It was time to splurge on my solo biking trip. I have been hearing about Wildflower for years and always wanted to stay here. I took the hilly route from Sundernagar, via Tattapani with breath-taking scenery all along the way. The wind gets colder and the trees get taller as you approach Mashobra.
I was moving really slow and looking out for the place, and then I spotted the understated tiny signboard. I knew luxury awaited me.
The entrance is magical. A long and steep cobbled pathway lined with trees. As I rode up the lobby and parked, I created a minor flutter. I guess solo bikers do not really stop over here. The charm of any property is always its people. And the GM of the place Mr. Abhishek Sharma leads from the front. As I was parking, he greeted me with a Mr. Mittal? I was wondering where you were. Before I knew it, I was in my room. Jyoti, a gracious front desk hostess completed my check-in formalities inside the room.
Oberoi loves their wood paneled furniture, and the rooms are well furnished as expected. There is a study table, separate closet area, a bathtub, and a shower. No balcony but, windows that open. The valley facing rooms are costlier, but, I would suggest opting for the garden facing rooms. That is where all the action is. I saw teenagers posing and forcing their friends to click their pictures; a couple sitting on a bench, the wife looking into space, the husband conducting business on his cell phone; a family playing croquet; kids laughing and running around; two women deep in conversation, with their respective phones.
They do not have a wide variety on their menu, but the dishes are fairly decent, and well presented. The quantities are large, and each entrée could easily serve 2 people.
Wildflower is situated in the midst of a protected cedar forest, and they have their own private trail leading into the forests. Abhishek insists upon you carrying a walking stick. When I hesitated he said “Take one. Let the monkeys know who’s boss.” The trail is a simple 3 km turnabout with mild gradients, and cedar forest on both sides.
You feel like a part of the family when you stay here. The staff is really interested in your well-being, and take really good care of you. They look genuinely happy to be of assistance.
When you check-in, at least 3 people warn you to keep your windows closed, due to the monkeys around the property. They even have their pet languor Tarzan to keep them clear. I did not see a single monkey for 2 days and wondered what the fuss was all about. On the third day, I spotted a monkey roaming on the roof looking for an open window. He almost made it too!
The fitness center is very well equipped. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool, and a Jacuzzi facing the valley.
The restaurant has tables inside, and an outdoor grill area. Do spend some time here, and watch the fascinating cloudscape. I was lost for hours.
I experience true contentment in my stay at Wildflower, and shall cherish every moment. Thank you Abhishek, and team for such a wonderful stay!
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