and discreet, Samode Palace has been host to celebrities,
royalty, artists, and the discriminating traveller.
A splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture,
the Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal
styles. The 475-year-old palace is a celebration of
the senses, underlined at all times by contemporary
luxury and the signature service of Samode hotels
- a magical hospitality and rare courtesy.
Guests are known to want to lose themselves in the
maze of bougainvillea covered courtyards, connected
by quaint narrow staircases and chance upon lounges
adorned by charming arches, stunning mirror work,
exquisitely painted walls and ceilings. Royal suites
and rooms surround the courtyards, each with their
unique personality and décor.
impressive Sheogarh Fort, the private balconies, restaurants
and dining areas, and the intriguing pools - open
out to the sky on clear days and starlit nights. You
may come to Samode Palace to soak in the glorious
luxury, celebrate an occasion, host a spectacular
wedding, but mostly, you may just want to be, for
being at Samode transforms you.
Awaken to the quiet dawn, or have a cocktail on the
terrace garden to the accompaniment of folk musicians.
Run your fingers across the intricate story of an
ancient mural on an uneven wall. Emerge from a gentle
healing massage at the spa, or perhaps just sink into
the lavish bed in your room. Samode Palace works its
magic on you.
4 royal suites, 20 deluxe suites and 19 spacious rooms
of Samode Palace redefine the word comfort. Each room,
with its own unique personality, is elegantly and
luxuriously furnished. Four poster-beds draped with
sheer, delicate fabric and exquisitely carved couches
invite you to relax completely. The flowers follow
you everywhere - from the courtyards and the painted
lounges to the charming prints on the flowing curtains
and linen that softly brush against you, the rose
petals in your bathtub and your Jacuzzi to the beautiful
intricate patterns on the rich carpets beneath your
Colour and spirit mingle with the sparkling of white
linen and marble and with the warm wood of exquisite
furniture. Old photographs of the family, weddings,
hunting expeditions, and regal gatherings hang easily
on the walls beside the large TV screen. Samode is
a world that blends modern luxury effortlessly with
that of the past - air-conditioning and heating, perfectly
stocked mini-bars, tea and coffee counters, satellite
television, house movies - this is the best of all
Each royal suite is a luxe apartment with its own
private courtyard looking out to the mountains, and
a Jacuzzi. All rooms have lavish en-suite bathrooms
that are classic and elegant - with spacious wardrobes,
sink-and-laze tubs, gracious dressing tables - all
deserving of the care you give yourself.
Do ask for your preference, for at Samode it is our
privilege to serve you. A room on the lowest level
will be best if you find it difficult to climb the
stairs, a twin bed room is excellent if you aren't
sharing the bed with your companion, romance deserves
a special suite. Honeymooners find the dream-like
setting and the invisible, discreet service enchanting.
breakfast is served in the courtyard under the shade
of trees and the chirping of birds, with the excellent
staff who cheerfully suggest what you may enjoy. The
two restaurants offer a choice of royal Rajasthani
delicacies or scrumptious Asian and European fare.
Stunning murals vie with the food in stealing your
attention. Evening cocktails by the poolside or a
romantic candle-lit dinner at the terrace garden catch
the starlight of the clear Rajasthani nights. Of course
you may prefer in-room dining if you can't tear yourself
away from the magnificence of your residence.
The Palace has an extensive wine cellar, with a handpicked
and expert choice of both International and Indian
in a clear marble and mosaic swimming pool or rejuvenate
with a dip in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Laze by the rooftop
Infinity pool and catch a breathtaking sunset with
the vistas of the Aravalli Range and a brilliantly
lit fort as a backdrop.
The Spa offers luxurious massage therapies by trained
professionals in charming rooms that invite you to
forget the world and give in to the power of indulgence.
Health facilities include a fully-equipped fitness
centre, sauna and steam room.
RELAX AND REJUVENATE
Take a jeep safari around the villages and fields,
visiting local shrines, bazaars - drive through for
a coffee or a meal to the royal gardens of Samode
Bagh. For the more adventurous visitor, horse and
camel safaris are available and special visits to
the sand dunes can be arranged. If you like you could
walk out of the gates of the Palace and through the
cobbled lanes of Samode village and market stopping
by the little shops of the bangle maker, the cloth
merchant, the gemstone expert.
Palace is ideal for grand celebrations and seems custom-ordered
for Weddings. Traditionally an Indian wedding has
two important components - a horse for the groom and
a doli in which the bride is carried away. As you
walk into Samode Palace you are greeted by the idea
of an imminent wedding - the doorway has a wooden
horse to one side and a doli on the other!
A marriage at Samode is an experience that will last
a lifetime. The stately regalia include an elephant
procession, traditional tikka, garlanding and a shower
of flower petals. The mandap or sacred fire is arranged
in the beautiful courtyard, and a royal banquet set-up
in the opulent Darbar hall with Sheesh Mahal (or Palace
Fireworks light up the sky, lamp lights twinkle brighter
than the stars. The food is a delicacy, the service
is flawless and the celebration is unforgettable -
tailor-made to your fantasy.
This is romance re-defined. And newly-weds stay on
for a spectacular honeymoon in a setting that draws
them in an intimately romantic sweep through the charming
entrances, into colourful courtyards and verandahs
filled with a warm familiarity, secluded gardens and
plush princely apartments.
Guests come back to celebrate special anniversaries
and occasions. Samode seems to have a lien on celebrations.
elite and stylish, the Palace has hosted business
owners and chief executive officers from all over
the world. The setting, the facilities and the service
come together to create personalized meets, punctuated
by elegant banquets, theme dinners and galas (at the
Palace or the sand dunes that rise to meet the lilting
tunes of the local musicians), and local activities
including elephant polo and camel safaris.
Incentives to the Palace are immensely rewarding.
The extreme hospitality, courtesy and personalized
care merge with the location and activities to providing
an aspirational and motivating experience.
RESTORING THE SPLENDOUR
They hold pride of place in India's heritage and that
of Rajasthan. The present owners, Rawal Raghavendra
Singh and Yadavendra Singh, descendants of the royal
family of Samode, committed to restore the three properties
- the Palace, the Bagh (the royal gardens), and the
Haveli (the royal residence) - to their splendid and
original glory and offer the experience to discerning
travellers from across the world. The three spectacular
hotels, personally attended to by the owners, are
also embedded with world-class contemporary luxury,
planned for with great care during the restoration.
A wealthy history blends seamlessly with the comforts
of the present.
Samode hotels have preserved the fusion of historical
influences in the décor and design. The Indo-Saracenic
architecture, opulent Mughal interiors, European furniture,
and Rajasthani fabrics and design, blend together
to showcase the history that lies behind Samode. The
charming influences of the royal Nepalese family,
into which the Rawals married quite frequently, has
been retained in the ornate mirrors, lounges and photographs.
In a commitment to preserve the way of life of the
people of Samode, inherited local knowledge, local
skills, and wherever possible, local material
have been used extensively during the restoration
lies in the State of Rajasthan in North India. Located
about 42 km. north-west of Jaipur, Samode Palace is
reached by a short road from Chandwaji where it branches
off the Delhi-Jaipur highway.
You could drive in from Delhi or fly into Jaipur to
come to Samode Palace. Jaipur is connected by air
to all the major cities in India. The adventurous
tourist sometimes arrives by train. Transport to the
Hotel is arranged on request.
Palace - Jaipur Airport: 56 kms (1 hr drive)
Palace - Jaipur Railway Station: 44 kms
Palace - New Delhi Indira Gandhi lnternational Airport:
234 kms (5 hr drive on National Highway 8).