The Luxe List 2011, India: Samode Safari Lodge


Situated at the edge of Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh National Park, this lodge is the latest creation from the Samode family, whose properties include the majestic Samode Palace outside Jaipur.

A dozen rammed-earth villas are furnished with Persian carpets, four-poster beds, murals by local Gond artists, and big balconies overlooking the adjacent scrub where birds, deer, and sometimes even tigers can be spotted. There is a pool with shaded pavilions for lazy afternoons, and a dining terrace where champagne breakfasts are served under an enormous mahua tree.

Borrow the resort’s mountain bikes for a ride through the nearby villages, or book a jeep safari into the 450-square-kilometer national park. Samode’s guides access the reserve via its remote Kothi gate; if you’re lucky, you may not see another tourist all day.

Bandhavgarh; 91-141/263-2370;; doubles from US$882

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