An absolutely wonderful retreat. We stayed for a week, and were sorry to leave, there being so much more to see and do in this part of the region. Savista provides a perfect contrast to the chaotic hustle and bustle of the heart of Jaipur, and it was a joy to return to the tranquility and homely, luxurious comfort of this beautiful haveli, after days out exploring. Our hosts were extremely warm and friendly, and thoroughly attentive in a relaxed and discrete manner, nothing was too much trouble. The ambience of this beautifully restored ancestral home both during the day and at night was calm and inspiring – colourful and well maintained, and a feeling of contentment emanated. We breakfasted and dined outdoors each day, and all the Indian style food we experienced was delicious and varied, and served with a smile! So all that remains is to set a date for our return, and then with a little more time to allow for relaxation beside the beautiful courtyard pool, and opportunity to further explore the lovely semi arid countryside surrounding Savista.
The rooms are clean, spacious and beautifully decorated. We loved the absolutely delicious homemade Indian food prepared fresh for every meal, and this was the only resort we stayed in during our 3 week trip to India where we did not have to drink bottled water… I highly recommend the camel cart ride through the surrounding local villages where the children love to have their pictures taken and you are always greeted with a steaming hot cup of Indian tea
If only we could have stayed longer!… Savista is superb: beautiful lush gardens; a character-filled house with comfortable, clean and spacious rooms; delicious local homestyle meals; and welcoming, personalized and professional service. Being in the countryside enabled us to discover Jaipur by day and mellow out by night. We could not have hoped for a better stay.
The owners are genuinely interested in their guests and we left feeling as if we had been staying with old friends. We learned so much about India through our conversation with them. The hotel itself is beautiful and the atmosphere is one of tranquil and informal elegance.
I have been to Savista twice: once with my family and once alone. Both times were memorable occasions. The service is delightful, the food delicious and the hosts charming… Savista is truly a retreat and I highly recommend it as a place to get away from the bustle of India’s cities and enjoy incredible Indian hospitality.
We arrived at Savista Retreat after staying at the Trident hotel in Agra .. and found Savista totally different for all the right reasons. It’s personal, and it’s authentic. The best thing I can say about the Savista Retreat is that during our time there we felt fully relaxed, with all our requirements taken care of by our hosts, and by staff never short of a genuine smile.
I would recommend this as a place to stay in Jaipur. The drive into Jaipur can take about 45 minutes which definitely adds time to your day – but when you get back to Savista you realize it was MORE than worth the ride.
I had heard so much about Savista but it exceeded every expectation. A true retreat in a wonderful place. We enjoyed delightful service and surroundings, sunrises, sunsets and the food was far too delicious! Additional benefit was easy access to Jaipur – a fascinating, colourful and characterful city – and miles away in every sense from Europe.
This hotel was listed in the guardian newspaper under top 20 best boutique hotels in India… WE AGREE … The owner and staff are what made our stay one of the most amazing experiences of our trip to India (We’ve been 3 times to India). We thoroughly enjoyed the camel cart ride to meet the local families and drink gallons of delicious chai.
If you’re looking for an out-of-the-way getaway and willing to pay a little more, I highly recommend Savista. And especially if you are committed to living — and traveling — as sustainably as possible, this is a great place to check out.
Imagine you had to rate and review your childhood home – a place of love and peace, where your every need was met and you learned so much about yourself and the world around you. That is the task I am faced with here, as I am writing about Savista Retreat where I stayed for 7 nights in February 2012. But I shall try to be objective. As a part of my stay, I had booked a yoga-and-massage-detox package. I learned so much about healthy eating, yoga and the balance of mind and spirit. It was rewarding beyond expectations, but even if you are not up for the detox programme there are plenty of reasons to stay at Savista. The surroundings are beautiful as is the hotel itself. And the Jaipur region offers many sights to see and excellent Indian shopping, which my friend an I discovered on our outings with the personal driver, the hotel has provided for us. But the best experiences of my stay were “back home” at Savista. The sun there is as bright as the smiles on the faces of the local Indian women who work at Savista and who took my friend and I on a tour of the surroundings and bestowed upon us the honor of showing us their homes. I am so thankful for this memorable experience that I would never have gotten anywhere else. And the food!! I could go on and on about how excellent it is! If staying there, do eat at Savista. It’s the best food I had on my entire trip and it is served poolside in the candlelight. A final mention should be given to our hosts who went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable at all times. When a sudden, unusual, and very unexpected cold front made it a little cold inside the palace, they made sure heaters were in place. When I was so unfortunate as to fall and hit my head, our hosts themselves drove me to their own doctor to make sure that I was okay! They are the nicest, warmest people you could imagine as hosts. In short, I recommend Savista with all my heart. Stay there and get an experience that you will carry with you a lot longer than the beautiful tan you can also acquire. You might even be as lucky as l have been and find a place in a far away land that you can call home.
We had a brilliant stay at Savista, a quiet, serene, idyllic and eco-friendly place in the countryside. The hosts are a lovely, charming and knowledgeable married couple who are doing great work with and for the local community in this poor part of Rajastan. Learning about their work made the stay at Savista even more enjoyable and interesting. The food was delicious too. Savista was a much welcomed contrast to the business, noise and chaos of Jaipur. A bit tricky to get there, but well worth it when we did.
What can I add to the enthusiastic reviews already here — reaffirmation that they are completely accurate. And more, that the owners/hosts are warm, intelligent people you will be delighted to sit at dinner table with, in animated conversations about your lives, theirs, and world affairs. This is NOT your usual hotel experience!
Savista is exactly the sort of place one hopes to find on a visit to India. The place is a delight, the staff genuinely friendly, the pool extraordinary, the rooms individually designed, and the food delicious. What makes it extra special is that the warm and welcoming hosts treat you like friends.
Savista Retreat proved to be everything that I had hoped for. A very beautifully restored and furnished country hunting lodge turned ecological retreat by the current family After traveling alone for 3 weeks, I was made to feel as if I had returned to visit good friends from India who are deeply passionate and knowledgeable about their country and local environment.
Our stay at Savista was exactly what we’d hoped for. The comforts of a superior branded hotel with the added charm and character of a lovingly restored, historical home… The beds with their cozy down duvets, were our most comfortable nights in India… Food was fresh and tasty and they were more than happy to accommodate special requests. We booked in for four nights and stayed five. Not to be missed!