- The Serai, Jaisalmer, our luxurious desert camp and spa, close to the medieval city of Jaisalmer is a spectacular getaway. Set on a 100-acre private estate of indigenous desert scrub, The Serai draws inspiration from the designs of the royal caravan sites of Rajputana; blending their dash and vivacity with luxurious amenities and services.
- There is no better place from which to venture into the mystical city of Jaisalmer or discover its fabled golden fortress, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Evenings are spent under the dome of a starlit desert sky, punctuated by the ancient melodies of the Manganiyar whose songs have filled these dunes for centuries.
- Our highly acclaimed SUJÁN Spa hasbeen created by the globally renowned Raison d’Etre. Ensconced in a walled garden, its interiors induce soporific charm and a deep sense of well being.
- Great for visiting the nearby dunes and enjoying a picturesque sunset.
- Incredible food – a great option for foodies.
- The Serai is set on thirty acres of a hundred acre estate of indigenous desert scrub in the Great Thar Desert, about an hour (45km) outside Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Jaisalmer Fort in the Indian state of Rajasthan, a living medieval city within the fortifications, is one of the largest in the world. The city spills down the hillside below the ramparts. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Excursions from The Serai to the 10th century desert kingdom of Jaisalmer give you valuable insights into this rich and enchanted land. Every pore of this region is soaked with history and the symbols of civilizations and exchanges between travellers and merchants in search of the unknown.
The Thar Desert extends between the Aravalli Hills in the northeast, the Great Rann of Kutch along the coastline, and the alluvial plains of the Indus River in the west and northwest. Most of the desert is covered by huge shifting sand dunes that receive sediments from the alluvial plains and the coast.
Camels are the lifeline of the desert and are intrinsic to the lives of communities settled in the region. At The Serai, we would be pleased to organize a camel safari for you in traditional Rajasthani style.
Three hundred years ago, Kuldhara was a prosperous Paliwal Brahmin village, part of the state of Jaisalmer. According to legend, the evil eyes of Salim Singh, who had a fabulous, intricately carved haveli in the city of Jaisalmer, and was powerful and cruel ruler of the area, fell upon on a girl in the village who he wanted to marry by sheer force.
Twitching first. ‘Twitching’ is trying to see as many different species of birds as possible. Those involved in this activity are known as ‘twitchers’ and each individual sighting is a ‘twitch’ or ‘tick’. Our guides help you sight over 200 species of birds in Jaisalmer. There are unique birds in Jaisalmer like the endangered Great Indian Bustard, the painted sandgrouse, spotted eagle, and more. A leisurely walk through the sand and scrub is a peaceful and informative experience.
‘India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most artistic materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!’ – Mark Twain.
The Serai Temple Trail takes you through varied glimpses of village life, exposing you to Indian superstition, as well as community and regional beliefs. Each place of worship in the Jaisalmer region has its own little story.
“India lives in her villages”, so said Mahatma Gandhi at the turn of the last century. Little has changed in a sense, since then as a man still identifies himself through his village. India›s villages have their own sense of time, space, social norms, and ways of life. Each village is different to the other and some are homes to particular communities. This is where the chakra of life revolves for most Indians. Step out and step into a different world to observe how life conducts itself in this part of the world. Engage with artisans and local artistes or simply watch life go by at a village well. Wherever you choose to go, this trip is a brief voyage into another way of life.
The Manganiars are the traditional bards of the western desert, with a history that goes back 13 centuries. Their music has influenced musical forms as far away as Spain where it travelled to with gypsies. These troubadours mesmerise you with their melodies, singing about love, war, passion and devotion, anything encapsulated in a life and its rhythm is potentially a note for them to string a song with. Their heritage has been passed down from father to son, generation after generation and many of them are regular performers in the greatest and grandest musical halls of the world. But at The Serai, they are at home, at ease and sing for you at leisure, their ancestral village barely thirty minutes away.
The Serai, Jaisalmer, our luxurious desert camp and spa, close to the medieval city of Jaisalmer is a spectacular getaway. Set on a 100-acre private estate of indigenous desert scrub, The Serai draws inspiration from the designs of the royal caravan sites of Rajputana; blending their dash and vivacity with luxurious amenities and services. There is no better place from which to venture into the mystical city of Jaisalmer or discover its fabled golden fortress, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Evenings are spent under the dome of a starlit desert sky, punctuated by the ancient melodies of the Manganiyar whose songs have filled these dunes for centuries. Our highly acclaimed SUJÁN Spa hasbeen created by the globally renowned Raison d’Etre. Ensconced in a walled garden, its interiors induce soporific charm and a deep sense of well being.
A luxury desert camp and spa, the Serai is a fantastic place to escape the crowds of Jaisalmer and experience the slower pace of desert life. The desert views and starry skies at night are something really quite special and from the terrace outside your tent, shepherds and villagers can be seen wandering around this extraordinary landscape.
Our 21 tents are a delightful symphony of styles. Fourteen tented suites offer spacious accommodation and cover an area of over one thousand square feet. Six luxury tented suites have their own private walled–in garden and sunken, heated dip pool with Jacuzzi jets. The exclusive royal tented suite has its own spa, outdoor pool, dining and lounge tents, all walled into a private enclosure. Each canvas tent is raised on a honey coloured sandstone plinth and comes with its own terrace lounge, saturated with natural light and stylish interiors, all carefully selected and arranged by Anjali Singh.
The Royal Tented Suite
The Royal Tented Suite set in a private ‘encampment’ has its own spa, a heated outdoor pool and separate tents to dine and lounge in. A personal butler will ensure you have everything you need during your stay. Privacy, peace and comfort define this spacious and luxurious paradise.
The Luxury Tented Suite
Six Luxury Tented Suites are on offer, each with their own private, open to the sky, plunge pool. Your blue ceramic tiled pool will be heated on request, and is gently lit by candlelight at night, perfect for a special romantic interlude.
The Luxury Tent, of which there are fourteen, are pitched on a base of soothing local Jaisalmer stone. Each has an outdoor veranda, a covered living room, and a large and spacious bedroom with an en suite bathroom, covering a floor area of over one thousand square feet.
All Relais & Châteaux properties across the world are unique and outstanding, reflecting the place, its people and their cultures. The Serai serves sumptuous local delicacies as well as delicious western repasts drawn from inherited recipes that pattern the daily changing menus, meticulously planned, to give you eclectic fare using fresh homegrown organic ingredients. You may choose to dine at the dining tent or anywhere on site, and we are always on hand to create an experience tailor–made to suit your particular desire, or mood. The Bar oozes comfort and beckons travellers to slip into the ample, deep set club–chairs, placed around plush accoutrements. The wonderful interiors are best enjoyed with cocktails or other refreshing concoctions.
The Serai serves sumptuous local delicacies as well as delicious western repasts drawn from inherited recipes that pattern the daily changing menus, meticulously planned, to give you eclectic fare using fresh homegrown organic ingredients. Freshly produced salads and ingredients from The Serai’s Organic Herb and Vegetable Garden are used to create delicious, sumptuous meals. The Serai’s legendary dining experience. Bush cooking involves the most rustic form of cuisine, showcased by our team using traditional Indian methods of cooking, be it on the fire or under the ground on hot coals.
The Dining Tent serves delicious local delicacies and tasty western dishes drawn from daily changing menus that are carefully planned to give you eclectic offerings using fresh ingredients. Alternatively, you may choose to dine anywhere on site and the staff are always on hand to create an experience to suit your particular desires, or moods to give you a memorable stay.The Bar at The Serai oozes comfort and encourages travellers to slip into the large, deep chairs set around. The warming interiors are best enjoyed with cocktails or other refreshing concoctions.
Guests can do yoga and meditation in the yoga pavilion. The Raison d’Etre spa is also a perfect way to unwind. The Spa is found hidden in the walled garden. Organic products, harmonious surroundings and professional therapists will help to relax and rejuvenate you.
Local craftsman worked the stone, built grand plunge pools, and a towering inverted step well upon which lies the placid main infinity pool.
The highly acclaimed SUJÁN Spa at The Serai, Jaisalmer, has been created by Rosamund Freeman-Atwood, of the globally renowned Raison d’Etre. The SUJÁN Spa comprises four tents with interiors that induce soporific charm and a sense of well–being set within a walled garden. A diverse menu of therapies ensures you experience the mood and essence that your mind and body demands.From rousing reflexology to cleansing scrubs and relaxing massages, the organic and ayurvedic products we use are made with ingredients from the Thar, blended with an array of healing herbs that leave you feeling relaxed and heavenly.
Outdoor fitness and wellness classes are available, yoga, meditation, running, walking.