Interior Design

Best Exotic Hotel

Issue 5 - 2016

Built in the 1720s, Jaipur’s Rajmahal Palace has been given a flamboyant update, blending chic contemporary style and a kaleidoscopic palette with traditional Rajasthani décor

Issue 5 - 2016

Built in the 1720s, Jaipur’s Rajmahal Palace has been given a flamboyant update, blending chic contemporary style and a kaleidoscopic palette with traditional Rajasthani décor

Everything about Rajmahal Palace in Jaipur is exotic. From its royal history and famous visitors – including Jackie Kennedy and the Queen – to its riotously colourful interior, the place exudes glamour. Once home to the Jaipur royal family, and still owned by them, it is now the bejewelled gem in the crown of the super-stylish Suján hotel group.

Two years ago, the Jaipur royal family commissioned the restoration of the 18th-century palace via Good Earth, the Indian design house. Led by interior designer Adil Ahmad, the result is an exquisite reworking of traditional Rajasthani design. Simran Lal, CEO of Good Earth, says, “Our brand is a bridge between old and new, craft and luxury.”

The exterior of the hotel is all creamy porticoed grandeur; but it’s inside that the bold vision really takes off, with a multi-layered explosion of colour and pattern that pays homage to the history of Jaipur. Much inspiration was found at the City Palace. The 41 vivid, hand-blocked wallpapers, specially created for each room, are the result. “The wallpapers tell the stories of Jaipur and its rulers,” says Lal, referencing the floral patterns, exotic animals and birds, geometric shapes inspired by carvings on the city’s forts, palaces and havelis. Chairs and sofas are upholstered in intense, sari-like hues, from shocking pink to deepest turquoise, while rugs, glittering chandeliers and old family portraits add to the mix.


 

Good Earth was founded by Simran’s mother, Anita Lal, a studio potter, in the late 1990s. She wanted to bridge the gap between a sophisticated urban consumer who appreciated authentic Indian design and the skilled artisans across the country.
There are now stores in many Indian cities, including a new boutique at Rajmahal Palace, plus a thriving global e-commerce business. As Lal says, “It’s wonderful that through our website we can now reach like-minded enthusiasts about Indian design.”
Her favourite pieces in the store are the Ganges Copper tumbler and glasses, Amritam rose water and range of Malabar printed cotton clothing. If you like Indian exoticism with a super-luxe modern twist, then the Rajmahal Palace will be a favourite of yours too.


Scott Dunn offers 4 nights at the Rajmahal Palace and 3 nights in Delhi, including a day trip to the Taj Mahal, from £3,150 per person. Call 020 3603 3566 for more information

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