The Luxe List 2011, India: Devi Ratn, Jaipur

Fusing the opulence of India’s heritage hotels with a sophisticated, contemporary aesthetic, this boutique gem outside Jaipur is the latest venture by mother-and-son team Lekha and Anupam Poddar, who also oversaw the restoration of Udaipur’s Devi Garh palace. This time starting from scratch, the duo drew inspiration from Rajasthan’s history as a center of gemstone cutting, and from the nearby 18th-century observatory of Jantar Mantar.

Jewel-toned rooms, intricate inlays and latticework, and striking arched and domed red sandstone structures are a nod to local heritage. Luxe features such as the terrazzo floors and black river-stone bathrooms wouldn’t be out of place in the region’s most sophisticated cities. A spa by L’Occitane offers both Mediterranean treatments and bespoke therapies using local ingredients, and adds some decidedly cosmopolitan allure.

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