The Leela Palace in Chanakyapuri is a fairly new entrant on Delhi’s hotel scene. It markets itself as a modern palace, which sums the place up perfectly. Rooms are decorated with more-is-more opulence, and although they have been designed with all the luxuries you would expect from a five-star hotel, they have stuck with a charming old-school decor that harks back to the palaces of the Mughal Empire
. Food at the Indian restaurant, Jamavar, is based on the food of royal kitchens – such as tandoori murgh and saffron lamb – though you can also choose Japanese at Megu or a French–Italian tasting menu at Le Cirque. In the evenings, retreat to the Library Bar, which is cosy inside and surrounded by fire torches and trickling water features outside. The real showstopper, however, is the rooftop infinity pool, which offers panoramic views of the city, including the Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar, Asia’s tallest minaret. The pool is temperature controlled and guests receive a pool basket filled with rose-water-infused towels, sunscreen and fresh lemonade. The hotel also has a package for solo female travellers, which includes an assisted pick-up from the airport.