Situated in the heart of Agra, The Oberoi Amarvillas, Agra is located less than half a mile from the iconic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The palatial style foyer of the hotel is a tribute to the legacy of Moorish and Mughal architecture. Intricate filigree and marble inlay work, jaali (screens), gold thread and bead embroidery, woodcarvings and hand-woven tapestries, display the rich arts and crafts of the region.
The hotel is approached along a sweeping driveway, verdant with native trees and lit by flaming torches. Cascading fountains, arched passageway, gold leaf frescoes, terrace lawns, reflection pools and pavilions pay homage to its Mughal splendor.
There are 102 guestrooms, including seven Suites. Elegantly appointed with polished timber floors, hand-knotted carpets, original artworks, fine handcrafted furniture and wood-inlay desks and lamps, the guestrooms at The Oberoi Amarvilas are a celebration of Indian craftsmanship. Each of the rooms and suites offer uninterrupted views of the monument of love, resort’s landscaped gardens and water bodies.
The Kohinoor Suite is located on the highest floor of the hotel (5th floor) and is named after the legendary diamond of Indian origin. This suite has an entrance foyer leading onto a large living room. Adorned with white marble elephants and marble columns, glowing under golden domed ceilings and in the reflection of mirrored walls, this suite is supremely majestic. The study is elegantly detailed in varying shades of maroon and in addition to a large writing desk facing the arched picture window that perfectly frames the Taj Mahal, it also has a specially positioned brass telescope that provides stunning views of each architectural detail of the monument. The suite also has an expansive dining room and a small pantry with refrigerator and microwave.
The Suite has three private open-air terraces, each offering a distinct vista of the Taj Mahal. One terrace leads out from the living room, overlooking the splendid landscaped gardens and swimming pool of the hotel. The second terrace is attached to the bedroom. The third terrace stretches around two sides of the bathroom.
The suite is furnished with an emperor bed, paneled with teak wooden floor and carpeted with hand woven rugs with Mughal designs. Separate walk-in closets with a large electronic safe, teak armoires with satellite television, a mirror-work desk and bedside tables with custom-made lamps add to the luxurious comforts. Richly upholstered armchairs sit beside wall-to-wall windows, inviting guests to relax in their elegant surroundings, while taking in views of the Taj Mahal.
The bathroom is fully equipped with a standalone bathtub facing the Taj Mahal, as well as a glass paneled walk in rain shower that opens onto private sun terrace. This spacious white marble and granite bathroom is also equipped with shaving mirrors, twin vanity counters with deluxe toiletries and a water closet with bidet.The hotel offers two dining venues- Bellevue and Esphahan, where scrumptious Indian and international delicacies are served. There is also a bar where guests can savor an extensive range of beverages, from champagne and sparkling wines to the best Scotch and Malts, accompanied by special cigars and tobacco. The Lounge serves a range of teas and coffee, along with homemade pastries and cookies baked by the master chefs against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal.
The Oberoi Spa includes four therapy suites, a steam and changing rooms. The extensive spa menu offers holistic, non-clinical therapies, massages and beauty treatments incorporating ancient Ayurvedic principles, Aromatherapy and Western techniques.
Cost: INR 5,00,000 per night (around $8,074)
Size: 275 square metres
Occupancy: 2 adults (1 child)
Why should you splurge on it?
There are luxury hotels and then there is The Oberoi Amarvillas, Agra. Imagine waking up to the vistas of the Taj Mahal that happens to be right outside your window. For many guests at the hotel, this is a sublime reality and definitely one of the hotel’s greatest features. Dotted with cascading fountains and manicured lawns, extensive use of marble, expansive wraparound windows and frescoes, The Oberoi Amarvillas, Agra can only be described as decadent.
The luxurious Kohinoor Suite combines the lavishness of the regal Mughal indulgence with contemporary facilities. This magnificent suite has an entrance foyer, a large living room, dining room, study, pantry, a spacious bedroom and a bathroom, overlooking the Taj Mahal through exhibitionist-friendly windows. With the suite’s art deco design accents and supreme comfort, you will soon forget you’re in the heart of a chaotic city.
The Oberoi Amarvillas, Agra
Taj East Gate Rd, Fatehabad Road, Agra
Uttar Pradesh 282001, India