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By Christine Pemberton.

Perched on a rocky outcrop some 60km south east of Jodhpur, is one of the most gorgeous little jewels of Art Déco architecture anywhere in the world, the Sardar Samand Lake Palace. This former royal palace, now a hotel, was built in 1933 by the then Maharajah of Jodhpur as a hunting lodge.
Published: 2nd March 2016.

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Sardar Samand Lake Palace dominates the stark countryside around it, perched as it is on a vantage point overlooking the lake, home to many water birds. This is bird-watching heaven.

Sardar Samand Lake Palace Hotel Image

A glorious example of Art Déco architecture, the hotel is charming and, yes, intimate – not words you usually associate with a palace.

Sardar Samand Lake Palace Hotel Image

The palace has its own Oriental Garden, boat-house, swimming pool, tennis and squash courts and its large grounds along the lake make for delightful walks. Take a pair of binoculars and see what birdlife is visiting.

Sardar Samand Lake Palace Hotel Image

The hotel has a dreamy, timeless air about it, a feeling of being able to relax and unwind. Sit on your balcony overlooking the lake and watch the birds arriving for their sunset drink, and you feel as though time has stopped still.

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The furniture and decoration of the Sardar Samand Lake Palace are authentically Art Déco - and have a comfortable, almost familiar, feel to them. These are armchairs to be relaxed in, with a book, to while away an afternoon.

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Furniture, fittings, finishing, colour schemes - everything is authentic and a perfect refection of the aesthetics of Art Déco at its height.

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The hotel is small enough for you to feel really and truly at home here. Cosy bedrooms, views over the lake, everything encourages you to relax, unwind and slow down to what was most definitely a more elegant pace of life.

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The dining room is a triumph of Art Déco meets Africa, with hunting trophies and evocative sepia photos bringing to life an era that has long since gone.

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It’s a little bit like being inside a time capsule, when you eat in the Sardar Samand Lake Palace dining room - but a relaxed friendly time capsule, where people sit around and chat, the way you do around your own family dining table.

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This is a place that positively encourages you to sit around a table in the fresh air, playing a family game of cards, for example, or doing a jigsaw puzzle, or playing a board game. Relaxation, in a vaguely nostalgic way, is the order of the day here.

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To wake up to the quiet of the lake, with only flocks of water birds for company is a treat.

Sardar Samand Lake Palace Hotel Image

As you sit by candlelight, enveloped by peace and quiet, you find yourself dreaming of that era of bygone elegance, the languid, relaxed world of Art Déco.

Want to visit Sardar Samand Lake Palace Hotel?

Get in touch with paul@bringhomestories.com for more information!





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