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The Oberoi Amarvilas
A truly unforgettable interlude


Best season:   October - April
Address:   Taj East Gate Road
City:   Agra
Country / Region:   India - Uttar Pradesh
     
Rooms:   109 rooms including suites
Situation:   600 meters from the Taj Mahal
Price Level:   Luxury


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Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, The Oberoi Amarvilas is a splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions with rich interiors that take you back to an era of Emperors and Princes. The resort is located 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and all rooms, suites, lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views of the monument. Enjoy the luxury of your own private view of the greatest monument to love.

ACCOMMODATION

Fifty-seven premier rooms have a private open-air terrace. Four deluxe suites have a separate living room and bedroom. The two luxury suites feature, in addition, a separate living/dining room with butler’s pantry and private open air terrace. The bathroom overlooks the Taj Mahal. All rooms have a 24 hour butler service.

The regal Kohinoor Suite has separate living and dining rooms. There is a private study. The bedroom has a separate dressing area with walk-in closet. Here too the bathroom overlooks the Taj Mahal.

All rooms and suites feature a separate walk-in closet with electronic safe, color satellite TV, DVD/CD player, mini bar and a facility to make tea and coffee. Beautiful marble bathrooms feature both a bathtub and a separate shower cubicle with deluxe toiletries.

FOOD AND DINING

Dining options at Amarvilās include Bellevue, a multi-cuisine restaurant which has a strong Mediterranean and Asian presence on its menu - an all-day restaurant; Esphahān, serving specialty Indian cuisine; the rich ambience of Esphahān is crafted in red sandstone and Greek Thassos marble, recreating the vibrant heritage and exquisite craftsmanship of the Mughal era. The cuisine is both authentic and wide in its variety, tempting even the most fastidious gourmet. Esphahān is open only for dinner, and offers specialty Indian cuisine, with a display kitchen and a live classical music every night.

The Bar offers a fine selection of wines, spirits and cigars. It is the only Bar in the world, which has a direct and uninterrupted view of the splendid Taj Mahal, where the ambience takes you, back in time to the grandeur of the Mughal reign. Here you can experience the ultimate in luxury with the finest of the world's beverages, from champagne and sparkling wines to the best Scotch and Malts.

The Lounge is the perfect place to rejuvenate in luxurious comfort. The lounge serves some of the best teas and coffees in the world, along with homemade pastries and cookies baked by the master chefs. The lounge also offers excellent views of the Taj Mahal.

FACILITIES

Include concierge services, newspapers in lobby, 24 hour front desk, room service, valet parking, on-site car rental, conference room, banquet facilities, business center, audio-visual equipment, cell phone/mobile rental, photocopy machines, secretarial services, computer rental, medical assistance available, fax machine, internet access in public areas, front desk safe-deposit box, multilingual staff, porter/bellhop, doorman/ doorwoman, security guard, laundry/ dry cleaning, currency exchange, shoe shine, babysitting or child care, library, elevator, airport transfer, air-conditioned public areas.

SPA

At The Oberoi Amarvilās, complimenting the grandeur of the Mughal era is the Spa by Banyan Tree that befits the self-indulgence of royalty. To the mystical, romantic image of the Taj Mahal visible outside, trained Thai therapists reenergize the body with personalized holistic treatments based on Ayurveda, ancient Thai and western techniques. The vivifying experience includes beauty and body treatments with exotic oils and creams used by royalty five hundred years ago, in addition to a steam room or sauna to rekindle the body and spirit. The spa offers non-clinical programmes for relaxation and beauty. It is equipped with therapy rooms and suites and a heat treatment area featuring steam rooms, saunas and showers. Treatments incorporate the use of Ayurvedic principles of holistic health maintenance, herbal treatments and aromatherapy.

Yoga balances the body, mind and spirit and ensures complete wellbeing. The resort offers an extensive Yoga menu specially created by the resident Yogacharya to suit your specific needs. Philosophy is an attempt by the human mind to present the questions of life, existence and knowledge into a comprehensive and consistent framework. Of all the philosophical systems, the concept of body, mind and spirit evokes the most interest.

ACTIVITIES

Set in a terraced garden and lit with torches, the beautiful white marble colonnaded swimming pool is straight from the fairytale pages of the Arabian Nights. A state-of-the-art gymnasium is located within the Oberoi Spa and it is equipped with treadmills, cross-trainers, exercycles, free weights, a rowing machine and a multi-gym. Recreational facilities at Amarvilās include music and digital video discs.

EXCURSIONS

The Taj Mahal is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love; this stunning mausoleum has become the de facto tourist emblem of India. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose death in childbirth in 1631 left the Emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey overnight. The resort can arrange transfers to and from Amarvilas in battery operated environment friendly buggies. The monument is located just four minutes from Amarvilās.

Fatehpur Sikri is a magnificent fortified city; it was the capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1585. Today, it remains a perfectly preserved example of a Mughal city at the height of the Empire's splendour. Spending a night here would enable you to watch the impressive sunset over the ruins.

Akbar's Mausoleum at Sikandra is a sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal emperors, is situated in the middle of a peaceful garden where deer graze, at Sikandra, 4 km northwest of Agra. Akbar started its construction himself, blending Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles; much like the syncretic religious philosophy he developed called Din-i-ilahi.

The alleyways of Kinari Bazaar, or old marketplace, start near the Jama Masjid. There are several distinct areas whose names are relics of the Mughal period, though they don't always bear relation to what is sold there today.The white marble Dayal Bagh Temple of the Radah Soami religion has been under construction since 1904 and is not expected to be completed until some time in the 21st century. If you're lucky, you may get to see the pietra dura (inlay work) in process.

GETTING THERE

The Oberoi Amarvilās is 13 km from Agra’s Kheria Airport.

TRAVEL TIPS

Climate: From November until about March - it's fine, with daytime temperatures between 21 and 30°C (70-86°F). However, by the end of April it's hot, while May and June are really hot - temperatures can swoop up to more than 45°C (113°F). In July it gets cooler but the humidity really hits, often with all-day rain through August and September.

Language: Hindi and English.

Currency: Indian Rupee (Rs).

Electricity: 230-240V 50HzHz.

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +5.5 ().

Country Dialing Code: +91.


 







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