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
Nothing can articulate the beautiful memories that this place and staff ingrain in your mind, Personalized luxury and peoples warmth Seldom Mix Together-In Vanyavilas They do - everytime.
Having Stayed all over the world in the best and Most expensive properties, Vanyavilas comes right on Top largely due to the Unique Setting of Luxury tents in a Natural landscaped 20 acres plus property. Theres a Healthy competition amongst the Peacocks and colourful birds and Hotel staff to catch your attention. Eye for detail and customization as per Guest preferences is something that is above par. Thanks To Saikat, Aishwariya and Deki - You are swept off your feet the moment you arrive and The Friendly Elephant Lakshmi adds to the Charm. Sachin The Environmentalist is very passionate about his work. The location is great and Resort is environmentally friendly. Sunanda - The Trainer and Yoga specialist is exceptional. Ratna - The GM of the place deserves much appalaud for making a winning team whch adapts very fast to the Guests needs . Cant wait to come back. Thanks To this amazing property and Staff - my senses of luxury and refinement have taken a new high.
We spent two luxurious nights at the Oberoi Vanyavilas and enjoyed every minute. From the moment we arrived the staff went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Each one of them was so hospitable and personable, it was such a pleasure to meet them all.
Our room was extremely comfortable, beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean.
Many thanks again to Mrs Ratna Malhotra and her team for making our stay such a fabulous experience - you are all true professionals!
We just finished a two night stay at The Oberoi, Vanyavilas and were very pleasantly surprised to see the hospitality and professionalism at par with the best of safari vacays the world over. Every member of the staff from the general manager Mrs. Ratna to our server was warm, exceptionally helpful and as enthusiastic about our sightings as us. Food was fantastic and we were spoilt rotten! The in house naturalists are truly committed to the cause and really nice. The presentations in the evening are a sweet touch making you aware of the current situation . Last but not at all the least our guide Mr. Battilal was a pro with great instincts and its especially endearing to hear stories from a ranger who is a local.
Thanks for an unforgettable trip !
This hotel is not just a place you go stay, it is a true experience. Unlike the other resorts in the area, the Vanyavilas is a perfect combination of offering you a luxury stay along with experiences with nature, bird watching, gorgeous landscapes and lots of lush greens and quiet. We checked in here, as a switch off weekend from the hustle of work and life, and the team delivered exactly that. From amazing masala chai to a rose petal bath and delicious fresh food, we felt completely relaxed and pampered. The General Manager and the whole team were always around to greet you with a smiling face and at your service no matter how small or big the request. Being a nature lover, I absolutely enjoyed the nature walk around the property, talking about birds and habitats with their naturalist, I even saw groups of families with kids loving this experience. The views of the forest and surrounding areas are just stunning from the observation tower making the 80 step climb worth it! I must recommend you try the authentic Rajasthani food and thalis, as the flavors are just perfect and truly authentic! Trust me when I say, that the stay in these luxury tents is so much more comfortable than any five star hotel!
We stayed at the Villas on a recent tour of India.
I cannot speak highly enough of the accomodation, staff and amenities. All superb.
The attention to detail in all aspects could not be faulted.
The only drawback was that despite 4 excursions, we did not manage to see a tiger.
However the national park is amazing with abundant flora and fauna.Fantastic experience.