Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore India, Rajasthan
Just ten minutes from Ranthambhore, Oberoi Vanyavilas is an immaculately maintained and very beautiful retreat with luxury tented accommodation. This is the ultimate in glamping, absolutely bathed in luxury, and you can expect exceptionally high standards of pretty much everything.
Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is a dream. Its lush forest setting hides tigers, flying foxes, panthers and mongoose, and its waters are home to North Indian flap-shelled turtles and snub-nosed marsh crocodiles. The sanctuaries at Kaila Devi and Sawai Mansingh are close at hand. As well as the incredible wildlife, you'll marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage fort, the Ganesh temple, and surrounding ruins. On site at the hotel, you can relax in the exquisite spa facilities, take a dip in the pool, use the gym, or dine a-la-carte under the stars or from the observation tower.
There are only 25 tents and a feeling of privacy throughout the manicured grounds. The interior is not just lavish, it borders on ostentatious. You’ll rest your feet on gold woven tiger print rugs and lay your head on the pillow of your choice atop a sprawling canopy bed. Expect solid structures, private courtyards, extensive mod cons, and high-tech entertainment. The observation tower is brilliant for dinner and views.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas is the pinnacle of over-the-top glamping, and you can expect all the usual Oberoi special touches: impeccable service, fine dining, and royal treatment.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
The one-on-one guide arranged with Experience Travel Group enabled me to get so much more from my trip to India. As well as the almost compulsory visits to the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, I was shown a variety of busy towns and mall villages, traditional crafts and skills, religious buildings and practices, architecture and wildlife, finishing with a very relaxing stay in Tikli Bottom.