Reni Pani is an idyllic lodge from which you can visit Satupura, once of the least visited and hence least crowded national parks in India.
Rather than a room, you get your own cottage with a large bedroom and separate dressing room/bathroom. A personal butler escorts you to and from the main building. This is important at night when it is dark and you need the light form the butler's torch to guide you. And one evening, the guests in the next door cottage saw a leopard from their balcony!
The service is superb. The lodge provides its own very knowledgeable naturalists, who go out with you each day on the game drives, in a addition to the tracker and driver provided by the national park. Satpura does not try to promote itself as a destination to see tigers, but it is a very attractive place to drive round with a wide variety of wild life. On our first trip we saw nothing special ,but this trip we saw a leopard and a sloth bear both days.
In the lodge, nothing is too much trouble for the staff. It was cold at night when we were there, and we were delighted to find hot water bottles had been placed unbidden in the bed during dinner, to ensure we were warm in bed. Every evening, you gather for drinks and very substantial canapes before dinner (all included in the price). The food is excellent and varied, and we enjoyed the chance to sit with and talk to the naturalists, owner and other guests over dinner. My husband was ill on what should have been our last night. We stayed an extra night at a heavily discounted price, The staff were in credibly solicitous, and nothing was too much trouble for them. They came to check how he was doing every couple of hours, and were horrified we had not pressed our emergency call to summon help in the night.
We would come back here again without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is a modern-day conservation camp in Satpura National Park. Inspired by classic wildlife architecture, made with indigenous materials, there are 12 independent cottage units in different designs. Each room has a large private deck, while common facilities include a lounge, bar, dining room, library and a beautiful, luxurious swimming pool. Surrounded by rugged hills, meadows and waterways, it’s a hot-spot for wildlife like Sambhar, Cheetal, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Leopard and Bear. ... more less