We recently spent four nights at the Windoo Resort and were very pleased with the experience. Windoo is situated along the banks of Erhai Lake a few kilometers from Dali Ancient Town, a very serene setting. The large deck has a variety of seating options perfect for relaxing with a book all afternoon. You can also order snacks, such as dumplings, and cold beer from the kitchen throughout the day.
Our room on the second level was cute, though it looked like it could use a good scrubbing. The resort is plagued by swarms of mosquitoes and gnats due to its proximity to the lake and evidence of them being killed was left behind on the walls and ceiling. Our room was filled with them upon check-in and after closing all the windows, we set about killing as many as we could with the old, dirty slippers left in the room. We asked the cleaning staff not to open the windows in our room during our stay, and ran the a/c unit which helped keep the insects at bay. I would definitely recommend packing some mosquito repellent.
Breakfast was included in our room rate and was excellent. As Westerners, we were served eggs, bacon, toast, yogurt, fruit, coffee and tea, while the Chinese guests got what looked like a noodle soup. The meal is served in the lobby, where guests are constantly coming and going, often forgetting to close the door behind them. It was quite drafty at times and not super relaxing. Eating outside isn't really an option because of the insects. Incense coils or Citronella would make such a difference.
We ate dinner at Windoo twice and were extremely impressed. There was no menu, instead the kitchen just sent out a variety of Chinese dishes. These ranged from a delicious meatball Massaman-style curry to savory eggplant cooked in a clay pot and topped with a poached egg. Sauteed vegetables and rice were served at every meal. The special Erhai Lake fish was tasty, though would have been better had the chef filleted it and removed the hundreds of tiny bones.
The staff was very kind and one woman speaks very good English. They will call a taxi to take you anywhere you want to go. It cost 25RMB to get to Dali Ancient Town. Bikes are also available, free of charge, and it's lovely to ride through the countryside and surrounding villages. We would stay here again.
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