Reached Zest 'Danish Villa' at 12.15pm on April 20th 2011. This place is on the road next to St.Stephen's Church opposite the Collector's Office, close to St. Hilda's School. An old 179 year old Villa on 2.33 acres of land where a Danish family resided and with the Mahindras since 1947, it was as recently as 10 years ago refurbished to accomodate 15 roo...ms and a small kids play area. This is apparently the place where Anand Mahindra stayed while studying at the Lawrence School, Lovedale and it was apparently his idea to convert it into a boutique resort. The view from the resort is breathtaking aand though it is barely a kilometer or so from the bustling Charing Cross, it is extremely quiet and serene. Rooms are done in earthy wood and are warm and cosy. Beds on raised wooden platforms add to the warmth. Modern toilets along with other amenities like LCD TV, DVD player, a tea/coffee maker make the stay a comfortable one. Though a few more lights in the rooms will make them brighter and less somber. Esp as the skies were so grey and laden with moisture and rains were imminent. Went out to sit and admire the sweeping views of the blue hills. The angry skies erupted shortly and we were driven in to a warm bed with heater on. Slept like babies! Woke up at 5, had a hot cuppa, changed and ventured out into the freshly washed outdoors which gleamed, had some hot buns at a bakery and bought some caps to cover our ears, at Charing Cross, went driving around, admiring and enjoying the cold breeze. Temperature was 12deg and falling! Returned home for a simple meal while Toshu went to the restaurant to enjoy a full buffet, which was a major peeve for Ranga and me, as we eat very sparingly and a buffet meal priced at Rs.450/- + tax pp is wasted on us and the resort was not serving any a la carte which was silly as they had a full occupancy and am sure they would have had takers. Other than that we had a great time, as there are plenty of eating options available in Ooty.!
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- Also Known As:
- Zest Danish Villa India/Ooty (Udhagamandalam)