Seeking out luxury resorts and boutique hotels around the globe can be tiring work, so we’re partial to the odd stylish spa villa break here at Mr & Mrs Smith. This week we’re jetting off to Jaipur to be pampered in one of the hilltop hideaways at Tree of Life Resort & Spa. Set in the uncommonly green Aravalli hills – a dash of bucolic beauty among Rajasthan’s red deserts – the hotel’s meringue-like Mughal architecture and tranquil private pools make this regal retreat fit for a Maharaja…
Style Blushing pink villas
Setting Rugged Aravali Range
Why this week? As the monsoon rains dwindle, September and October make way for milder temperatures. Jaipur glimmers with thousands of tea-lights during Diwali in November – when market stalls are piled high with multi-coloured kulfi and halwa sweets – and Rajasthan bursts into revelry. Join in the festive feasting and fun with Smith’s exclusive offer of 35 per cent off three nights at Tree of Life Resort & Spa (from September 23 to December 23).
Our favourite bits Few boutique hotels offer luxury villas with such largesse; 230sq m of floorspace, a private pool, an open-air couples’ spa area and generously sized gardens feature in even the teeniest of these live-in treasure chests. The hotel’s dawn yoga sessions and three-hour culinary tours (with the head chef) allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, and star-studded views of Jaipur can be seen from a perfectly placed elevated terrace – so all you need for a ridiculously romantic evening is a couple of G&Ts and some jewel-hued cushions to recline on.
Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘Majestic and serene, the reception pavilion is a beautifully lit series of rooms radiating from a perfectly scaled, domed rotunda with a quiet fountain and pool below. The Taj Lake Palace at Udaipur, our previous stay, had been spectacular in its way, but this place is magic. Naman, the evening manager, is on the steps with his team and after a warm unscripted greeting we’re given engraved, polished-brass welcome bracelets and are led up a winding stone walkway – past sculptures of Hindu gods – to our quarters.’ Read the full Tree of Life Resort & Spa review…
Compiled by Sofia Fernandez Vyas.