We are a family of three including a 4 year old . Just back from our first trip to Orissa. We had booked into Toshali Sands a month prior. As we reached the day of our journey we were a bit worried looking at the bad reviews we read. The booking process was very smooth and fast. We called for a pick up from the station as the train was late. The response was prompt and the driver was waiting for us as we arrived. Taken to the resort we were checked in immediately . The room was small but comfortable. We had many meals at the restaraunt and except for one A la carte order the food was very tasty. The service at the restaraunt was very friendly and quite prompt . We enjoyed the bengali food for the Bengali food festival that was on at the time of our visit. The buffets were also very good. A good spread . A special mention about the paneer dishes. The twice a day complimentary drops into the city are certainly useful as the resort is a bit away for the main city.
The grounds are beautifully green and vast. Lovely to see birds hopping around. We visited toshali's beach . Super. Reassuring to have a lifeguard there all the time. House keeping was prompt and fixed any problems quite fast. Travel desk helped us with our visits to different places. The front desk was very receptive. They have a extensive childrens play area.
To look at drawbacks... Toshali hosts conferences and get togethers that can get noisy. We were not thrilled to have our room right next to one such get together. We asked for a change of room they shifted us out to the back of the resort Initially we were wondering why we were given the last rooms but turned out to be good. The room was a bit older but clean and we did not have any problems with water . In addition being a bit secluded gave us a really quiet time watching the morning birds .
The resort is not on the beach so you need to plan your beach outings.
Altogether a very good experience.
As another reviewer pointed out yes you need to give good tips. But I cannot see why not. When we pay Rs 1000 a meal is it not fair too off a good tip to people to whom it makes a difference?
As travelers, as much as we are demanding should we not also be responsible. The travelers who use the facilities of the private beach etc do not think twice about growing their trash on the beach. The lifeguard was clearing up quite a bit of rash the ubiquitous chips packets, cigarette packets! Diapers!!All definitely what the Toshalis guests left behind! We as Indians become bigger travelers but still think our country is our trash can!
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