The only Agra hotel to have uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from all its rooms, the Oberoi Amarvilas is less than 600 metres from the temple. By day, guests can take a private golf buggy to the ancient monument. At night, they can enjoy a candle-lit dinner beside its soft silhouette.
The hotel’s Mughal influence pays homage to its famous neighbour. There is a central quadrant, with cascading fountains, an arched passageway and gold-leaf frescoes. And each of its 95 rooms includes intricate arrangements of dark sandstone and white marble, with coin and fabric wall-hangings.
After working up an appetite in the health club and spa, guests can go one of two ways to eat. Head towards brightly lit Bellevue for continental and Indian classics. Or across the hallway to Esphahan, an Indian speciality restaurant with live traditional music and candle-lit dining.