The heavenly Jawai is situated in the heart of the Aravalli Hills in south-west Rajasthan. Created by the inspired SUJÁN team, it is their latest tented masterpiece and lies in an untrammelled wilderness where leopards roam wild and free – a stunning area of craggy granite formations, temples, lakes and winding sand riverbeds. The gloriously luxurious tents have oodles of space and privacy and immaculate, attached bathrooms.
They are designed with an elegant and sophisticated use of pale canvas, stainless steel and leather furnishings and each tent has a private verandah that looks out over the surrounding wilderness. The Royal Tent is a triumph and is set a little away from the others. With the sleeping area leading into a spacious sitting room, this in turn leads out to a lovely sundeck and good sized heated pool which is surrounded by swaying grasses. The ultimate tent for those who crave space and privacy. Complete with your own private butler, a private jeep for wilderness game drives and spectacular views of Jawai’s dramatic, granite hills, it doesn’t get more spoiling than this.
Whilst guests can choose to dine wherever they wish, there is an inviting dining tent and the wonderfully relaxing lounge tent, replete with cosy chairs and daybeds, a plethora of books and vast bowls of liquid refreshments, leads off to a dreamy pool where delectable sundowners provide the perfect finish to a restful afternoon. The beautiful SUJÁN Spa tent is tucked discreetly away, ensuring no massage is disturbed. This in itself is a sanctuary of peace and quiet and will be sure to soothe tired bones returning from a safari.
One of the many joys of SUJÁN Jawai is that not being in a national park, safaris are not restricted to an area and one may freely roam around the countryside in state of the art jeeps, enjoying the stunning landscape and wildlife. Whether travelling through pretty fields by jeep, cycling through the rural villages, going on a hike in search of that perfect lookout, or exploring the beautiful lake which teems with birds, there will always be an expert, affable naturalist to accompany you. The leopard is one of JAWAI’s predominant attractions but there is so much more to see here besides the big cat. The animals co-exist alongside the vibrant and friendly Rabari herdsmen who inhabit the area and it is quite magical to go out walking with them in the early mornings – a rare opportunity.
The staff here, many employed locally are passionate about conservation and giving back and SUJÁN has many health and educational projects in the area- be sure to ask one of the team to take you.
Jawai’s beautifully remote location, combined with the unique flavour and customs of this area, provide an entirely different, rural wildlife experience from other parts of Rajasthan, yet there is an abundance of heritage around for those also keen on the cultural side of things. Staying at this delectable camp is a spoiling, visual, gastronomic (it’s a deserved member of Relais & Chateaux), exciting, romantic treat - unparalleled.
Sujan Luxury Hotels (Jawai, Sher Bagh and The Serai in India, Elephant Pepper Camp in Kenya) pride themselves in providing luxurious and authentic experiences to their guests. The highest levels of luxury and personalized service are their mantras, but so too is respect for the environment, local communities and the underprivileged. They do not believe their guests should have to worry about how much water they use or how many towels and clothes they give for laundry. That is, in their eyes, for them to worry about, and they take the necessary steps to minimize their guests' and their impact on the environment.
They believe that they should give back to the environment, and not necessarily within the hotel. At Jawai they have solar heating and solar powered electricity. They have a beautiful organic vegetable garden and encourage neighbouring farmers to also practice organic farming. They plant indigenous flora around the camp to attract birds and this in turn helps in the dispersal of seeds.
They are currently in the process of partnering with the Department of Environment & Forests, Government of Rajasthan to conduct a long term assessment based on scientific research, of the behaviour of the leopards in the area and their habitat. They employ a large number of staff drawn from local communities and train them with various skill sets. They have already done preliminary groundwork to alleviate problems caused by high fluoride content in the water table in some local villages and this will continue as an important project. They send waste-water into a reed-bed, which soaks in toxins and releases the water back into the table. They are looking into rainwater harvesting projects.
They believe they should give back to the community and constantly endeavour to work with the villages around them by donating blackboards to schools or books, and other teaching apparatus. They have a state-of-the-art filtration system for their swimming pool which allows them to recycle, and therefore conserve precious ground water.
Perhaps one of the best tented camps in India and set in an impossibly pretty area of countryside, this small place would provide the ultimate in party venues to take in its entirety. A small group of friends would have a ball here and would dine and drink like kings, all in the height of luxury and with exceptional service. Varied but local entertainment possible.
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Take an early morning stroll with the Rabari, in the soft light of the dawn sun.
By air to Udaipur and Jodhpur from Delhi and Mumbai, followed by a 3 hour road journey.
By train to Udaipur from Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Sawai Madhopur, Kota, Bharatpur, followed by a 3 hour road journey.
By car from Narlai, Mt. Abu, Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Shahpura, Chittorgarh, Jodhpur, Rohet, Chhatra Sagar.