Alila Fort Bis­hangarh

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In­dia’s lat­est fortress ho­tel stands out as much for its ar­chi­tec­ture—in­flu­enced by both the Mughals and the Bri­tish—as its un­der­stated lux­ury. There is no bus­tle of col­ors or capri­cious de­sign el­e­ments that char­ac­ter­ize your typ­i­cal Ra­jasthani palace con­ver­sion; in­stead, the 59 rooms and suites fa­vor a more muted, pared-back look that ac­cen­tu­ates the grandeur of the sur­rounds and the lu­mi­nous qual­ity of the tra­di­tional Ra­jasthani plas­ter­work on the walls. Billed as the first in­ter­na­tion­ally man­aged re­sort in the Aravalli Hills, the 230-year-old fort sits mon­u­men­tally atop a rugged gran­ite rise, its bat­tle­ment and tur­rets re­turned to their for­mer glory fol­low­ing a seven-year restora­tion. In­side, Ra­jput hunts­man’s food — cooked on open fires or in hot sand—is served on the ter­race at Nazaara, while or­ganic cock­tails and cognac are the order of the day at Mad­hu­veni bar. And after an af­ter­noon spent ex­plor­ing the city of Jaipur (an hour away) or nearby Bis­hangarh vil­lage, be­spoke mas­sages await at the Spa Alila, tucked away in the fort’s for­mer dun­geons. — 91-142/227-6500; alila­ho­; dou­bles from US$210

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