Wonderful in all aspects
My husband and I stayed here for two nights in the end of May. Usha is extremely hospitable and knowledgeable about the tigers and made us feel right at home. They have a beautiful, intimate hotel. The plunge pool was very nice as well especially in the 45 degree heat! We had great conversation with her and her husband under the stars and saw lots of birds at her pond. The staff is professional and courteous as well. The food was all organic and vegeterian and superb. We ate under the stars in private because we were the only guests at the hotel because it was low season. The rooms are very nice, but the cottages are gorgeous! The tents are really nice as well but there is no air con in the tents. The air con in the rooms could be a little stronger. I highly recommend that you book your jeeps before you arrive in Ranthambore so you can get on a jeep, otherwise, its difficult to get on (even in low season). We did see a tiger but it was in a cave so it wasnt as exciting as we would have hoped. If you can avoid a canter, I suggest you go by jeep. We did 2 jeeps rides and one canter ride. we would definitely like to go back to khem villas, to see tigers and also to stay there again.
Highlight of our trip to India
We stayed at Khem Villas for 3 nights as part of a roundtrip through Rajasthan. After a horrible 10 hour drive from Agra, it was fantastic
to be staying in a lodge of this calibre. Not only is the accomodation great, the ingredients of the food are all grown on the premises and there is a lot of emphasis on doing things in a way that
doesn't harm the environment. Usha and her husband are wonderful hosts. I cannot recommend this place enough! Oh, and I saw at tiger at my 3rd game drive, which was one of the most thrilling experiences
The last word in elegance and comfort
We booked into Khem Villas as a base for visiting Ranthambore Tiger Reserve on the advice of a friend. It had only been open a few months. The hotel has everything you could ask for (see their website [--]). The rooms, cottages and tents offer luxury without ostentation. Mrs Usha Singh Rathore is a gracious, elegant lady and her staff are smart and attentive. The food is absolutely excellent, Indian in inspiration but also completely original. Drinks and conversation by the lake at sundown are a memorable experience. Goverdhan Singh's hospital and school are projects worth a visit between jeep rides into the reserve and represent a totally admirable campaign to promote health, education and c onservation in an integrated manner. It is not surprising that Khem Villas is rated first out of 16 hotels after less than a year's existence
Fantastic attention to detail, a real treat
My girlfreind, freinds and I stayed at Khem Villas recently. The resort is situated next to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Upon arrival guests are greeted by smiling staff that will attend you every need. The food was fabulous as was the service. We rented a luxurious cottage that incorporated an opulent outdoor bath (more like swimming pool). The level of service went beyond expectation, a measure of the excellent management of Khem Villas. All patrons that stayed with us during that weekend saw tiger. Evenings were made even more special as guests were invited to sit by a well organised camp fire by the lake. A real treat for those seeking luxurious R&R. Well done Khem Villas!
Khem Villas reminds you how utterly relaxing a holiday can be
Khem Villas was the most wonderful place we stayed during our 3 week trip to India. Usha was an incredibly accomodating host, attending to all our needs. Despite arriving 2 hours late at 5.30am we were met by smiling faces, warm towels and fresh lime juice - quite wonderful!
Much to the envy of the other passengers on the morning jeep safaris, we were supplied with wool blankets, hot water bottles and sandwiches. On arrival back from our evening forays into Ranthambore (the most magical place) we were invited to share stories of tigers around a roaring fire while we sipped our gin and tonic, before an evening soak in the outdoor bath gazing up at the stars and dreaming about what wonderful food we would be served for dinner that night.
After 2 weeks of travelling around Rajistan (fascinating and beautiful as it is) being hassled and stared at, Khem Villas reminds you how utterly relaxing a holiday can be - book now before word gets round!
Excellent, just excellent
Personal and excellent service, high quality food, very relaxing, excellent setting.
We stayed in the tents and the bathrooms there are just to die for! Just make sure you close your tent properly, you might get the odd visit from a squirrel.
Go now while prices are still affordable...
The best Tiger Lodge
Khem Villas is by far and away the best lodge or hotel in Ranthambore. i have visited or stayed at all the main hotels and really cannot recommend Khem Villas too highly. The accomodation is fantastic,very comfortable and beautifully designed. The food...all vegetarian, is exceptional even for a devoted carnivore.
My strong suggestion is to stay there longer than the usual 2 or 3 days that people stay in Ranthambore. I was there with my wife, children and friends for a week and could have stayed for a month.
khem villas is also great value. A very special place with very special staff and owners.
Like a house party
Moray and Georgie write: We were a group of 10 friends and got on well with the other guests in the hotel. Our host and hostess, Goverdhan and Usha, were always available for conversation and advice, Usha always so elegant in her wonderful saris. Their family is deeply involved in tiger conservation and the local community. Very good guides led to tiger sightings on 4 days out of 5, including close encounters. Villas have good beds and were very well decorated in a simple but charming style. Some of us might need stronger electric light! Service was excellent from the many helpers in their Anokhi (East) uniforms. Drinks round the campfire and meals in the terrace/dining room were just right for the occasion. It's not a hotel, it's much nicer than that - more like a house party. A really enjoyable, interesting holiday.
THE safari experience - utterly superb.
It will be very hard to write a review of the Khem Villas that does it justice but here goes.
We were met off the train at Sawai Madhophur by Khem Villa's resident Naturalist, Nidhan, who was such a lovely chap! It was a wonderful start to a perfect stay. We drove off through the village in the jeep through such beautiful scenery, to the lovely oasis that has been created by the owners of Khem Villas. Upon arrival we wandered through the lush gardens with butterflies and flowers everywhere, to be greeted by our stunning hostess Usha and her attentive staff, with cold towels and drinks. Usha showed us round the camp, all set in the most beautiful grounds. There are cottages which we had a look in and which were gorgeous, but we had chosen a tent and I loved it - how luxurious! Such attention to detail. Very spacious, elegant furnishings, very comfortable, lovely bathroom. And a little veranda to sit on looking at the lush surroundings.
The main section of the camp has a nice pool set thoughtfully up a secluded path so you can chill and float around in peace, an open plan dining room with massive sofas for post-safari drinks, and a path leading down to a patio area and open air bar (in the evenings) by a little lake.
Before dinner on our first evening we decided to go for a camel safari, which was such fun and so romantic, we watched the sun set over the national park from camel back, unforgettable!
We sat by the lake for pre dinner drinks, and watched eagles, frogs and a crocodile whilst sipping G&Ts. Dinner is organically grown in the Villas garden and the food is superb, we washed it down with very nice Indian wine. After that we went and sat round the camp fire back by the lake and looked at the stars, with a single malt whisky. We spent an extremely comfortable night in the soft bed in our tent, listening to the sounds of the forest and distant drums in the village.
Next morning we were up bright and early for our first safari, woken up by tea and biscuits on our veranda! The safari was amazing! Ranthambhore is beautiful. We chose a jeep and were very glad we had.Our guide followed tiger footrpints and we saw a multitude of animals, monitor lizards, Mongoose, monkeys galore, crocodiles, kingfishers, and then - a tiger, 3 feet from our jeep, I will never forget it. We couldn't stop smiling all the way back to the Villas for breakfast. Breakfast was as good as dinner, lovely coffee, fruit and all the usuals, plus we chose an omlette which was divine and made to order.
Our stay went on like this, we went to the village craft shop and I coud have filled another suitcase really. We got to know our fellow guests around the camp fire and on our last night shared a big long table together. (If you want to sit alone there are romatic tables for two as well). We felt as though we really made some friends when we were there. We went on a trip up to the fort and looked at the whole park from so high up, with Nidhan which was a great excursion and such good fun. The owner and his wife are utterly delightful, and are really making a difference to Ranthambhore with their sustainable and creative approach to tourism. I can't say enough good things about this place!!
We travelled a lot during our trip to India and stayed in some fabulous hotels, (see other reviews) - but this was the one place where we wished we could have stayed longer. It was absolutely perfect and we treasure our memories of the days we spent here. We will definitely be back, hopefully this March if we can take the time off, or as soon as possible if we can't! It was incredibly good value too.
Goverdhan and Usha - thank you SO much and see you soon!
A highlight of our trip!
Our stay at this gem of a hotel and our visit to the Ranthambhore park were highlights of our trip to India. The hotel arranged for a driver to meet us at the train station, and the proprietor, Usha, greeted us upon arrival with a warm welcome and a cool glass of fresh lime juice. We stayed in a lovely and clean stone cottage complete with a very comfortable bed and an amazing outdoor shower / bath. All meals were provided and were among some of the best food on our trip - the cooking preparation is simple, fresh and delicious. We spent mornings relaxing at the camp's grounds, sitting by the pond and using the hotel-provided telescope to view all the different birds and animal life. We visited the Ranthambhore park each afternoon (we made the jeep reservations ourselves) and returned in time for late afternoon tea and drinks. Comparing notes with the folks we met on the jeep rides, it was clear that we completely lucked out in choosing this place to stay - Khem Villas is a singular experience definitely worth having.