So many guests have said so much about Amanbagh, we were tempted to simply say, “Hear! Hear!” and leave it at that.
There are a special few (often luxury) hotels in India, that seem to get it absolutely right and Amanbagh is one of the very best of them.
It is secluded and in a lovely valley. If the setting is rural, the property is sophisticated and immaculate with flawless lawns and clipped hedges, mature eucalypts and date palms. The swimming pools are in deep green marble and the buildings in a soft sandstone colour.
We stayed in a Garden Haveli Suite close to the main building. It had a balcony and a beautiful terrace lined with dwarf bougainvillea, overlooking the rest of the property. The rooms were spacious and superbly designed in a classic take on traditional Indian style. The design is perhaps a little ultra-luxurious-international rather than specifically Indian but there are enough traditional Indian architectural elements to make one aware that one is in Rajasthan and not Saudi Arabia or Bali.
The tremendous care taken over the design of the suites is reflected in every item in the Amanbagh. There is not a piece of cutlery, a bowl, a light-fitting or a cup that isn’t pleasing to the eye and a pleasure to use.
Completely private, elegant and peaceful it is clearly an outstanding property.
The staff, many of whom are local, offer charming and immaculate service of the very highest standard. They are discreetly unobtrusive but always friendly. It is to the credit of the management team that some of the staff have achieved the highest standards having started as village people with little or no English. Nothing is too much trouble. If the staff are faking their concern for the guests’ comfort then they deserve Academy Awards.
The management seem to have thought of everything, from the cane in the umbrella stand should one need to threaten the monkeys who occasionally come over the wall foraging for fruit, to the placement of the power-points liberally throughout the suite. Not that monkeys are a problem and there are monkey-men on the staff who deal with any intruding macaques or languars.
The website and the literature make the property seem almost impossibly immaculate. The reality is that a large team of gardeners and other staff ensure that what you see in the photographs, is what you get in reality.
There are interesting excursions organised by Amanbagh. We greatly enjoyed the visit to the City of Ghosts and the village tour. We also enjoyed a stroll from the back gate to the front via the wall of a local dam where we watched flocks of bee-eaters in the trees and painted storks in the water.
We sometimes say that there is always a serpent in Paradise and that if you look hard enough you will find something amiss in the best run hotel. As far as we are aware Amanbagh is an exception. The only drawback is, at the end of the day, you have to pay a very considerable bill. It’s worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amanbagh is a verdant oasis of mature palm, fruit and eucalyptus trees lying within a walled compound, once the staging area for royal hunts. Evoking the palatial elegance of the Moghul era, Amanbagh's Haveli suites and pool pavilions provide a tranquil base from which to explore the rich heritage of Rajasthan, India's dramatic frontier region. Amanbagh's award-winning design features domed cupolas and private courtyards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amanbagh Hotel Ajabgarh
- Amanbagh Hotel Alwar
- Amanbagh Resort Alwar
- Amanbagh India/Ajabgarh, Rajasthan