Vanyavilas Luxury Hotel in Ranthambore
Between the Aravali and the Vindhya mountain ranges in South-Eastern Rajasthan lies the Oberoi Vanyavilas, the ultimate romantic destination for adventurers. Set in 20 acres of landscaped gardens, lakes and fountains, the resort borders on one of the most extraordinary wildlife reserves in the world. Vanyavilas is just a little way from the Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve - home of the magnificent Indian tiger, deer, leopard, and crocodile.
Vanyavilas is a luxurious jungle resort. No comfort is spared. Air-conditioned luxury tents are set among lemon and mango trees by a carp-filled lake. The outdoor swimming pool is heated and there is a fabulous spa. This is no rustic camp.
The main building recreates the glory of a Royal hunting palace with hand painted gilded frescoes, murals of elephants and peacocks, marble and chandeliers. When Indian princes went hunting, they did it in style. Vanyavilas is an idyllic retreat and unashamedly luxurious.
Staying at Vanyavilas Luxury Hotel in Ranthambore
There are twenty-five luxury tents, each 790 sq ft in this luxury hotel. All have private gardens and an outside polished wooden deck for sunbathing. The tents feature king size four-poster beds, freestanding rolltop baths and separate showers. All the tents have wooden floors and embroidered interior canopies and are furnished in regal style. Each tent has a DVD player and mini-bar.
Treating your taste buds at Vanyavilas Luxury Hotel in Ranthambore
In the Dining Room and Inner Courtyard, Executive Chef Soumya Goswami and Indian Master Chef Yogendar Pal provide a very high standard of Western, Thai and Indian cuisine from a constantly changing menu. Much of the fresh produce and salad comes straight from the kitchen garden at Vanyavilas.
The exquisitely decorated restaurant features hand painted frescoes of flowers and animals by the celebrated miniaturist Mohan Singh Kumawat. Outside is the walled terrace of the Inner Courtyard which is lit at night by a massive log fire.
As Vanyavilas aims to provide a highly personalised service, guests may choose to dine wherever they wish. Although officially there is no room service here, in practice, as with all Oberoi resorts, staff do their utmost to meet guests every need.
At lunchtime guests may order from the varied pool menu.
Spa and Fitness Facilities at Vanyavilas Luxury Hotel in Ranthambore
Many guests come to Vanyavilâs simply to relax. The Oberoi Spa is the ideal place to do just that. The Spa is set over the lake, past turquoise and lapis blue tiled pools, in a fountained courtyard. Here you will find steam rooms, showers and private therapy suites.
Guests can choose from a long 'menu' of spa treatments, massages facials, manicure and pedicure. For example, the stimulating Indian Spice Wrap and a delicious Orange Wrap. All the massage and aromatherapy treatments are aimed at relieving stress and promoting a deep sense of relaxation and well-being. Perfect after an exciting day tiger spotting in the Reserve.
The Health Club and Gymnasium are located at the Pool level. Guests may use any of the equipment free of charge. As you might expect, there is an exercycle, rowing machine, steppers and treadmills.
Meetings and Incentives at Vanyavilas Luxury Hotel in Ranthambore
There is no business centre at Vanyavilas. There is however a multipurpose meeting room fully equipped with multimedia and 21st century audio-visual presentation facilities. All equipment is available to guests free of charge. Any extra equipment required will be hired from Jaipur and charged at cost. The room seats 35-50 people depending upon the seating arrangement.
Every luxury tent at Vanyavilas has a work desk with international direct dialling and dedicated facsimile.
Ranthambhore, hailed as one of India's finest wildlife destinations, is located near the town of Sawai Madhopur, which is around 180 km south east of Jaipur in Rajasthan.
It was established as a sanctuary in 1959 and included in the very first phase of Project Tiger in 1972. In 1981, Ranthambhore was awarded the status of a National Park. The park derives its name from the 11th century fort of Ranthambhore, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The fort was a vital citadel for the control of central India. Though overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain.
Earlier the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park at Ranthambhore was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, busy in their normal pursuits - especially stalking or hunting and taking care of their young. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to human presence and are not disturbed by it.
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