I went here with my wife from 20th FEB to 23rd FEB 2013. First of all to tell about the view around resort is simply superb, awesome, mind blowing.......... Mountain on three side of the resort. Went in FEB so had snow all around the mountains and also outside our cottages . River flowing just beside the resort and you ll hear the sound of river all the day and night .You can go to the banks of river very easily and have some nice snaps too.
Location of the resort is far from the main city. About 5-6 km from mall road so you ll need a taxi/auto every time if you need to go to main city. Taxi costs Rs.200 for one way and if willing to come back it ll cost Rs.400 at no extra waiting charge during FEB month. Price might change with the season.So be ready this daily charge if at all have to go out . But if you are having your own car/jeep you ll simply love this resort.
Coming to the accommodation packages/prices:- we stayed for 3N and 4D it costed us Rs.14000 which included breakfast and dinner for the couple. But the actual package price mentioned in their website was 19000 for the same duration of stay, so call up the owner of the resort Mr. Ambarish and bargain nicely for a proper price. You might be given an option that you ll be upgraded to Luxury Suite from Classic suite. Better bargain for a good than any suite.Also one more point was when we reached the resort after couple of hours we came to know that we are the only guests in the resort. So guys if you are coming in off season make sure bargain a lot, and you ll get it
Coming to the room/cottages:- We had booked a cottage (luxury suite) and believe me you ll never regret booking a cottage. But if you are a couple i feel Classic Suite is more than enough. Luxury suite is good if there is group of 4 friends as there is an extra living room. There are two cottages which are in the different corner of the resort, try to get these as the view is simply awesome from the room too. Because rooms are having windows as big as the wall of the room and when curtains are opened you ll simply love the view. Also we were given a room heater and as well as hot air blower. Both are the most essential ones if you are coming in winter. As the cottages are exposed to the outside chilled air breezing down from the mountain you room, clothes almost everything will be cold always . An old colour TV with limit channels and that too very poor quality is provided in the room but its good if upgraded to LCD/LED TV as these old junks spoils the luxury feeling when inside the rooms.
Food :- Was it our bad luck or the menu is for only name sake i dont know. But the food tasted the same whatever you order especially main course preparations. And many items very present in menu. First day morning breakfast we had poori with channa and paratha felt nice having it. In the same day night we were exhausted and wanted to have tandoori roti with some good dish, But "sorry sir no tandoori preparations "..:-(.. And have to eat tawa roti which was not hot, and the dish we felt like its the one remaining from morning preparation is served now. Same taste as the one served with poori. Next day we were bored with the taste so planned to order any South Indian food..."Sorry Sir nahi hai".. finally ate bread toast and omlette.. Night we were thinking what to order. So as thought of ordering garlic bread or any pizza type preparation . "Sorry sir woh to nahi hai"....:-(.. I dont remenber what we ordered.. And this continued for all the rest of the days we stayed there............. Highland Park management if you are reading this kindly improve the food taste and quality or change the cheff.
Room Service and Staff: Very friendly no doubt about it. Very calm nobody was rude or any misbehaviour. I remember Thakurji the coolest guy at the reception. But please keep updated on the power if its failed when it might come back and ask if guests need candles or any help . Also please plan to have some surprises for honeymooners .
Yes not to mention resort does not has a backup/generator during power failure.
1. Nice location, far from crowd
2. Good cottages worth a staying
3. Nice river view and easily accessible
1.Far from main city need a taxi to go to city
2.Food limited to only what is available in the resort and limited taste
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