The Serai blew our socks right off. A perfect blend of understated luxury and exceptional service. Upon entering the property the outside world ceases to exist. It is the kind of place where nothing is too much trouble and where the service is excellent, but unobtrusive.
The tents are spacious, beautifully decorated in muted desert tones and surrounded by silence. I was quite happy to forgo a day of sightseeing in Jaisalmer and instead spend it lounging around the singular property, doing yoga on the deck, enjoying a massage at the spa (I had a Thai massage which was great) and swimming in our heated private pool.
Given the remoteness of the camp, we dined at the restaurant for all three nights of our stay. While there is a European menu available, we chose the Rajasthani thali each time, which was different on each occasion and delicious throughout. Meals are served at the time you choose to eat in a large dining area at the front of the camp. On returning to your room after dinner, a hotwater bottle had been placed in the bed. Bliss!
On one of the evenings we were treated to a musical performance by a local group of musicians. They were excellent and had previously performed in NY. The memory of sitting around the campfire listening to their haunting music will stay with us for a long time. We went on the camel ride on one of the afternoons, which is the only time we felt that we were in the middle of a somewhat packaged experience. It felt a bit artificial, but was enjoyable. It is very hard to find fault with our stay at the Serai. It is expensive, but worth it, particularly if you are after a luxurious retreat that isn't of the gilded-mirror-plush-velvet-uphosltery kind. We felt restored and rejuvenated after our stay and I would love to return one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury desert camp and spa, The Serai has 21 large canvas tents set on a hundred acre estate of indigenous desert scrub in the Great Thar Desert. The Serai spa is the new Indian jewel in the global crown of spa company Raison d’Etre. ... more less
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