The Gold List - 2023

Indian Hotels Company

Indian Hotels Company

Jai Mahal Palace
Mumbai (India)
Photography: Mr. Jaideep Oberoi

Jai Mahal Palace, once the residence of three Prime Ministers of Jaipur, is a historic gem steeped in heritage. This majestic palace, nestled within 18 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, boasts Indo-Saracenic architecture dating back to 1745. Recently restored and refurbished, it offers a regal experience with Taj’s legendary hospitality. Located downtown in Jaipur’s Pink City, it’s conveniently close to shopping areas and iconic sites like Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. The palace features 94 rooms and 6 themed suites, all adorned with Rajasthani hues and original artwork. Dining options abound, from regional cuisine at Cinnamon to Italian delights at Giardino. Palace experiences include romantic private dining, wellness at J Wellness Circle, yoga, cultural performances, and more. Sustainability initiatives include eliminating single-use plastics and Earth Check Platinum certification, while community contributions encompass skill development, environmental awareness, and preserving the national bird within the palace premises.


Rambagh Palace
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Photography: Rambagh Palace

Rambagh Palace, originally constructed in 1835, has undergone several royal transformations, from its purpose as a queen’s handmaiden’s residence to a royal guesthouse, hunting lodge, and the abode of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and Maharani Gayatri Devi. Today, this Taj gem in Jaipur boasts 78 meticulously restored luxury rooms and suites – former Maharaja chambers, adorned with intricate marble carvings, sandstone balustrades, and lush Mughal Gardens.

Beyond its opulent architecture, Rambagh Palace shines in several ways, offering a distinctive guest experience. Situated in Jaipur, the heart of Rajasthan, guests can explore the city’s rich heritage. The hotel seamlessly combines modern luxury with royal opulence and features a spa, pool and fine dining restaurants.

Immersion into local culture is encouraged through Rajasthani workshops, cultural performances, and nearby historical attractions. The palace’s design reflects Rajasthan’s regal heritage, and sustainability is a priority with eco-friendly practices. Culinary offerings celebrate Rajasthani flavours, while community contributions support local artisans and charitable initiatives. In essence, Rambagh Palace stands out by blending heritage, culture, sustainability and exceptional hospitality for a truly unforgettable stay.


Umaid Bhawan Palace
Mumbai, India
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Umaid Bhawan Palace, perched above Jodhpur, is one of India’s last great palaces and among the world’s largest private residences, encompassing 26 acres of lush gardens. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, this golden-yellow sandstone marvel blends eastern and western architectural influences in an Art Deco style. Designed by architect Henry Lanchester, it boasts a majestic 105-foot-high cupola influenced by the Renaissance and towers inspired by Rajput tradition. Signature ‘Palace Services’ offer bespoke stay experiences, while dining at the opulent Risala features recipes from royal kitchens.

Horseriding, yoga, tennis and squash are on offer, along with royal spa rituals at J Wellness Circle and the signature Zodiac pool. This palace’s construction began during a severe famine and drought, providing employment and food to over three thousand people. The Taj Group’s partnership further promotes community relief, skill development through an ITI institute, and the preservation of Bishnoi village culture and handicrafts.

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