If you have cash to splash, when it comes to Jaisalmer desert camps, The Serai is the ultimate indulgence. If the thought of tented accommodations don't sound luxurious, you'll be in for a huge surprise at The Serai.
Consisting of 21 large canvas tents built on a base of Jaisalmer stone, The Serai is set on thirty acres of desert scrub in the Great Thar Desert. Each tent is over a thousand square feet in size and has exterior relaxing area, covered sitting room, a spacious bedroom, and en suite bathroom. If you choose one of the Luxury Tented Suites, you'll also get your own private walled-in garden with a sunken pool. Want a real treat? The Royal Suite comes with private spa, outdoor pool, and dining and lounge tents.
The Serai also has a communal pool, spa, dining tent, and lounge bar for guests. Yet, one of the most romantic things about the Serai is that guests may drink or dine outdoors, anywhere on the estate. Perfect for sunset or dining under the stars!
Location: 52 kilometers (one hour) east of Jaisalmer.
Cost: The Serai is open for the season from September to March every year. 2012 rates: expect to pay 28,750 rupees for a Tented Suite, 40,000 rupees for a Luxury Tented Suite, and 57,500 rupees for the Royal Tented Suite per night, including breakfast and taxes.