New Openings: The Leela Palace Jaipur

Those planning a post-pandemic vacation in Rajasthan can expect the royal treatment at this graceful resort outside the Pink City.

The Leela Palace Jaipur at dusk. (All photos courtesy of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts)

Mumbai-based hospitality brand The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has announced its arrival in Rajasthan’s capital with the debut of its latest ultra-luxe property The Leela Palace Jaipur, rebranded from the former JW Marriott. Located on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, and just a 20-minute drive from UNESCO-protected Amber Fort (Jaipur’s historic center is another 20 minutes away), the refurbished resort is set in three hectares of landscaped gardens backdropped by the Aravalli range.

The Leela Palace Jaipur celebrates the craftsmanship of the region; traditional Shekhawati paintings on the walls and design details such as domes adorned in silver foiling and inlaid thikri mirrors (a 400-year-old tradition) nod to Rajasthan’s royal Rajput heritage. No expense has been spared in the 200 well-appointed rooms, suites, and villas; 41 of the latter come equipped with heated plunge pools and, measuring in at 115 square meters, these villas are billed as the largest in the city. On top of that, The Leela’s signature Palace Butler service is available around the clock for those who book any villa category.

The interior of a 115-square-meter Royal villa at the resort.

Gourmands also have much to savor at The Leela Palace Jaipur. All-day dining venue Sukh Mahal offers both Indian and international fare, while specialty Indian restaurant Mohan Mahal is the place to enjoy authentic royal Awadhi and Rajasthani cuisine by candlelight — the interior design drew inspiration from Amber Fort’s Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), with 350,000 panes of thikri mirrors that took craftsmen three years to install. Meanwhile, Hawa Mahal promises an exclusive rooftop dining experience, and the hotel will be opening its contemporary southern Italian restaurant, Portofino, in the coming months.

Elsewhere on the property, recreational facilities include an outdoor pool, fitness center, and spa. For special occasions, The Leela Palace Jaipur also features more than 4,600 square meters of indoor and outdoor event space, including the pillarless Grand Ballroom.

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Inside The Leela Palace Jaipur’s signature Indian restaurant, Mohan Mahal.

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