Baghvan, Pench National Park, India
The luxury African safari experience comes to the subcontinent.
Location: A nature preserve in India's northwestern hinterlands, a one-hour flight from Bombay to Nagpur followed by a two-hour drive.
Pedigree: A-listers CC Africa and Taj Hotels & Resorts have teamed up here, with Taj supplying the service and CC Africa bringing in the naturalists.
Style Design: After following Bengal tigers and leopards in a Tata truck outfitted with an overstuffed picnic basket, guests retire to one of 12 suites, where irreverent touches (a rotary-dial phone) combine with traditional ones (ebony carvings). All have outdoor machans (jungle lookout towers), which can be transformed into romantic mosquito-netted hideaways for sleepouts.
Service Amenities: Bags magically appear in rooms, and the staff gathers to welcome guests. Thanks to lots of personal attention from everyone--including the pool attendant, waiters, and naturalists--no requests go unfulfilled.
Rooms to Book: For the most privacy, choose suite No. 1, located at the end of the camp's footpath. The bathroom is secluded from view; the room, on the edge of an empty ravine, offers the best spot to catch sight of deer, including the chital or the sambar.
91-11/2650-7750; www.tajsafaris.com; doubles from $1200, all-inclusive.