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Orange County Resorts Kabini
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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“WHAT A PLACE!”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

We went to Kabini last week of June, 2014. It already started raining. But let me start with the journey from Bangalore, it's around 250 km, took little more than six hours. last 20 km road is bad, it may take around 30-40 minutes.

The property is on the bank of river Kabini, on the other side of Nagarhole National Park. Theme of the resort is wild life and tribal lifestyle. Cottages and villas have thatched roofs covered with hays. Depending on categories, each cottages/villas has jacuzi/lilly pool.

Service is prompt and of great quality, check in, check out and any thing whatever was requested. Food is interesting. Buffet spread includes normal Indian, both south and north, continental, interesting addition is local organic cuisine. Food is tasty, we enjoyed it.

Group of naturalists are extremely knowledgable and friendly - we interacted with Venkat and Shammugam and Praveen(?). They're always helpful. We've gained lots of knowledge by interacting with them. There are two types of safaris, one can undertake; boat and vehicle, we went for vehicle safari. It was a great experience.

There are also other activities, which one can undertake - sunset cruise, coracle ride etc.

It's advisable to explore the property as it's very big, full of birds and trees. There are sevral lounges and reading rooms which provide quite ambience.

This place is more sort of speciality eco friendly hotel, not providing normal week end entertainment. One needs to remember, there is no activities outside the hotel except safari.

It's a great value for money spent, which is in any standard is on higher side, compared to standard hotel rates. However, in my opinion, it's money well spent.

Certain interesting points to remember - room service food is costlier than compared to restaurant price. This is primarily to encourage guests to have food at restaurant, which are included in the package. However, they do serve in the room under exceptional circumstances. Bar items are costly. Small eats and cold drinks kept in the room are included in the package. Each room is fitted with a RO unit for drinking water. We liked the concept of French Press unit in the room - can enjoy filter coffee in the room quickly. There are cultural programme and a documentary film show in the evening, which are quite informative. If someone is fond of safaris and nature walk, three nights stay is advisable.

In short, we enjoyed and will always have intention to go back.

Room Tip: Almost all rooms are great, but we liked rivers near the river. Room no 316 is great in its category...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

There was a vast diff between Orange County coorg & kabini. Coorg was amazing, paradise of hospitality but in kabini it was lacking passion of work. Here, staff were making faces for what they are assigned. It does not look like they are happy doing their job.

  • Stayed June 2014
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OrangeCountyResorts, General Manager at Orange County Resorts Kabini, responded to this review, June 29, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings to you!

We would like to specially thank you for giving us feedback at the time of your departure on the specific instances of service deficiency at the resort. That was really helpful. We take guest feedback very seriously and take corrective action wherever required, at the earliest.

At Orange County, we are proud of our team, and service deficiencies are rare to say the least. We sincerely apologize for our deficiencies in service. We have noted the same, and have already taken corrective measures in terms of briefing our staff, and have additionally included this as part of our continuous training programme.

Let me assure you of a world class holiday experience on your next visit to Orange County, Kabini.

Warm Regards,

 General Manager – Operations
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

The travel from South Bangalore to Orange County is about 5hrs by car. However, the journey is worth it, as the moment you enter the property, you feel absolutely excited. The property is located on the banks of Kabini. The rooms are well made, with private Jacuzzi. The pools are well maintained. The living room and bed rooms are awesome. Traditional from the outside, yet modern within with good modern amenities within the cottages.

The food is the best! Awesome food on all the days we stayed there. The service of the Resort staff is simply exemplary.

The visit to the Nagerhole National Park, the Nature Walk are attractions and well organized by the Resort.

An experience worth repeating. I will be back again at Orange County!

Room Tip: For a family of 2 adults and one child, the Jacuzzi Hut will be awesome, the bed is large and you wi...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

Great Place , well kept , great food & THRILLING WILD LIFE EXPERIENCE .
Highlights - Boat safari which is unique as allows you to go deep inside the park & vehichle safari during which wild dog prey chase & tiger sighting beautifully anticipated and explained by very experienced senior naturalist Venkat . A MUST VISIT PLACE

Room Tip: Rooms near the Infinity Pool / Kabini view can be near to restauraunts .
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Guys just go and stay In the resort it's an amazing fun and peaceful resort I loved the ambience and surely everyone visiting this resort In kabini is loving each and everything about the resort we stayed last year but the memories is like I have just came from vacation from kabini and please whenever I visit kabini don't miss the jungle safari it's fun u can't miss

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

We had heard so much about Orange County that we were prepared to be disappointed, but the place lived up to its reputation.
The resort is on the backwaters of the Kabini River and this provides for a beautiful and serene backdrop to your overall experience. Rooms are a bit dated but you do not go to Orange County to lounge around in your room! Food is great - we gorged only on the South Indian stuff which was outstanding and authentic but I could see the rest of the selection was being enjoyed by the other guests.
Where Orange County really scores is 1. The staff who are friendly and prompt almost to a fault and 2. Its investment on making it a truly wildlife / environment friendly set-up - the naturalists are all clued-in, passionate and outgoing and there is lots of evidence to show that the management is dedicated to the cause.
One last comment - go there for a minimum of 3 days, anything less would not do you or the place any justice.
One suggestion to the guys running the resort - do change your mattresses, they are lethal for anyone with a suspect back.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the OC, Kabini from 6-9th June 2014. The property, the staff, the service was top notch! Very comfortable rooms, well appointed interiors and lavish food spread during meals. The BBQ restaurant was superb! Ankita, our hostess took great care right from check in till check out, and even after to know if we reached back safely! Vishnu, the restaurant manager was great. Venkat & Shanmugam, the naturalists were very knowledgable and friendly. The safaris were excellent. Spotted 2 leopards :-)
The boat safari is a must do! Mr. Joydeep, the resident manager ensured a smooth & memorable stay.
Thank you everyone at OC, Kabini!
Cheers,
Sanjeev

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Orange County Resorts Kabini
Address: Bheeramballi Village and Post | HD Kote Taluk, Mysore District, Nagarhole National Park 571116, India
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Location: India > Karnataka > Nagarhole National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Nagarhole National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Orange County Resorts Kabini 5*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orange County’s 'Spirit of the Land' philosophy finds its most intimate expression at Kabini. While you are cradled in the lap of luxury, the resort gives you a wildlife experience like no other, and enjoins you to be part of the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe. Steeped in local culture, and inspired in design by the Hadis (tribal villages), this picturesque resort is bordered on two sides by Kabini River. ... more   less 
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Orange County Kabini Mysore

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