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Reviewed 27 April 2010

A lovely small hotel in it's own tropical grounds of 25 acres.
The main building is cool, beautifully funished to a high standard.
The bedrooms are very comfortable.
The restaurant serves only vegetarian food sourced from it's own and local farms. It is very tasty and the restaurant is situated in such a way that you feel as if you areeating in the gardens under the stars.
The welcome from the staff is most friendly.
Coming back from the safaris you are greeted with cool towels and a cold drink.
Definitely a liitle gem.

Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
Thank finian29
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Reviewed 27 April 2010

After the hustle and bustle in Delhi and Agra, our arrival at Khem Villas was like being in a different world! The service was impeccable from the moment we arrived and the peaceful setting is stunning.
We were in Ranthambore for my friend's big birthday (one with a zero on the end) and it had been a lifelong ambition of hers to see tigers in the wild.
Hostess Usha pulled out all the stops for her - we had a lovely cottage with the great feature of the secluded open-air bath where you can lay and look at the stars (watch out for the mosi's though) and Usha and Dinesh gave her flowers and made a birthday cake for her complete with candle. It made it a very special day.
As for the tigers - we went on two trips in pre-booked jeeps both in Zone 1 and yes - we were lucky and saw a tiger both times. What a birthday present!
Although it is pricey compared with other hotels we stayed in on this trip around around India, it was well worth it for the experience.
Khem Villas is absolutely one of the loveliest places I've ever stayed in the world, not just for the excellent accommodation and food, but also for the warmth and hospitality of Usha and her staff. I honestly couldn't recommend Khem Villas highly enough.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank 60dragons
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Reviewed 25 April 2010

We loved Khem villas. We stayed in a bungalow and it was gorgeous. It was very expensive but a real treat in our hot and dusty indian adventure.
Would lve to go there again.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cecilia33
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Reviewed 25 April 2010

The Location
Very handy for tiger safaris as guests are picked up last and dropped of first.
No music blaring out during our stay so it was peaceful.
Once at the hotel if you have no transport it is expensive to get to town.
Some birds to see - we were excited to have two kingfishers perched together on the tree in front of our villa

The welcome
An efficient welcome after the long drive from Jaipur. Cold towels were good. They took our safari papers and made sure that all was sorted.

The accommodation
Our villa was exactly as seen on the internet. Cool, comfortable and well equipped. We enjoyed using the outside tub but the sun loungers need a parasol if they are to be used in the heat of the day.
Sitting on the front porch reading was almost perfect although it would be easy to screen the view of the next door porch, but they have not done so.

After several days cleaning our teeth with bottled water we were delighted to be told that the water was filtered and OK for teeth. I am not sure that we should have heeded that as we both developed upset stomachs.

The staff
Polite

The facilities
There are no facilities really except a rather small and grubby plunge pool. Cannot report on the spa.

The food
After reading the accolades about the food we were really looking forward to eating at Khem Villas. There are no alternatives available anyway.
Compare to the food we had eaten on our trip up to that point - and with hindsight during the rest of the trip, the food in our opinion is very disappointing.

Lunch on the first day was pasta with a tinned tomato sauce. Evening meals were mostly nondescript bean based 'messes. accompanied by vegetables which were at worst horrible.

Desserts are pathetic.

Breakfasts were basic and nothing to look forward to. A bottle of wine is a major overpriced investment, unlike all the other hotels we visited including the five star Oberoi in Agra.

The safaris
If seeing a tiger is crucial to you, book several safaris. We were taken on route 1, way away from any water and saw no tigers. Others spent 9 or twelve hours in jeeps and cantors in order to see the beasts, often at a distance too far to photograph. Still, it is not a zoo so you take your chances.

We did visit the nearby women's cooperative, which is fixed price. We bought loads of hand made clothes, bags and toys - the whole lot cost less than one of Usha's bottles of wine.

I guess that one's expectations are raised by Tripadvisor reports and the hotel has a lot to live up to. Still we really cannot understand the hype about the food, it remains a mystery.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank KevinTurvey
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Reviewed 15 April 2010

If you have ever stayed in a good quality safari camp in Africa you will have a fair idea of what to expect. Quiet, clean, 'invisible' staff and a very relaxing location.

It is not possible to stay within the game reserve, but Khem Villas make it feel as though you are. We were quietly spoilt by the place and, other than the beautiful beaches in Goa, this was the only place in India that we really wished we didn't have to leave.

Khem Villas isn't cheap, but as well travelled people that value nature, quietness and understated luxury, this is one of the few places that we will definitely remember as outstanding.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank worldview111
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