The haveli sings of old tales of Rajput grandeur. Once a Rajput estate, it now combines the luxurious feel of a traditional haveli with the modern amenities of a an eco-friendly designer’s retreat.
A smell of jasmine lingers in the air and the occasional squirrel may skirt by during a walk around the garden. The estate is home to more than 85 varieties of birds like the Spotted Owlet, the Oriental Magpie Robin, the Red Vented Bulbul and the White-throated Kingfisher.
Those who love design have a special treat to look forward to. Learn traditional block printing at Bagru, a village nearby. Artisans who have been practising this art for years and years teach the process of carving out woodblocks, making plant based dyes and the imprinting delicate textiles.
A Designer’s Hideaway has a total of 14 rooms – either premium or luxury, each named after Indian flowers or precious gemstones and each one’s decor is inspired by nature with handpicked furnishing from all over Rajasthan. Each room has either a sun terrace, or an additional glass-enclosed patio with gorgeous views of the estate, or an attached balcony overlooking the pool. Some even have fireplaces. Ensuite bathrooms have rain showers with views of the tree-tops.
A Designer’s Hideaway has a unique ‘natural swimming pool’ which uses chemical-free water drawn from deep bore wells later recycled for irrigation. Guests can also relax and unwind in the spa here or rejuvenate at the fitness center.
The list of activities here are endless – you can play a number of sports including tennis, cricket or table tennis; take a leisurely stroll or cycle through the neighbouring villages; go on a birdwatching spree, use the library or watch movies.
Breakfast is complimentary; lunch and dinner will be served at an additional cost. All meals are served at the Hibiscus Court, a delightful restaurant whose philosophy is farm-to-fork: organic, healthy, vegetarian and local. The delectable food here is all made from homegrown produce and the cuisine is a blend of north and south Indian. Mouth-watering delicacies include farm fresh guava juice, delicious masala omelettes, hand-made 7 grain rotis, Indian style smoked eggplant baba ganoush and authentic Rajasthani pickles and fruit chutneys.
The restaurant itself is set in a beautiful ambience of ancient trees, flowering shrubs like hibiscus and lush gardens. Meals are generally served outside in the midst of the calm countryside; most of the time, dinner is a romantic candle-lit affair.
A Designer’s Hideaway aims to give each one of its guests the traditional Rajasthani experience while not compromising on luxury. Simple yet understated. Every corner of the haveli has a story to tell. And whether you decide to practise pranayama at the amphitheatre, swim in the pool, take a nighttime stroll to look at the starry sky or interact with the locals, this is one experience that will stay with you forever.
For the experiential, eco-friendly traveller. Or for those who want to witness the romantic old world charm of living in a haveli in the countryside. The decor is very modern – Good Earth meets traditional Rajasthani haveli. A perfect escape for design lovers who would love to learn the traditional Rajasthani art of block printing.
Not for large groups since the hotel owners believe in guarding their character as a secluded destination. Not for those who would get bored in a place away from the historical center of Jaipur. Not recommended for budget travellers. Also not for families with infants.
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