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Reni Pani, India

One of India’s great secret gems – Reni Pani resort on the outskirts of Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

Where is it?
On the outskirts of Satpura National Park, three hours from Bhopal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh

Why is it amazing?
Beautiful Reni Pani is one of India’s most prized finds.

This debut resort owned by Fiaz and Ali Rashid, sons of the royal family of Bhopal, has 12 mud-brick guest cottages, a restaurant and pool tucked into the luxuriant folds of the rehabilitated teak forest on the edge of Satpura National Park.

While the accommodation is not lavish but comfortable – think organic cotton sheets and clay floors – it’s the service that sets Reni Pani apart.

Sincere and personable, half the staff come from farming communities within a two-kilometre radius of the resort.

This is a bonus for guests, who are led on cycling trips and walks through the countryside, stopping for chai at the local goat farmer’s house, picking their own vegetables for the kitchen, and enjoying cocktails and fabulous barbecues by torch flame in little-known local hotspots, like a stunning dried-up river bed.

Don’t leave without
Going on safari in Satpura National Park. Once the exclusive game reserve for officers of the British Raj, it is now a little visited reserve alive with leopards, sloth bears and tigers

When to go
Wildlife watching season is from October to June

Details
Single occupancy from $210 per night including full board; +91 7552661100; renipanijunglelodge.com

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