Thursday, July 18, 2024

Raffles Hotels & Resorts debuts in Jaipur

Raffles Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce the opening of Raffles Jaipur, a majestic retreat that brings the brand’s gracious service, elegance, and enchanted glamour to one of India’s most vibrant destinations. Located a short drive away from the main attractions of the fabled ‘Pink City’ and encircled by the ancient Aravalli Hills, the new Raffles Jaipur is a modern-day re-creation of a palace, paying homage to the regal art of living.       

“We are incredibly excited to welcome guests to Raffles Jaipur, the brand’s second property in India. At Raffles, we look for world-renowned destinations rich with history, beauty, and culture, which is what led us to grow our presence in Rajasthan – whose ancient heritage of forts and palaces continues to inspire and capture the imagination of international travelers. We thank Ratan Kant Sharma and our partners at Triton Hotels and Resorts for sharing a likeminded vision and commitment to luxury, helping us bring this extraordinary hotel to life,” Omer Acar, CEO of Raffles Hotels & Resorts 

Hand carved from pure white marble, Raffles Jaipur showcases the finest of Rajasthani craftsmanship. Each element within the reimagined palace retreat has been exquisitely handcrafted by skilled artisans, blending the age-old traditions and techniques of Mughal and Rajputana architecture. Creating a highly intimate experience, the hotel features 50 guestrooms and suites, each unique in layout and décor, and all appointed with an expansive balcony offering an outdoor soaking tub or plunge pool. Intricate details grace every corner of the hotel’s accommodations, including painted corniced ceilings, golden murals, furniture featuring camel bone inlay, locally sourced artifacts, and carpets woven in Jaipur.

Raffles Jaipur inspires and invites guests to connect with the local culture at every corner. Upon arrival, a Shikar tent evokes memories of Royal Mughal expeditions, and the hand-carved sandstone columns in the hotel’s courtyard, each carved from different eras of Rajasthani architecture, gives a peek into the glorious past. Opulent Mughal furnishing and patterned marble floors adorn a spacious grand hall, from which a hidden, mirrored door guides guests to a light filled atrium, reminiscent of the design of women’s quarters of the Mughal court. As guests explore the different spaces, the hotel’s signature scent of neroli, orange blossom, and saffron fills the air. Raffles Jaipur also features the brand’s legendary Butler Service, with dedicated butlers ready to meet guests’ every need, from curating bespoke experiences to providing heartfelt care. Unique to Raffles Jaipur, butlers will provide guests with curated healing rituals traditional to Rajasthani culture, including botanical infused bathing, health elixirs made from local spices, and specially developed plant-based ointments.      

Raffles Jaipur is also set to become a culinary destination, with dining experiences that offer a modern interpretation of local gastronomy. Inspired by the primarily plant-based culinary tradition of the Zenana, or women’s quarters of the Mughal court, the dishes at Arkaa, the hotel’s specialty restaurant, celebrate the essence of the Progressive North Indian region using local ingredients sourced from nearby micro-farms. Libations at the hotel’s Writers Bar feature freshly ground spices and herbs sourced from the hotel’s garden, including the Jaipur Sling. This localised take on the famed Singapore Sling, which was created at Raffles Singapore in 1915, features orange liqueur, local herbal liqueur once used by royalty, pineapple juice, lime & bitters and Indian dry gin, a combination that celebrates the pink hue for which Jaipur is known and showcases the flavour notes of the sherbets of the grand palaces of Rajasthan. Traditional afternoon tea is served in Safir, bringing guests on a journey that celebrates diverse flavours through original creations. With stunning views of the rolling Aravalli Hills, rooftop bar Sehara serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes with an emphasis on Italian specialties.       

Guests can also enjoy a serene 620 square-metre spa featuring indulgent treatment rooms and mineral pools, in addition to a state-of-the-art fitness studio. A rooftop pool offers an opportunity to relax against a backdrop of stunning city vistas. Continuing in the traditional legacy of the queen’s palace of the Mughal court, Raffles Jaipur will treat guests to moments of pure enchantment through a rich calendar of events and experiences, drawing guests deeper into the local heritage and culture. This includes exclusive dining experiences, masterclasses with local artisans, and private concerts. Later this year, the hotel will unveil an Artisan Trail, where participants can connect with skilled local artisans and creators, exploring their crafts and stories.                                                                                                                                                                                            
“Every element of Raffles Jaipur has been thoughtfully considered, from the architecture and design to the culinary offerings and wellness experiences. We hope to inspire our guests to immerse themselves in the local Rajasthani culture, while inviting locals to experience their home through a lens that is distinct to Raffles” Binny Sebastian, General Manager of Raffles Jaipur.  

Raffles Jaipur also lends itself well to visitors wanting to continue their journey further into Rajasthan, with Raffles Udaipur located just an hour away via domestic flights. Having recently opened in 2021 alongside the serenity and wildlife of Udai Sagar Lake, Raffles Udaipur offers curated wellness and nature program onsite, while still being within easy reach of ‘City of the Lakes’ main attractions.         

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