The retreat is located amidst beautiful tea estates interspersed with many other plants and trees. It is well-designed and has a very beautiful rustic feel to it. Our entire stay was for 3 nights/4 days, of which we stayed for 1 night in the Estate House and the remaining 2 nights in the Hornbill house. The stay in the Hornbill house was an out of the world experience. Waking up to a beautiful sunrise in the French window was an inexplicable experience. The only "noises" one can hear here would be the chirping of some beautiful, rare birds and insects in the thickly grown tea plantations. The place is away from the hustle-bustle of the cities and towns and is a paradisical getaway from the routine. A quiet walk down the tea plantations also revives the spirits.
There were a couple of things we loved the most here. One, was the number of coffee/ tea/ dairy whitener sachets placed in the room. Even during our stay at some of the other so-called "star hotels and resorts", we have had to go through the trouble of asking for a refill every now and then. But, here that was no issue at all. We didn't have to ask to ask for a refill even once. The rooms and bathrooms were spic and span. The view was refreshingly beautiful. And the food was served on time and was very tasty. In fact, they made it point to tell us what they were going to serve in the next meal and if we were okay with that.
However, on the downside (which I still would say is the plus-side :-D) is that Hornbill house is a short distance (about 400-500m) away from the estate and pepper houses. To reach the hornbill house, one would have to tread through a narrow path, which passes through a small waterfall (which was dry during this time of the year), and is unlit in the evenings. Also, there are about 20 stairs leading to the house itself, which might be a tough ask if you plan to travel and stay there with any elderly people in the group. There is no telephone connection or room service to the rooms and one has to go the the estate house for all the meals. So, make it a point to stay in the Estate house or Pepper house if you plan to travel with elderly people.
The team is extremely hospitable. A special thanks to Mr. Sajjan, who runs the estate. He is very helpful and has been a great host. He made sure we were comfortable throughout the trip, right from reaching the place itself. And thanks to Mr. Islam, who cooked and served us all the meals.
We stayed at this place for our anniversary. It was very nice of the team to have remembered this (which we mentioned on the call during booking) and placing a beautiful card in the room, by the time we reached there. It will remain a beautiful souvenir for us to remember the stay forever.
-> The rooms
-> The environment
-> The hospitatlity
-> The food
-> The cleanliness
-> The overall experience
Not really anything at all!
-> Lack of telephone/ room service
-> Walk to the hornbill house in the dark
Both of these matter only if one has any elderly people in the group. But, like I said earlier, in which case, one can always opt for the Estate/ Pepper house.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oland Plantation is located on a lush 120 acres of organic tea, coffee, fruit and spice plantation. Coimbatore is 2.5 - 3 hours drive through the Nilgiris. Distance to Ooty is 34kms & Coonoor is 25kms Pickups and transfers from Bangalore City, Bangalore Airport,Coimbatore Airport, Ooty & Coonoor are available. There are 3 houses-Estate house,Pepper house, Hornbill houseEstate house has 2 rooms- The Mosaic & Estate room, Pepper house has 3 rooms- Family, Panorama, Studio, Hornbill house has 2 room- Jackfruit & Waterfall room. Each room is unique and has a different view of the estate. All rooms are eco-friendly. Cable television and DVD are available in most housesOland Plantation has two waterfalls on the estate and a view of the valley below. It offers a combination of eco-friendly accommodation, organic produce, wildlife experience and community activities. The estate is sometimes visited by wildlife like bears, bisons, elephants. Many rare birds can be spotted on the estate itself. ... more less
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