Walking into Raas in Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s bustling “blue city”, is truly an oh-my-god moment. Towering above the boutique hotel is the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, while the city’s signature powder-blue buildings at its feet make a stunning contrast to the pink Jodphuri sandstone from which both the hotel and fort are crafted. Parts of Raas date back 300 years, yet it manages to tastefully combine the old and new worlds, and the 39 rooms are studies in understated luxury. Indulge in a massage at the spa, follow with a cocktail at the poolside cafe, then whiz through the walled city en route to dinner at the Umaid Bhawan palace (where Liz Hurley once got hitched). From about $a250 a night; raasjodhpur.com.