Ekaa Villa is a boutique hotel inspired by the city’s ancient heritage and architecture, set in the heart of Agra …
Set in the heart of Agra, Ekaa Villa is a boutique hotel inspired by the city’s ancient heritage. I believe that everything starts from great design, so we worked with a brilliant architect who came up with a modern interpretation of the classic Mughal architecture of Agra. For instance, rooms feature elements of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in everything from the inlay colours to hatchling patterns. Each of our 12 rooms has its own character and a clean, minimalist feel.
The name Ekaa comes from a Sanskrit phrase and loosely means unity – we wanted something very Indian in its soul that stands for inclusivity. We have beautiful common spaces to encourage guests to mingle, such as a pebble courtyard covered in plants and a living room with a library and musical instruments; we’re currently developing our third-floor rooftop. Our staff are from Agra and everything in the property is locally sourced, from our handicrafts to handmade betel nut leaf plates and pottery cups.
We think that food is an essential part of travel, so we offer authentic Indian, home-cooked dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. Guests love our traditional thali and breakfast of aloo-bedawain, deep-fried unleavened bread stuffed with spices and potato curry. Everything is Indian and high-quality, including our organic tea from the Glenburn Estate in the Kanchenjunga mountains.
Experiences are a big part of Ekaa Villa and although we’re in prime position near the Taj Mahal’s east entrance, we’ve also developed some unique tours led by locals. One is our Secret Taj tour, where we’ll take you to off-the-beaten-track spots that have amazing, uncrowded views of the Taj Mahal. Then we cycle or walk to a small village on the banks of the Yamuna River, where we have tea and admire views of the Taj from the wheat fields. We also offer handicraft experiences where you can meet the real artisans of Agra and sample the city’s top street food. It’s that personal touch that guests remember about Ekaa Villa.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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