Location: This stunning resort is located in beautiful landscape of Bandhavgarh National Park, known for its lush biodiversity and teeming with exotic animals.
History: With regional history that can be traced back to the 1st Century AD, historically-inclined guests will get a thrill from the ancient cave inscriptions and other such historical relics that can still be seen to this day throughout the park.
Service: Excellent service and dedicated butlers.
Outside the wild confines of Bandhavgarh lies the Taj Mahua Kothi Lodge. Spread over forty acres and built on the site of a former tented camp once used by aristocracy and the British colonial elite, Mahua features twelve cottages, called kutiyas, or shelters in Hindi. Each of the cottages features fireplaces, large windows, handmade pottery, locally-sourced textiles, all-natural soaps, creams, and lotions from Jiva Spa, plush beds, air-conditioning, in-room safes, en suite bathrooms, and tasteful, locally-inspired designs. Meals at Mahua Kothi are served rather informally; breakfasts are eaten either on the road, or in Mahua Kothi’s vegetable garden; lunch can be had by the pool, during the safari, or under the shade of the nearby trees; and dinners, featuring roasts, thalis, or assortments of small dishes, are enjoyed under the stars and accompanied by performances. Amenities include a full-service spa offering Ayurvedic and western treatments, a swimming pool, a library, and yoga lessons. Mahua Kothi lies a scenic, five-hour drive from Khajuraho’s airport.
The lodge’s 12 brand new cottage suites, called Kutiyas, featuring air-conditioning, ceiling fans, private pools, and other modern comforts.
These quaint and cozy suites offer twin or double beds, and a safari-chic decor featuring burnt-orange and terracotta colorings that match handmade pottery roof tiles, and local textile furnishings that add an element of rustic charm to these luxurious suites. Guests can observe the wild jungle action from the privacy and comfort of their 600-square-foot verandahs.
Guests can enjoy centuries-old Ayurvedic massage techniques from the comfort of their rooms, with treatments that make use of all-natural ingredients.
The hotel's freeform pool is the ideal place to while away an afternoon, either taking a leisurely dip, or enjoying an exotic cocktail from one of the many sun loungers that line the poolside.
The first meal of the day takes place in the resort's back garden with dining tables set up amongst lush vegetation. A hearty breakfast meal is laid out for guests upon a bullock cart.
Dinner begins with exotic cocktails made from the sap of the Mahua tree, and fine Indian wines and beers. Later on, guests can enjoy a sumptuous dinner under the stars, dining on the resort's beautiful terrace, amidst a live spit-roast, while being entertained by traditional folk dances.
For lunch, guests may choose from a few dining locations, from the poolside, to a picnic under a Mahua tree or watering hole.