Front Runners July 2015: Royal Renewal
Built in 1729 as a private getaway for the wife of a Rajput king, Jaipur’s Suján Rajmahal Palace (sujanluxury.com) first became a hotel in 1979. In January, following a two-year renovation, the Indian palace emerged once again as a retreat worthy of royalty. The revamped property features just 15 colorful palace rooms and suites filled with elaborate hand-blocked wallpaper, silk rugs, and white-marble floors. Family treasures—Mughal carpets, art deco–era furnishings, and silver polo trophies—can be found throughout the public spaces, which include two restaurants, a bar, and a spa specializing in Kama Ayurveda treatments. Between the palace’s rose-hued walls and imperial gates, 10 acres of gardens and a tiled swimming pool crowned with bubbling fountains provide a welcome respite from the bustling city outside.