Surrounded by lemon groves, marigolds and roses, calming Anopura near Jaipur is your cue to hop from leopard-watching to hill-hiking to Mawari-horse-riding, fitting in meals and massages beneath the shady pomelo trees, too. Bed down here and you’ll be far from the madding crowd, with a minimum of fellow guests: the hotel has just four suites and a two-bedroom villa, all of which are rather lovely. A duo of sparkling pools, bloomin’ lovely gardens and inviting outdoor tabaris (lounges) are your additional reasons to relax. There’s no formal restaurant or bar, but the hotel’s clever Rajasthani chef will keep you from hunger and thirst, rustling up moreish creations of persuasions both East and West. Keep your eyes peeled for the local leopards, too…
11am; earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £171.16 (INR17,641), including tax at 18 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast. Pick from traditional Indian fare or a wholesome European spread starring muesli, freshly grown fruits and juices, breads and pastries, tea and excellent coffee.
At the hotel
Gorgeous, 60-acre grounds with lemon groves, quiet courtyards and a little organic farm, alfresco lounges, a library, a lounge and cinema room, and free WiFi in communal areas. In rooms: king-size bed, air-conditioning and Anopura bath products.
Our favourite rooms
They’re all absolutely dreamy, but we loved the two-bedroom Pravas villa for its private pool, greenery galore, quiet courtyard and restful tabari (outside living room). Every room at Anopura has its own private terrace with garden views.
The outside pool is a dazzling slice of aqua amid Anopura’s lush greenery, with a flotilla of white-and-wood sunloungers by the water. The two-bedroom Pravas villa also has its own enticing pool.
Enjoy massages and other beauty treatments in the hotel’s modest spa, or request an alfresco ritual in the gardens.
Bring clothes and shoes you can hike in, plus that book you’ve always been meaning to read…
Little Smiths can come, but this quiet, private hotel is really designed for adults.
All ages are welcome, but bear in mind that the hotel doesn’t provide much in the way of family-friendly extras.
Make yourselves at home in Pravas, the spacious two-bedroom villa with its own pool and outdoor lounge.
Little Smiths can roam the tranquil gardens and splash around the pool. Visit the villagers in Ramgarh (challenge them to a friendly cricket match if you’re feeling lively) and explore the local region on foot or by bike. Don’t miss the cultural lures of rose-pink Jaipur, which wows all ages.
There’s no lifeguard, so keep an eye on less confident waterbabies.
The chef will happily adapt dishes to suit tots’ tastes. Meals are served throughout the property, making for memorable alfresco feeding times.
Anopura grows its own produce on its green patch of farmland; local villagers tend to the terrain and contribute to the hotel’s farm-to-fork cuisine.
Pick your favourite spot on the property: obliging staff will swiftly magic up a table there. By the pool or in the gardens, perhaps?
Copy Anopura’s stylish owner and model bright, white linen layers, accessorised with statement sunnies and tasselled leather sandals.
There’s no formal restaurant, but the talented resident chef (who hails from the local village) rustles up delicious European-Indian fusion food. Try an Indian breakfast or Continental treats; at lunch and dinner, canter through curries and Rajasthani favourites, or sample noteworthy Western options, including feather-light soufflés and Ottolenghi-style salads. You’ll be getting your five-dailies in style, since most of the produce is plucked from Anopura’s organic vegetable gardens.
Anopura doesn’t have a bar, but staff will bring you a drink wherever pleases.
Anopura occupies a vivid patch of pastoral perfection – all lemon groves, marigolds and roses – an hour’s drive from Jaipur, 30 minutes’ drive from the Amber Fort, and three and a half hours by car from Delhi Airport.
You’re likely to fly into Delhi Airport (aka Indira Gandhi International Airport), India’s busiest flight hub. International carriers include British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Singapore Airlines. For domestic connections, there’s also Sanganer Airport Jaipur, an hour’s drive from the hotel. Anopura’s staff can assist with hotel transfers and on-loan drivers.
You could catch the train from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or Chennai to Jaipur City train station, a 50-minute drive from Anopura.
It takes just under an hour to reach the hotel by car from Jaipur; Anopura has plenty of free parking for guests. A car isn’t essential – the region is well suited to hiking and cycling trips, instead.
Worth getting out of bed for
Anopura occupies a peaceful rural patch of farmland, backdropped by mountains, encouraging guests to switch off and slow down. (Look lively again for trips to cultured Jaipur, though.)
Feel time pause at Anopura as you relax by the pool with a good book, listen to the birdsong, sip a cocktail or pamper yourselves with spa treatments under the shade of a pomelo tree or in the snug spa. Set off for a gentle hike in the Aravalli Hills (take a hotel guide with you for the local lowdown), or climb the hotel’s hill at dusk and enjoy a cocktail or ice-cold beer as you watch the magnificent sunset. Walk to Ramgarh village with one of the staff, all of whom grew up locally, and share some spicy chai tea with the villagers. Go on a tour of Anopura’s organic farm, learning about the plant cycles and marigolds that bloom here; stop for an unforgettable afternoon tea amid the lemon groves. Speak to staff nicely and they’ll sort out expeditions on a classic Enfield motorbike, or on a Mawari horse: a rare breed from India’s Marwar region. (Don’t forget to admire your steed’s distinctive, inward-turning ear tips.) Quiet types can go leopard watching with hotel guides.
If you can tear yourselves away from boutique basecamp (no easy feat), head into blush-pink Jaipur, the famous capital of Rajasthan, for a day of shopping, sight-seeing and eating, or visit 1,000-year-old Jamwa Ramgarh, a fort that was once was the ruling ground of the Kachwaha clan. The Unesco-listed Amer Fort is 30 kilometres away from Anopura; wander through the citadel of the Maharajahs of Jaipur and learn about rudimentary elephant care at the pachyderm stables below the fort in Amer village. Don’t go home without a visit to Brigitte Singh's studio and the Anohki Museum to learn everything there is to know about traditional Rajasthani block-printing. Hawa Jawa(which romantically translates as the Palace of the Winds) is a vision of red-and-pink sandstone on the edge of the City Palace in Jaipur. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur.
Anopura doesn’t have any nearby neighbours of the culinary kind, so kick back, relax and make the most of the hotel’s wonderful chef.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this rural hotel in Rajasthan and unpacked their books and binoculars, a full account of their Indian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Anopura near Jaipur…
Jaipur: bold, buzzing and bonkers. Anopura: cool, calm and collected. When you bed down at this six-room retreat in an emerald patch of Indian countryside, you’ll find it hard to believe that Rajasthan’s cultured capital is just an hour away. Here, the gardens bloom with marigolds, frangipani and roses, birds sing in the trees and lemon groves perfume the air with citrus. Days unwind languidly by the hotel’s sparkling pool, backdropped by sand-coloured mountains, and guests laze happily with books and ice-cold drinks in the tabaris (outdoor lounges) and under the welcome shade of the pomelo trees. Quiet, unobtrusive butlers keep this pocket of paradise ticking along nicely, and there’s a talented local chef on hand to rustle up breakfast, salads, curries and cooling desserts. Explorers can venture forth to blush-pink Jaipur, ancient sites, elephant camps and more; adherents to the Italian principle of ‘la dolce far niente’ (the sweetness of doing nothing) will be in heaven here.