The upcoming new year will bring not only a fresh set of resolutions, but also a new list of places to travel to. Rather than revisit the same old places, we implore you to try new and lesser-known cities. Specifically, the pink city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. You will also be happy to know that there is no shortage of luxury hotels in Jaipur.

Opulence seems to be the running theme in most of the luxury hotels in Jaipur, as you will soon see. Not only are most of them situated in actual palaces, the art decor theme in these luxury hotels are also perfect down to a tee. One thing’s for sure, your Instagram game is going to be so strong with the architecture of these places.

But it’s not just luxury hotels in Jaipur that stand out. The culture in the city is rich, and historical architecture is in abundance. Visit the museums such as the Jantar Mantar, City Palace of Jaipur, Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, and more. There are also several day trips one can make outside of Jaipur, including a visit to the famed Taj Mahal.

Jaipur is also known for its shopping experience. You can find an extensive collection of handicrafts, jewellery, and textiles in abundance in the pink city. The city also has the best traditional Rajasthani artwork and textiles, which are apparently world-famous.

Read on for our pick of luxury hotels in Jaipur.

Alila Fort Bishangarh

If it’s history you want, then stay in the Alila Fort Bishangarh. The building itself is a 230-year-old fortress that was restored and reopened by Alila in February this year. It looks magnificent as it maintains its original structure while being home to a luxury resort with 59 suites and all the modern conveniences.

Alila Fort Bishangarh, Off NH-8 at Manoharpur, Bishangarh Village, Jaipur, Bishangarh, Rajasthan 303103, India, +91 1422 276 500.

The Oberoi Rajvilas

While The Oberoi Rajvilas isn’t exactly located within Jaipur, it is situated right outside the city which could be a respite to some who prefer the quietness. It’s also another former fort, which was restored by a Singaporean design firm. The design is opulent without being too garish, and service at The Oberoi Rajvilas is said to be meticulous.

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Goner Rd, Jagdish Colony, Paldi Meena, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031, India, +91 141 268 0101.

Suján Rajmahal Palace

Exclusivity is a main feature of the Suján Rajmahal Palace, as there are only 14 sprawling rooms within the small palace. It carries an Art Deco style and is owned by Jaipur’s royal family. It was previously a British residency and the Queen and Prince Philip have stayed in the building back in the 60s. Since its refurbishment and reopening in 2015, the Suján Rajmahal Palace boasts a resplendent modern interior.

Suján Rajmahal Palace, Sardar Patel Marg, C Scheme, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India, +91 11 4617 2700.

Rambagh Palace

Get the full luxury experience at Rambagh Palace: it is a place steeped in history and royalty, having been a former hunting lodge and royal residence. The Maharaja of Jaipur after all, once called this place home. All rooms have exquisite antiques, peacocks stroll the lawn, and you can even chance a game of croquet here. There are 78 rooms and 33 suites to pick from, and each guest will have to participate in a candle-lighting ceremony every evening.

Rambagh Palace, Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302005, India, +91 141 238 5700.

Samode Haveli

If it’s not a former royal residence, it’s definitely owned by an aristocratic family. The Samode Haveli is one such and although it’s called a haveli (a traditional townhouse in India), it is in reality, a sprawling mansion with 39 rooms decorated in classic Rajasthani style. It’s a beautiful residence with a gorgeous 20-metre pool, and at night, the place is lit up by oil lamps.

Samode Haveli, Near Jorawar Singh Gate, Gangapole, Jaipur, India, +91 141 263 2407.

The Tree of Life Resort & Spa

Feel like you’re going into a historical landmark when you stay at The Tree of Life Resort & Spa, especially with its sand and limestone architecture. But make no mistake, this 5-star resort is a modern and luxurious one on the inside. There are no rooms, only villas. Each come with their own garden and spa area, which makes for a romantic couples’ retreat especially when you consider the private outdoor spa sessions.

The Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Kacherwala, Kukas, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302028, India, +91 96020 91000.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.