Situated on a Rajasthan oasis that was once a favorite tiger-hunting camp of the royals, the secluded Amanbagh (Ajabgarh, Alwar, India; 65/6887-3337;; doubles from $500) is the talk of the subcontinent. In an attempt to re-create a maharajah's palace, some of the 24 haveli rooms (designed by architect Ed Tuttle) come with private balconies; all have courtyards shaded by centuries-old mango trees. The 16 pool pavilions have individual gardens and are linked by scalloped archways that evoke the area's Moghul past. Handwoven Indian silks swathe the interiors, bathtubs have been sculpted from solid blocks of green Udaipur marble, and colonnades of local pink sandstone are buffed using traditional techniques. (In high season, you can also opt to stay in the camp at nearby Aman-i-Khás.) The staff can arrange excursions to the surrounding Aravalli hills, elephant-back tours to the nearby temple at Ajabgarh Fort, even a private jaunt to Sariska National Park, where protected tigers roam a safe 19 miles away.
—Meeghan Truelove