Need to know
Ten luxury tents.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 1pm.
Double rooms from $315.33 (INR22,559), excluding tax at 28 per cent.
Rates include two safari drives, all meals, a welcome juice, snacks, and tea in the morning and evening.
Guests will feel lavishly looked after here. When they return to their tent from an excursion, a welcome drink will be waiting for them. The library is a great chill-out spot with mid-century modern leather seating, lovingly battered luggage chests, and wildlife photographs, art and maps displayed. Guests can order s drink and head here to flip through books on local flora and fauna.
The hotel is closed annually from 10 May to 10 October, during monsoon season.
At the hotel
Outdoor and indoor lounges, library, valet parking, laundry, wellies to borrow. In rooms: free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, hot-water bottles, air-conditioning and Soultree bath products. There are no TVs and no WiFi or mobile signal throughout this remote, eco-friendly camp.
Our favourite rooms
Sleep on a machaan (a four-poster bed set on a platform) in neighbouring farmland. Inspired by farmers who slept under the stars to protect their crops, these are a little more romantic, with secluded four-poster beds, star maps and a naturalist guide. After dark the bed is lit with softly glowing lanterns and overhad there are showers of stars; from your perch you can spy passing animals and birds, and the fee goes directly back to the farmers whose land the bed rests on. All of the tents are comfortably outfitted and similar in style, but numbers six to 10 are larger in size.
Set by the white-washed lodge, the freeform pool overlooks a panorama of higgledy-piggledy jungle trees. A few low cushions are scattered over the wooden deck for guests to relax on and there are shaded loungers by the lodge.
Bring a portable speaker to pump up the ambience in your room. Bug spray will come in handy, too. It’s illegal to hop out of the jeep when on safari, so bring binoculars for that once-in-a-lifetime animal spot.
Entemophobes should steer clear; hotel staff do their best to keep bugs away, but in the rural surrounds they’re inescapable.
For older kids, this is The Jungle Book come to life (at a safe distance from the park’s Shere Khans). An extra bed (or two baby cots) can be added to tents (free for under-6s, INR2,400 a night for older kids). There are bikes to hire (but no helmets).
Food is grown onsite and in the surrounding farmland. The camp has very little impact on its surroundings: in May, everything’s packed up until it reopens in October. Furnishings are made from recycled wood, all-natural products are used where possible, and guests are given a stainless-steel container for filtered water. The Star Bed experience (where guests snooze atop a raised platform) is a source of income for local farmers, and 80 per cent of the staff are hired from surrounding villages. The resort also supplies school desks and solar panels to the community too and support conservation by contributing to the Tiger Trust (www.indiantiger.com/trust).