Oberoi Vanyavilas Rajasthan, India

Luxe Retreat
  • 30 Jun - 06 Jul, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • High Life

The Oberoi's bush outpost lies just outside Ranthambhore National Park, where tigers sunbathe on old Raj ruins beneath a towering 1,000-year-old fort. Although the bedrooms are made from canvas, this is no jungle camp. Rather, it’s the grandest spot in India from which to watch wildlife while being looked after by some of the country’s most gracious hoteliers. Staff, in jewel-coloured kurtas, is on-hand to serve Indian feasts in candlelit courtyards, offer orange-flower-scented face-towels after a safari or serve rosewater iced tea by the fringed, colonial-style pool umbrellas. Naturalists offer lectures and take private safaris through the park’s loveliest areas to see spotted chital deer, rich birdlife and – with luck – tigers. And the rooms are so sumptuous that it’s criminal not to take time to recline on the carved four-posters, soak amid rose-petals in lion-claw baths or take tea on a silver tray while watching kingfishers diving into waterlily-strewn ponds. For foodies, there’s pretty much everything on offer, from Norwegian smoked salmon at breakfast and fresh penne with herbed feta at lunch, to sensational Indian cuisine: Meen Molli, dumplings in fenugreek, Rajasthani bread and mixed thalis, delivered on hand-painted crockery, with live Rajasthani musicians to add to the local flavour.

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