CAMBAY GOLF RESORT
The golf enthusiasts had risen early and were trying their skills on the sprawling green lawns. The nine-hole Cambay Golf Resort at Jamdoli, near Jaipur, draws eager novices, professionals and coaches. Being neither we wandered off to the pool and then the gaming room for some chess.
The small but well-equipped spa offers a wide range of therapies from classic Swedish to Chinese foot reflexology and aromasence to Indian massages. We tried the first two and recommended them to our friends who had returned after vigorous gymming and a jog around the golf resort — which at 41 acres is Jaipur's biggest.
Spicy Rajasthani tea in khullars (earthenware cups) was followed by ethnic cuisine for breakfast. Indus is a multi-cuisine restaurant but we decided to order the local specialties. So, it was missi rotis, bhindi in gravy, aloo methi, kebabs of several varieties, and the signature daal baati choorma among a large spread for lunch. At dinner the non-vegetarians drooled over Rajasthan's famed laal maas while we dug into besan gatti ki sabji, kadi-chawal, ker sangari, kadi and khichidi, drenched in ghee.
Cambay's luxury ethnic tents are roomy, cosy and aesthetically accessorised. The interiors are designed to reflect rustic elegance but with a touch of modernity. There are also tastefully done-up villas with one and two-bedroom units. After a hectic evening of shopping in the city we lingered by the poolside with its scintillating blue lights, while some wandered off for a round of the resort's speciality — night golf — a fitting end to a stay in this resort.