Vivanta by Taj – Sawai Madhopur Lodge
What We Love
- The property occupies the maharaja of Rajasthan's former hunting grounds
- It's a 20-minute drive to Ranthambore National Park
- Firepits throughout the 12-acre property provide post-safari respite
- Poolside hammocks are perfect for late afternoon naps
What To Know
- Free WiFi for up to two devices
- Guests can play cricket and badminton on-site
- Be mindful of monsoon season (July through September), when heavy rains can close sections of Ranthambore National Park
- The on-site fitness center closes at 7 p.m.; schedule workouts accordingly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
More than 80 years ago the maharaja of Rajasthan would pitch tents on these grounds before setting off to hunt. Today 24 guestrooms and 12 suites have replaced the royal campground, while the original 1930s lodge contains the Dining Room and the Tiger Bar, a dark wood–paneled watering hole decorated with mounted tiger heads and hunting trophies. The airy guestrooms — outfitted with bold animal print linens and hardwood furnishings — are a minimum of 350 square feet, and some suites include private courtyards with firepits. All come with ayurevedic toiletries by Forest Essentials, fully stocked minibars and cotton robes. Sip sunset cocktails and feast on barbecue on the lantern-lit Neem Terrace, laze away a steamy afternoon in a hammock by the outdoor pool, indulge in a treatment using ancient Indian techniques at the spa, or set up a private hilltop dinner for two beneath the night sky.
In the Area
Crowds line up to spot Bengal tigers at Ranthambore National Park; the former royal hunting grounds contain 61 of the increasingly endangered animals. Ask a concierge to set up a jungle safari to spot the big cats, as well as leopards, striped hyenas and some 272 species of bird. Don’t miss a hike to Ranthambore Fort, a crumbling hilltop fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site built in AD 944. On lucky days you can see the big cats from the top of the hill.
How to Get There
Had 2 continues bad experience in the dinner . Service are really poor i can say with respect to the other Taj property . Even i am a TAJ epicure member but now if i visit again plan to stay in Oberoi .
For the price you pay in off season in June/July, this property can’t be beat. In the region only the Oberoi is better but for a whole lot more coin.
This is truly safari oriented vacationing. All everyone is thinking about is safaris and tiger sightings - of which there are many during the summers.
The lawns are beautiful, the rooms are very large with excessively large bathrooms. Our favorite is room no. 5 right in front of the cricket lawns.
They have a nice, small, clean pool and great staff and facilities. Lots of tiger and deer busts all around to remind you of the days when hunting was in vogue.
The only area for improvement per me is the variety in the buffet. We stay here for 4 days at a stretch each year and the meals can get to be a bit boring and repetitive. That is the reason I am knocking off a star. The taste of the food is just fine but not wow - unlike the Taj Gateway at Corbett, which as I have mentioned in my other review, just outdoes everyone when it comes to food. I usually eat at the Oberoi a few times just to liven things up and break the monotony of the food at the Vivanta.
My advice to Vivanta Ranthambore is to just have your chef speak with the one at your Corbett affiliate and exchange notes. A few tweaks and you will leave no reason for folks to stay at the Oberoi.
Overall this is the only place I will go to when visiting Ranthambore. Excellent value in the off season.
This property is near to the Center of the town - Sawai Madhopur as compared to some of the rest in same category. 3 hrs drive from Jaipur airport and the road is great. Took a self drive zoom car.
Regarding hotel Great service and hospitality particularly for family. Buffet lunch has limited options but the folks try to take care. Make sure to carry water and some snacks from hotel when boarding for safari.
Do not expect five star ambience as the property is a converted bungalow of the erstwhile maharaja. If you want to stay next to the tiger reserve area- oberoi (too costly) or sher Bagh or Rajasthan govt property may be ideal.
We went here as part of our honeymoon tour of India. The hotel itself is like you’re stepping into a luxury resort from a hundred years ago. It is the perfect place just to relax from the madness of India. The pool area is fine, as is the dinning area. There is also a large selection of food available at each buffet. The staff are all extremely friendly and remembered our names and room number. The garden areas are beautiful and the hammocks really make it a relaxing experience. The room itself was spacious however the air con never made it as cool as we would have liked it. Would definitely recommend this resort!
Upon arrival, my husband and I were greeted by several individuals from the hotel and from the safari agent who was nice but difficult to understand. Unfortunately, the system of safaris are arranged separately. With extreme temperatures, our room was affected with hot water coming out of the cold water faucet. The room itself was mediocre and the beds were joined together to make a large king leaving no headboard. Room service did not provide toiletries the second day, only towels, toilet paper and water. Our fully paid meals only included coffee and tea with a substantial charge for water and soft drinks. The service staff were great and the massage in the spa was superb making it a 4 star hotel at best.