Asian hotelier Alila Hotels & Resorts opened its first Indian heritage property. Alila Fort Bishangarh will launch in late 2013 following the restoration of the 230 year-old Rajasthan Fort into a luxury 59-suite boutique resort.
Positioned on a granite hill in the Aravalli Mountain range, with 360-degree views, the site is owned by the ruling Maharaja, Rao Rajendra Singh, and has been in his family since the 14th century. The fort is thought to be the only one of its kind to be converted into a heritage resort and is an example of the Jaipur Gharana architecture influenced by both the Mughals and the British.
The ecological restoration project is to focus on preserving the original fort with its six-foot-thick walls and original battlements and turrets, while developing new residential areas to recreate the courtly flavor of Shahpura’s royalty.
A new structure is being created above and outside the old fort to house five different styles of royal suites and public areas. As befitting its royal heritage, Alila Fort Bishangarh has its own landholdings, which include the Bishangarh village and its havelis (mansions).
The all-suite resort will have 59 suites with views. Each suite will be furnished with large bay windows, day beds and bathrooms with footed bathtubs, with each suite accommodating a family of four.
Leisure facilities within the fort will include an outpost of the Spa Alila, two specialty restaurants, an all-day coffee lounge, a bar and cigar room, wine cellar and library. Down the hill, the public areas will include a pool, pool terrace and juice bar, fitness center and a “play soldiers club” for children.
Alila Fort Bishangarh will also provide a setting for weddings and celebratory events including MICE facilities, with a royal banquet hall, banquet dining room, conference and meeting rooms, an open-air terrace and large banquet lawns.
Located at Bishangarh Village in the Jaipur District, Alila Fort Bishangarh is accessible from both Delhi and Jaipur. It will become the third Alila property in India, joining the Alila Diwa Goa and Alila Bangalore.