Known as India’s ‘Pink City’ Jaipur is Rajasthan’s enthralling capital. Gateway to India’s most colorful state, Jaipur is a heady combination of old and new with chaotic traffic filled streets juxtaposed with grand palaces calmly surveying the bustling activity below. At the heart of India’s most vibrant city lies Rajmahal Palace which has stood witness to nearly 500 years of history. Originally built in 1729 by the Maharaja of Jaipur (Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II) as a private palace and garden retreat for his beloved wife, Rajmahal Palace is one of the city’s oldest and most treasured properties.
With many historical residents over the decades, in 1821 Rajmahal became the official home of the British Resident Political Officer of Rajputana, then in 1958 HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II chose it as his own personal private residence away from the official City Palace Royal Residence in Jaipur’s centre. As the private residence of the Royal Family of Jaipur, Rajmahal Palace hosted many a celebrated guest over the following decades including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh and several other members of the British Royal Family. Celebrated personalities including Lord and Lady Mountbatten and Jackie Kennedy also enjoyed the sumptuous hospitality of the palace over the years, adding to its rich history.
Still owned by the Royal Family of Jaipur, luxury hotelier Suján have been tasked with restoring Rajmahal Palace to its former glory and transforming the location into one of the finest hotels in the city. Reopened in 2015, Suján Rajmahal Palace has been entirely redesigned and refurbished by highly acclaimed designer Adil Ahmad who was specially commissioned for the delicate mission by the Royal Family. Inspired by the palace’s historic features and the City Palace (the current residence of the Royal Family), Ahmad’s design elements include the use of family crests, traditional royal motifs, old world art pieces and sensuous fabrics.
A combination of both the designer’s contemporary style and classic Indian architecture, the palace’s color palette has culminated in soft pastels full of blues, pinks and greens and developed and individual eclectic feel. Comprising initially of 14 suites upon opening, it will soon house 30 rooms and apartments each with unique decor. The shining jewels of the palace are the his and hers royal apartments – Ram Niwas – The Maharaja’s Apartment with its own private entrance and The Maharani’s Apartment with a private heated plunge pool. Each with their own dining rooms, terraces and butler surface for the duration of the stay, these apartments transport guests back to the regal grandeur of the palace.
Further suites are named after other previous guests including the Queen Elizabeth II Suite which was originally built for her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh on their state visit to India in 1961 and the Kennedy Suite which wowed Jackie Kennedy on her 1962 trip. Fine dining is also to be expected at Suján Rajmahal Palace at The Colonnade restaurant on the original veranda and 51 Shades of Pink dining room inspired by Norman Parkinson’s 1952 Vogue Cover. The Orient Occident with its high ceilings, gilded mirrors and original artworks allows guests to experience the rich heritage of the rulers of Rajputana and offers authentic Indian recipes mixed with the finest European cuisine.
Finished with a team of Suján spa therapists which allow guests to experience a range of beauty treatments and therapies from Kama Ayuveda in the comfort of their own suites, a stay at the Suján Rajmahal Palace will leave you feeling like royalty and the Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur has commented on this luxurious collaboration:
‘We are delighted to collaborate with SUJÁN, who has mastered high-end experiential hoteliering over the past 14 years. Their expertise in bespoke, world-class hospitality, has earned them consistent global acclaim. I am confident that SUJÁN will ensure that this precious piece of Jaipur’s history will be valued and shared with guests from across the globe.’
For more information and to book a stay at this decadent destination, visit the Suján Rajmahal Palace website.