Aman-i-Khás, Ranthambhore National Park
Tel: 91 7462 252 052
Concierge.com's insider take:
A luxury-tent encampment just outside Ranthambhore National Park, Aman-i-Khás is in fact more camplike than its nearby competitor, Oberoi Vanyavilas. After all, the interior walls of your tent are actually made of cotton. Nonetheless, in this world of rarefied luxury, that still means cushy king-size beds and deep soaking tubs in the attached bathroom. Overall, though, guests here will have a better experience of being in nature, as the camp isn't encircled by walls but is simply situated next to the tall grasses and brushy trees of the dry forest. What makes Aman-i-Khás truly special is its size: With only ten guest tents, it is the smallest of India's top-end resorts (and also of the ultraexclusive Amanresorts properties). Smaller is better, as it allows for more personal pampering. There is a dining tent, for instance, but you can eat just about anywhere you want and order pretty much what you want, too (besides, of course, beef). Pampering is something the Aman-i-Khás staff have to be expert at—after a long day, possibly without any tiger sighting, they may have to explain to hot, tired guests why the step-well/dipping pool isn't really big enough to swim in. To minimize that possibility, the resort is open only from October through April, when game viewing is at its best.