The Greatest Hotels in the World – The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas is located just 600 metres from the greatest monument to love – the Taj Mahal. Spread over nine acres of elaborate gardens, terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions, the classical design of the luxury hotel is a tribute to the legacy of Moorish and Mughal architecture, accentuating awe-inspiring vistas of the most exquisite mausoleum in the world, which the English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, described as, “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.”
Drawing on the rich heritage and expertise of local craftsmen, the hotel’s interiors reflect the refined aesthetics of the Mughal era that reached its zenith during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan. Intricate filigree and marble inlay work, jaali (screens), gold thread and bead embroidery, woodcarvings and hand-woven tapestries, display the rich arts and crafts of the region.