Among all the Aman resorts we visited this one is quite unusual. It doesn’t have a sprawling lobby, grand architectural features, or private infinity pools. But the ten white-canvas safari tents of Aman-i-Khás are every bit as luxurious and sophisticated as just about any Aman villa.
You read that right. It is a safari camp, in every sense of the word, and the fact that it is does not stand in the African savanna or bushveld makes no difference. Or rather, actually—the whole difference is in the location—for the Ranthambore National Park has a unique, and endangered, animal: the great Bengal tiger.
The area where this tented camp is set up, on the edge of the park, was once used for hunting by the Maharajah of Jaipur. Thankfully we live in a time in which the safari rides are organised just to catch the glimpse of the beautiful tiger, and to shoot it—with cameras.
We did this too, and were lucky to see not just one, but a whole family of tigers. Lucky, because even though Ranthambore is home to about forty of these rare felines, the park is managed in a way that is quite different to what we experienced in Africa. There is a limited number of vehicles permitted to enter a lottery-assigned trail and they are forbidden to go off track (we couldn’t even leave the Aman-I-Khás’ 4×4 Land Rover).
The visit to the park is a leisurely affair, except when the guides detect the tigers. This can result in a tumultuous scramble to get to the best place for tiger spotting. Back in the camp, it’s a wholly different matter.
Whenever we write about an Aman resort we underscore how it always feels much more than just any hotel stay. It’s an experience, unrivalled, and true also at Aman-i-Khás.
All Aman properties we stayed at had different styles, yet they always “feel” as if they have a very similar… atmosphere, for lack of a better word. It’s a kind of luxurious ambience of quiet restfulness, very specific to Aman. Needless to say we keep coming back for it.
There are more things common to all Amans. For example, the Aman-i-Khás camp felt like it belonged just to us, even if there were other guests. Then the staff, always discreet, with the read-your-mind attentiveness particular to the Aman style of service, made sure every need was met before we even knew we wanted something. Indeed, maybe the most important shared trait of all Aman properties is the fantastic service.
Finally, the oodles of space we had in our tent—almost the size of a small house—and its design. The walls and ceilings may be simple canvas, but the polished stone floors, custom leather and wood furniture—all in a charming quasi-retro style—are worthy of any chic apartment or hotel suite.
Well-known interior designer Jean-Michel Gathy, who often works with Aman, created truly discreetly elegant, refined interiors, somewhat inspired by the nomad encampments of the Mughals. That inspiration is perhaps even more visible on the outside, thanks to the delicate shapes of the white tents.
At nightfall, the exterior parts of this retreat are lit by fires, with a large campfire providing the focal point for social activity—and adding a touch of magic in the heart of the Indian wilderness.
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Number of rooms & suites: 10
Rate per night: From USD 875 (EUR 797)
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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