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Oberoi Vanyavilas, Sawai Madhopur

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Rajasthan, India, Asia: Oberoi Vanyavilas
Ranthambore Road
Sawai Madhopur
Tel: 91 746 222 3999's insider take:

What more fitting way to begin a quest for tigers in Ranthambhore National Park than to step from the folds of a tent? "Tent," though, is such a modest word, even when it's also called "luxury," as is the case with the 25 tents at Vanyavilas. Three and a half hours east of Jaipur by car, and just outside the park boundaries, these are actually permanent, immovable accommodations inside a walled compound that also shelters more solid structures, such as the grandiose dining room. The tents are air-conditioned and have polished hardwood floors, four-poster king-size beds, and freestanding bathtubs inside the attached oversize bathrooms. And should the quest for tigers prove fruitless? The ever-attentive staff will commiserate, suggesting a dip in the pool, or, if you've had enough of the great outdoors for the day, a drink or game of billiards in the Library Bar before moving on to the dining room, its walls hung with hand-painted frescoes, to debate the merits of guinea fowl versus mutton curry.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 96.5
  • Activities: 97.9
  • Design: 97.9
  • Food: 89.6
  • Location: 97.9
  • Rooms: 97.9
  • Service: 97.9
Set on 22 acres next to a tiger reserve, this "truly exceptional resort" has "staff who are committed to the best possible experience for their guests." Tents are "exquisitely appointed" with teak floors, private decks, and tiger motifs. Indian, Thai, and Western cuisine is served at "the outstanding Dining Room." On drives, spot leopard, bears, and more than 250 bird species. Select spa treatments use pomegranate.

(25 tents)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Game drives, Pool, Spa

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