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Sonaar Haveli

Jaisalmer, India

Sonaar Haveli is a luxury boutique hotel located in the desert city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India. Sonaar Haveli has a definitive and strikingly eclectic style, and has just eight rooms giving it a wonderfully intimate and exclusive feel.

At a Glance

  • Luxury contemporary boutique hotel in Jaisalmer

  • Blend of very modern and eclectic design and traditional Rajput feel

  • Best rooftop restaurant in Jaisalmer overlooking the fort

  • Really comfortable rooms, which are some of the best in the city

  • Amazing service and staff who always go the extra mile

Couples, Off the beaten track, Adventure, Culture

Insider's View

Head up to Chaar Bagh at sunset for amazing views over Jaisalmer followed by an amazing dinner.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Sonaar Haveli or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan

Description

Many visitors to Rajasthan tend to miss off Jaisalmer given that it is located to the far west of Rajasthan, yet they certainly are missing out on the history and charm of this wonderful city, which acts like an oasis against the backdrop of the Thar Desert. Famous for its yellow sandstone fort and bustling alleyways and sand dunes beyond, Jaisalmer is well worth adding to an itinerary to Rajasthan - it really is worth it!

Sonaar Haveli is located just outside the bustling central heart of the city. We especially enjoy its magical rooftop restaurant which looks over the Jaisalmer skyline and is an amazing spot to have dinner as the sun sets. The hotel was designed by one of India's most exciting modern designers, Adil Admad, who has blended traditional Rajput design with a flamboyant and contemporary flourish. The staff at Sonaar Haveli are really exceptional, very much going above and beyond to ensure all guests have a wonderful stay. Sonaar Haveli has quickly become one of Jaisalmer's best kept secrets.

There are just eight rooms which either come as doubles or twins, and feature soothing pastel themed colors, tree patterned wallpaper and white marbled en-suite bathrooms with power showers. The rooms are exceptionally comfortable and are some of the best in Jaisalmer.

Walk through the main areas of the hotel and the more vibrant designer elements come to the fore. Move to the Amal Bagh for a pre-dinner candle-lit rendezvous before moving upstairs to the rooftop Chaar Bagh serving sumptuous Rajasthani and Tandoor dishes with views looking out over Jaisalmer. What will surprise you is the attention to detail - the owners have taken great care to source customized crockery making your culinary experience even more refined. There are also continental options available at Chaar Bagh. On warmer evenings you can opt for the Anaar Bagh which is air-conditioned, and again serves a wide array of dishes. There is an in-house spa offering a range of Indian massages, a perfect end-of-day activity to return to after a day exploring the delights of Jaisalmer.

Accommodation

There are eight rooms at Sonaar Haveli, four are Twin Rooms and four have Kingsize Double Beds. The rooms are more neutrally decorated than the communal areas, and feature pastel colored wallpaper and marble floored en-suite bathrooms with power showers. All rooms are air-conditioned and have LCD TVs, WiFi, and in-room dining is available.

Facilities

There are three restaurants; Chaar Bagh which is the rooftop multi-cuisine restaurant, Anaar Bagh an indoor speciality India, tandoori and continental restaurant and Amal Bagh which is a small lounge serving tea and snacks outside of restaurant hours.

Activities

Jaisalmer is awash with things to see and do, and we suggest at least two if not three nights staying in the city. The center of Jaisalmer is surrounded by the sandstone fort, and you will see winding alleyways and a vibrant local life on show. It is not uncommon to pass a camel or bull, and for avid photographers, Jaisalmer has a treasure-trove of superb photo opportunities. Other than that it is worth seeing the Jain temples which lie within the fort, and we suggest taking a tuk tuk to the top. There are also a few superb historic havelis to visit in the town. Outside of Jaisalmer and you find the Thar Desert. Head to the Sam sand dunes at sunset, maybe bringing along a bottle of champagne. It goes without saying, you have experience riding a camel.

Location & Directions

Jaisalmer, India

Sonaar Haveli is located around 1000 meters from the center of Jaisalmer and Sonar Fort.

When to go

Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.

Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degree C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you don't mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degree C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.

The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added color to the landscape.

The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny and perfect for exploring and relaxing.

The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.

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