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Royal Suite, The Leela Palace Kempinski, Udaipur, India

Design: Jeffrey A. Wilkes (designWilkes Sdn Bhd)

Never mind the spectacular views of Lake Pichola; the real eye-catcher at the Royal Suite is the ceiling, with its huge dome decorated in gold and silver leaf that seems straight out of the Taj Mahal. The subtle blend of sleek lines (ebony woodwork, marble credenzas) and traditional textures (richly embroidered carpets and cushions) pays homage to the monarchial past of Udaipur, a resort town whose crowning glory might just be this luxurious property.

88 Naganagri (outside Chandpol), 91-294-6701234,