I leave my tent when I am hungry, and take a stroll to the open-sided, canvas-covered dining area that looks out over a swimming pool. Meal times are flexible, depending on when you have returned from your game drive or excursion, or simply on when you feel like eating. Suján Jawa is part of the Relais and Chateaux hotel group, and meals are tasty, creatively presented, and memorable. Salads are available at lunchtime, with ingredients grown in the kitchen garden or sourced from nearby farmers. Local fishermen procure fresh fish. The kitchen behind the dining area is open-sided, and guests who would like to watch food preparation are welcome. The wine list is small, but carefully curated. I selected the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand to accompany my homemade pasta.
Private dining is available where romantic settings, superb cuisine — much of it Indian — and the sounds and scents of nature make for unforgettable moments. The lanterns, canvas chairs, steel tables with wooden tops, and the careful details of the meal are exquisite.
After travelling for many weeks, I was particularly pleased with a treatment at the camp spa. My therapist was a gentle, soft-spoken man from Nagaland in Northeastern India, who transformed my feet from hard to pretty.
This is an exceptional safari, and a rare opportunity to see man and nature in astonishing harmony. It was a spiritual encounter for me to experience the boulder-strewn landscape, engage with the Rabari people, visit the local temples, and be pampered in stylish elegance. beyondthetaj.com; ethiopianairlines.com