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Exotic stay in the desert
We stayed here for two nights with our 8 and 9 year old boys. While this tented camp hotel is quite a drive outside of town (45 minutes?), it is well worth it. The permanent tents are very well appointed and luxurious. The staff is helpful (although not as attentive as at the Oberoi Hotels that we stayed at). The food was very good. We especially enjoyed the free archery available. They also had a cool performance during dinner once evening that was well worth seeing. While expensive, i think this should be on your short list of places to stay if you visit Jaisalmer.
sarai is best hotel in jaisalmer district i spent two days with my family on yah Many thanks to Hotel Advisor for making such a good hotel in the village culture. We will try to come again and tell our friends to come here too.
Glamping in the Thar Desert
This beautiful, though pricey, tented camp offers a luxurious way to experience the desert near Jaisalmer. The immediate landscape is largely rather uninspiring scrub vegetation, but there are excursions to the dramatic sand dunes for camel rides and an elegant "sundowner," complete with champagne. Closer to the comfortable, well-appointed tents there are pleasant walks and bird-watching with a knowledgeable naturalist. The organic garden provides delicious fresh vegetables, a rare treat in Rajasthan.
Recently three of my friends and I spent two nights at the Serai Sujan. I could not have imagined the gracious, spacious, lovely layout of the three-room tents provided to us at the camp. Telling friends that we stayed in tents hardly conjures up the true elegance and high quality of the living spaces we had. Staff greeted us upon arrival with lovely drinks, provided an overview of the camp, and then escorted us to our tents. Lunch, and all other meals, in the dining tent was lovely. Food was delicious and the service impeccable. The evening hors d'oeuvres by the campfire were a social hit; watching a movie on the lawn after dinner with all the amenities (blankets, popcorn, drinks) was campy (sorry for the pun) and fun! Our jeep ride into the desert for a safari and then camel rides, with champagne after as the sun went down was a fitting finale to our stay. We only wish we could have stayed longer. Although the temperatures were a bit chilly while we were there, the hot water bottles we found tucked into our beds at night certainly took the chill off!
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Well, I spent a boatload of my hard-earned money on this trip, hence expect a longish review...would try to cover as much information as possible in order to help fellow travellers make an informed choice. I would suggest readers keep both the pros and cons in mind while booking. Positives: Whether the prices charged by the property (for stay) are justified is subject to debate, few things I would like to point out, based on my objective evaluation: 1. It is not worth paying as much if you don't have a private pool in your tent - so any booking below Luxury Tented Suite is definitely not worth the price. 2. Tents are fairly equipped with amenities, so it doesn't feel like you're giving up comfort at the cost of adventure. 3. Outstanding hospitality - the staff offers a very personalized experience. Would especially like to mention the names of Mr. Prodyut Chatterjee and Mr. Bejoy Issac in this regard who played outstanding hosts. So more than the stay, you're paying for a 'well-crafted' experience. 4. Also, the breakfast was exceptional. Best thing about it: everything is on a 'made on order' basis (nothing on display). Negatives: 1. Prices of peripheral services and food are out of whack (also, not transparent, in some cases bordering dubious). For e.g. Airport pick up is INR 7,500 + taxes (one way) where as you can get a a clean, well maintained sedan from the airport pre-paid taxi counter for INR 1,800 (all inclusive). A dinner thali is INR 4,000 + taxes per person which is billed as Breakfast charge for some reason. Also, the company has a different different pricing policy mentioned on its website (pic attached) with tent stay bundled with lunch and dinner. On top of that, the property charges a 'Conservation Contribution Fees' @INR 1,500 per person per night + taxes (pic attached) which is neither mentioned in Booking.com invoice nor is the customer made aware of it at the time of check-in. So, be mentally prepared to cough up a significant amount of money (on top of your stay) if you plan to spend your entire vacation within the property premises. 2. The location is a big disadvantage - the property is literally located in the middle of nowhere (also nowhere close to a desert as we had imagined it). The main desert is at least 1.5 hrs away and Jaisalmer city is 45 mins away. So unless you intend to spend the entire stay within Sujan premises, you are sure to lose out a lot of time on commuting. 3. Another thing that spooked us as a couple was that the Luxury tent that we stayed in had a visible gap in it next to the private pool (pic attached). The gap was big enough that anyone standing next to tent would be able to peep into the area. The housekeeping and other staff works in close vicinity to the tents, hence it made us quite uncomfortable.
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