Staying at Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur – Octopussy’s Lair
Staying at Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur – Octopussy’s Lair
Where? Taj Lake Palace Hotel
Exactly? Udaipur, India
When? March 2019
Why? As the first leg on my grand, luxury tour of Rajasthan, India, I was lucky enough to be invited to the world famous Taj Lake Palace Hotel for a two night stay. This hotel has been on my wish list for years, so I can’t tell you how excited I was.
Famed as the film set for the 1983 James Bond classic movie Octopussy, the palace has also hosted hundreds of dignitaries and celebrities over the years. From Jackie Kennedy to Hilary Clinton, Brad and Angelina to Queen Elizabeth II and practically every countries royal family to date, so you’ll be in good company.
The Lake Palace
Glimmering in the middle of serene Lake Pichola like a marble mothership, the world famous Lake Palace Hotel began its illustrious life as the ‘pleasure palace’ of one India’s most lavish kings, Maharaja Jagat Singh II, to host his sumptuous and decadent parties.
Above Bonnie wears fuchsia pink dress by Lovers and Friends at Revolve
Built in 1746 it was one of the first palaces in the world to be built on water. Using specially advanced engineering skills by even todays standards let alone in the 1700s, it was a pioneering bastion of Indian architecture and is today a treasured heritage landmark.
Comprised of 83 intricately decorated suites and rooms all positioned around the vibrant central water garden courtyard, every view and corner of this palace is exquisitely designed. It truly is one of the most magical and spectacular hotels I’ve ever stayed in.
Below Bonnie wears cranberry Nadja chiffon maxi dress by Little Mistress
We were extremely lucky to be able to stay in the Udai Mahal Suite (pictured above), the Kings private bed chamber when the palace was originally build. The floor space in this room is extensive, you can fit a regular sized London flat into the bathroom alone!
With a huge entertaining space comprising of dining room, sitting room and cushioned window seats area, there’s a large open space in the middle for musicians and dancers who would have performed for Maharajas by candlelight.
Soft furnishings are made of sumptuous silk, walls are made with marble and surfaces are heavily decorated with intricate engraving, embossed jewels and hand carved lattice work. The windows in the room are coloured with stained glass imported from Murano in Italy, which back in the 1700s was quite the talking point.
Bonnie wears white lace Ida dress by Little Mistress use code BONNIE20 for 20% discount
Food and Drink
With a choice of three renowned restaurants, an excellent bar and great room service there are plenty of great dining options at the hotel. We dined at the Jharokha restaurant with outdoor seating in the water garden for breakfasts and all day dining. The view (pictured above) was dreamy.
The authentic Indian restaurant Neel Kamal, meaning blue lotus is the best Indian restaurant in Udaipur. It serves a fantastic array of Rajasthani and local specialities accompanied by traditional musicians.
Or for a special occasion head to the al fresco rooftop restaurant for candle lit romantic vibes and spectacular sunset views of the city. We were extremely lucky to be hosted for a special candlelit dinner in the water garden prepared especially for us.
Pictured above Bonnie wears blue maxi dress by Shein atop the viewing deck area, which also doubles up as a picturesque sunrise yoga space.
Above Bonnie wears matching geo top and geo skirt by Alexandra Miro at Beach Cafe
Every corner of the hotel whether inside or out is an instagram shot waiting to happen. The boat in the background is part of the floating spa.
Below Bonnie wears orange swimsuit by Shein
The picture perfect swimming pool at the Lake Palace has been voted the most beautiful pool in the world several times over and I can see exactly why. The turquoise pool area is cornered by hot tubs, adjacent to the gym and the Jiva Spa, which altogether offers the perfect wellness area.
Above Bonnie wears white knot swimsuit and hat by Melissa Odabash, red print kaftan by Alexandra Miro below.
The Jiva Spa
To really get into the vibe of lake living, the blissful Jiva Spa also offers massage experiences on a beautiful vintage boat complete with hot tub to totally immerse yourself in the experience.
Well I must say that was one of the most incredible hotels I have ever stayed at. Everything was perfect, from the spectacular marble terraces and vibrant colourful gardens, to the resplendent water features, fountains and swimming pool. It truly is a magnificent hotel.
The service was impeccable with the some of the best staff I’ve ever witnessed. I loved my room, the flute player at breakfast and the food, wow, actually some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had too.
I literally felt like this palace was my home and I never want to leave. It’s so aesthetically beautiful and the tranquil atmosphere lulls you in to a blissful and calm state of mind. I can’t recommend it enough.
Thanks so much to Taj Hotels and the Taj Lake Palace for letting me stay. It truly is one of my all time favourite hotels. Next post check out my ‘ultimate guide to travelling India in luxury’ plus the best instagram locations in Rajasthan and the Taj Mahal.
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Bon voyage xx
Udaipur is a city of palaces, I have been to udaipur many times but never visit to taj lake palace, but now I will sure visit this palace.
You must x
LOVE your photos!!! I have never been to India but find myself wanting to visit Taj Lake Palace Hotel just by looking at your stunning pictures, it’s truly a beautiful place!
thank you x
Your photos are amazing and the place looks gorgeous! I would definitely stay to live in the spa!
haha me too
Oh wow. Staying in a place like that will make me feel like royalty! I am awed at the intricately designed rooms! You are really fortunate to have stayed in that hotel!
the rooms are spectacular
That hotel looks amazing! I’ll definitely choose that when I visit India. Your dresses are also great! Are they available online?
Thanks so much,
The two days we spent in this place have been one of the best hotel stays ever! Everything during our stay was just perfect! The hotel, the former summer palace of the Maharaja, is nicely located in the middle of Lake Pichola. The view on the palace and the old town is just spectacular. After arrival by boat shuttle, we were greeted by a rain of rose petals. Upon check-in, we were lucky and got an upgrade to a historical suite. The suite was just amazing and had a fantastic view of the lake. Every staff member was so heartwarming friendly and attentive, which made us almost feel like royals. The dinners at the Neel Kamal restaurant were delicious and of the highest quality. Also, the breakfast in the lush garden with a small pond was fantastic. Every day in the afternoon the hotel offers a heritage tour of the property and a 1-hour cruise on the lake. We did both and were very satisfied with the impressions we got. In the evening there is a traditional music and dance performance, which we enjoyed a lot. Thank you so much for all the hospitality and the fantastic time we had during our visit to Udaipur. We‘ll definitely come back to this hotel next time we visit Udaipur!
I literally couldn’t agree with you more! It is actually one of my all time favourite hotels. Thanks so much for the lovely and thoughtful comments! I really appreciate it! x
This looks like an amazing place to stay, full of luxury I am defnitely going to add this to my places to stay x
you must x
What an oasis! I love everything about it, the grand suite rooms, the beautiful landscape, and the flowers.
me too x
That is such a cool place. So many beautiful views out there. And it really does look like an amazing palace. I would love to visit this place for sure.
It was incredible
Oh wow this looks like a stunning place to stay. Everything is so opulent and it is going to go straight onto my wishlist when I look for a break away without the kids.
it defo should x
Honey, you’re gorgeous and your pics are stunning! Plus, the hotel is definitely beautiful as well. Just look at the flower and orange petals on the water. So beautiful!
First of all, let me start by saying that your pictures look absolutely amazing. This place is spectacular and I would love to stay there myself.
Thanks so much for dropping by x
Okay. I am going there now lol. I might include this place when we get there. Really nice place and your photos are beautiful.
This looks like an amazing place to stay, I really need a holiday to somewhere like this
The pictures! The luxurious atmosphere! The rooms! The sorrounding! Your outfit! Oh Bonnie…I’m in love! I mean, who wouldn’t even want to stay at a place where James Bond was filmed? Now I feel like I want to be in Taj Lake Palace too.
Amazing place! Your pics are awesome!
thanks so much
Omg the way it looks. So splendid and beautiful, what a place ! I would really like to go there and never leave again :))
All the clicks are amazing. Loved the place and the ambience. I would love to visit there sometime.
Wow, this place looks amazing! I have always wanted to go to India, but I would definitely also have to check out this hotel. Your pictures are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing!
thanks for reading x
The Taj Lake Palace hotel stay would be an amazing one! Thank you for sharing your experience, Bonnie. Jbtw, you look amazing in all the pictures!
Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know x
Oh wow this place looks amazing. I wish I could visit it one day. Lovely photos. Really enjoyed reading this article.
What a neat place to visit! How unique and beautiful. I don’t remember this from the movie, but it would be neat to visit a place like this that is so iconic and has so many great amenities.
I am re-living my stay at Lake Palace through this beautiful post. It is indeed an out of the world, luxurious experience, and transports guests to the era of royalty. Thanks for sharing!! Some amazing pics there!
Oh how wonderful! I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the post xx
This looks awesome, just wow :)