3. AMAN-I-KHAS, RHANTAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Aman-i-Khas is a safari outpost on the threshold of Ranthambore National Park. It opens your minds, and hearts, to the prospect of well living in the midst of incredible nature. Everyday Jeep safaris promise glimpses of tigers among myriad wildlife encounters, meanwhile back at camp, spa therapies, dining and sleeping take place under soaring, candlelit canopies that are inspired by old Mughal hunting parties. Each tent is assigned a well-experienced batman, who accompanies guests into the jungle, along the River Chambal, and then to temples and cultural sites – all rich material for storytelling come nightfall, as the firepit glows under a magical starry sky.
Hotel website: https://www.aman.com/resorts/aman-i-khas
Other accolades: Aman-i-Khas also features in list of top 10 of the world’s most exclusive glamping sites.
Tip: get complimenary VIP perks by booking via Virtuoso (including room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, and a 60 min massage for two).
4. ANANDA IN THE HIMALAYAS
Ananda in the Himalayas, one of India’s best hotels, is a peaceful oasis tailored for spa enthusiasts. The highly-recommended destination spa is located on the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal’s 100-acre palace estate and provides luxurious private villas and rooms with magnificent views. Its 24,000-square-foot spa offers more than 80 body and beauty treatments, including traditional ayurveda, meditation, yoga, as well as contemporary international spa experiences. Ananda is best-known for its signature wellness programs, such as Ayurvedic rejuvenation, detox, and weight management. Those who are active can enjoy golf, trekking, rafting, wildlife safaris, temple tours, and more.
Hotel website: https://www.anandaspa.com/
Tip: get complimenary VIP perks by booking via Virtuoso (including room upgrade at the time of booking, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, and a trip to the banks of Ganges River for an Arti ceremony; for stays of at least three nights: A 50-minute spa treatment for two people, once during the stay).