. Agra’s call to prayer can be heard. It adds a mythical touch to an already legendary site. Let’s explore the hotel’s spectacular pool area. The pool is set amidst nine acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The pool area is designed by Bill Bensley. Bensley is a Bangkok-based, world-famous architect, landscaper, and designer.
Steps and terraces lead down to the pool. The deep blue colored pool is ideal for cooling off after a day of sightseeing. Mandu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once home to the Mughals. There are plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas. Some of them are lined up around the pool, others placed on the elevated;. The pool is flanked by a white marb. Snacks and refreshments are served here throughout the day. The pool extends into a grotto underneath the hotel Here, some lounge chairs invite guests to escape the scorching sun in summer. Agra is best visited in winter (October to March During this time, the weather is cool, pleasant and sunny. The monsoon season starts from July and extends till September (and is best avoided).
The Oberoi story started in 1934 in the Indian. Mohan Singh Oberoi pioneered the idea of luxury hospitality in India by openii. Oberoi soon bought a second property in New De. In the following years, he continued the expansion of his group, assisted. Today, the group operates 35 hotels and cruise It is present in six countries under the luxury ‘Oberoi1 and five-star ‘Tridevil. The Oberoi family is still a majority shareholder. Mohan Singh Oberoi’s son, Prithviraj Singh “Biki” Oberoi, is the group’s current chairman. I’ll soon publish two other Oberoi hotel clips a The Oberoi New Delhi and – my favorite hotel in India – The Oberoi Udar.
Oberoi will soon open a new hotel in Marrakech. The property promises to offer an experience inspired by the palaces of ancient Morocco. What is your favorite Oberoi hotel?. I paid $750 USD per night (booked via Virtuoso). This included breakfast and one lunch, but excluded taxes. Time for lunch. Food at the resort is delicious, except for the disappointing breakfast (shown later). The hotel operates a lovely spa that lives up to its exquisite reviews. The spa facility is inspired by Mughal architecture. At the spa’s center sits a white marble steam room under a dome roof. Holistic treatments and aromatherapy are offered.
Couples’ treatment rooms on the fourth floor have uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal. The property also has several boutiques on site. The shopping arcade is located near the lobby. The shops sell art, craft and other souvenirs. Agra itself also has a buzzing shopping scene with markets, retail outlets, and bazaars. Sunset can be seen from every room. The rousing calls of the muezzins ring into heaven. The staff prepares a private dinner in my room. A sumptuous and delicious Royal Indian ‘Thali’ is served. The staff prepares a private dinner on my room’s balcony.