“Luxury tents pitched deep in the Thar desert an hour from Jodphur: this is escapism at its very best”
The 7 tents are made of heavy-duty cream linen, and are pitched in a row above the sandstone ramparts, separated from one another by little walls. All face out over the wilderness, and the awning of each contains 2 thickly cushioned deckchairs; a great place to snuggle up and watch the sun rise.
Inside, they're surprisingly roomy and regal, with smart polished teak furniture and striped jute rugs. Marigold block-printed tent linings billow above your head, and white curtains are draped across one end. The beds are big and comfy, decked out with white cotton and marigold duvet covers, and these can be made up as twins or a double. In one corner there's a writing desk (for this is a truly inspirational setting!); in another, teak-wood chairs with thick cream cushions. The large windows have flaps to allow light and fresh air through, and are covered in heavy insect netting.
What's really lovely though, are all the thoughtful details you gradually notice. Royal blue dressing gowns are folded into neat squares, old-fashioned lanterns adorn the walls, and there's plenty of space to store and hang luggage. While you're at dinner, a nifty turndown service takes place, and you return to a lantern-lit glow.
The bathroom is very impressive, too. Forget roughing it because you're camping - the toilet flushes, the walls and floor are tiled, and the thick towels are snowy white. There's a walk-in shower with solar-powered hot water and the large sink is decked out with a range of bespoke Rohet toiletries (all the usuals, plus a loofah and dental kit). Our only complaint would be that the shower head is fixed at shoulder level - annoying if you want to wash your hair.
The dining room is open-sided with a thatched roof and you can sit in small or large groups to eat; whichever you prefer. We started talking to other guests over aperitifs in the adjacent lounge and asked for our dining tables to be pushed together; this seemed to be a popular request. Tables are attractively laid with scarlet and yellow linens, and china and glasswear embossed with the Rohet family crest and motto: 'Life is to give, not to take'.
Food-wise, meals were hearty rather than haute cuisine. Some things were very good, others disappointingly bland in a country where spice is the variety of life. When we arrived, mid afternoon, we were served high tea on the sun deck - tea, coffee, little sandwiches and cakes. Dinner kicked off with vegetable soup and this was followed by a curry buffet - rice, naan, cauliflower curry, a rather nondescript chicken dish, sag aloo with paneer cheese and some barbecued chicken. There was also a pasta dish.
Breakfast the next day was a hot and cold buffet. Cooked options included Bombay potatoes (delicious), porridge or eggs, bacon and beans (all rather unappetising). Yoghurts, fresh papaya and other fruit and cereals were all on offer, and once we sat down the chef whipped up some tasty pude (little Indian pancakes), which we ate with marmalade and honey. Juice was of the carton variety.
Staff can easily arrange a picnic expedition during the day to a local beauty spot.
Children are welcome, but older kids would be better suited to the wide open spaces and the adventure of the desert. It's ideal if they're into riding horses and camels. You'll need to bring a travel cot for babies.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available