Being home for almost half a year had me itching to travel. However, I am apprehensive about flying or taking a bus considering the current situation in the country. And this is exactly what motivated me to embark upon a self drive getaway to Rajasthan in the comfort and safety of my own car. And my destination was the Tree of Life Resort and Spa Jaipur – a beautiful boutique resort nestled between the Aravalli hills, located just 30 minutes from the bustling city.
This sprawling resort has luxurious private villas and is spread over 7 acres of land. These villas are built using local architectural style and design – with the extensive use of sandstone and lime reflecting Rajasthan’s long architectural history.
The entrance of this property is flanked by two gorgeous lotus ponds on either side, also home to some vibrant orange koi fishes.
Each villa is named after an Indian flower-bearing tree and the color theme of the interiors is based on the color of this flower. I stayed in a villa named Jarul, which is a beautiful pink flower. They also have villas in orange, purple and yellow interiors and you can request for one of your choice subject to availability.
As I entered my villa, I found a letter welcoming me to the resort which explained all the safety and hygiene protocols followed by them and even offered a live stream of their kitchen to witness it. At the Tree of Life resorts, they believe that one’s holiday experience should go beyond fancy rooms and food, which is something I firmly resonate with.
Keeping this in mind, the resort offers various curated special experiences such as riding a tractor at the nearby village, an elephant ride in the forest and much more, all which I found very unique and interesting. Sadly, as I had a packed schedule during my stay, I couldn’t experience these.
Along with the letter, they had also placed a bottle of hand sanitizer and two matching floral masks, which is a very thoughtful gesture in these times.
Moving on to the villa, I was delighted with its welcoming rosy interiors which were complemented with fresh hibiscus blooms placed in the vases, which gave it a nice and homely feeling.
Besides the sofa and mini-dining space by the fireplace, the living room had a cozy sitting area with a large window that overlooked the beautiful pool. I spent a lot of time in this cute spot bird watching and observing these beautiful birds known as red-wattled lapwigs enjoy an occasional dip in the pool.
The domed bedroom had a four poster bed flanked by two bedside tables and a study table behind it. And the bedroom also opened up to the pool. It continued to a large walk-in closet with ample space for baggage and an equally large domed bathroom which looks onto greens on all sides.
Along with private lawns, the villa had a private pool with deck beds and an outdoor dining section where we had our dinner by the pool. Adding to the feel of luxury is the outdoor couples spa where they can arrange a massage for you and your partner (not available presently due to Covid-19)
It also had an outdoor sunken bath so that you can unwind and enjoy the beauty of all the nature around you.
If that’s not all, the villa even had an outdoor lip shower that helped me embrace my natural surroundings.
The resort has a very interesting and unique service directory booklet which has detailed information about everything the resort has to offer along with unique and special experiences which they can arrange for you.
The property is filled with lush green plants along with fruit and flower bearing plants everywhere. It was wonderful to see pomegranates and other fruits hanging on the trees, which were synonymous to the name of the resort.
This resort is the perfect destination if you’re looking for serenity and tranquility as everywhere you look, all you find is nature.
Serene on the Ridge
Serene On The Ridge is an open-air sit out with a bird’s eye view of the entire valley – an ideal place to lounge with a book during the day or for a couple of drinks before dinner. A quaint surrounding with an astounding view is what makes this special. this place is also suitable to spend a lazy day where you can relax.
Every area of the resort brings you closer to nature and you can’t help but sit and admire your surroundings.
In spite of the lockdown and limited resources, their chefs pampered us with delectable meals throughout our stay. Keeping social distancing guidelines in mind, the menus were sent to me via whatsapp. I tried both local and international cuisines and each and every dish was delicious and came in larger than life portions.
Another awesome aspect of this resort is that they’re pet friendly. It was delightful to watch this adorable pup running around the place with his owners and we enjoyed our breakfast watching him and some very bold birds at Ashtam, the multicuisine restaurant at the resort.
Overall, the Tree of Life Resort and Spa Jaipur is a haven of tranquility and natural beauty. I was extremely impressed by their wonderful hospitality, delicious food and breathtaking beauty combined with the gorgeous pool villa. I had a wonderful stay here and look forward to visiting their other properties around the country.