There can be few better ways in India than to wake up to the sight of the Taj Mahal, bathed in sunshine. An architectural gem in itself, The Oberoi Amarvilas is situated at Agra, just 600m from the iconic monument, and is a temple to style and relaxation amid the bustle of one of the country’s busiest tourist spots. Agra is a former capital of India and situated in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The hotel is 15 minutes from the city centre and 25 minutes from Agra's Kheria Airport.
Harking back to the Mughal era, the spa here is fit for royalty. Indulge in treatments that combine the best of East and West, with Thai therapists who practise therapies fusing different elements of healing from around the world. These include ayurvedic methods and essential creams and oils used by the privileged classes hundreds of years ago. You can also unwind in the steam bath or swimming pool, or work on your exercise regime in the well-equipped gym.
A view of the Taj Mahal can be enjoyed from all of the 102 rooms and suites at The Oberoi but your space here comes equipped with 21st-century luxuries too, from satellite TV to wireless internet and DVD players. Generously appointed, they boast walk-in wardrobes, a butler service and a seriously good selection of ayurvedic bath products to revive you after your journey. Made from materials such as teak and marble, they have a classical appeal and are available with balconies that are perfect for catching a cool breeze on warm evenings.
Together with the amazing Unesco-listed sights at Agra, the hotel offers some unforgettable experiences too. Why not indulge in an exclusive dinner by the pool, with soft music and waiters who deliver dishes created from the kitchens of Mughal rulers? Children looking for a break from sightseeing will also love the specially tailored cooking classes, with a collection of cupcakes and cookies to bake. The hotel even offers a hindu blessing ceremony that involves garlands, prayers and traditional dress.
Bellevue restaurant features the best of international and Indian cuisine and serves delectable breakfasts, lunches and dinners every day. If you want a more authentic focus, then be sure to book a table at Esphahan, which hones in on Indian cuisine with sittings at 7pm and 9.30pm only. In-room dining is available 24 hours a day and of course you can always order a drink at the bar with its fine wines, cigars and spirits, and take in the glimmering sight of the Taj Mahal from the terrace.
Taj East Gate RoadAgra282001India