Complete with luxury linens, 24 hour hot-cold running water, the property has 16 cottages complete with air-conditioning, heating, fully equipped bathrooms, study table, wardrobe and a dressing area. While having all the modern amenities, each cottage is designed in the local architectural style to resemble ‘dhanis’ or tribal huts from the outside, while being comfortable and familiar inside.
The desert lets you experience many seasons and colours in the span of a day. So that you can enjoy the sky changing colours with panoramic views of the desert while sipping your tea in the morning, reading a book in the evenings or stare into nothingness late in the nights, there is a private patio adjoining each cottage. It comes with locally made cane chairs and a tea table.
The accommodation experience is complete with ensuite bathrooms with a bath cubicle, wash sink and a luggage table. The bathrooms are spacious, airy and are fitted with an air-conditioner as well.
As the last rays of the sun escape the horizon, the Sunset Deck is the best venue to watch this drama of light and shadow unfold. The Deck’s open air bar becomes the most relaxing place to unwind after a day full of active exploration of the region.
A circular room with large windows overlooking the eerie beauty of the undulating desert. Located at the North Western edge of the property, the well stocked bar provides stunning views of the sunset, even as you relax with a drink.
As the evening melts into night, you may be lucky enough to view a fox scurrying away in the moonlight, a jackal howling in the distance, or an owl hooting as it swoops down to catch a hare. These occasional noises only deepen the soothing silence.
There is an array of board games and a mini library for those who prefer such diversions.
Fresh, unpolluted desert air whets the appetite. The dining cottage is located at the center of the property. A large, cheerful area bustling with activity and courteous service, it can be considered to be the heart of Dera Dune Retreat, which lies at the heart of the desert triangle!
The dining hall has an embroidered cloth ceiling, giving it the look of a medieval tent, which adds to the charm and romance. It can seat up to 40 people at one time and offers a selection of Indian, continental and local delicacies cooked by expert chefs to finger licking perfection.
In the middle of a golden courtyard abutted by a dome shaped pavilion or chattri lies an oasis within this oasis- the swimming pool. The water’s surface is gently ruffled by a passing breeze.
Here, after a day of active exploration of the region, you can sit back on deckchairs and dream the afternoon away, waiting for that most spectacular and awaited time of day, the sunset, which is best observed from the Sunset deck.
As the evening moves into the night, it time for the music of the spheres to descend to earth. At the amphitheater, with the backdrop of a gently running fountain, famed folk musicians sing of the stories of valour, love and sacrifice that the desert sand is seeped with.