India’s latest fortress hotel stands out as much for its architecture—influenced by both the Mughals and the British—as its understated luxury.
There is no bustle of colors or capricious design elements that characterize your typical Rajasthani palace conversion; instead, the 59 rooms and suites favor a more muted, pared-back look that accentuates the grandeur of the surrounds and the luminous quality of the traditional Rajasthani plasterwork on the walls. Billed as the first internationally managed resort in the Aravalli Hills, the 230-year-old fort sits monumentally atop a rugged granite rise, its battlement and turrets returned to their former glory following a seven-year restoration. Inside, Rajput huntsman’s food —cooked on open fires or in hot sand—is served on the terrace at Nazaara, while organic cocktails and cognac are the order of the day at Madhuveni bar. And after an afternoon spent exploring the city of Jaipur (an hour away) or nearby Bishangarh village, bespoke massages await at the Spa Alila, tucked away in the fort’s former dungeons.
91-142/227-6500; Alila Fort Bishangarh; doubles from US$210
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2017: Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur”).