This Amanbagh Review is of the Aman Resort in Rajasthan, India. Aman Junkie? See all our Aman Resorts posts. Amanbagh is a favorite stay for clients visiting India's Golden Triangle, which includes Jaipur (where most clients stay at the Oberoi Rajvilas), Agra (where Oberoi Amarvilas is the favorite) and Delhi.
Amanbagh Location and Check-In
Amanbagh is located in Rajasthan's Alwar District, in the tiny village of Ajabgarh. It might seem incongruous to have such an incredible resort in this area, but Aman is known for astutely placing its boutique, experiential luxury resorts in remote places, often near UNESCO or culturally significant sites. In Amanbagh's case, it is close to the temple town of Neelkanth; Sariska National Park, which is home to jaguars and tigers; and Bhangarh Fort, considered by Indian's as one of the most haunted places in India due to local legend.
It takes 90 minutes-2 hours to drive to Amanbagh from Jaipur Airport, depending on traffic. When we arrived, we were welcomed with cool towels, welcome drinks, and beautiful singing (see the video below).
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- Complimentary Wi-Fi
Here's my Amanbagh, India Video Review
Amanbagh Pool Pavilion
Amanbagh has four types of accommodation: Courtyard Haveli Suites, Garden Haveli Suites, Terrace Haveli Suites and Pool Pavilions. We were kindly upgraded to a Pool Pavilion. Here's the exterior; the two domes are the ceilings of the bathroom and bedroom.
Each of the Pool Pavilions is a spacious 2185 square feet, with an outdoor terrace and private pool nearly 30 feet long.
The entry foyer separates the bedroom and bathroom.
The bedroom had ample space for the king bed, a bed for our son, a desk, and a small table and chairs.
The bathroom's centerpiece, literally, is a gorgeous soaking tub carved from a single piece of Udaipur green marble. The separate his and hers sinks are also carved from Udaipur green marble. That said, for those who prefer showers, there's a rain shower that will accommodate the tallest basketball player.
We visited in October, when the middle of the day was still very hot, so the private pool was refreshing. It could be quite cold, however, during cool months, especially in the morning before the sun has a chance to heat it.
My husband was initially ambivalent about visiting India, and years ago even missed the opportunity to attend the wedding in India of an Indian colleague. But Amanbagh changed that. We both agree that, together with Amanjiwo, Amanbagh is, to date, our favorite non-beach Aman resort.
Not only is it architecturally stunning, thanks to the modern Mughal palace designed by Ed Tuttle, its lush grounds are alive with birdsong, including from green parrots. You really do feel like you're in a paradise. Couple that with great dining (both Indian and Western) and superb service, from the singing that welcomes you to the guides that accompany you on fort visits, to the chefs who generously shared their time to give us a tour of the organic garden and give our son a cooking lesson, and you have one of the best Aman Resorts. Moreover, it's a strong testament to the team that we had such a great experience even though the GM was away throughout our visit.
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We really liked Amanbagh, too. But in Jan 2017, we found the lunch and dinner menu options to be too limited and not always as tasty as they looked. Breakfast, on the other hand, was always very good for us. From the looks of the menu in your video, the lunch and dinner selections haven’t changed too much and can be more limited than one might expect. (We stayed for 4 nights in a Pool Pavilion.) Service was warm but perhaps not quite as attentive as we’d experienced at some other Amans. The highlights for us for Amanbagh were its… Read more »
I think Amanbagh may have stepped up its game since you visited, since as I mentioned in my post, it’s now our favorite non-beach Aman together with Amanjiwo, in large part based on the incredible service, which was attentive but unobtrusive, and very strong culinary offering. We were there 3 nights and we enjoyed our dinners as much as our breakfasts, and could easily have stayed another 4 nights and not tasted everything we wanted to, from the regular menu and the specialty dinner menu. If anything, the dishes tasted better than they looked, both Western and Indian selections. Even… Read more »