For a taste of regal history, there’s nowhere quite like the Taj Falaknuma Palace. Retrace the steps of royalty at this impressive former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad, which has been leased to the Taj Group. Situated 2000 ft above Hyderabad, it oozes grandeur through its 60 beautifully restored rooms, marble staircases and objets d’art. Stroll through the historic gardens, visit the Palace Library, or make the most of modern amenities like the sumptuous spa.
The Royal Jiva Spa at the Taj Falaknuma Palace takes its philosophy from authentic Indian approaches to wellbeing, focusing on the relaxation and rejuvenation of body, mind and soul. Well-trained therapists use exclusive natural products to carry out treatments including Ayurveda and aromatherapy, as well as sea-salt body scrubs and fresh fruit wraps. Meditate through a variety of yoga sessions or even have an energetic workout in the gym.
Experience the comfort of kings at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, where accommodation ranges from Luxury Rooms in the lush green central courtyard to the spectacular panoramas from Grand Royal Suites. All rooms have been influenced by decades of luxury and excess, indulgently restored to include WiFi, satellite TV and a private bar. Amenities are as decadent as you’d expect, from down duvets and pillows to marble flooring.
Acres of lawns provide endless space to saunter through the grand grounds of the Taj Falaknuma Palace. Step back in time and play croquet, lounge in private gardens or take the traditional Champagne Palace Walk at sunset. Head for the many billiards rooms, smoking rooms and ballrooms or soak up the Indian sun beside serene swimming pools. Visit the stables, stand on terraces with views of the city, and even browse royal garages filled with fleets of vintage cars.
The focus of the fine dining experience at the Taj Falaknuma Palace is on recreating and updating the tastes and traditions of a bygone days. The day begins with breakfast on the Jade Verandah, with the company of proud peacocks, while lunch is served poolside or at all-day dining venue Celeste, with its array of international cuisines. Head to the Jade Room for afternoon tea, to Adaa for speciality Indian dishes for dinner, and relax in the Hookah Lounge with a shisha and a collection of rare whiskies.