I stayed in Jan 2021 for 1 night. Khem Villas is a reputed place in Ranthambore. I stayed in Villa room.
First the good things: The place is at a nice location, maintained very well. I took a brief walk in the property with naturalist Babu who is knowledgable and affable. They had allowed me to checkin early as I was reaching 10:30am. Since jaipur - delhi highway was blocked due to farmer protests, their manager went ahead to check with their cab agency for an alternate safe route. The villa room is spacious with lot of outdoor seating.
Now, the improvements/feedback:
I paid 28k including all meals for a night. In this tariff, on value for money parameter I will rate at 2-3 out of 10.
The outdoor seating in the villa is not really private as the other villa's guests can come in that area, rendering the outdoor seating less relevant. In one of the Villa, they have outdoor jacuuzi also which is also not private area since other villa's guest can come in. They can close that entrance very easily which I don't know why is not closed
The Villa with indoor bath tub - a small feedback though - pls provide the bubble bath in the toiletries
The property tries to maintain the eco friendly badge and they dont provide plastic water bottles etc which is of course good. The toiletries come in disposable plastic which should also be done away with. They can provide in refillable bottles and if any guest specifically asks for disposable bottles for toiletries then only provide that.
They have extremely few wall sockets in the room making the charging extremely difficult. We had 2 phones, 1 mac, 1 camera, our son had drone. Kindly provide an extension board in the room. Not expensive at all.
There is no electric kettle in the room. Though they provide hot drinking water on request but how many times will I ask for it because they gave hot water in a regular bottle which will go cold in 10-15 min. Either they should by default provide hot water in the rooms in a thermal controlled bottle or provide an electric kettle.
For room heaters - they have hot and cold AC in the room. Hot and cold ACs are more effective at heating the room but in Ranthambore it is not bone chilling cold. One can easily manage with Oil heaters which are far more better as they don't change the humidity of the room. In winters, humidity is already low, hot and cold ACs reduce the humidity further.
Coming to the food where I have major concerns. Food quality in general left a LOT to be wanting. I would rate my lunch and dinner at 6/10 at the maximum.
We are Vegans and dont consume any refined oil etc. We had asked chef to keep anything they prepare separately without the frying etc. When we reached for the breakfast, they brought us the Sambhar which had vegetable separate and water separate. It was so horrible that I have no words for it. I called chef and requested him to taste a spoon. Chef didnt taste and he said: "sir other chef made it, its not good I know". Can you imagine the chef is saying this to me. Why are you even serving me if you made it bad. Then I requested him to make Paratha for us and I thought I will eat with peanut butter. To my surprise, they did not even have peanut butter. Peanut butter these days is available even in average hotels, let alone Khem Villa with a premium price tag.
Then I requested chef to make a green chutney for us with minimal/no chilli. The chutney came with water and greens not blended and when I tasted it had extremely high chilli that I could not even have second bite of it. I called chef again and this time F&B manager came and instead of accepting the fault (at least in case of sambhar they accepted they made it bad), he argued that may be the chilli was very sharp or something. They again got the chutney for us, this time without chilli but still the water and greens not blended. We were very hungry, so ate a Paratha and left the breakfast table.
This is the first time I had a bad experience after staying in a premium place. But its not to say that everything was bad.
I wish they make the necessary corrections. Of course I am not returning to Khem Villas again but I want them to improve on their standards. Their core (location, legacy, maintenance) is good but they have not focused on the details in many aspects which spoils the whole experience.
The hotel is located near the forest and is a huge property spread out in 25 acres. The booking through Mr Digvijay of Shaurya Agency was very smooth and the owner of hotel Ms. Ushaji takes personal care of the property, so its very well maintained. Theres some room to improve the menu, but all in all, its a lovely, jungle resort, with no TV and just nature around you. The water holes inside property has crocodiles , which add to the excitement. Mr. DIGVIJAY at the property is very cordial with guests , and looks after your all needs. The GM is kind too. All staff members are ever smiling and helpful. The villas are the best, cottages 5 to 8 are good too. Cottages 1 to 4 have no view. Rooms in cottages are small, but clean with good outdoor space.
Its a nice resort to stay in Ranthambore.
Can surely stay here for long periods to rejuvenate.
The hotel has large grounds with ponds and quite a selection of wildlife, without even going into the Park! The food is vegetarian and a lot of it is grown there. Breakfast is mixed 'western' and Indian, lunch predominantly Indian and dinner exclusively Indian, and all scrumptious. We had a beautiful cottage overlooking a pond with lots of birds, and plenty of other wildlife. The hotel is very well organised to fit with the morninng and afternoon game drives into the Park, providing wake-up tea in your room/cottage/tent, drinks and sandwiches for the morning game drives, with breakfast on your return at 10.30. We visited in January and it was cold at 7am, so they also provided blankets and hotwater bottles! The staff could not have been nicer, and the naturalists there are very knowledgeable, and will take you round the grounds and also give talks. It was a fabulous experience in every respect.
This is a fascinating place, in the heart of nature, where one can go on nature tours and tiger safaris in Ranthambore Park. We had a Cottage, which we preferred, rather than a tent. It had a large bedroom - not fancy, but very adequate - with a substantial private bathroom. Cottages 5 to 8 look out on a small lake, and would be our favorites. They are a short walk to the dining room and bar.
The manager and staff are very helpful, and provide a lot of information on the surrounding nature. There are a morning and an afternoon safari ride through the park. Don't expect to see a tiger, but be wonderfully surprised if you spot one. The tigers there are magnificent, but so is all the nature there.
There is a buffet, which is somewhat limited, and we think, exclusively vegetarian. The food was quite good. The dining area is quite open, and can be a little chilly on cold mornings and evenings. Dress accordingly. They do have some heaters.
There is a great gift shop, which has fantastic, very reasonably-priced textiles - scarves, placemats, clothing, etc. - and a delightful, very accommodating owner.
One should plan on staying at least two nights at this fascinating resort.
We selected Khem villas for the reviews praising it of its authentic spirit of conservation and tourism. We were not disappointed. The owners over several decades have miraculously changed the landscape of barren land to become that which is teeming with rich wildlife and forest, hereby attracting all sorts of exciting animals including leopards, panthers, crocs, bears and even tigers. The staff really know their stuff. I was so impressed by the knowledge of local wildlife and species of their in-house conservationists and guides, Digvijay and Rohit. The two make a great duo and are good fun as you get to know them, as we did, by the fireside trying to observe the stars and moon on the lunar eclipse night - next to the in-house croc-filled lake! They went out of their way to make sure we had an animal-filled stay, before and after finding out that we were unlucky in our sightings of our safari. Make sure you get a tour of the premises from one of them! Other points to note, all the food was cooked in house, vegetarian and just delicious. After days of heavy Indian food, this was a much welcome home-fresh fare that really set us up well for the day and night. I haven't had such good chhole in any of our stays. They also made me special gluten free breads - I was very well looked after. Another person to thank was Manvendra ji who gave us a kind upgrade for the one night were staying, to a cottage. Our experience may have been a bit different if we were still in our previous room. Another example of Khem Villa's detail of care was that they were very on top of when our guide was going to pick us up in the morning for our safari. The agent who booked us seemed to have botched the time in the morning and would have picked us up at 5.30am rather than 6.30am. The staff noticed immediately and made several calls to smoothen things out and ensure our pickup was at 6.30am, a gift of an hour more in bed and out of the cold Rajasthan air. Also, they provided us with hot water bottles in our beds, which made sleeping much more comfortable. They were also the only hotel that we saw to provide their guests with hot water bottles and blankets on the safari in addition to a packed lunch and water. All other jeep-mates were shivering and frozen within minutes. We felt very lucky indeed and thank Khem Villas, Digvijay, Rohit, Usha ji and Manvendra ji for the best experience possible for our one night in Ranthambore. We will no doubt return and send family and friends your way.