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Ranvas

Courtesy of Ranvas at Nagaur

Ranvas, Nagaur, India

Deep within a sprawling fourth-century fort near Jodhpur, 10 mansions that once belonged to a maharajah’s wives have been restored to create one of the region’s most stylish new retreats. Sandstone havelis with courtyards—many have hand-carved wooden swings—house 34 rooms and suites with latticed jharoka screens and Rajasthani textiles in shades of crimson, tangerine, and indigo. Moss-covered pathways lead to a dining pavilion and a pool flanked by daybeds, and after sunset, the property is illuminated with hundreds of clay diya candles. Doubles from $223.

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