S. Le Blog, Day 13

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We have our own pool; see the picture. But it does worry me slightly. We are staying at the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur. And I have to say that something I've come to recognise at the Oberoi chain is that they encourage the guests to keep to themselves with things like: private pools; private dining areas inside your villa walls; the bar just doesn't make you want to hang out there, let alone talk to any strangers, i.e. fellow guests. No, I think it's a hotel chain designed with couples in mind which, I suppose is fine if you're honeymooning. Don't get me wrong now, this is a fine, very well appointed hotel with a very friendly staff and great service. Still, after an al fresco dining experience entertained by "local cultural performing artistes", I'm sitting here on a 2nd Empire style chair in a sumptuous chequered marble room, and I'm pining for something a little more dusty and crumbling, something a little more Indian.

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