A short plane journey from Mumbai and we were in Jodhpur, the Blue City. We proceeded on with our bags and were greeted by our friendly driver for the journey to Suryagarh in Jaisalmer.
First stop for the day – lunch as we were starving! We then started our approximately four-hour drive to Jaisalmer. The airport there will very soon be operating flights from major cities, and till then, we are told, wedding groups with special permission can be flown straight into Jaisalmer airport.
At first glance, from afar, the hotel resembled an old fort! Wow, we later learned that the hotel had been thoughtfully constructed to resemble an actual fort, its outside structure even had a rustic finish to recreate a heritage fort property. Even the entry pathway that the car drove into, was an almost cobblestone pathway which had an old-world feel! So, after a warm welcome complete with cold towels, garlands and refreshing drinks, we proceeded to our room where we completed a quick check-in and tour of the suite (yes, it was quite large!) Our super comfortable and luxurious suite had a living room area leading into a large bedroom all with traditional Rajasthani linens, furniture and architecture.
On our tour around the property with the owner himself, Mr. Manvendra Singh, we learned that careful thought had gone into the selection of every piece from the main architecture of the buildings to the outside façade, the linens to the prints used. We especially loved the gold embossed screen print on the walls of our suite – would love to recreate this at home! So gorgeous.
The bathroom was spacious with both a shower and a tub, which is so much better than the combination of the two!
Also, two sinks always works better for his and hers – no more arguments about messy sinks or toothpaste around the sink! And the best part, the hotel had toiletries from the Kama Ayurveda range – one of our favorites!
A few areas of the suite that really caught our fancy!
How cute are these door knob hangers! I almost wanted to take them away with me! Another pleasant surprise was the platters of cookies and mithai and the Jaisalmer map which was interactive and helpful to have in the room already.
The property has a total of 62 suites – a combination of various categories but all extremely spacious which is much needed and appreciated by wedding families and their guests.
We were pleasantly surprised by the delectable food we experienced at the hotel. Chef Bimal could whip up practically anything, and it was all fabulous! We ate all our meals over our two day trip at the hotel and sampled it all –meal one: pasta (cooked to perfection, al dente!), meal two: a light and simple Indian vegetarian meal, and meal three: traditional Rajasthani cuisine (here lal Maas was the highlight of the meal!). We also learned that Chef Bimal is an expert with Goan food – pity we didn’t get to try that this time! Now to work off all those calories, the hotel has a fully equipped gym (check out the interesting murals on the wall) and a serene pool too, if you fancy a dip.
On the property is Draksh, the hotel bar that had an interesting interior. We learned, from the owner himself, that during construction, he had clicked some great photographs around Jaisalmer, which are used on cushion covers, and other areas, and check out this one as a backdrop to the bar. One of a kind, we say!
I must mention that in progress and nearing completion is a new coffee shop space, into which the current coffeeshop will relocate and make way for Nosh the restaurant, which will serve traditional Rajasthani food, which is not easy to come by in this day and age.
I was also lucky enough to find some time to fit in a massage at the property. Their official spa, Rait, is still under construction and should be open in the next couple of months. Till then, the spa is temporarily set up in one of the suites, which actually worked quite well, spa bed, soothing music and all. Bliss!
But I must end this, with the most important and all-important factor which can make or break any holiday and more importantly wedding – the service. I can truly say that Suryagarh ranked among the top hotels we have visited for their outstanding service – every staff member went out of their to help, serve and all this with a smile. They were extremely courteous and the personalized service just made us feel so welcome, we were actually sad to leave! From the General Manager to the restaurant, the front office to the chauffeurs – they were all brilliant. We will definitely be back! Stay tuned for for destination wedding tips from Marry Me – Wedding Planners in Mumbai.