Tucked away in the Arvalli hills in Rajasthan, Fort Bishangarh is a 230-year-old defense fortress which has undergone seven years of restoration and will open early next year as Alila Fort Bishangarh, an all-suite luxury resort.
Each of the 59-suites has been custom designed to make the most of the stunning views from the large windows. Rooms come complete with large day-beds and expansive bathrooms include footed bathtubs.
For meeting and event spaces there is Darbar, a large grand banquet hall, Daawat, the show kitchen and event dining space and Saheb, a conference room. An open-air terrace and large banquet lawns provide an ideal setting for outdoor events.
Dining options include Amarsar, an indoor speciality restaurant; Nazara an outdoor grill on the terrace; Madhuveni, a bar with a cigar/cognac turret; and Kachhawa Lounge which offers coffee, cakes and Champagne.
Down the hill is the Haveli, a public space with an arrival courtyard and tent, luxurious banquet lawns, the pool, pool verandah and terrace, a bar and pantry and fitness centre. There is also an organic garden and a greenhouse and Spa Alila, carved out between granite rocks, is located in the dungeon within the main fort.
The resort offers 360-degree views of the Rajasthani landscape, surrounded by hills with a small village at its base, which adds to its charm. The resort is a three-hour drive from New Delhi and an hour's drive from Jaipur.