Tucked away, next to the Satpura Reserve lies this beautiful safari lodge, beckoning the eager traveller to rest and recuperate from long days spent on that hard office chair.
And what an adventure it can be – a two-hour boat ride on the sparkling blue Denwa River will leave you mesmerised with dreamy views of Pachmarhi hills and the occasional water birds flying alongside.
Before you know it, you will find yourself being rushed away in a jeep, deeper into the woods. And unexpectedly, the The River’s Secret will pop right in front of you, unlike anything you would have ever seen.
And whether you decide to go on a safari to find the elusive maneater, stay back and read a book beside the pool or feel like reminiscing childhood memories in your treehouse, we guarantee you wouldn’t want to leave!
This Unhotel offers two types of accommodation – 8 deluxe cottages and 2 tree houses; both hugely indulgent. While the cottages come with cute river-facing sit-outs, the treehouses have private decks that look out to the rolling hills of Pachmarhi.
The treehouses have a partition that can be opened up to make it one large family suite. They also come with a well stocked reading-room that will fuel your imagination for hours at end.
All suites come with furniture made of recycled wood, crisp linen and decorated with paintings by local artists. This is a No Plastic unhotel; guests are handed a flask (which can be carried away) in which fresh drinking water is filled everyday. All this in keeping with our motto of responsible luxury. Even the rooms are made up of local stones and baked tiles.
If you choose, you can sleep under the stars; just let the crew know and the lodge will make special arrangements for you.
Meals are served in the quaint dining hall that looks over the Denwa River. The River’s Secret serves an assortment of central Indian and continental cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. The food is prepared under the guidance of a well-known Indian chef.
Here you can enjoy a wide selection of alcohol with your scrumptious meal while looking out over the unsullied landscape.
The River’s Secret has a luxurious but eco-friendly infinity pool. Guests can also go for a spa after a long day spent in the wilderness.
Please note that credit card facility at this Unhotel is not available.
The River’s Secret has a plethora of activities aimed at bringing you close to nature. Enjoy walking safari, boat safari, kayaking, elephant safari and jeep safari inside the neighbouring Satpura Reserve. If you are lucky enough, you’ll be able to spot leopard, sloth bears, wild cats, kingfishers, storks, egrets, cormorants and more.
The safaris are operated by the locals and the lodge’s in-house expert naturalists accompany guests on all activities. There is also a buffer area for cycling, night safaris and camping.
The Satpura Nature Reserve is the only in the country that allows enthusiasts to hike inside the core tiger and buffer zones – all making for a one-of-its kind wildlife experience.
A unique luxury safari lodge in one of the most beautiful forest lands of the country. The lodge has been mainly built using local materials like stone, baked tiles yet the design is contemporary safari style. Its classy aesthetics, great comfort and delicious food make it a perfect unhotel.
For those who are looking for a luxury getaway in the midst of nature, whose idea of a relaxed holiday is getting closer to flora and fauna and prefer jungle safaris. For those who love to be more responsible towards nature while travelling.
Those who find it hard to leave their digital addiction behind might consider skipping this one. Also not for those who are not particularly fond of wildlife or adventure. Not for families with kids who may insist on all the modern amenities and action of a traditional hotel. This is also NOT for the wallet conscious traveller.
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