The Serai

The Serai, a Relais & Chateaux luxurious desert camp and spa, is located close to the medieval city of Jaisalmer. Set on a hundred-acre private estate, The Serai draws inspiration from the designs of the royal caravan sites of Rajputana; blending their dash and vivacity with modern amenities and services. There is no better place from which to venture into the mystical environs of Jaisalmer or discover its fabled golden fortress. Evenings are spent under the dome of a starlit desert sky, punctuated by the ancient melodies of Manganiyar tribesmen whose songs have haunted these dunes for centuries.

The Serai is part of SUJÁN Luxury, is a collection of family-owned luxurious hotels that offer unique destination experiences which are true to where they are located. Each of these intimate, exclusive hotels is socially and environmentally responsible while offering impeccable, understated service and luxury.

The golden citadel at Jaisalmer was created in 1156 AD and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This surviving mediaeval fortified city straddles the once prosperous trade routes of the Great Thar Desert, this “living” fort has within its walls beautiful palaces and havelis. It is known for its vibrant culture and unique and utterly hospitable desert people. India’s Thar Desert, is home to a range of desert wildlife which includes rare species like the Great Indian Bustard and the elusive Indian Gazelle.

The Serai, Jaisalmer is a comfortable distance from the golden citadel, located on a private estate of pristine desert scrub and the surrounding countryside offers some of the best solitudes of the Great Thar Desert. Arrive at The Serai by flying to Jodhpur, then driving for three hours. Alternatively, there is an airport in Jaisalmer for private charters, 37 miles away.

The Serai’s 21 tents are a pleasing medley of styles. Each canvas tent is raised on honeyed sandstone and comes with its own terrace lounge looking out into the safari. Filled with natural light and dressed with stylish interiors - all carefully selected from local artisans.

Each and every Relais & Châteaux property is unique in the world, all around the world and the people, places, cuisine and culture reflect that holistically. The Dining Tent serves sumptuous local delicacies as well as delicious western repasts drawn from daily changing menus that are meticulously planned with eclectic offerings using fresh ingredients. Private dining around the property is offered as well as accommodation of special requests. The Bar oozes comfort and beckons travelers to slip into the ample, deep club-chairs set around plush accoutrements and campaign furnishings.

The camp is located at a perfect distance from which to explore the fabled, twelfth-century desert kingdom of Jaisalmer. Explore the historical Jaisalmer Fort or marvel at the intricately carved Jain temples. Camel safaris, desert drives and sundowners on the sand dunes are just some of the other memorable escapades offered. Each tailor-made excursion is led by an experienced guide and can be booked in advance, which is preferable, or else on arrival at the camp which is subject to availability.

The Suján Spa is an oasis unto itself, masterminded by renowned Raison d’Etre and offering a menu of mind and body therapies using organic, Ayurvedic products ingredients from the Thar and local herbs. Ensconced in a walled garden, the SUJÁN Spa comprises four tents whose charming interiors promote a sense of wellbeing. An eclectic menu of therapies is available, from reflexology to cleansing scrubs and relaxing massages.

Address: The Serai, Relais & Chateaux
Tel: +011 91 11 4617 2700