When the most chichi resorts in Italy, Laos and New York are beaten by a fortress in the Rajasthan desert for the title of the world's most extraordinary hotel, you know change is afoot in the world of luxury travel. Mihir Garh is about 55 km from Jodhpur and its design highlights local craftsmanship, with custom-made furnishings, architectural details and even special plaster flooring created by the only man in the region who knows the technique. It's "not just a unique place to stay," notes the Lonely Planet writer who compared the honey-hued, turreted facade to a beachy edifice. "It’s a shrine to the artistic and architectural traditions of Rajasthan."
The eight suites, each around 1700 square feet have pools and private courtyards and have hosted guests like Led Zepp's Robert Plant. Which is why is surprised me that the rooms range from $275-$540 per night. Generally the hotels competing in the "best" category for the entire world are five figures for a single night's stay. (In Paris, the Shangri-la, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Raffles Royal Monceau and Four Seasons Hotel George V all have suites for around $26,000. Per night.)
The fact this funkily fabulous themed hotel bobbed to the top of the "most extraordinary" list is telling about what the rich want when they hit the road: experiences. "I've invested time in learning the most efficient ways to spend money to increase my marginal happiness," says one lucky 20-something who sold his Internet company for gazillions. "The main point is to buy experiences, not possessions. I own very few things, but have many experiences."
This colorful resort inspired today's GET THE LOOK (top): dress - Armani Prive S'14; bag, sandals, earrings & fragrance - all Net-a-Porter.com
Here is the podcast I recorded about this amazing hotel and the Supremium fashion tribe. Enjoy!
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott