The Luxe List 2011, India: Leela Palace New Delhi



A confection of Neoclassical and Mughal elements inspired by the grand architecture of Lutyens’ Delhi, the Leela Palace makes it easy for guests to feel like royalty. The sumptuous interiors feature gold-leafed domes, Italian chandeliers, and hand-woven carpets, as well as an extensive collection of Indian and international art.

Equipped with the latest technology, the hotel’s 260 rooms and suites are billed as some of the largest in the city; they’re certainly among the most well appointed. Come mealtime, you have a choice of four venues, including Jamavar, the hotel’s signature Indian dining room, and a branch of New York’s Le Cirque restaurant. Rounding out the picture are the clubby Library Bar and a beautifully designed ESPA spa where demure therapists offer a host of Ayurvedic-inspired treatments.

Chanakyapuri; 91-11/3933-1234; theleela.com; rates from US$475

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