It was my dad's birthday on the Republic Day of India and that's when we planned we will give him a surprise birthday party in the middle of the jungle at Shoghi. I called Aamod about a week in advance and booked a family premium cottage. The guy who took the reservation(Lalit) was quite helpful and gave us all the possible options that there could be. We started from Delhi at 6 pm and reached our destination at 2 am. The resort is right on the highway and easily accessible.
As we entered we realised that the car parking was about 500 meters from the cottages. A shuttle takes all "passengers" from the parking to the cottage. You can choose to walk. The property even at night looked beautiful. Cottages in the middle of a jungle always fascinated us. Our cottage was a cosy little set of three rooms. The 24 hour restaurant was a real relief after the long journey. Tea and sandwiches in the cold of the night were amazing. The staff was polite and arranged for heaters in all the rooms on request(which is what you would expect after paying the money you do.). The only disadvantage of staying in the family cottage is that it is far from the reception and with parents it became a little difficult because of the steep flight of stairs. This I thought should have been told while we were booking the rooms.
The breakfast next day was just OK. Could have been a lot better I guess..The idlis were cold and stale and the sambhar was also served cold.The choley in the "choley bhature" just OK. The fruit salad was served on a quarter plate. These things could have been looked after, I thought, especially when Aamod boasts of outstanding hospitality. gave this feedback to their manager who was very receptive.
For us the best part of the stay was the open air Jacuzzi in their spa. Clean and nice, the hot water jacuzzi overlooks the mountains and we had not seen anything like this earlier. It was refreshing. The spa is small but very well managed and both the spa and the jacuzzi are definitely recommended.
The overall experience was great and had we stayed for a day more we definitely would have tried their bicycle tours, rock climbing and other activities.:) Next time may be!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aamod at Shoghi, on a gentle hill slope, under a thick cover of oak and pine trees, is a natural haven that is both idealistic and comfortable- every holiday maker’s utopia. Amongst its many attractions is the unusual design philosophy, not a single tree was chopped when the property was built. The structures are built on natural clearings within the forest. Anything man-made at Aamod perfectly blends in with nature. ... more less
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