Hotel architecture in India confronts a number of design challenges that call for using local craft and building materials. The importance of creating unique stone structure with local tradition is crucial for hotel architecture design in India. Though hotel design architects are many in number, few have built small hotel designs that are intimate and in keeping with local traditions. Gautam Bhatia specializes in making exteriors and interiors conform to their locations.
A six acre mango orchard along the river bed outside Corbett Park became the setting for the retreat. Planned as a getaway from Delhi, its easy accessibility combined with the shadowed mango groves provides a setting of quiet rejuvenation. Twenty rooms set under trees are meant to suggest the solitary hut in the forest. Though linked to the main hotel, their isolation in the orchard acts as a reminder of a once forgotten place, the forest lodge.