Oberoi Hotels & Resorts have been voted this year as the World’s Best Hotel Brand by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The award is a result of a reader’s survey, led by the publication. Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards’ are amongst the most prestigious in the international travel industry, as it is the readers themselves who define excellence in hospitality and luxury travel.
Mr. P.R.S Oberoi, Executive Chairman of The Oberoi Group, said of the award “I am very proud that Oberoi Hotels & Resorts have been voted the World’s Best Hotel Brand. Our guests have given us the highest ranking because we have built and maintained our hotels with care and our employees have exceeded guests’ expectations. The exceptional ranking is recognition that we have excellent hotels and the best employees in the hospitality industry.
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts have received numerous awards for their excellence. This year alone, the Oberoi Udaivilas in India’s beautiful lake city of Udaipur was voted as Best Resort in Asia, and the Oberoi Vanyavilas in the jungle town of Ranthambhore was voted Best Wildlife Resort in India.
Oberoi Hotels are predominantly located in India, although last month they welcomed the opening of the brand new Oberoi Dubai. The Oberoi Dubai is a contemporary luxury hotel, overlooking the famous Burj Khalifa. Oberoi Hotels are also located in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Mauritius.
How to experience the world’s best hotels whilst exploring India’s most colourful state, Rajasthan;
Day 01 – 03: The Oberoi, New Delhi
Most journeys in India will begin and end in the countries bustling capital of New Delhi. The Oberoi is the perfect place to settle in to your exotic new surroundings, and explore the timeless capital of India. The Oberoi Delhi is ideally located nearby must-see monuments such as the Jama Masjid mosque, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutab Minar.
Rooms at The Oberoi offer panoramic views of the Delhi Golf Course on one side, and Humayun’s Tomb, a world heritage site, on the other.
The Oberoi, an award winning hotel, is ideal for exploring the sights, sounds, tastes and colours of India’s capital city.
Day 03 – 04: Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Agra is the home of the grand Taj Mahal, one of India’s most well-known splendours and the world’s favourite monument to love. Each room at the opulent Amarvilas has a private view of the Taj Mahal, where you can wonder at the breath-taking sight in the comfort and privacy of your luxury suite. The Oberoi Amarvilas has been inspired by Mughal architecture, and of course – the Taj Mahal itself.
Day 04 – 06: Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore
The Oberoi Vanyavilas is nestled on the edge of Ranthambhore National Park, one of India’s very best tiger reserves and arguably the best forest in India to spot wild Bengal tigers in their natural surroundings.
The Vanyavilas is a camp of luxurious tents, each with fine draping cottons and marble bathrooms with free standing tubs.
This year, the Oberoi Vanyavilas was voted as the Best Wildlife Resort in India, by readers of Travel + Leisure.
There are two safaris each day in Ranthambhore; one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. There are four hours in between safaris, which is perfect for relaxing at the resort and truly soaking up the opulence of the Vanyavilas. The Oberoi Vanyavilas is a short ride away from Ranthambhore National Park, and your exclusive Jeep will collect you from the resort before taking you through the park on safari, dropping you back afterwards.
Day 06 – 08: Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
The Oberoi Rajvilas is located in Rajasthan’s capital city, Jaipur. Also known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is Rajasthan’s most vibrant and colourful city, filled with ancient forts and palaces at every turn.
The Oberoi Rajvilas is conveniently located close-by to the must-see’s of Jaipur, including the Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), Jal Mahal (Water Palace), Amber Fort and the Jantar Mantar Observatory.
The Rajvilas offers a selection of luxury rooms and tents, along with the renowned ‘Kohinoor Suite’, which is the highest category of every Oberoi hotel. Located on the grounds of the Rajvilas’ is also a 200 year old temple, which now serves as the Oberoi Spa, with a range of relaxing and pampering treatments.
Day 08 – 11: Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas is arguably the very best of the Oberoi resorts, and has been awarded with outstanding titles such as Best Resort in the World, and Best Resort in Asia. The Oberoi Udaivilas rests of the banks of shimmering Lake Pichola, and is the perfect setting to relax and recharge your batteries, after an amazing journey through Rajasthan.
It is recommended that you spend at least two nights in Udaipur, to really soak up the culture of Rajasthan’s most romantic place. We would recommend adding a third night on, where you can really make the best of your luxurious surroundings at one of the best resorts in the world.
Day 11: Head back to Delhi
At the end of your luxury Oberoi journey, you would fly out from Udaipur airport. You may opt to fly back to Delhi and connect to your international flight, or spend another night in Delhi. The Oberoi Gurgaon is located just 15 minutes from the airport.
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts offer packages and discounts for 06 – 12 night stays in Oberoi hotels, which can be reserved through your tour agent.
Madeleine Hann is CEO and Co-Founder of Indian Excursions Co.
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