Away from the hubbub
on Dec 25, 2019
Quiet relaxation in rural surroundings after two weeks of hectic teaching in a busy university town. Bhanwar and Radhika are welcoming and cultured hosts. We only wish our stay could have been longer. The hotel provides an authentic Indian experience with modern comforts. However if your idea of a hotel is 5* western then this is not for you. Good service from local employees. The food is all vegetarian from produce grown on the estate.
Savista - a very special place of nature, culture and comfort
on Dec 10, 2019
Savista is a traditional Jaiput countryside estate, inherited by the present owner from generations before him. It is a beautiful place, offering a peaceful vacation with countryside walks, bird watching in the garden, swimming in the pool and wide views from the roof terrace over the rural landscape. Added to this is the luxury of drinking pure well water from the tap and eat an ecological vegetarian menu prepared from home grown vegetables and fruits. Spacious rooms for guests, tastefully furnished in a Rajasthani fashion, each with fully equipped bathrooms.
The hotel owner and his wife both have a wealth of knowledge about Indian history and culture and of the development of India today. They generously share their knowledge with interested guests and you can also use their large library and collection of classical Indian music. This is something you don’t normally expect to find at a hotel, it is worth a lot.
Today, as Jaipur is growing, Savista is getting closer to the expanding habitat, enterprises and resorts of various kinds. This could be seen as threatening the peace. But with its well protected 14 acres of land, old and newly planted trees, food crops and seasonal flowers, the relative calm and unpolluted environment of Savista becomes an even greater asset compared to the city.
p.s. also read the Savista blog, guests reviews.
Savista is situated about 20 kilometers from Jaipur, 20 minutes’ drive by taxi.
Close to nature and culture
on Oct 8, 2019
Savista is very quiet and peaceful retreat, and you get to live in a real haveli. It is the place to visit if you are truly looking to understand Indian culture and its ancient principles of sustainability, that are practiced till today. Don’t miss the chance to speak to the owners who together make for a walking talking encyclopedia of global history and indian culture. The interiors are resplendent with artworks from various parts of north India as well as south india. The attention to details to live in harmony with nature is a learning experience. Take a moment to read the names of the trees and look out for the birds of India. The pool is marvelous.
Authentic experience in Rajasthan
on Apr 28, 2019
My stay at Savista for five nights was one of the highlights of my travels through India, and a wonderful way to end two months of travel through Asia. Staying at Savista is like being welcomed into the home of old friends, and gives the opportunity to connect with other guests, the owners and the staff (if you would like) or sit quietly on the property enjoying the beautiful grounds and countryside away from the noise of the city. The rooms are spacious, clean and thoughtfully decorated with individual sundecks overlooking the pool, and the dinners were the best I ate while in India, made from the owner's handed-down family recipes. The owners are lovely and engaging, and will help plan your stay in the Jaipur area depending on your interests. The property is located approximately 45 minutes from Jaipur, so travel times should be considered when planning your time there, as this adds considerable time in the car when going into the city for the day. It should also be noted that this is not a traditional hotel --- it is a private property which offers warm, hospitable and welcoming service, but you should not expect a tv in every room as in a traditional box hotel, which for me was part of the charm and appeal. A truly unique, relaxing experience in the Rajasthan countryside.
Serenity and Serendipity
on Apr 26, 2019
Staying at Savista is akin to a homecoming, even if one is not from the peaceful outskirts of Jaipur, where it awaits discovery like a jewel. We were treated like long lost relatives, looked after and taken care of like family by our lovely hosts with the support of warm, diligent staff. The hotel staff did not speak English, but were always cheerfully and kindly attentive--they were obviously treated very well by the owners, who have done an amazing job of creating an enlightened oasis amidst the tensions of modern life and a modernizing India. At Savista, everything felt very intentional, from their employment policies to the sophisticated interior design to the farm-to-table dinner menus. It was a perfect home base from which to explore the Jaipur area, but the impromptu conversations with our hosts soon became the highlight of our stay. I came to Savista looking for a little luxurious respite and found much more--a genuine connection to the surrounding land and the wonderful people who live and work there. I can't recommend it enough and I hope to be back again and again.