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Eco ‘duning’ on the edge of Jaipur

Signum Eco Dera Resort & Spa blends the best of Rajasthan’s royal heritage with the great outdoors, amid the destination’s sweeping sand dunes.

Easily the most popular hotel category over the better part of the last year have been ones that were secluded and spacious, offering respite from densely populated cities. For those in search of such abodes, here’s a new opening — and in the vicinity of the ever popular travel destination of Jaipur.

Sand dunes rajasthan
The boutique eco-property is surrounded by natural beauty such as these majestic sand dunes.

Signum Eco Dera Resort & Spa, Jaipur, part of Signum Hotels & Resorts, a hotel management company, has just opened its doors. The resort, located 70 kilometres southwest of Jaipur, is the brand’s second property in Rajasthan.

Signum is a relatively new hotel management company operating hotels and resorts in multiple countries. Its range of properties includes several hotels across India, 18 service apartments in London, besides property signings in Greece, Israel, USA, Dubai and Belgrade. It aims to manage 5,000 keys by 2023. The India-based hospitality management company provides B2B services in the form of hospitality solutions besides catering to the B2C market as well.

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Boutique charms

Eco dera resort exterior
The resort offers intertwined charms of haveli-style architecture, heritage and modernity.

Blending traditional Rajasthani hospitality with state-of-the-art modern amenities and comforts, Signum Eco Dera Resort & Spa is a 36-room property offering the intertwined charms of heritage and modernity, in a destination known for wind-swept sand dunes.

Signum eco resort restaurant
The luxurious rooms and in-house restaurant have windows adorned with brightly coloured glass.

The haveli-style architecture of the eco-resort shelters spacious, resplendent rooms that offer views of the ancient Aravallis and the bucolic landscape of the Chandsen village. The windows are adorned with brightly coloured glass, similar in the style to Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal and Nahargarh Palace. The resort also showcases exquisite painting and carving techniques in its architecture, similar to those used in building majestic historic mansions that dot the region.

The elegance of the haveli and the serene atmosphere of the resort are an antithesis to quintessential city life. From the wide columned open terrace (Akash Ganga) you can see a brilliant night sky, a boon to star gazing enthusiasts. Telescopes are provided on request. Tent facilities for camping under the stars are also available, also on request.

The property has a baori (step well), crucial for water management in past centuries. The area around the step well is an ideal location for organizing yoga and meditation camps in which the resort’s experienced wellness professionals guide visitors.

Ancient baori yoga sessions
The ancient baori is an atmospheric venue for yoga sessions.

Spread over 10 acres, Signum Eco Dera Resort, as the name suggests, is in absolute harmony with the natural ecosystem. A nature lover’s delight, the luxury resort, on the edge of Jaipur, epitomises sustainable tourism with green practices such as rain water harvesting, solar power usage, organic farming including chef’s garden, as well as dairy farming. Small orchards on the property offer ready seasonal produce that are used in the resort’s kitchen, bringing alive the farm-to-fork experience for its guests. Another highlight is the onsite cow dairy that provides for fresh dairy products for consumption at the resort.

Guests can enjoy farm-to-table dining with organic produce at the multi-cuisine restaurant and an eclectic range of beverages at the Bar. The resort serves fresh, organic, delicious gourmet vegetarian food to suit every palate.

On the hotel launch, Mehul Sharma, Founder & CEO, Signum Hotels & Resorts said, “Though times are challenging, leisure travel will still be the first segment to bounce back as soon as the current pandemic surge subsides. We are hopeful the current situation will improve and business will be back on track soon.’

Yoga sessions at signum eco dera resort
An ideal wellness escape, the resort combines yoga sessions in the great outdoors with a plush spa.

Surrounded with natural beauty and calm, the luxury resort is an ideal wellness escape. The hotel spa features a range of Ayurvedic treatments to help relax and rejuvenate. For the active traveller, there are a host of activities such as trekking, forest walks, cycling excursions, bird watching, jungle patrolling, star gazing, country side camping and village tours on demand.

The resort’s multiple event venues can accommodate 80 to 3,000 people. Guests can choose to organize events indoor or plan a more lavish, yet intimate celebration at the open-air amphitheater, with a picture-perfect mountain view as the backdrop. Its wide, spacious and fully equipped halls serve as a great venue for business meets, medical conferences, seminars and workshops as well as destination weddings and other social celebrations – when they become possible.

The nearest village to the resort is Malpura, dotted with lakes and temples. The central Rajasthan region is naturally endowed with a variety of wildlife and flora while breathtaking sand dunes are a short drive away.

Location: Village Chandsen, Malpura, Tonk – 304501, Rajasthan

How to get there: The resort is about 76 kilometres / 1.5 hours from Jaipur airport and around 94 kilometres / two hours from the Jaipur railway station by road.

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