The Nahar Retreat & Spa - an excellent getaway!
While we didn't actually stay at Nahar, we didn't have to. We chanced upon the hotel while looking for a place to eat at Kotagiri, and we were hooked!
The food served at their restaurant 'Prana' is affordable, hygienic, freshly cooked and simply delicious. Its better than the fare dished out in most big-city hotels, and completely in a different league for a small place like Kotagiri. Their idlis & dosas melt in your mouth, the North Indian food & soups were delicious, and the tea...although a tad expensive...is quite simply the best I've had so far. At one point we felt their garlic fried rice was undercooked, and after a few attempts at rectifying it they replaced the entire dish without the slightest complaint.
We asked to see the rooms, and although expensive at Rs. 5000 + taxes a room, they're luxurious and well-maintained. The balconies all look out onto the lawn and we especially loved the spacious & modern bathroom :) Their spa is a franchisee of the Kairali brand of spas, but we didn't get to see or experience the spa facilities.
The staff, from the old gardener to the waiters to the chef, are very courteous and friendly, and the hotel manager Babu went out of his way to make us feel at home even though we weren't in-house guests. Suffice to stay we spent most of our 1.5 day stay in Kotagiri out on their lawn, sipping heavenly tea, eating tasty food and looking out at the marvelous view beyond. It was as homely as it gets in a star hotel.
My honest opinion is that, if its within your budget, you will love staying at the Nahar retreat...but beware, you might just be tempted to kidnap their chef :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heavenly Healing , the rooms n facilities are modernized to the point of total comfort and convenience while maintaining the old world charm of this over hundred year site at Kotagiri. A short scenic drive from Ooty town, Nahar Retreat at Kotagiri is perhaps your ultimate weekend getaway. Nestled amongst the pristine Nilgiri Hills, the Retreat combines old world charm with all the amenities of a Modern and Stylish hotel. The Retreat provides an enriching insight into the unique culture of the Nilgiri Hills. Take long walks through the lush green tea estates dotted along the off-beaten path or sip a freshly brewed cup of the world famous Nilgiri Tea as you laze around in absolute bliss. ... more less
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