You could easily miss the turn-off for The Serai. But the remote setting is just part of the allure of one of Rajasthan's newest boltholes.
Twenty-one creamy Rajasthani-style tented suites are arranged around a large reception tent and an elevated pool, surrounded by the Great Thar Desert. This is the height of glamping, with large bathrooms, classic campaign-style furniture and colourful dhurrie rugs.
Days can be spent in one of the spa tents, or exploring the
honey-coloured fort city of Jaisalmer. As night falls, it doesn't
get more romantic than sitting by a campfire listening to musicians
from one of the surrounding Bishnoi villages. If it's a little
chilly, you may well return to your tent to find that someone has
slipped a hot-water bottle under the covers to warm things
Wow factor: Splendid isolation - in luxury.
Flight time: From nine hours 30 minutes via Mumbai to Jodhpur.
Go: Doubles from £340 B&B (the-serai.com). Ampersand Travel (020 7289 6100; ampersandtravel.com) offers a 10-night Rajasthan trip with three nights at The Serai from £3,225 per person B&B, including Jet Airways flights and transfers.