The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
Indulge with your own private view of the greatest monument of love at The Oberoi Amarvilas, the leading luxury hotel in Agra and a welcome sanctuary to retreat to at the end of a busy day.
Anywhere else in the world, this property would stand out as absolutely stunning. Even just 600 metres from one of the world’s most beautiful buildings it holds its own, especially lit-up at night like a pure Arabian Nights fantasy.
Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the hotel is a splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions with exquisite fabrics and richly detailed interiors that are perfectly complemented by a choice of international and Indian cuisine.
While the area around the Taj Mahal is surrounded by shops with vendors who can be persistent, Amarvilas makes it extremely easy to relax and recharge yourself with some divine activities (in particular the excellent spa).
And for the most romantic view of the shimmering Taj Mahal subtly changing colour at sunset, it’s definitely worth booking a balcony room.