Unbound at Villa Sagat Raaso
Udaipur - At One's Own Leisure
A unique confluence of the traditional and the modern, with amenities of a hotel and the warmth of a home, Villa Sagat Raaso or VSR as we like to call it, is located in a quieter part Udaipur, though just 1.5 km from Lake Fateh Sagar, and not far from the more obscure Lake Badi either. With each of its 11 rooms affording generous views of the surrounding Aravalis coupled with a rooftop pool and a range of dining options, the villa is an ideal reprise for groups, families and solo travellers alike, unlike other homestays or hotels in Udaipur.
Build like a villa, operated as a hotel, and treated as a homestay, VSR not only provides large, newly finished and elegant rooms but allows its patrons to consume Udaipur at their own leisurely pace. The Pratap Gaurav Kendra - embodied by the enormous Maharana Pratap Statue on Tiger Hills is located barely 900 meters from the villa, along with with other indulgences including the gorgeous but remote Lake Badi and the Shilpgram for art enthusiasts.
While the villa presents humble hospitality, patrons can be forgiven for perceiving the place differently with the rooftop pool and dining setup however!
The Premium rooms can be divided into two sets, the first set of 4 rooms are sized at 17x13 feet and come with 2 on each of the first and second floors sharing a massive terrace like balcony. The other 4 rooms, again, 2 on each floor are sized slightly smaller at 15x13 feet and come with a private but small attached balcony.
All rooms still come with a TV, Tea – Coffee Maker, Cupboard, Luggage Rack, Mini Fridge, Study & Coffee Tables.
Ideal Occupancy: 2
Max Occupancy: 3
Located on the ground floor of the villa and ideal for travellers with issues climbing stairs, the 3 Deluxe rooms, sized at 17x13 ft, come with the same features and amenities as the Premium rooms, but without attached balconies.
Each of the rooms still come with a TV, Tea – Coffee Maker, Cupboard, Luggage Rack, Mini Fridge, Study & Coffee Tables.
Ideal Occupancy: 2
Max Occupancy: 3
While humble hospitality remains a lasting facet of the villa, the options to relax provide a different kind of understated luxury. With a picturesque rooftop pool (4 ft deep and 20x8 ft in dimensions), coupled with indoor lounging-cum-gaming options lend the place an easy-paced charm while being close enough to enjoy the tourist hum that comes with Udaipur.
From regular to the serene, from a buffet to rooftop candle sit settings, dining at Villa Sagat Raaso is whatever its patrons want it to be. While the restaurant that comes with a PAX of 20 people gets a buffet breakfast spread, it also has a menu that combines local Rajasthani cuisine and popular north Indian items.
While in-room dining is also an option, for 4 of the Deluxe Rooms that come with large attached common terraces, guests can ask the villa manager to set up a cosy evening high tea as well.
Led by Manohar, a Gujarati who can be mistaken for a local given his extensive knowledge about Udaipur having worked across the land for over a decade, the team comprises of locals who take deep pride in carrying the flag of Rajasthan's famed hospitality.
Key Mention - Look up Vinod, the second in command to Manohar, for insights and fun facts about everything local.
In case you wish for him to accompany you on any local visits (which we highly recommend), do plan your itinerary with him upon check-in.
Though located in Civil Lines, a quieter part of Udaipur, Villa Sagat Raaso is just 2 km north-west from Lake Fateh Sagar.
Last Mile Directions:
From the T-junction at the North Sunset Point of Lake Fateh Sagar , turn right and drive 2 km before turning right towards civil lines, from which point you simply need to take the 2nd left, 500 meters ahead before reaching the gate of the villa.