Turning moments into memories.
If anything truly outlines Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, it is the value they attach to lasting memories. One glance from any vantage point can settle even the most restless of souls or draw excitement from even the most demure and seasoned traveller. The Fairmont, an oasis of luxury, is located overlooking the Aravalli’s, like a benevolent version of the gorgeous Pera Palas Hotel in Sean Connery’s, From Russia with love. Scintillating with history and culture of Rajasthan, the hotel is a living palace that gracefully syndicates the glories of the past with modern day comforts. Every aspect of the hotel, the architecture, the layout, the décor, the hospitality has been inspired by the Mughal dynasty and Royal Rajputs.
The Jaipur hotel opened in 2012. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is the world’s most storied hotel brand. Within a Fairmont experience, every guest is offered a warm and royal welcome and is made to feel special, valued and appreciated.
The Grandeur of the entrance itself will take your breath away, awakening your 5 senses and leaving a smile on your face. From the moment we stepped out of the mini traveller, we were greeted by the sound of grand drums, the traditional Shehnai, and a shower of rose petals. If this doesn’t make you feel like royalty… I can’t imagine what would. It was like time travel in moments. Once we entered the lofty old wooden door, another musician was waiting to usher us in to the sounds of amazing folk tunes. We were then seated at Anjum, wherein after introductions with Mr. Dharam Singh-Director Operations, we were presented with the welcome drinks, a delicious concoction of passion fruit served in a beautifully carved goblet!! These guys had all my 5 senses excited within my first 5 minutes here!
Fairmont Jaipur, just as you would expect from the brand, is an incredible fusion of Contemporary facilities with a Traditional touch. The architecture is traditional, very historic with Mughal influences. Inspired by the regions rich and storied heritage, like the gravelled entrance which has been replicated from what was 500-600 years ago. This was to hear the sound of footsteps when soldiers came. The flower shower when you enter the small door built in the big door, the idea was to bow down in respect to the emperor. The Tadlack façade is very elegant and lends a lot of class with its stark look. There is also a ‘Charbagh’ sporting perfectly manicured four square lawns, like it is at the Taj Mahal with frangipani trees. A Rang mahal, where the queens were said to practice the art of dance, before entering the ‘darbar’ or lobby where a musician plays the santoor to welcome guests. All the detailing and paintings on the wall have been done by local artisans on-site. The furniture comprises of pieces that are finished with camel-bone. Architect Clive Gray, has truly created a masterpiece.
The décor is traditional and very rich. My room, on the gold floor was a bespoke residence that exude classic heritage influences. All of the modern amenities blended like a symphony with the rich heritage of Rajasthan, a handwritten welcome note and a chocolate camel. Traditional Mughal influences such as ornate lobed arches that appear in the mirrors and doorways accentuate the feeling of royalty, when staying in these rooms. From exquisite traditional lamp shades, intricate wall paintings to silver and wooden artifacts placed to heighten the mood of a Rajasthani royal abode, the room exudes an air of rich and high old world elegance combined with superb modern comforts. A carved luxurious armchair completed with an ottoman in front of the large windows provide comfortable sitting areas for reading, dining, or simply soaking in the view of the lush gardens. All rooms are Wi-Fi enabled, with ergonomic work stations and come fully equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, a refreshment centre and Fairmont amenities.
Huge walk in bathroom with separate shower cubicle with a stone bench, a his & her set of vanity stations and dim lit arched walls and ceilings and the distinct pink city stone bath tubs; taking a bubble bath in-room can’t get more luxurious than this! In the expansive bathrooms, the soothing rain shower and deep and inviting bath tub, dramatically add to the lavishness and exemplary experience of luxury that is fit for a king/queen.
The toiletries are Le Labo Rose 31amenity line is customized for the hotel and does create sensuousness upon using, you smell like very subtle rose petals. Overlooking the Aravalli’s, the rooms have a Mughal styled day beds with intimate details like the companion & confidante of the royalty in the past – the Parrot. The queens used to keep a parrot as a pet in the absence of the king, as legend goes. Also a mascot of The Fairmont, the parrot is seen in various forms all across the property. All the upholstery in my signature room was made of suede and silk linen.
Once we settled in our rooms, were we already famished by then and to satiate our hunger, we were presented with their “Royal Tiffin Service” within the comfort of our room. A tall brass tiffin which was flamboyantly carved beheld our lunch, 2 lachha parathas with a boat shaped dish containing a portion of creamy dal makhni, a bowl full of the most delicious, smoky, flavoursome butter chicken with succulent and juicy chicken morsels, along with a dish of steamed rice and condiments like onion, green chutney, pickle and papad.
The opulent accommodation is complemented with an array of eclectic dining options, from the vibrant and energetic Zoya (meaning sunshine), hence the brightly lit, all day dining restaurant, with a special emphasis on authentic Rajasthani cuisine, where we enjoyed our delectable dinner with Mr. Dushyant Shekhawat, Manager Sales delighted us with his company, the regal Zarin (signifying gold, as the cutlery and ceiling wonderfully illustrates so), which celebrates the fusion of Indian and Persian cuisine, the charming Anjum, where Fairmont’s internationally celebrated tea drinking culture comes to India with an exciting local twist and where later we enjoyed the tradition high tea experience with “kuntez” served along with bite sized portions of various delicious preparations, both indian and western, to the elegant Aza, library-styled bar with leather winged chairs and books, historic artwork with vintage cognacs and rare liquors, where during late evening we enjoyed an array of cocktails served with some delightful starters and the wonderful company of Mr. Deepak Sharma, Director F&B , to the spectacular rooftop restaurant Asmaa, Middle Eastern style bar and restaurant which offers Raj Era cuisine.
Ok so its Fairmont, what can you expect?! The best of course! And I promise you would not be disappointed even once! Each dish presented came to us with Masterchef quality presentation, organic flavours, authentic tastes and the absolute freshest ingredients. They can even make a simple cold coffee appear and taste poetic.
Our dinner on day one was a pre-set menu which was exquisitely presented in an intricate metal farmaan. After awing about the elegance of the same, we binged on a delectable menu comprising of a deconstructed Caesar salad with bacon bits, chicken morsels and a poached egg. For the main course I opted for Pan seared scallops and prawns with apple wasabi puree, quinoa and crispy lotus stem shards. Lastly, and even though I was full, I ended up ordering both the desserts comprising of the tradition tiramisu and one of the most sinfully chocolaty dessert they call the Five senses.
The next day we enjoyed a vast breakfast spread at the same place, and after filling our bellies with delicious omlets, waffles, pancakes and what not, we headed for our city tour of the eloquent Amer Fort.
After a tiring yet mesmerizing walk through the fort, we headed back to our hotels only to be pampered more with their spa services. The Spa is huge, plush and I took the Aroma therapy treatment and I must have dozed as my masseuse patiently worked out each knot from my neck to my back to my calves!! After which I dreamily enjoyed my sauna, steam and hot tub.
What blew me away! Fairmont Jaipur takes service to a whole new level making you feel like a celebrity and yet so personally taken care of. It’s like they are everywhere and you won’t see them until you need them and then they will bring you exactly what you need and more. The team at the 5-star Fairmont Jaipur are the best and each staff member goes the extra mile to make every guest’s stay a special experience
The story of Fairmont Jaipur inspires a vision of timeless hospitality, and Fairmont invites guests to join them in imagining a place that is steeped in a rich and privileged heritage, yet is effortlessly modern. Add great service to this and the result is an extraordinary experience that would make one’s memory of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts a long and lasting one.