We stayed here for 2 nights in October 2011. The main purpose of staying here was to visit Puri temple and also utilise the time share which had been purchased by a family member. The road to the resort is non existent. One has to drive thru a part of the beach and there is no street lighting at all. There are just 2 or 3 hotels in this end of the road. That way, it is good as it is far from the hub and quiet. But, one cannot come here without a car. The rickshaws refuse to ply to the resort due to the rough road.
The resort spans over a large area, but more than 50% of the area lies undeveloped. The renovation and improvement has started now as per the senior personnel posted there.
The front desk was very helpful and the check in was smooth. The restaurant had an ok fare and the staff was very courteous. There was a meal scheme which one could opt for which made the food pricing very competitive. It was value for money and the fare was ok.
The travel desk was good and he offered us help for smooth darshan. We did not take the offer though. There was no extra cost involved. They also tried to organise some games, but the group was too small, since most guests were on the beach or on some sightseeing.The private beach near the hotel was exclusive, because it was far from the main beach.
The room was very spacious and we had a kitchenette as it was a time share room. The AC made such a racket and they could not resolve it and wanted us to change the room. This was very troublesome to stay in 2 rooms in 2 nights, so we opted to turn off the AC instead.
What the resort needs to do is get the road in order. From here one can easily go to the Konark Sun Temple, which is a world heritage site and also the Chilika lake. There were not much dolphins though and no migratory birds yet.
All in all, it was a pleasant stay, maybe dec/jan weather would have been more pleasant.
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