World's Best Hotels
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No. 47 Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
Located just a quarter mile from the Taj Mahal, the epic monument is undoubtedly the focal point at this 102-room luxury resort. Fusing Mughal and Moorish architecture, the property is a rich spread of reflection pools, terraced lawns and a grand colonnaded entrance, while interiors are flourished with sandstone floors, French doors and four-poster beds. If you can't get enough of the Ayurvedic amenities in your bathroom, head to the spa, where treatments are inspired by ancient, Indian healing methods—some almost 5,000 years old—offering an extensive menu for both men and women. Take comfort in the fact that though the Taj Mahal is closed once a week, you're not restricted by visiting hours when it comes to enjoying a close-up from the hotel bar.
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