Bengaluru is home to many good resorts. Many new ones have mushroomed up in the past few years amid increasing demand for the same. While some cater primarily to corporates and organise team building activities, some are focused more towards families looking for a weekend getaway.
We at Bucketlist.Asia were on the lookout for the latter kind, where a family can getaway from their home for atleast 2 days and spend some quality time with one another.
We used a combination of online portals to shortlist potential resorts that met our requirements which primarily included cleanliness, good facilities, greenery & luxury/feel-good factor.
While we found a handful, most of them seemed to be steeply priced considering it was the diwali vacations. We saw most of them bearing a tag of INR 9000 to INR 14000 for a 1-night stay. Some were priced even higher.
There was however one particular resort that stood out. It not only matched our requirements but was also priced very reasonably at just INR4700. The price was for 2 adults and 2 kids for a 1 night 2 day stay along with complimentary breakfast.
The deal seems too good to back out. We checked it up online for more information and reviews and it passed the test. We hence went ahead and booked the same 2 days prior to our check-in (8 Nov).
Now… Only time would tell if the getaway would be a memorable one or a price-trap.
It was finally judgement day (lol) and we arrived at the Devanhalli-based resort after a good 90 minute drive. The roads were brilliant. Kids loved watching the planes taking off and landing as we passed the airport toll (which BTW costs INR85 one-way).
As we arrived at the resort we noticed that this was part of a huge township (apparently 130 acres) called Orchards being built by Bangalore realtor Brigade Group. While the apartments seemed to be in final stages of completion, the resort (which would perhaps act as the club house for the residents of this township in the future) was completely operational.
The resort’s facade is the first thing that you notice. It is simple & classy. As we entered we were greeted by a small water-body at the entrance. A sign there said this was a venture of Valmark, Brigade and Classic group of companies.
We were greeted at the reception with some smiling faces, the first signs that hospitality here would be top notch. While they did make us wait for 30 minutes before giving us our room key (swipe card actually) , we appreciated the same as it was a good 90 minutes before their standard check in time of 3pm.
The resort was beautiful. We loved the architecture. The highlight was the staircase, it had some beautiful curves to it. The greenery and open spaces were an added bonus. A huge banyan tree beyond the cafe was an attention grabber.
The rooms were well laid out. It had a pretty large bed that could fit 4 with a little struggle (ha). A balcony with a nice view. It also had the basic elements you would seek in a luxury resort such as Dth and WiFi, a clean bathroom with quality fixtures and fittings, a decent range of toiletries. What we liked a lot was the small messages in the room that showed their concern for the environment.
Coming to the food, the breakfast buffet had a good spread both continental & Indian. Choco Donuts was a hit with the kids. The lunch and dinner buffet’s were priced at INR550 +taxes. This seemed like a good deal considering the spread. The a la carte menu was priced reasonably too (in case you are planning to go light (both on the tummy & the wallet).
As for the facilities, there was everything that you would expect from this kind of a resort such as table tennis, squash, tennis, gym, badminton, basketball, indoor games, etc. The highlight was however the indoor pool, which was open till 9pm & the huge football ground.
We also loved the various tit bits which made the resort stand out. These included the cute baby chairs at the dining area, fruit infused water in the hallways, chocolate themed cafe with colourful chairs & the huge varieties of plants with names attached.
Costing INR 4700 for a night on ibibo (tip – deals found on online portals were much better than those offered by the resort), this resort is what we would call a luxury experience on a budget.