The lanes got narrower, the houses older and the terrain wilder. The drive to jüSTa Sajjangarh Resort & Spa wasn’t really an ideal romantic one. But as we pulled into the sprawling driveway, we knew exactly why, unlike most other luxury properties in the city, the brand chose the secluded countryside for its fourth property in the state. Perched atop a distant hill, like a fairy-tale castle, was the Monsoon Palace—right in the view of the hotel.
Amidst the many heritage properties in the city whose palatial facades are reminiscent of the way royals lived, jüSTa Sajjangarh Resort & Spa is a breath of fresh air. True, you would have to give the old-world feel of the palaces and the view of shimmering Lake Pichola a miss, but the art illustrations, the scenic view ringed by the Aravali range and the laudable hospitality more or less make up for it. Our plush suite came with walls tinted in royal mustard and adorned with hand-painted works of art, separate living and dining areas, a queen-size bed with bright silken duvets, a cosy alcove sitting area and private Jacuzzi with a glass wall that offered a view of the melancholic ruins of the palace. Grouped into Deluxe, Premium, Superior and Suites, all the 63 well-appointed rooms had a similar ‘modern folk’ design.
Once we were done gazing at the lush rustic environs from our wall-sized glass windows, it was already time for lunch at the restaurant-and-bar, Sabor. The al