ASIA. JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA.

ALILA FORT BISHANGARH.

Throughout its multi-year renovation, Alila Fort Bishangahr’s developers resisted the urge to turn this heritage property – a 230-year-old warrior fort – into something it wasn’t. The result is a stark-yet-stunning, clean-styled, peach-hued resort located around an hour from Jaipur in northern India, with sustainable design and tourism at its core. To this end, the design team chose not to make a palace from the fort, instead embracing its original structure and place in history. There are Tudor and cusped arches, glistening surfaces achieved using the dying Rajasthani plastering art of araish, a spa carved out from the old dungeon, and a cigar and cognac bar hidden in a turret with musket openings in its thick walls. Nevertheless, modern luxuries are also catered for, and the rooms come with large bathrooms, day beds and wifi, as well as incredible views onto the Aravalli mountain range that have accompanied Fort Bishangahr from its storied past to its elegant present.

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