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
Braving the tremendous heat to see the elusive Bengal tiger. There is no better way to renew energy and vitality than this amazing hotel.
Superb food with chefs taking the time to prepare personalised menus, impeccable hospitality and beautiful rooms. This was an amazing holiday.
To Miss Malhotra, thank you for giving us an unforgettable memory of this true paradise!
This superb hotel is truly our favourite. This was our second visit and we can't wait until our third!! The service is absolutely outstanding - so warm and caring and that comes from the top with the wonderful General Manager Ms. Ratna. You feel such a welcomed guest and truly at home. The 'tents' are luxurious and huge and the grounds gorgeous. The food was fantastic with amazing Chef Adit. And then of course there are the tigers of Ranthambhore. We had some incredible sightings. To top it all off my husband was given a marvelous birthday dinner in a beautiful exotic location (complete with musicians.) Thank you all for this amazing experience and see you soon at your perfect hotel.
This has to be the best hotel I have ever stayed in ever.
The Manager and Staff at the hotel went way beyond my expectations of what I could have expected from a hotel
It was a magical experience to stay at this hotel and I would definitely stay again
Great location to also go on a Tiger safari which we did and even got to see a tiger
We recently went on a trip to India. We arrived by way of train to Ranthambhore. Immediately we were picked up and whisked away to our new home for 3 days. We arrived shortly before 2 PM and were sent on safari within the hour. Our Guide was awesome and yes on the 2nd day we saw a Bengal tiger, such an amazing creature. We also went and toured through Ranthambhore Fort, a historical, architectural and spiritual fort. I highly recommend it. But back to this resort. The staff were great, one gentleman helped me learn to say thank you in Hindu very patiently. The tent was beyond belief. My backyard had three peacocks daily on the wall. There was a monkey on the bridge that appeared to be part of the welcoming staff. For morning safari the staff gave me a hot water bottle and blanket for the ride, something I didn't think I needed but appreciated shortly after the ride started. On return from safari we were greeted by Lashmi the elephant. The food was sooo good. They also had a talk about the many animals at the fort. Such a wonderful, wonderful place!
I was in Ranthambore in April and was fortunate enough to have stayed in this amazing hotel. The staff is extremely well trained and the rooms are everything you expect and more.
On arrival the manger of the hotel, welcomes you with the biggest of smiles and then she spends some time with you explains everything about the hotel and what to expect during the trips to the park.
They even prepare a food pack with tea, coffee and juices for you to take inside the park.
Each staff member makes it their mission to look in to your needs and what is so amazing is that they get all the small things absolutely rite. For example one day I finished my sun block and left the empty bottle in the room. When I came back they have taken the time to find the same kind of sun block and replaced it and no I wasn’t billed for it.
However hard I try to find even one thing negative about the hotel or the staff, I can not. Everything was just perfect.
Only advise is that if you are planning on doing many trips to the park, it’s vey much cheaper to get a jeep organised from outside than to go in a hotel vehicle. It’s almost 50% cheaper than the hotel vehicle.
All in all a perfect hotel that will make you enjoy your holiday even more.