Friday Fantasy Vacation: The Serai


Anyone who’s seen this site before has probably picked up on the fact that I have a real soft spot for luxury camping; all the great things about being close to nature without the lumpy ground to sleep on. It doesn’t really get more luxe than the Serai near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. A Relais & Chateaux property that describes itself very accurately as “a luxury desert camp and spa”, it’s set on 30 acres in the Great Thar Desert and really couldn’t be more romantic and serene if it tried. I don’t doubt that a goodly portion of the other “campers” here would be honeymooners but the 14 tent suites are private enough that it should hardly matter. The fact that you can dine anywhere you desire on the property also helps alleviate any problems you may have sharing your private space with snuggly newlyweds. And there are plenty of excursion possibilities to keep one occupied such as Jeep or camel safaris, historical tours of the ancient fortress city of Jaisalmer or plain old pampering spa treatments. But enough talk, let’s take a look at all this beauty.

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More information at Relais & Chateaux

Also available through i-escape

Photos curtesy of Relais & Chateaux

Last Chance to Camp


I don’t know where you live, but where I am it’s about to turn cold and rain. A lot. While this change of season doesn’t make camping impossible, it does make it a lot less desirable. It is, however, the perfect season for luxury camping. I refuse to use the word “glamping” if only because it sounds like something someone does while sick with the flu, but also because I feel that it cheapens the experience of a real luxury camping experience. The setting is beautiful, nature is at your door and when it pours rain, you can retreat to the interior of an actual structure and snuggle in a real bed. There are often restaurants on-site and while you may or may not have to share a bathroom with your fellow “campers” you are almost always guaranteed a breathtaking view. Below are a few places I would love to visit during this in between season, if only to get in one last camp before winter.

Longitude 131°, Ayers Rock, Australia

Available through Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia: travel@voyages.com.au

Le Camp, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Available through Welcome Beyond: welcomebeyond.com

Dunia Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania

Available through Asilia Camps/ Lodges/ Safaris:  www.asiliaafrica.com

Treebones Resort, Big Sur, California


Available through i-escape: www.i-escape.com

Dolphin Beach, Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka

Available through Makara Resorts: reservations@dolphinbeach.lk

Elqui Domos, Elqui Valley, Chile

Available through Welcome Beyond: www.welcomebeyond.com

The Serai, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Available through Relais & Chateaux:  serai@relaischateaux.com

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