Royal Retreat - Udaipur, RJ

We took a weekend getaway to the Royal Retreat Resort and Spa (early December 2017) just five kilometers outside of Udaipur in a superb countryside location. It was a Hotel Guys first: a complimentary two-night stay in a Royal Retreat Suite room (Rs13,383 or $US215 plus GST including breakfast -- sometimes less depending on the season) in exchange for our honest review. Nearly surrounded by a protected forest preserve this stunning four-star property is overflowing with art objects, both originals and reproductions. The rooms and common areas are decked out in a world-renowned uniquely Rajastani artistic style. There are three pools and sprawling grounds strewn with more mood-elevating art. Popular as an Indian wedding destination, this 105-room property includes a horse stable with riding options, the spa for massage and a really nice gym workout area. You can visit the the adjacent artisan workshop to see exquisite creations coming to life in stone and wood. In a word - exhilarating! Most properties do not go this far with aesthetic treatments. Talk about a weekend renewal - it worked!  Did I mention the superb Indian cuisine coming from the kitchen -- in the, of course, totally artistically tricked out dining room or the 24-hour available in-room service? You get the idea. We liked it. (We really liked it!)