Hot, sticky and exhausted from exploring every nook and corner of Agra, we made our way to an oasis of luxury right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of this city, The Oberoi Amarvilas.
Leaving the crowds behind, the entrance of this hotel begins with a sweeping driveway, followed by quite an impressive mix of both modern and traditional Indian architecture. Lined with native trees, arches, domes, fountains and of course, red stone, the grounds have elegant touches of the Mughal era.
It felt like I would miss something if I didn’t explore every inch of this hotel, just waiting to be discovered.
Stunning gold leaf frescos that I wish I could take back to London!
Long passageways outlining the entrance with hand-painted leaves and antique lamps draping the ceilings.
Even the steps weren’t missed! Details on every bit of the hotel!
This contrast of modern and traditional follows you inside the hotel with colourful, bold and regal pieces placed throughout.
Just look at this chandelier and the eye-catching gold and blue geometric patterns adorning this massive dome!
Oh and did I mention that being just 600 meters from the Taj Mahal, every single room has a view of this stunning piece of art?
Yes, that was my balcony and there were the iconic white domes peeking out in the distance!
I could sit and gaze out at this view all day! Which is almost what I did!
Down by the pool, amid large green fields and gardens is a calm and serene sanctuary where you can completely lose yourself with a chilled glass of lemonade and good read.
The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra is by far the most incredible hotel I have ever stayed in! The ridiculous views and awe-inspiring decor aside, the service is beyond anything I have ever experienced. Want your omelette flat as opposed to rolled over? Or your Bloody Mary only slightly spicy? Or a dinner consisting exactly of all the dishes you feel like eating at the time? No request is too extravagant or too much of an inconvenience here! Customer satisfaction is taken to a whole new level! In fact, the staff are not allowed to take any tips at all and if you’re extremely happy with the service of any particular staff member, you are requested to write them a review.
This first afternoon at the Oberoi Amarvilas was just the beginning. What awaited me was one of my favourite experiences to date, but more on that in my next post!
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