THE OBEROI VANYAVILAS, RANTHAMBHORE

Enrich your stay in Ranthambhore at this opulent jungle resort, in close proximity to nature, yet never far away from luxury

Imagine lazing in the midst of lush wilderness in an extravagant tent,  where exhilarating jungle adventures await you during the day and the serenity of the manmade lake nearby lulls you to sleep at night; at one with nature and all that it has to offer, in its rawest, purest form, yet in the lap of opulence! In other words, imagine being at The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore.

For those seeking the thrill of the area’s wildlife without compromising on the comfort, class and lavishness that an ideal luxury holiday deserves, the property makes for the perfect abode. A luxury jungle resort set within 20 acres of scenic, landscaped gardens, it borders the iconic Ranthambhore National Park – one of the finest tiger reserves in India.

Offering guests a unique opportunity to interact with nature from close quarters, the resort houses 25 elegant Luxury Tents that are located at a discreet distance from each other to afford each guest adequate privacy. Each Luxury Tent features an elegantly appointed bedroom, a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom besides other luxurious five-star facilities. The canopy of each Luxury Tent is dotted with innumerable golden specks that shimmer in the night light. Each Luxury Tent also comes with a private terrace overlooking a private garden that is surrounded by a traditional Rajasthani mud wall to create a completely private enclosure.

When you’re done soaking up the sights of the city beyond the resort – its wildlife, forts, lakes and more – return to the cozy comforts of The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore for a number of recreational and relaxing activities, including a rejuvenating session at The Oberoi Spa. Consisting of three private therapy suites overlooking the manmade lake and mango orchards, the spa has an innovative range of services that includes therapies rooted in traditional Asian wellness and beauty philosophies with global influences, so you can re-energise and detoxify yourself to your heart’s content. Choose from a variety of personalised, holistic therapies and treatments such as massages, exotic scrubs, floral baths, beauty procedures and more, performed by expert therapists.

The resort is also equipped with a gymnasium, where fitness enthusiasts can sweat it out after a long, eventful day of sightseeing. There is also the option of availing a private yoga session with the in-house instructor and practising asanas to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Alternatively, you can unwind at the Library Bar, immersed in a choice of fine spirits, literature and board games. It offers the ideal setting to relax and spend quality time with your family and friends, or even with yourself in stimulating solitude.

Once you’ve had your fill of fine spirits and fine reading, and crave some gastronomical inspiration, The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore organises live culinary demonstrations, giving guests a chance to learn more about Indian cuisine through carefully planned and customised events. These demonstrations include a tour of the resort’s herb garden and orchard with the Master Chef, a cooking demonstration with special focus on Indian and Rajasthani cuisine, and more. Besides these exclusive experiences, guests can also participate in Nature Walks on the premises of the resort, wherein one of the resort’s team members will escort you through the lush landscape, helping you identify the various species of flora and fauna that animate the property and enhance its beauty.

Guests at the resort can also enjoy a unique dining experience under the stars, by the lake. Sundowners at the Observation Tower are another stunning option – caressed by the fresh evening breeze, take in sweeping views of the resort as well as the surrounding forest as you sip on champagne and relish delectable canapés prepared specially for the occasion.There is something special for the little ones too! The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore arranges for stargazing for children (and anyone who loves astronomy), led by the in-house naturalist, from the top of the Observation Tower. You will be amazed at the clarity of the countless constellations that can be observed by the naked eye, as well as through semi-professional telescopes, on clear nights at the resort.

While your itinerary inside the resort can be quite choc-a-block, depending on your preferences, there are also numerous activities on offer outside the resort premises. Besides daily jungle drives to the Ranthambhore National Park, guests can attend Spice Talk, a demonstration of the various spices used in Indian cuisine, as they visit the local market. You can also opt for the Art Walk, which lets you interact with the famous artists of Ranthambhore as they capture the varied moods of the tigers and other wild animals at the reserve, in charcoal or oil paint.

The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore also organises exhilarating dawn rides to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ranthambhore Fort in an open jeep. This  also includes a guided historical tour of the fort, followed by a visit to the local Ganesha temple. To effectively sum up the spectacular beginning to your day, the experience concludes with a sumptuous al fresco breakfast at the resort. Apart from Ranthambhore Fort, you can also explore the charming town of Sawai Madhopur with a guided tour through the colourful lanes of the old city market.

There is also a Trail of Wellbeing organised in the mornings, involving a leisurely  walk around the resort’s gardens with a horticulturist, followed by herbal tea with the yogacharya. With itineraries that will keep you occupied both within and outside the resort, the Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, is the perfect getaway for those seeking thrill as well as serenity.

Nandini D Tripathy

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