The Savista Retreat website and photos do not do this place justice. It is so much more. We were charmed immediately upon our arrival at the Savista Retreat. The property, the rooms, the warm reception by the hosts, the earnest and lovely staff members... We feel in love and immediately knew that our two night stay would be too short.
There is magic in this place and there are many, many stories to be told. For example, the one about how our host couple, Bhanwar and Radhika, personally and lovingly restored the historic family hunting lodge over the course of several years, using ancient artisan techniques and tools. Or the story of the ecological commitment that was made throughout, from renovation decisions through all current operations of the property. And the story of how Bhanwar and Radhika are using their hotel as a training ground for young locals to learn about the hospitality trade. Oh, and how most fruits and vegetables served at breakfast or dinner have been grown organically on the property. And... Well, you will need to sit down with these gracious hosts and have them share all of it. The knowledge imparted by Radhika about Indian culture was precious and helped us truly appreciate and better experience this incredible country.
The property is beautiful and comfortable. Dinner and breakfast are served in a nearby building, Hibiscus Court. We loved the candlelight dinner by the fireplace and the breakfast outside in the courtyard. Among other services, Savista will arrange for local drivers, tour guides and workshops. Through their recommendation, we experienced a fantastic block printing workshop, one of the most memorable activities of our three week trip to India.
Pretty amazing place.
It's so good to get out of the city and see life away from the usual tourist trails. Savista offers just that. With tennis, cycling and walks into the countryside,it's such a refreshing treat. Our hosts and their staff were excellent and very interesting to talk to and the fresh, organic food grown on their farm was delicious.
Wonderful low key hotel half an hour outside Jaipur. Charming owners, who are very knowledgable and fascinating to chat to. Great to do a day trip into Jaipur, fun camel ride, not so sure about the trip to see the block printing.
My daughter and I spent three lovely nights here after a long train ride from Jaislemer. Arriving at the property we were instantly excited, relaxed and relieved to be away from smog, noise and the craziness which can be India. Sometimes a respite is needed, and amid the extensive lush gardens and in our cosy big room, we welcomed the gentleness of this amazing retreat.
I think we both about cried when we were served our first salad in weeks. Lovingly picked from the garden, we ate the crispest of radishes and nuttiest of arugula leaves. All the food for was so lovingly grown and prepared that we enjoyed every mouthful. I even went into the kitchen to make three types of roti with grains from their fields.
I can say enough about both Rhadika and Bhanwar. They are amazing hosts that make one feel like family and not guests. They are a wealth of information, not only on the surrounding area, but on India in general. We would love to have them as guests in ur home one day...
The building is beautiful, the gardens are full of local plants, many with restorative qualities, the excursion to the print making was great.... we really loved our time at Savista and kept recommending it to others during our trip.
Really enjoyed our three night stay. Wonderful hosts and staff. Owners are friendly and knowledgeable, and facilitated a great visit. Really enjoyed the one-day blockprinting workshop just down the road in Bagru. Tasty food grown on site, charming room and decor.