The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best for Communing with Nature
- Proximity to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
- Luxe tents so spacious they feel like mini villas
- Staff will spoil you with sorbet, fresh juice and fruit around the pool
- Only 25 tents, so the resort never feels crowded
- These aren’t typical tents: four-poster beds, hardwood floors, TVs and more
What To Know
- Reserve your jungle drive well in advance; visitor numbers are restricted
- The restaurant serves a mix of Indian and Western fare
- Due to monsoons, the resort is closed from July to September each year
- Tiger sightings are not guaranteed; the best months are May and June
- The nearest city is Jaipur, more than three hours away
- WiFi costs about $20 a day
- Parking On Site
On the edge of Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve, the Oberoi Vanyavilas is an upscale escape in wild Rajasthan. Although the accommodations are called tents, there is no such thing as roughing it here; each of the 25 spacious units features hardwood floors, a four-poster bed and air conditioning. Amenities aside, the real draw is the proximity to the magnificent Indian tigers — an increasingly rare treat.
Bed and Bath
“Tent” is a bit of a misnomer: The accommodations are pure luxury, with four-poster beds, clawfoot tubs and hardwood floors — even the canopy is embroidered with tiny tigers. Lounge in your private garden or on your sundeck with a drink from the minibar in hand. After a few hours here, it’s easy to see why the Vanyavilas was named the best hotel in the world by Travel & Leisure in 2010.
An even bigger draw than the unique accommodations are the elusive tigers living in the reserve. Resort guests can sign up for a safari that offers the chance to see these magnificent animals up close. Ranthambore is a particularly good viewing point because of its low rainfall: The grass is slow to grow, leaving open patches where animals congregate. If you don’t see any stripes, the park is also teeming with monkeys, birds, sambar deer and ancient banyan trees. And after days spent bouncing around in a Jeep (or riding one of the resort’s two resident elephants), relax with an indulgent treatment at the spa or a swim in the palatial pool. A stroll through the grounds of the resort before dinner is also highly recommended, as you can find peacocks strutting among the manicured lawns.
In the Area
For an extra charge, the resort arranges shared jungle rides in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve daily. But be warned: Visitor access is restricted to a few people per day, so it’s best to call the resort in advance of your stay and reserve a time. About seven miles from the resort sits the ancient Ranthambore Fort. Hike up the stone steps for a great view of the area. The Jogi Mahal, a forest home once owned by the maharajas of Jaipur, is worth a visit. One of India’s largest banyan trees stands on the property.
How to Get There
Oberoi vanyavilas is the most magical place to go to. The property is surrounded by trees, hills and an endless horizon.More than hundred species of birds are scattered everywhere. The peacocks are lost wanderers. Besides the nature, the general manager( ratna malohotra ) and her team give you the warmest welcome and the best hospitality. The politeness in their voice will make your day. Tents are prim and proper. They are neat and perfect. The food felt home cooked and delicious. Kids will definitely enjoy the enticing beauty of vanyavilas....
The tent villas are decadently spectacular! The property is beautiful and the staff treats you like royalty. Having traveled extensively, I have to say that our experience here was just fantastic. Probably my all time favorite resort.
I was there with my 2 grown sons. Traveling as a single woman with sons is often difficult and you are not always treated well. That was not the case here. Everyone was so welcoming and warm. This trip to India was a very special adventure for the three of us since my sons are both getting married this summer. Vanyavilas and our safaris were truly the highlight of our trip.
We have visited this luxurious tented hotel five times - we cannot visit Rajasthan without visiting our favourite hotel - the place I would love to get married. We have returned to the same hotels over the years and after a couple of years they start to look tired - NOT the Oberoi Vanyavilas is a luxurious as the first time... The management and staff are helpful and make you feel welcome from start to finish... They remember your likes and dislikes so your visit is extra special and when I suffered from sunstroke during an all day game drive they arranged for a car to collect me from the park, escorted me to my room and gave me cold towels and offered to sit with me and Boss Lady (term of affection) Ratna popped in to check on me.... My partner and I both love Ratna - she is a proud tigress surrounded by her cubs - she is always there on our arrival ready to greet and on departure waving us off as we sadly leave our Indian home from home... See you all next year
The GM and staff were absolutely excellent. The service is par none. Everything done without too much hovering around. The amenities are great. The décor top notch. I can't say enough positive things about our stay here.
To spend some time at Vaniyavilas has always been my dream.. By the time my husband and I decided to go on safari to Ranthambore all the rooms were booked and Vaniyavilas could just give us a night.
We took it as reviews had been brilliant.
As we stepped I through the first door we were showered with beautiful red and pink roses petals and escorted under a beautiful parasol.
At the door to greet us was the ever smiling and very helpful GM M/s Ratna who welcomed us and gave us all the info on the hotel .
We were driven in a buggy to our room which was stunning absolutely comfortable and very well laid out.
The hotel is on 20 acres if I remember right with beautiful landscaped gardens an amphitheater and a tall tower over looking the jungle. The swimming pool was so inviting that my husband and I had to try that too...
The restaurant staff headed by their friendly F&B manager was always ready to help they prepared some excellent gluten free food for me and were so courteous and very patient.
They suprised us with a very special breakfast which was so beautiful...
I must say I would give this place a 10 out of 10 ... They create a beautiful and memorable and experience that one must try.
I am looking forward to visiting Vaniyavilas again