We drove to The Serai from Jodhpur (a long but intensely interesting drive). Stop at Manvar en route for clean loos and quite decent food. Were welcomed at The Serai with cool towels, a lemon drink, and a glass of bubbly (Sula sparkling wine. Very pleasant.). The Manager greeted us, and led us to the tent for a brief check-in. The place is only about two years old and it shows. Everything is in terrific shape, and clean, fresh and airy. A few tents also have a pool, but ours was the regular sort. (We never swim in hotel pools anyway, but some other guests were enjoying the beautiful infinity main pool.) The tents have an outside porch where you can sit and be visited by many local birds, who seem habituated to people. The landscaping is also attractive, echoing the desert area. Inside the tent there is an antechamber with a writing desk, chairs, a bird book, and a bird-spotting chart of all the local birds. If you were a bird-watcher this would be great fun - though we saw only a few species as we were not getting up early! Books are attractively bound in leather (as are the books and magazines in the main lounge), the notepaper is embossed with golden camels, and there is an entirely hand-written welcome note awaiting you. In a separate section of the large tent, the bed was king-size and comfortable, and there was a free-standing A/C unit and two oil heaters if required. The bathroom is huge, with a rain showerhead. Plenty of fluffy towels, and also robes, disposable scuffs, appealing herbal-scented toiletries decanted into crystal bottles. When we returned to the tent after dinner there were hot-water bottles placed in the bed and the oil heaters had been turned on (it was indeed a little cool in February but we switched of the heaters to sleep.) There was also, instead of chocolates on the pillow, a different, prettily-wrapped small gift each evening. One thing, if you stay here (and you should) please be aware that tents are not sound-proof and sound travels in the desert, so please be quiet in the evening. We unfortunately had inconsiderate neighbours.
The attention to detail is evident, and you really get the impression that thought has been put into providing for the comfort of guests. At night they ask you to use a torch to light your way home from the dinner tent – though the pathways are lit as well. It is quite atmospheric in the evening, most beautiful with candles in lanterns everywhere. Outside the main tent there is a fire in the evening, and the chef comes to discuss your dinner options with you. We enjoyed all the meals we had here, whether Indian or European. We also took the camel safari, where you can ride a camel, have high tea on the dunes (with your own butler attending), and enjoy a glass of something bubbly (but alcohol is not included in the tour price.) while watching the sun set. It is about 45 minutes each way by safari jeep to reach the area near the dunes where you board your camel and ride a short distance to your personal dune, where your butler awaits with soft drinks and canapés (and an alcoholic drink if pre-ordered). The dunes are not at all like the Sahara with vast expanses of sand to the horizon. These dunes have scrubby vegetation – are more like sandhills at the beach (and there are electric pylons marching across the dunes as well, which rather affects the ambience). Though as the area used by The Serai is private and quiet it can be a pleasant sunset-watching experience. We thought the drive to and from the camel meeting place (though extremely bumpy in parts) was interesting. Much was off-road and the small settlements, birds and animal life intriguing. (Make sure your jeep driver has the windshield up or you will be sand-blasted, however.) The Serai can also arrange a visit to Jaisalmer, which as noted by others, is not close. I imagine that people would stay here for a change of pace during their India trip - and there is of course a Spa, but we did not visit it.
Staying at The Serai is a lovely experience and I hope they will continue to maintain their high standards..
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Thank you so much for your attention to the details we so pride ourselves in! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and had a good experience. Apologies for your neighbors! We have tried our best to maintain a good distance between the tents but of course noise travels in silent spaces... We will definitely look into options for this, thank you for pointing it out.
We do hope you will come back and stay with us very soon and we promise to maintain, and better our standards over time.
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