The first thing to note about this resort is that it is no where near Ooty or Coonoor. We probably should have done more research before going, but when it gives the location as Ooty, we only started looking out for it as we drove through Wellington. To make things more complicated, Google Maps suggests that Kurumba Village Resort is in Coonoor. After several phone calls to the resort, we realized that it was located all the way back down the mountain, about 30 minutes from Coonoor.
The drive down to the resort is a dirt track and we were getting more and more anxious with every bump and pothole. As we drove down, we consoled ourselves that many people had given Kurumba good reviews on Trip Advisor.
The resort itself is like a diamond among the rough. Tastefully and respectfully set in to the mountainside, it clings to the slopes and blends in with the nature around you. Simply put, it's completely unexpected to have something so amazing at the end of the terrible dirt track you have to first traverse to get there.
As many people have pointed out, the resort is on a very steep slope, which means if you are unfit, a few days here will sort that out. We had no problems with the climbs to the pool, games room, restaurant and reception area, but someone with less mobility might find it an issue.
The rooms are not luxurious, but are in fitting with the rest of the resort. The beds are huge and super comfy. If you are with your partner, you'll love snuggling under the covers in the cool mountain nights ;-) The bathroom is huge and comes with a bath overlooking the jungle outside. Similarly, you could lose a whole day sitting in the big wicker chairs on the balcony watching nature (and the cheeky monkeys), and if you're really lucky, spot a wild elephant!
The restaurant food was always great, we're not fussy or particular eaters, but we loved the food. The chefs will cook up different specialties each night and it was never the same thing twice. Breakfast was plentiful with both continental and Indian offerings. The restaurant itself is out in the open and overlooks the valley which provides some spectacular views as you relax with a beer or two.
We tried out the pool, simply because it had to be done. Obviously during the colder days the pool is freezing, but it is well maintained and I'm sure during warmer days you can spend a day relaxing by the pool. We were also regular visitors to the gaming room in the evenings, where they've got a full size pool table, table tennis table and chess board and carrom board outside.
There are some drawbacks to staying at the Kurumba Resort. The first is that if you are of a delicate disposition, driving up and down the mountain roads everyday to get to the tourist stuff could send you over the edge. If you are looking for a base to explore the Nilgris, then something in Coonoor or Ooty would be better.
The next drawback is because the resort is so far off the beaten track, you are literally going 'off grid'. There is no cell phone signal on any network and forget trying to use a datacard to access the Internet. The only communication in to or out of the resort is the hotel landline phone. This wasn't a problem for us, but if you need to be in touch with the outside world, Kurumba isn't for you. Being off grid also causes a problem for settling the bill at the end of the stay because the credit card machine can't get a signal to process the payment, hence, cash is required to pay the bill.
Finally, although the staff are extremely helpful, in some ways they were also a little bit inexperienced. There was some confusion at the end of the trip about our bills and we saw another guest have a bad experience with a taxi that the hotel had arranged and hadn't turned up on time. However, our experience was always impeccable.
We stayed for three nights, but with all the tourist things to do in the surrounding areas, you could easily spend 5 or 6 nights here. Would definitely stay again and recommend to friends visiting the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kurumba Village Resort is located amidst a spice plantation of nutmeg, clove trees and pepper creepers surrounded by a tropical forests on all four sides. Luxury in the lap of nature is what we offer our guests at the resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kurumba Village Hotel Coonoor