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Reviewed 18 January 2021

This is the kind of place you could stay for days- and not get bored. And discover new corners and hidden little details that have obviously been thought of with SO MUCH LOVE and care.
One moment I turned to discover a double sided wardrobe(GENIUS!) encased in pakistani mashroo curtains, and in another moment I found myself doing yoga next to a beautiful silk chanderi curtain with the tiniest little booties you could have gone days without noticing.

The food was incredible, and simple and you really felt spoilt after every meal. Piyush and his team took such care of us that my rotis were never without a good dollop of butter. Breakfast(on days you dont venture into the park) is on this beautiful long table in the lawns overlooking the river, and lunch was served in the vegetable patch, only a few metres away but an entirely different experience.

Joanna and Raghu who run the place are so integrated into the community, they know two boatmen who now work permanently for Sarai's guests and recognise every species of bird you will spot on your little boat ride- complete with fantastic cushion upholstery. <3

But what I will never forget is the careful choice of cosmetics and the sweet tea station in our room- filled with only the most wonderful teas and coffee for any kind of craving. PS: I still miss their shampoo.

Room tip: Groups should book the connected rooms.
Date of stay: January 2021
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Thank Manyshoes
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Sarai at Toria, Owner at Sarai at Toria, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2021

Dear manyshoes,
What a delightful and original review. We wish you had stayed longer too and will look forward to a return whenever....

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Reviewed 22 November 2020

Lovely lodge run by Joanna n Raghu, most rejuvenated short vacation,artistically designed cottages.
Delicious local food followed by lovely desserts.
Must go to experience incredible India hospitality.

Date of stay: November 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Jayensh
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Sarai at Toria, Owner at Sarai at Toria, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2021

Thank you for reviewing us so sweetly. Please do return for a longer vacation next time!

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Reviewed 20 November 2020 via mobile

Apart from seeing the seeing the tigers we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sarai@Torai. Raghu and Joanna were great hosts and regaled us with anecdotes of the jungle tigers when they were actively involved with the forest administration. The food was delicious and not a single dish was repeated . They went out of the way to make my friend’s birthday memorable. All in all a fantastic trip and we certainly hope to come back again to this wonderful place.

Date of stay: November 2020
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Sarai at Toria, Owner at Sarai at Toria, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2021

Dear 502nsr,

Thank you for your kind review. We would be delighted if you can return. We now count 30+ desert recipes on our menu so at least for those we would be able to continue to give you new dishes! :-)

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Reviewed 24 April 2020

We enjoyed our stay at Sarai immensely. The lodge and cottages are well done and meticulously designed to be as eco-friendly as possible. It is apparent Raghu and Joanna put a lot of time and effort to be as light on the environment as possible down to how they heat the water! Not only were the accommodations wonderful but the food was very authentic to the region much of it developed from Raghu's family recipes. We were among the lucky who saw a tiger and it was definitely the highlight of our India trip! The park is not overcrowded and we had a wonderful naturalist from the lodge accompany us on each trip. I highly recommend staying here, as we are currently in an uncertain time with regard to travel, it is important to support small local business like this one who take good care of their staff and in this case, have deep environmental ties to preserving the tiger in the area, when we can.

Room tip: Make sure to take the boat ride- it is beautiful and relaxing!
Date of stay: January 2020
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Sarai at Toria, Owner at Sarai at Toria, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2021

Dear Jennifer,
Thank you for your lovely review. We apologise for the delay in responding but had received no alert so only today saw your kind comments. We hope you are staying well through this difficult period and look forward to a time when we may see you again. Meanwhile I hope the good memories are sustaining you through these travel free times. We are all fine here and the Sarai remains open and the tigers occasionally visible! Thank you for reviewing us so nicely.

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Reviewed 23 April 2020 via mobile

4 nights was too short here. We had morning and evening- safaris, one night-safari which is very different from the others, and one slow boat- safari, no motor, on the river.
It is very close to the park- entrance, just 5 min. drive.
It is also close to Khajuraho, about 45 min drive, the Serai at Toria can arrange a car. Khajuraho is easy to see by yourself, 3 ours will be enough, the rest of the town is charming and tiny, some small shops and a market for the locals.
Serai at Toria is an extraordinary nice place. The location is beautiful, the hotel is in a large nature- area some few meters up from the the riverside.
The hotel fit in as local houses, luxury in an elegant balance between English and Indian with natural materials. The bathroom is a fairytale, and unordinary good beds.
Absolute clean. Very good food.
The owners, an Indian/ English couple, have worked with sawing tiger- programs in Panna national park in many years, with snow- leopards in Ladakh. Now they works with the locals to involve them in tiger- saving. They have films about their works they show you on request; very knowledges people. Very friendly, polite, and take very well care of their guests.
Highly recommended

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sarai at Toria, Owner at Sarai at Toria, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2021

Dear toyalillie61,
Thank you for reviewing us in such detail and for the kind recommendation. We apologise for the delay in responding but are only now reading your comments. Of course the intervening months have brought with them such a different time! We hope you are all staying well and safe. We look forward to next season when we hope to be able to welcome our international guests once more.

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