Published on September 17th, 2014 | by Ann Rickard


Street-life Then The Spa

TAKE ME THERE – to Rajasthan where Lebua Hotels & Resorts have three properties offering royal retreats that allow guests to experience the opulence of royal life without paying a king’s ransom.

Properties include Devi Garh by Lebua in Udaipur; Lebua Resort in Jaipur; and Lebua Lodge at Amer, Jaipur.

The property pictured – Devi Garh by lebua – is a heritage hotel in an 18th-century palace in the village of Delwara.

It was the royal residence of the rulers of Delwara principality, from the mid-18th century until the mid-20th century.

It’s been decades since I visited India so my memories are, unlike India itself, faded and misty.lubra 1

Today’s India is a far cry from the place I visited so long ago as a young migrant on her way from the UK to a new life in Australia.

That visit was sinfully brief and it’s high time I got back to India.

Fortunately, the country now boasts a surfeit of luxurious hotels, like the one pictured above.

If a person is going to do India properly – that is get out into the streets to absorb all the chaos, colour and confusion – then that person must have luxury to sink into at the end of each hectic day.

It is one thing to risk your life in a rickshaw by avoiding a wandering cow in frenzied traffic, but it is quite another if you have to come back to anything less than a hotel that will cosset and protect you from that world, once inside its hallowed lobbies and luxuriously calm rooms (or suites if I have my way.)Mumbai

Stepping out of your hotel to be confronted by India’s madness (not to mention limbless but nimble beggars who latch on to you) will be exciting only if you know there is an icy gin and tonic and a cold towel waiting for you on your return.

Eating on the street wouldn’t bother me at all (a bout of Delhi Belly, good for weight loss), but only if there is a high-end dining room back at the hotel complete with twinkling chandelier, fine china, heavy silver and turbaned staff just waiting for my patronage.

Touring the slums to see the raw India would be insightful only as long as there is a fragrant spa back at the hotel with an appointment book filled with my name.

I know I will love India when I get back there again. I’m going to enjoy the monstrous momentum of the cities, the eclectic vistas in the countryside, the astonishing contrasts between rich and poor … and relish them all.

But only after a martini and a massage.

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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