The Royal Family of Jaipur are Airbnb’s first-ever royal hosts, having just listed their family home — the City Palace of Jaipur — on the booking site.
The 300-year-old palace, home to the Rajasthani royal family, have made their drop-dead-gorgeous Gudliya Suite available for bookings.
Previous special guests of palace that include Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Jackie Kennedy and Oprah Winfrey, but for USD $8,0000 (AUD $11,600) per night, you could be its next guests.
With its own lounge, kitchen, bathroom and private indoor swimming pool, the suite is undoubtedly the most luxurious and exclusive listing on the site right now — especially since a stay here comes with a private butler who will arrange curated city experiences like shopping tours and guided walks through museums.
Authentic Rajasthani meals will be served on the suite’s terrace overlooking the surrounding Aravalli hills and palace forts, while afternoon tea can be enjoyed alongside the palace’s peacocks, who wander freely in the leafy gardens.
It’s truly a chance to live like royalty. No exaggeration.
Your royal host will be none other than 21-year old Padmanabh Singh, the polo-playing Maharajah who succeeded his grandfather in 2011.
His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh says, “I am thrilled that my family and I are partnering with Airbnb to bring the splendour of Rajasthan to life for travellers from around the world. My own travels with Airbnb have made me feel very welcome in new cities and cultures, and I am happy that the experience of quintessential Indian hospitality will be shared with others.”
The City Palace of Jaipur was built in 1727 by the founder of the city of Jaipur. An opulent feast for the eyes, the palace makes the most of 18th-century Rajput architecture and blends seamlessly with the more modern interior influences of later periods.
Inside, you’ll find brightly embellished chambers, crystal chandeliers and bespoke wall decals. The residence is also home to a large, internationally recognised museum.
The Gudliya Suite will be available for stays starting November 23 with standards rates at USD $8,000 per night. From that date until the end of 2019, guests will only have to pay USD $1,000 on select nights, with Airbnb fronting the rest.
From January 1, the suite will be available for booking at the full rate of USD $8,000. Proceeds from each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting rural women and artisans in Rajasthan.