Our three day-stay here was without a doubt the most complete escape we have ever experienced. Perched on a small hill overlooking an idyllic lake in deepest Rajasthan countryside, we looked on with wonder as monkeys, peacocks, bison, cows, eagles and exotic animals fed and drank on the lake and its environs. I thought I was gazing at a scene from my childhood copy of the Jungle Book.
The sound of nature was deafening, day and night, like nothing I'd ever experienced before. Our room/cabin was embedded in the bosom of Mother Nature, and you feel beautifully isolated and at one with the ebb and flow of this beautiful ecosystem of nature.
The members of staff (particularly our friend Diyal) were incredibly attentive, and tried hard to meet our requests, from food choices, day trips to nature walks. They organised two lovely tours of a nature reserve and a local town, where we got to see, small and feel local life.
The accommodation was nice: a large bedroom, a large living room, and a patio with plunge pool overlooking the mini-valley and the lake. Since the place is billed as an Eco resort, marble and stone are replaced with recycled wood; fancy schmancy toiletries are replaced with earthy equivalents such as rose water, mud walls and other local nick nacks. The design is thoughtful and reflective of local resources. But the owner needs to invest more if he/she wants to sell this as a high-end Eco resort. The door didn't lock; the plunge pool water was not fresh and contained lots of dead creepy-crawlies (although we did take a dip or two nonetheless!) and the Aircon (very necessary in late April!) was so loud it prevented us from sleeping. The light switches made no sense at all. The owner should also harness the incredible dedication of his/her team by training them properly, bringing in a proper professional manager with international hospitality experience and making sure that the service is more subtle. If he/she does that, the place can become a truly high end resort.
I would recommend this place, not as the showpiece location for a well earned holiday, but as the middle bit of a holiday involving stays at proper five star hotels on either side. I would like to return in a few years, when the teething pains will hopefully be resolved.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lakshman Sagar is a result of endless detailing in architecture & design, cuisine, and the well thought of activities & non-activities tailored personally for guests in a captivating natural topography ideal for mindless relaxation. The 12 cottages have been meticulously planned and conceptualized with assistance from the vanguards of sustainable design - architects, Vasant & Revathi Kamat and designer duo Sahil & Sarthak. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lakshman Sagar Rajasthan, India - Pali