Hotel Aravali – A Luxurious Resort in Mount Abu

By Rutuja Bhagwat - December 14, 2019


Mount Abu was the first destination of my 40-day solo trip around India. I've been wanting to visit it since I was a kid. I had heard about honeymooners picking it; rather, my aunt who recently got married, went to Mount Abu for her honeymoon.

When I thought about this hill station, I had imagined it to be a desert completely. I thought since it's in Rajasthan, it might have sandy mountains with people that look like Arabs. Yeah, that's how I imagined Mount Abu as a kid! So this was the first place on my trip and I included it because I wanted to see what exactly is this place!



It turned out, there are no sandy mountains or Arabs residing here. Mount Abu is a hill station in Rajasthan and is frequented by Gujaratis and Rajasthanis due to its proximity. Now since this was my first destination on such a long solo trip, I wanted to ensure my stay is comfortable, luxurious, and cheerful. I checked for Mount Abu resorts online and liked the Hotel Aravali the most. I was looking for a lavish stay that's good on the pockets and went ahead to book a room for myself. 



I took a bus from Udaipur to Mount Abu and reached the bus depot early afternoon. On reaching the bus stop, I hired a cab for Rs 100 (that's the minimum cab fare I suppose). The distance was a walk away but I was too tired.

ABOUT HOTEL ARAVALI, MOUNT ABU
At Mount Abu, often referred to an ‘Oasis in the Desert-scape of Rajasthan’, Hotel Aravali offers you the perfect relaxation experience with the finest mix of amenities and hospitality. Here you can indulge your senses in the world’s oldest mountain range. Hotel Aravali provides a unique ambience where modern architecture meets nature through personalised big and small gardens at different levels. With a humble beginning of 4 rooms in 1978, Hotel Aravali now provides 12 villas and 20 rooms. Situated at different levels of a hill to enhance the feeling of being part of the Aravalis. The distinct architecture breaks the traditional separation between open and closed spaces, creating an intimate relaxation experience for the guests.



CHECK-IN AT HOTEL ARAVALI, MOUNT ABU
After I reached the resort, my luggage was carried to the lobby area. I could understand the level of hospitality right then and knew I'd picked the correct resort as my first stay. After the check-in formalities, I was escorted to my room. The lobby area was near to the restaurant, which was aesthetic in itself. I especially liked the tiny fountains that led to the lobby. And all the landscape decoration was done by the owner's wife, which was absolutely incredible! To have a vision of a professional designer is totally applaudable! 



THE STAY AT HOTEL ARAVALI, MOUNT ABU
I entered my room to find it big and luxurious. I was staying here for a night but wished I could extend my stay. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom huge and hygienic with branded toiletries provided. The lighting was calm and relaxing. I had called in for coffee and it arrived on time. Room service was really appreciable. 

All in all, the stay was undeniably soothing and safe for a female solo traveller.


DINING & FOOD AT HOTEL ARAVALI, MOUNT ABU
I reached around noon so I had the opportunity to have lunch twice during my stay. As soon as I entered my room, I first ordered coffee. After freshening up, I went to their restaurant 'Silver Oak' for lunch. There was a buffet placed since a huge group had come there for a stay. The restaurant has glass walls and throws a gorgeous view. Undeniably refreshing after two long days of travel. 



The food was lip-smacking. I served myself some Punjabi dishes along with naan, jeera rice, dal tadka, and raita. Next afternoon for lunch, I ordered veg biryani, which was equally a delish!

The dinner that night was extremely tasty. I had dal makhani, bhindi fry, butter rotis, paneer butter masala, and two veg starters. I had such a soundless sleep after all that food!

For breakfast I remember, I was not keeping well. I asked them to suggest something that was light yet filling. I had a long day to go. Firstly, I was sightseeing in Mount Abu, followed by an overnight bus to Jaipur the same evening. They gave me a glass of orange juice, coffee, chilli cheese toast sandwich (which was the best I'd ever had!), fruits such as banana, watermelon, and apple. Trust me, I felt so relieved and energetic after having this. 
I was feeling too nauseated in the morning and did not want to have any paratha or omelettes. This breakfast was healthy, light, refreshing, and just the kind I needed! 



AMENITIES AT HOTEL ARAVALI, MOUNT ABU
The hotel has a multi-activity hall that offers activities such as table tennis, carrom and a host of board games for guests of all ages. This hall also caters as a venue for film screenings, private parties, and gatherings. Hotel Aravali offers an unparalleled business experience with an air-conditioned conference hall and Wifi service. 

EXPERIENCE AT HOTEL ARAVALI, MOUNT ABU
I absolutely loved my stay at Hotel Aravali. It was comfortable, relaxing, luxurious. The food was tasty, the restaurant clean and had a beautiful, refreshing view. The area and the steps especially truly reminded me of staying on a mountain slope. The staff is friendly. Must stay place when you visit Mount Abu, I'd say!



HOW TO REACH HOTEL ARAVALI, MOUNT ABU
You can get buses to Mount Abu from top cities like Udaipur, Jaipur, and Ajmer. The bus will drop you at Koyla bus depot from where you can take a cab for Hotel Aravali. The distance is not much so you can walk using maps as well. However, if you're tired, get a cab! the minimum fare is Rs 100 (that's what the cabbie told me!). 

BOOK A STAY AT HOTEL ARAVALI, MOUNT ABU
Website: http://www.hotelaravali.in

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