We’re presently “roughing it” at the Aman-i-Khas near Ranthambhore National Park in India. Admittedly I had very, very high expectations given that this place retails for $1,200+/night (though my friend got a travel agent rate). This place is unlike anywhere I’ve ever stayed. Of course I’ll save most of the details for the trip report, though I do want to share a couple of things that stand out to me.
First, the “tents” — holy cow (am I allowed to say that here?)! It’s amazing to think we’re staying in a tent, let alone one that they take down for five months during the summer when the resort closes.
Second, the service is unbelievable. Every tent has a personal butler, and by personal butler I don’t mean that in the usual sense of a butler willing to help you unpack or get anything you may need during certain hours.
Instead you’re appointed a 24/7 butler that does everything for you. Our butler, Surender, did just about everything for us, from washing our clothes to packing/unpacking our bags, to serving us three meals a day in the restaurant (did I mention the hotel is all-inclusive, so you can eat what you want how you want), to waking us up (there are no phones, so a wake up “call” comes in the form of the butler waking you up in your tent). He was on duty 24/7, available at the push of the in-room buzzer. Last night he served us dinner until shortly before 11PM, and this morning he woke us up at 6AM with juice and tea.
The hotel also only has 10 tents but 25 guards that watch the resort 24/7.
This place is un*&$^%&believable.
Next stop, the Maldives.