Ranthambore National Park, India

Aman-i-Khás

Rates from (inc tax)$1,200.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Wild at heart

Setting

Tiger territory

Inspired by the sumptuous history of Maharajas’ hunting parties, Aman-i-Khás hotel is made up of 10 luxurious tents on the edge of tiger-spotting territory in Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park. Butler service, afternoon G&Ts and marble tubs add to the regal feel of what might be the world’s chicest safari.

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A camel safari for two, including sunset drinks

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

10 luxury tents.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $1200.00, excluding tax at 33.12 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,597.44), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include all meals and non-alcoholic drinks. Room rates are subject to service charges and taxes that amount to approximately 35%.

Also

The handsome leather chest at the end of your bed doubles as a minibar, which remains fully stocked with your tipple of choice for the duration of your stay.

Hotel closed

Aman-i-Khás is closed from 1 June to 30 September each year.

At the hotel

Personal batman (butler), Spa Tent offering massages, scrubs, facials and traditional henna art, well-stocked Lounge Tent, central outdoor fire pit. In rooms: free WiFi, king-size bed, sitting and dining area, rain shower and separate soaking tub.

Our favourite rooms

With soaring six-metre-high canopies, elegant interiors, sunken marble bath tubs and custom-made teak furniture, these tents are seriously luxe. Creamy cotton curtains divide the enormous 'rooms' and a private entrance area where tea is served every morning. For added privacy, go for tent number one, which is set furthest away from the main camp – it’s where Katy Perry and Russell Brand stayed when they got hitched here.

Poolside

The sparkling square pool echoes the region's traditional <i>bawadis</i>, ancient wells with concentric steps on all sides. Take a dip and then flop onto a shaded sunlounger.

Packing tips

With safaris, walking tours and camel rides on the menu a suitably robust pair of shoes and trousers are a must but you'll want something a little more fashion-forward come sundowner time. Remember to add your camera to the kitbag and an extra memory card to hold all those safari snaps.

Also

Entry and safari drive passes for Ranthambore National Park are an additional US$75 each, plus taxes.

Children

Children are welcome and cots are available free of charge for infants. US $60 a night (plus taxes) will cover a bed and all meals for littles aged six to 12; for over-12s (including extra adults), US$125 (plus taxes) a night.

Overview

Aman-i-Khás caters to Smiths of all ages, and with safari-park surrounds Juniors can go wild and embrace their inner Mowgli.

Best for

All ages are welcome, but the hotel is probably best suited to kids aged five and over because they'll be able to enjoy (and sit still during) the safaris.

Activities

Once the kids tire of safari sessions, there's a swimming pool, croquet lawn and games of cricket to be won (and lost). The Spa offers Mehendi, traditional henna art of temporary patterns that are usually applied to your hands. Children can also learn to design their own hand-block print fabric. Beyond the camp, there are camel-cart rides, visits to Ranthambhore Fort, and trips to the Old City where kids can join in sessions of Gilli-danda, an old-school stick game.

Swimming pool

The pool has shallow stepped areas for little swimmers.

Rates

More details

Rates include all meals and non-alcoholic drinks. Room rates are subject to service charges and taxes that amount to approximately 35%.

Meals

A children's menu and high chairs are available. Packed lunches can be rustled up and the kitchen can heat baby food and milk.

Babysitting

Free babysitting is available upon request.

No need to pack

Baby cots, which are provided at no extra cost.

Also

The camp isn't fenced, so keep an eye on younger children who might hear the call of the great outdoors and want to explore solo...

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Lit by flickering candles at night, the Dining Tent has one large communal table and several smaller settings, but dinner is just as often served outside beside the roaring fire. Traditional Rajasthani cuisine, inspired by the royal kitchens of the Mughal emperors, and continental dishes are available, and most meals are created using veggies and herbs grown in the camp's own organic garden.

At the bar

Afternoon G&Ts and post-dinner whiskies are poured in the Dining Tent and served around the fireplace.

Last orders

The kitchen is open 24 hours a day to cater to your every craving.

Room service

Available around the clock with breakfasts, lunch, dinners and sweet treats delivered directly to your tent.

Location

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Address
Aman-i-Khás
Sherpur, Khiljipur,
322021
Sawai Madhopur
India

Planes

The nearest air hub is Jaipur International Airport (www.jaipurairport.com), which is serviced by GoAir (www.goair.in), Jet Airways (www.jetairways.com), Spice Jet (www.spicejet.com) and Indian Airlines (www.airindia.in). The 180-kilometre drive from Jaipur to the hotel takes around three hours.

Trains

Sawai Madhopur train station, 11 kilometres away, services regular trains from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Jodhpur and Bangalore, or connect via Jaipur. Aman-i-Khás offers free transfers for the 25-minute drive from Sawai Madhopur to the resort.

Automobiles

India’s road network and traffic conditions have a deserved reputation as some of the most chaotic in the world so it’s best not to brave taking the wheel yourself. If you want to travel by road, seek out the services of TWX (+91 11 4379 9700; www.travelworldexperiences.com), who can sort out flights and drivers for jaunts throughout India.

Worth getting out of bed for

The open-top jeep safaris are the reason folk flock to Ranthambore. As well as being home to 50 or so tigers, there are crocodile-filled lakes, leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, wild boar, sambar and spotted deer, and more than 300 species of birds among the dhok trees and bushy scrub.

Immerse yourself in local culture, history and legend with a heart-racing climb to the top of the 1000-year-old Ranthambore Fort, one of the oldest in India. This formidable fortress still houses the remains of barracks used by defending garrisons, and there's even a small armoury complete with swords, rifles and gunpowder.

Brush up on your flora and fauna with a guided walk through the low hills, or bring out your binoculars on a trip to Surwal Lake where indigenous and migratory birds fill the skies. Get ready to tick raptors, waders, kingfishers, parquets and more off your birding list.

Take a tour of the Old City and indulge in some out-of-the-ordinary retail therapy as exquisite 100-year-old silver and gold tribal jewellery is pulled from a tiny safe and displayed on the shop floor. Or stock up on the local khus (grass) perfume, packaged in a unique camel-hide bottle.

Local restaurants

The streets of Sawai Madhopur aren't known for their gourmet restaurants or late-night watering holes, so most of your eating and drinking will take place within the luxury confines of the hotel. If you're really craving a change of scene, then the Dining Room at the Oberoi Vanyavilas (+91 (0)7462 22 3999) offers Western, Thai and Indian cuisine in an airy dining room lined with hand-painted frescoes.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Mr and Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this luxury tented camp and as soon as they've unpacked their safari gear and downloaded their wildlife snaps, a full account of their tiger-tracking trip will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Aman-i-Khás in Ranthambore National Park...

Aman-i-Khás casts its spell long before you've set foot in the hotel, thanks to the personal batman (valet) who escorts you from your departure point to the luxury tented camp, attending to your every whim along the way (cue upgrades to first-class on the train!).

The property itself is equally indulgent. Inspired by those used by the Mughals during hunting parties, the 10 luxury tents have been transported into the modern era with double-height ceilings, king-size beds and sunken marble bath tubs.

White cotton curtains divide the sleeping, living and dressing areas, and central to the tent is an enormous day-bed, sprawled underneath a six-metre-high canopy, that's made for languid lounging. Ranthambore may be one of the best places in India to spot tigers but truthfully, you might find it hard to leave this regal abode.

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