Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace

Jodhpur, India

This former royal palace is enormous—on the scale of Buckingham Palace—and full of architectural details, charming antiques, and marvelous public rooms. The staff is extremely hospitable, and guest rooms are lavish, with a size and ceiling height that adds to the palatial feel. Lunch on the terrace overlooking the manicured grounds and the ancient Mehangarh Fort is an unforgettable delight, as is a swim in the Art Deco-style indoor pool, with its beautiful mosaics.