If you like to be surrounded by the dreamy environs of India’s past, Devi Garh offers one of the most spectacular properties in the country. An 18th century fort (once a Maharaja’s refuge) nestled in the Aravali Hills of Udaipur, it’s the last word in luxury, with more staff than guests and spectacular views. The emerald green swimming pool comes with loungers cut straight out of the marble, so you can relax with a cocktail (the jasmine and Smirnoff Black infused ‘Tranquility’ is a winner) without even leaving the water. Make the most of the amenity trays which come with fruit sticks served over crushed ice, mineral water, fresh lemonade and a refreshing rose spray and bring your in-room iPod and docking station with you for poolside tunes.

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Keep the relaxation going with a visit to the L’Occitane Spa. The main buildings are set in converted stables once inhabited by the Maharaja’s elephants (though we like the poolside spa cabana too), and offer Ayurvedic treatments (think purified bath milk and four-handed massages). You’re even encouraged to pick your own flowers and herbs to create super fresh remedies.

Devi Garh, Delwara NH8, Rajastan 313202, India | +91 2953 289211 |