The Serai is a luxury, boutique desert retreat just half an hour from Jaisalmer in the desert scrubland where shepherds wander. A visit here gives guests a rare glimpse into untouched desert life and a calm stay away from the noise of Jaisalmer.
At a Glance
Attention to detail is key at this property with lots of charming details including brass-plated service buttons beside your bed, monogrammed notepaper and even modern reading material rebound in classic vellum
Great for visiting the nearby dunes and enjoying a picturesque sunset
Incredible food - a great option for foodies
Ultimately remote and serenely distant from the hustle and bustle of the city and yet not an iota of comfort is compromised
This a tented camp and thus can be affected by little creatures from the outdoors wanting to come indoors
Meet our specialists
Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Serai or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan
A luxury desert camp and spa, the Serai is a fantastic place to escape the crowds of Jaisalmer and experience the slower pace of desert life. The desert views and starry skies at night are something really quite special and from the terrace outside your tent, shepherds and villagers can be seen wandering around this extraordinary landscape.
There are 21 tents at the camp. One of these is the 'Royal Suite' with its private pool, spa and lounging tent. There are fourteen 'Tented Suites' with private veranda, drawing room, bedroom and ensuite. Additionally, the six 'Luxury Tents' have private walled gardens and plunge pools. The tents are designed in keeping with local styles and the bathrooms are large and luxurious.
There is a main dining tent but the emphasis is on choosing when and where you want to eat, there is total flexibility.
From the camp, excursions can be arranged to visit local villages and the fort at Jaisalmer and camel rides into the dunes can be organized. Alternatively you could choose just to admire the landscape from the privacy of your own verandah.
The Serai is run by Sujan Luxury Hotels (which Sher Bagh in Ranthambore also belongs to) The Sujan group pride themselves in providing luxurious and authentic experiences to their guests and the highest levels of personalized service they also place respect for the environment, local communities and the underprivileged as a high priority. They do not believe their guests should have to worry about how much water they use or how many towels and clothes they give for laundry. That is, in their eyes, for them worry about, and they take the necessary steps to minimize their guests' and their impact on the environment.
The Serai offers 21 tents set in the stunning desert. The 'Royal Suite' with its private pool, spa and lounging tent. There are fourteen 'Tented Suites' with private veranda, drawing room, bedroom and large ensuite bathroom. Additionally, the six 'Luxury Tents' have private walled gardens and plunge pools. The camp has a beautiful pool made in the style of a traditional Indian step well.
|Luxury Tent Suite|
Children are welcome to come and stay at The Serai. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.
The Dining Tent serves delicious local delicacies and tasty western dishes drawn from daily changing menus that are carefully planned to give you eclectic offerings using fresh ingredients. Alternatively, you may choose to dine anywhere on site and the staff are always on hand to create an experience to suit your particular desires, or moods to give you a memorable stay.
The Bar at The Serai oozes comfort and encourages travelers to slip into the large, deep chairs set around. The warming interiors are best enjoyed with cocktails or other refreshing concoctions.
The Spa is found hidden in the walled garden. Organic products, harmonious surroundings and professional therapists will help to relax and rejuvenate you.
The Serai offers guests complimentary desert walks. Activities at an additional cost include village safaris, camel rides, desert picnics and sightseeing at the Jaisalmer fort, one of the largest in the world and home to the Royal Palace and the Jain temples.
Location & Directions
The Serai is set on thirty acres of a hundred acre estate of indigenous desert scrub in the Great Thar Desert, about an hour (45km) outside Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
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 dont 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 during 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.