Need to know
32, including one suite.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, noon.
Double rooms from $53.88 (INR3,707), excluding tax at 28 per cent.
Rates include a lavish buffet breakfast of local favourites, eggs to order, bacon, potatoes, fruits, cereals and juices.
The hotel’s stepwell, an open-air below-ground reservoir, is the setting for spectacular candlelit feasts. The romantic dinners commence with courtyard cocktails and stories from the local historian, before an ox-cart ride to the dinner setting. The meal itself involves seemingly unending courses of local specialties, served as local musicians play folk songs. There's a mandatory Christmas Eve gala dinner on 24 December 2017 (INR8,000 a person), and a mandatory New Year’s Eve gala dinner on 31 December 2017 (INR10,000 a person).
At the hotel
Gardens, courtyard, on-site parking and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: coffee-maker, free bottled water, minibar, safe, individually controlled air-conditioning, and Kama Ayurveda bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Each room is uniquely decorated. Though rooms in the heritage wing can be darker than the bright spaces in the new-wing, they have added character, with antiques and contemporary furniture designed by the owners. The wing’s Brahmin blue Grand Heritage room has beautiful pillars and arches, along with a semi-private terrace.
Hidden away behind hedges and towering palms, the tranquil, unheated stone pool is surrounded by day-beds. The spa tent sits by the side.
Narlai Spa specialises in deeply relaxing massages with Forest Essentials cold-pressed oils, including deep-tissue, aromatherapy, reflexology and acupressure; treatments are offered by the pool, too.
Bring sketchpads: the frangipani-fragranced gardens are bright with bougainvillea, making an ideal spot to seek inspiration (and a mug of home-made chai).
A lift makes rooms wheelchair-accessible; however, the hotel has many stairs to climb.
All ages are welcome. There is no charge for a baby cot, or for children under six who do not require an additional bed. Breakfast is free for children under six. Stairs are tricky to navigate with prams, but the gardens make an excellent play spaces.
The hotel is green wherever possible; they recycle, compost and source local ingredients for the restaurant. Additionally, the hotel has contributed to village-restoration projects to assist the local community.