Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh National Park

You may not think ‘safari’ and instantly think of India, but it is in fact one of the best places in the world to do just that and Samode Safari Lodge is one of our favourite post-safari boltholes. You’re in the heart of India’s expansive forest land here, with the lodge blending seamlessly into the surroundings and rewarding guests with incredible jungle vistas and a unique wildlife encounter.


Set on the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park, in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, this is the ultimate place in India to spot Bengal Tigers.


With only 12 villas, Samode Safari Lodge has a laid-back atmosphere set in tranquil surroundings overlooking Banhavgarh. The interiors retain an authentic safari feel with white linens, dark wood furnishings and traditional Indian touches such as hand woven rugs. Dine on the terrace overlooking the forest, relax by the fire or unwind by the beautiful pool.


Not only is the lodge in a prime location for getting up close with the largest cats in the world, but it’s also great for families. If your little ones are feeling inspired after their safari, they can learn ranger skills themselves with the guidance of one of the lodge’s resident rangers, from how to spot tiger tracks to recognising the calls of the local birdlife.