Expecting the unexpected is par for the course in India, but it still came as something of surprise to be sat in front of a log fire in old English surroundings, listening to heavily accented Indian singers giving a rendition of 'Leaving on a Jet Plane', before dining at white linen covered tables and finally retiring to bed with hot water bottles!
Kings Cliff is a unique place. It has a nice quiet location away from the quite grimy and bleak town that is Ooty and its manicured lawns are a suntrap and a good place to breakfast and unwind with a book. They were building an outdoor dining room on the lawn when we were there, which is testament to the great food and proof of the number of people who go there just to eat, but I think it might spoil the lawn a bit.
On the whole the staff are all really friendly and helpful, especially the head housekeeper who looked after us very well and deserves a special mention. They are quite strict with their mealtimes and have some funny rules, such as you can only have a chocolate brownie as a desert at dinner and not as a cake with an afternoon cup of tea! It amused us but more tetchy guests might not find that acceptable in a hotel that is marketing itself as luxury/boutique.
Opposite the bottom of the drive there is another restaurant/bar (can't recall name!) which has a great terrace on which to enjoy a sunset beer.
Ooty in itself did not impress us overly, but we were only there for one night. You probably need more time to really get out ans explore and see the beauty, away from the town. Munnar in Kerala is much more beautiful and easy to get out quickly to long quiet walks. The drive up to Ooty (from Mysore) and the train down are of course worth the effort!
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- Also Known As:
- Kings Cliff Ootacamund
- Kings Cliff Hotel Ootacamund
- King's Cliff India/Ooty