Archive: September 13, 2018

THE OBEROI AMARVILAS, AGRA

5-STAR DELUXE HOTEL


The Oberoi Group, founded in 1934, operates 31 hotels, Nile Cruisers and a Motor Vessel in the backwaters of Kerala. The Group has presence in six countries under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ and five-star ‘Trident’ brand. The Group is also engaged in flight catering, airport restaurants, travel and tour services, car rentals, project management and corporate air charters.

In the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, 2018, The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra was ranked the ‘Best Resort Hotel in India’. Only one of the Agra hotels to offer uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from each of its rooms.

KOHINOOR SUITE

The Taj Mahal can be seen from every room in the Kohinoor Suite; from the richly furnished living room, whose large windows open onto a private terrace; the master bedroom, replete with king size bed facing the Taj Mahal; the eight seater dining room; the bathtub and glass panelled rain shower, which also opens onto the terrace.

DINE UNDER THE STARS

Guests can experience a romantic star-lit dinner beside the cascading waterbodies that enchant our private poolside pavilions. Savour a bespoke four course menu, specially crafted by our masterchefs and served by a dedicated waiter.

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra enjoys an unrivalled position amongst luxury hotels in Agra, being located just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal. Each of our rooms affords uninterrupted views of this ancient monument to love, while elements of the layout and design pay homage to its Mughal splendour.

Our hotel is approached along a sweeping driveway, verdant with native trees and lit by flaming torches. Just inside, a Mughal style quadrant is ornamented with cascading fountains and framed by an arched passageway and gold leaf frescoes.

By day, guests can travel in our private golf buggies to the Taj Mahal. At night, they can savour a candlelit dinner beside its soft silhouette. We offer a range of specially curated Oberoi Experiences designed specifically for our luxury resort in Agra and this majestic Mughal city.

Unforgettable Holidays

Exotic Vacations

Expansive, luxurious accommodation, exclusive spa therapies, complimentary cocktail hour and much more. Unforgettable Holidays offers a unique opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate in some of the finest luxury resorts in the world. Relive the era of emperors and princely kingdoms in hotel grounds adorned with ornate fountains, reflection pools, Mughal style minarets and charming pavilions.

Experience the colourful cities of Rajasthan, the wilderness of Ranthambhore, the romance of the Taj Mahal and the peace and tranquillity of the Himalayas on an Exotic Vacation through India with Oberoi Hotels and Resorts. Explore some of India’s most fantastic destinations on a six to twelve day Exotic Vacation.

THE OBEROI SPA

The Oberoi Spa offers a wide range of signature Oberoi, Eastern and Western massage treatments that will relax, revitalise and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.

A signature Oberoi treatment, Eastern or Western massage with an expert therapist at The Oberoi Spa, can soothe the senses, restore vitality and revive the spirit.

LUXURY SUITE

Full-length bathtub  with shower head

OFFERS AT THE OBEROI AMARVILAS


Perfect Escape

Be charmed by unparalleled views of the Taj Mahal from the comfort of your room, savour complimentary breakfast, enjoy late check out, savings on spa therapies and much more, with a Perfect Escape at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra.

Valid until 27th September, 2018

Valid until 31st March, 2019


Unforgettable Holidays

Expansive, luxurious accommodation, exclusive spa therapies, complimentary cocktail hour and much more. Unforgettable Holidays offers a unique opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate in some of the finest luxury resorts in the world. Relive the era of emperors and princely kingdoms in hotel grounds adorned with ornate fountains, reflection pools, Mughal style minarets and charming pavilions.

Book now and enjoy a third night with our compliments .

Valid till 27th September, 2018

Valid until 31st March, 2019


Unforgettable Getaways

Create lasting memories with your loved ones on Unforgettable Getaways. Relax in resorts with traditional architecture and magnificent views. Dine on exquisite cuisine. Rejuvenate at the healing hands of our spa therapists. Experience our warm, personalised service and more.

Valid till 27th September, 2018

Valid until 31st March, 2019


CONTACT US

The Oberoi Amarvilas

Taj East Gate Road,  Agra – 282001 India

Telephone : +91 562 2231515  –  +91-11-23890606

Facsimile : +91 562 223 1516

5 Star luxury country house hotel in the heart of Ireland.

Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the centre of Ireland, Ballyfin is a place of history and romance, of tranquility and great natural beauty.

The house has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland, and after eight years of restoration, Ballyfin re-opened in May 2011 as a 5 star country house hotel  like no other. It offers the very best of Irish hospitality in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable.

With only twenty rooms for the 614 acre estate, this 5 star luxury hotel is the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. With just 20 bedrooms it is also the ideal place to take over for a very special celebration.

Ballyfin is shown slightly left of centre at the top of this sixteenth-century map. At this date it was a modest settlement in a forest.
Finalised design for Ballyfin by Richard Morrison
The Governesses and their young charges in a donkey and trap outside Ballyfin

History

Steeped in Irish history, the site of Ballyfin has been settled from ancient times and was ancestral home in succession to the O’Mores, the Crosbys, the Poles, the Wellesley-Poles – the family of the Duke of Wellington – and later the Cootes.

Steeped in Irish history, the site of Ballyfin has been settled from ancient times and was ancestral home in succession to the O’Mores, the Crosbys, the Poles, the Wellesley-Poles – the family of the Duke of Wellington – and later the Cootes.

The Coote family was descended from Sir Charles Coote, an Elizabethan adventurer who came to Ireland in 1601. The Coote coat-of-arms is prominently displayed above the entrance to Ballyfin.

The house itself was built in the 1820s for another Sir Charles Coote to designs by the great Irish architects Sir Richard and William Morrison. The Cootes enjoyed the house for exactly one hundred years employing a large team of servants to preserve the life of refined leisure that is documented in Edwardian photographs showing tea on the terrace or skating in the walled garden. As the political situation changed with the dawning of the Irish Independence, the Cootes sold the estate to the Patrician Brothers who, for much of the twentieth century, ran a much-loved school at Ballyfin. After many years of restoration Ballyfin reopened its doors in May 2011.

The Conservatory was a fragile cage in need of repair.
Each component of the Conservatory was removed off-site for specialist consolidation and repair

Having fallen into disrepair over the years, Ballyfin has been painstakingly restored over the course of the last decade.

The urgent need for repairs had become all too apparent when a large part of the ceiling in the Gold Drawing Room collapsed having been undermined by wet rot. Masonry was falling from the façade and the Conservatory, choked with overgrown vegetation, was in a dangerous state. The future of one of Ireland’s finest houses was perilously uncertain.

The restoration project has taken nine years – significantly longer than it took to build the house in the first place. Every single aspect of the house from the roof down required remedial attention. Skilled craftsmen worked on the elaborate inlaid floors, repaired the gilding and the stucco work or treated the stone work of the house which was disintegrating.

Restoration

After this emergency work, a process of redecoration could begin with carefully selected paint finishes, papers and textiles bringing the interiors back to life. The house has been furnished with a collection of Irish art and antiques from around the world, fine Irish mahogany, French chandeliers and mirrors by Thomas Chippendale. The result is spectacular, and today one of Ireland’s most endangered great houses has emerged ready for the current century, a place of grandeur, yet warmth, providing the kind of welcome envisaged when the house was first built.

Large areas of the cornice and frieze in the Gold Room were recast to produce invisible repairs

Gardens and Estate

The estate is fabled for its natural and man-made beauties and as the demense is open to residents only, Ballyfin offers a perfect opportunity for rest, tranquility and outdoor activities.

At Ballyfin, stone walls enclose 614 acres of parkland, a lake and ancient woods, delightful garden buildings, follies and grottoes. The landscape, laid out in the mid-eighteenth century, is among the finest examples in Ireland of the natural style of gardening inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown. There are many highlights that will keep garden lovers and outdoor enthusiasts exploring for days. These include the medieval-style tower, built as a folly in the 1860’s, the walled garden with its formal borders and kitchen gardens, the abundant wildlife to be seen on early morning walks and the restored Edwardian rock garden.

Art & Interiors

Ballyfin houses an outstanding collection of paintings which traces the development of Irish art from the mid-seventeenth century to today. Works by many of the leading figures of Irish Art, as well as paintings and drawings of Irish subject matter by continental and American artists provide for a fascinating exploration of Ireland’s art, history, topography and social life, reflecting both the splendour of the Great House and also the humble life of the cottage.

The family portraits showing generations of the Cootes were reinstalled, having left the house some ninety years ago and make for a sensational display on the grand staircase. The works on show in the State Rooms and bedrooms give an account of Irish painting focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Downstairs meanwhile, the bar and treatment rooms are filled with more modern works ranging from twentieth-century Irish masters such as Mainie Jellett and Louis le Brocquy, to young artists at the beginning of their careers including Michael Canning and Blaise Drummond; throughout the house the creative spirit of Ireland is made dazzlingly evident.

John George Mulvany
Compared to artists of the eighteenth century, later Irish painters delighted in anecdotal detail. This is apparent in a delightful evocation of rural life in early nineteenth-century Ireland by JOHN GEORGE MULVANY (c. 1766-1838) who was one of the original members of the Royal Hibernian Academy. It shows assorted figures outside an inn, near Carlingford Lough. The inn sign shows a cat playing Irish pipes while in the distance can be seen the Mourne Mountains.
Bartholomew Colles Watkins
A more coldly empirical view of the Irish landscape is apparent in the work of BARTHOLOMEW COLLES WATKINS (1833-1891). Here he shows figures at work piling peat into stacks; the scene is set in the mountains of Connemara near Letterfrack. The subject matter and particularly the way in which the shapes of the peat stacks echo the mountains anticipate later Irish artists such as Paul Henry.
Thomas Roberts
Perhaps the greatest Irish landscape painter of the eighteenth century, THOMAS ROBERTS (1748-1777) was born in Waterford in 1748. Tragically he was to be dead a mere 28 years later. Having suffered from consumption for several years, he left Ireland for Portugal in the hope of recovering, but died in Lisbon in 1777. Roberts’s art combines careful observation with a delicate deftness of touch. His handling of light is particularly admired and his skill in this area may be attributable to the practice (unusual at the time) of painting out of doors. Only about sixty-five pictures by Roberts survive including this attractive example showing mares and a foal in a wooded landscape which is dated 1773.
William Ashford
Although born in Birmingham, WILLIAM ASHFORD spent his entire career in Ireland, having arrived in 1764 under the patronage of Ralph Ward, the head of the Ordnance Department. From 1767 Ashford showed at the Society of Artists in Dublin where his early exhibits consisted of flower pieces and still-lives; an attractive, if rather naïve, example in this genre, A Group of Flowers (1766), is in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. It was not until 1772 that he showed his first landscape, winning the second-placed premium from the Dublin Society (just behind Thomas Roberts). The following year he won the first prize.

Reception Rooms

Irish country houses were created as places for entertainment. The restoration has aimed at returning Ballyfin as closely as possible to how it functioned when it was built. Conceived on a generous scale for receiving guests, Ballyfin combines magnificence and intimacy in its State Rooms. The decoration of these interiors has long been acclaimed as among the finest of the Neoclassical and Empire periods in Ireland.

The Entrance Hall – welcomes you with a richly-patterned antique mosaic floor brought from Italy in 1822
The Saloon – a wonderful gathering place with a grand piano at the centre of the house
The Conservatory – hidden behind a bookcase in the Library is a mirrored doorway that opens into the balmy tropical conservatory
The Gold Drawing Room – the grandest and most elegant reception room with many details and decorations in the French

From the enormous Saloon at the heart of the house, to the eighty-foot Library which runs the length of its south façade, the State Rooms make for a glorious backdrop to a stay in the house. The Library is perfect for whiling away a few hours with plenty of quiet corners for conversation. Alternatively guests may enjoy the elegance of the Gold Drawing Room, with its French inspired decoration and beautiful ceiling of rich stucco work, the grandeur of the Saloon, or the informality of the sun-filled Conservatory, reached through a secret door hidden in a bookshelf of the Library.

At Ballyfin formality is blended with ease and enjoyment. Guests are invited to enjoy these splendid interiors, decorated with Irish art and antiques from around the world, in the same spirit of refined elegance as visitors to the house did in the 1820s when Ballyfin was built.

The Ballyfin Bar – downstairs in the former staff dining hall is decorated with a collection of contemporary Irish art.
The Dining Room – the state dining room is decorated with scagliola columns and overlooks the cascade and pleasure grounds
The Stair Hall – is brought into a room of its own with its cantilevered stair and hung with Coote family portraits
The Wine Cellar – wonderfully atmospheric with elaborate vaults, limestone columns and a series of distinctive arched storage bins

BALLYFIN DEMESNE

Ballyfin, County Laois, R32 PN34 Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)5787 55866
Fax: +353 (0)5787 55883
Email: info@ballyfin.com

Ballyfin: The House

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Royal Villa

Entered through the dramatic rooftop, this three-bedroom, art-filled residence exemplifies casual elegance with its open-sided living and dining areas.

River-View Two Bedroom Villa

A meditation area, spacious outdoor living room and plunge pool complete your private sanctuary, tranquil with the hypnotic sound of the river.

One-Bedroom Villa

Intricately carved wood, locally sourced shells and traditional ikat fabric harmonise with the surrounding hillside’s rich greenery and rice terraces.

FAMILY SUITE

  • KING BED AND A TRUNDLE BED, ONE ROLLAWAY OR ONE CRIB ON REQUEST
  • 216 M2 (2,328 SQ.FT.) / MAIN BUILDING
  • 3 ADULTS, OR 2 ADULTS AND 2 CHILDREN

ONE-BEDROOM SUITE

  • TWO QUEEN BEDS, ONE ROLLAWAY OR ONE CRIB ON REQUEST
  • 216 M2 (2,328 SQ.FT.) / MAIN BUILDING
  • 3 ADULTS, OR 2 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD

ONE-BEDROOM DUPLEX SUITE

  • KING BED, ONE ROLLAWAY OR ONE CRIB
  • 170 M2 (1,834 SQ.FT.) / MAIN BUILDING
  • 3 ADULTS, OR 2 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD

INTERIOR DESIGN


AUTHENTIC BALI, MODERNIZED

Each suite and villa is appointed with a mix of contemporary and Balinese décor, including rich teak furnishings and bold hand-loomed fabrics.

INTERIOR DESIGN


CLEANSING WATERS

Our generous bathrooms feature terrazzo tiles, double vanities, deep soaking tubs and separate showers so that each bath or shower becomes a rejuvenating ritual.

5 Star Luxury Country House

Hotel in

The Heart of Ireland

The house has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland, and after eight years of restoration, Ballyfin re-opened in May 2011 as a 5 star country house hotel like no other. It offers the very best of Irish hospitality in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable. With only twenty rooms for the 614 acre estate, this 5 star luxury hotel is the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. With just 20 bedrooms it is also the ideal place to take over for a very special celebration.

RECEPTION ROOMS

“Irish country houses were created as places for entertainment”

Conceived on a generous scale for receiving guests, Ballyfin combines magnificence and intimacy in its State Rooms. The decoration of these interiors has long been acclaimed as among the finest of the Neoclassical and Empire periods in Ireland.

From the enormous Saloon at the heart of the house, to the eighty-foot Library which runs the length of its south façade, the State Rooms make for a glorious backdrop to a stay in the house. The Library is perfect for whiling away a few hours with plenty of quiet corners for conversation. Alternatively guests may enjoy the elegance of the Gold Drawing Room, with its French inspired decoration and beautiful ceiling of rich stucco work, the grandeur of the Saloon, or the informality of the sun-filled Conservatory, reached through a secret door hidden in a bookshelf of the Library.

GARDENS AND ESTATE

The estate is fabled for its natural and man-made beauties and as the demense is open to residents only, Ballyfin offers a perfect opportunity for rest, tranquility and outdoor activities.

At Ballyfin, stone walls enclose 614 acres of parkland, a lake and ancient woods, delightful garden buildings, follies and grottoes. The landscape, laid out in the mid-eighteenth century, is among the finest examples in Ireland of the natural style of gardening inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown.

There are many highlights that will keep garden lovers and outdoor enthusiasts exploring for days. These include the medieval-style tower, built as a folly in the 1860’s, the walled garden with its formal borders and kitchen gardens, the abundant wildlife to be seen on early morning walks and the restored Edwardian rock garden.

ART AND INTERIORS

Ballyfin houses an outstanding collection of paintings which traces the development of Irish art from the mid-seventeenth century to today.

Works by many of the leading figures of Irish Art, as well as paintings and drawings of Irish subject matter by continental and American artists provide for a fascinating exploration of Ireland’s art, history, topography and social life, reflecting both the splendour of the Great House and also the humble life of the cottage.

The family portraits showing generations of the Cootes were reinstalled, having left the house some ninety years ago and make for a sensational display on the grand staircase. The works on show in the State Rooms and bedrooms give an account of Irish painting focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Downstairs meanwhile, the bar and treatment rooms are filled with more modern works ranging from twentieth-century Irish masters such as Mainie Jellett and Louis le Brocquy, to young artists at the beginning of their careers including Michael Canning and Blaise Drummond; throughout the house the creative spirit of Ireland is made dazzlingly evident.


THE OBEROI AMARVILAS, AGRA

5-STAR DELUXE HOTEL


In the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, 2018, The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra was ranked the ‘Best Resort Hotel in India’. The Taj Mahal can be seen from every room in the Kohinoor Suite; from the richly furnished living room, whose large windows open onto a private terrace; the master bedroom, replete with king size bed facing the Taj Mahal; the eight seater dining room; the bathtub and glass panelled rain shower, which also opens onto the terrace.

Only one of the Agra hotels to offer uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from each of its rooms.

Expansive, luxurious accommodation, exclusive spa therapies, complimentary cocktail hour and much more. Unforgettable Holidays offers a unique opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate in some of the finest luxury resorts in the world. Relive the era of emperors and princely kingdoms in hotel grounds adorned with ornate fountains, reflection pools, Mughal style minarets and charming pavilions.

Experience the colourful cities of Rajasthan, the wilderness of Ranthambhore, the romance of the Taj Mahal and the peace and tranquillity of the Himalayas on an Exotic Vacation through India with Oberoi Hotels and Resorts. Explore some of India’s most fantastic destinations on a six to twelve day Exotic Vacation.

Our hotel is approached along a sweeping driveway, verdant with native trees and lit by flaming torches. Just inside, a Mughal style quadrant is ornamented with cascading fountains and framed by an arched passageway and gold leaf frescoes.