In northwestern India in the state of Rajasthan, the ancient city of Udaipur is known worldwide for its preserved forts, palaces and serene lakes, earning it the monikers: Lake City and Venice of the East. Due to its emerging status on the global MICE scene, Udaipur is seeing significant growth with U.S.-branded properties opening throughout the region. Starwood Hotels is scheduled to unveil five new Sheraton properties over the next three years, following the grand debut of the 240-room Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa last year. Reminiscent of a Maharajah’s palace, Starwood’s first managed Sheraton in India is replete with towering domes and intricately tiled archways framing long hallways and manicured gardens. It overlooks Fateh Sagar Lake, one of the four main lakes in Udaipur, bordered by hills and deep woodland. For group events, five multi-purpose function rooms include the spacious 5,800-sf Grand Ballroom, the largest in Rajasthan state. For catering, options include Rudra, a vegetarian restaurant with an authentic Indian menu, and Antara, featuring more international dishes celebrating Mediterranean/Indian fusion cuisine. For drinks, attendees can end their day with a lakefront view at the Aangan Lounge or H2O poolside bar. The hotel is also set to add nine private pool rooms as well as three suites with direct access to the lush green gardens. Udaipur is fast becoming the next big thing for spa lovers. The 10,000-sf Ansagna Spa offers guests treatments inspired by ancient holistic traditions developed in tropical rainforests throughout Asia, within the 11 private treatment rooms. We like the Agni Shanthi spa package:
Reduce internal heat and regain internal balance of your body with a combination of Ayurvedic therapies: 30-minute Indian head massage, 60-minute Waves massage, 30-minute Chakra Vasti, 30-minute Shirodhara and 30-minute balancing body polish.Minutes away from the city center, groups have quick access to Udaipur’s culture, history and romance. A short boat ride takes visitors to a variety of Rajput-era palaces like the Lake Palace in the middle of the Pichola Lake built in 1746, where Octopussy was partially filmed. There’s also the Jag Mandir Palace made from yellow sandstone perched on another island with life-size marble elephants standing at attention at the water’s edge. “The debut of Sheraton brand in Udaipur is great news for international groups and fans of India,” says Don Elliot, Regional VP for Starwood Hotels.” Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa captures the romance and splendor of the royal era with its magnificent architecture and grandeur.” The next five Sheraton properties will be located in Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam, Chandigarh, Mysore and Amritsar.