This Indian palace was once owned by Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan, formerly the world's richest man, and crammed with rare books, antiques, a harem of 1,000 women and £400 million worth of jewels.

Forgotten for decades, it was recently reopened as a luxury hotel after a 10-year restoration. The 60 elegant rooms and suites have marble bathrooms and views of the gardens.

Take afternoon tea in The Jade Room, then enjoy a tour of the other breathtaking spaces, or soak in a rose-oil bath, drawn by your butler, before dining at one of two restaurants.

There's also a fabulous spa, an outdoor swimming pool, billiards room and the Hookah Lounge, with 32 types of tobacco and water pipes.

Wow factor: Order a jasmine cocktail from the glass-covered Gol Bungalow.

Go: Abercrombie & Kent (abercrombiekent.co.uk) offers three nights B&B in a Palace Room from £1,475 per person, including flights and transfers.