There are so many occasions in our life, and for us, we always like to celebrate those special moments at The Windflower Spa & Resorts. Whether it was my mom’s birthday celebration at Windflower in Mysore, or our first road trip to Windflower Bandipur after buying our new car, our destination was always Windflower. This year happened to be our 5th year wedding anniversary, and we thought that the best place to celebrate would be at The Windflower Spa & Resorts, Coorg (hereinafter referred to as WFC.)
We set off for our destination on Friday, July 5th. The journey from Mangalore to Coorg was quite a pleasant one since the rains and the traffic decided to take rest for some time letting us reach within 3 hours.
Upon reaching Kodagu District, we found several signs guiding us towards WFC. After reaching the town of Suntikoppa, we found a sign on the left hand side of the road. At this place, we took a right turn and after traveling for about 1.6 kms from the main road, we finally reached the resort. The roads were quite muddy as a result of the monsoon season. Also, the roads were quite narrow, and we never knew when the traffic would come from the opposite direction! There was so much of greenery on the way to the resort, and part of our routine while going just about anywhere, the camera was fully charged and ready to aim and shoot!
Once we reached the main gate of the resort, the security guard guided us to the Reception area. After reaching the Reception Area, we were greeted in a traditional manner by Ms. Babitha, who happens to be the Lobby Manager at WFC. Dressed up in the traditional Coorgi style sari, she greeted us with the traditional thali which had an arathi and containers of haldi and kumkum. The staff at the front desk welcomed us with a glass of hot black coffee, which was really soothing as the weather was quite chilly. In order to freshen up, we were given small hot hand towels. It was a nice way to welcome the guests!
Before we knew it, our check-in formalities were done, and it was time to head to the room. There is a small buggy which drops off the guests to their rooms so that they do not have to walk with their luggage. There are three kinds of rooms you can choose from at WFC. One is the studio which we opted for, another is the suite, and finally, there is a villa. When there are many people, it is advisable to go for the suite or villa, but if you are just a couple, then I would recommend the studio.
We were given the first room in the row of studios. Upon entering the room, we found a huge oval shaped mirror on the wall. On the right hand side was the bathroom, which was spic and span. There happened to be an open shower as well as the normal shower. Just a few steps from the bathroom was a small closet with ample number of drawers and hangers to keep clothes and other belongings. There was also a small shelf opposite to the closets where luggage could be kept. Finally comes the spacious part of the studio with the double bed, a nice chair to relax in, a desk and chair in the corner, T.V., mini-bar, a tray filled with tea, coffee, milk powder packets, etc. We were handed a small envelope which had a welcome letter from the General Manager of WFC. In the letter, it gave us overall information about the facilities in the resort. It also had the breakfast, lunch, hi-tea, and dinner timings. The meals in WFC were all complimentary. Another thing about WFC is that there is no room service, so all the meals were served in the dining area.
There was a huge balcony overlooking the resort and I must say it had a spectacular view, especially in the rainy season. The time was almost 1 pm and we decided to head to the dining area for lunch. Lucky for us, it was not raining, so we were able to take a few photos on the way.
In order to reach the dining area, you must come to the front desk, take a left turn and come down the flight of stairs. Before reaching the last step, you can see the magnificent infinity pool at a distance. Since the weather was quite cold, we didn't venture into the swimming pool.
Lunch was served between 1 to 3 pm. We happened to be the first set of guests for lunch that day. The waiter greeted us with a smile and a bottle of water. In a few minutes, the chef, Mr. Nanda Kumar came to our table and introduced himself, asked us where we were from, and finally asked about our meal preferences. Since my husband is a non-vegetarian, he said he will make a chicken starter, and since I am a vegetarian, he made a paneer starter for me. The journey made us hungry, and we didn't wait any longer to try out the sumptuous dishes. All the meals at WFC are served in the buffet and there is no a la carte. As we walked towards the buffet, we saw the Roti counter, where a chef was making hot rotis, naans, kulchas, phulkas, and romali rotis. The number of items was endless. So there was always a soup, salad, bread, curry, rice, etc. The following were the items in the buffet for lunch.
Soup/Starter: Chicken Clear Soup, Roasted Vegetable Soup, Five Vegetable Salads, Green Salads with four kinds of dressings to choose from, two types of seasonal fruit juices, Paneer Tikka, and Gobi Pepper dry.
Main Course (V): Paneer Makhani, Veg Ball Manchurian, Urulai Varuval, Kadi Pakodi, Tomato Pappu Koora, Rasam, and Spinach and Corn Au Gratin.
Main Course (NV): Malabar Fish Curry, Chicken Stroganoff, and Szechuan Egg.
Rice/Fried Items: Vegetable Fried Rice, Steamed Rice, Curd Rice, Dahi Vada, and Paapads.
Desserts: Semiya Payasam, Ice Cream, Eggless Blueberry Cheesecake, Eggless Brownie, Eggless Mango Pastry, and Custard with Fruits.
Whatever we ate was cooked well, tasted delicious, and surely filled our stomachs to the brim! The starters that the Chef had prepared were delicious too and tasted good with the hot and soft phulkas which we had eaten it with.
We decided to take a few photos on the way back to the room which was just a 5 minutes’ walk from the front desk. The resort is well maintained and the garden is taken care of by the workers on a daily basis as they water the plants, clean the pathways, etc.
Just as we entered the room, it started to rain heavily, so immediately grabbed the camera and headed towards to the balcony to take photos of the raindrops falling on the plants. It was a breathtaking view. The climate became even colder after the first set of rains.
Hi-Tea was always served from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Normally, the snacks and beverages were served in the dining area, but since there were just a few guests, they served it in the bar area. The bar area is a huge room with plush sofas and chairs with cushions. You can see the swimming pool from the bar area too. For those who like to play pool, there is a gigantic pool table where you can enjoy the game for hours.
For Hi-Tea, they served Coffee, Tea, Cookies, and Banana Fritters. Just the perfect combination in the cold weather! The fritters were hot and we could eat it with ketchup if we wanted to.
Since the weather was in our favor that afternoon, we decided to take our routine walk where my husband was busy clicking photos of the sights around including trees, flowers, birds, and the overall resort. Whenever we visit a resort, we normally do this so that we can capture all the different areas so that if a person has not visited, he/she can get an idea of what the resort looks like. After passing the row of studios and suites, the road curved and we reached the Spa which is better known as The Emerge Spa. They are open from 9 am to 6:30 pm. A list of their services can be found in every room right next to the telephone.
From the spa, we headed towards another section of the resort which had the Villas and right before we reached the end of the row, there was a board on the left hand side that said “Lake” and after taking a small walk down the stairs, we were amazed what we saw. A beautiful artificial lake surrounded by greenery. It was a lovely spot for photographs, but the staff advised the guests not to visit this area after 6 pm. There was a cage where Swans were kept and I think in the morning, they were allowed to be set free for a small duration.
We decided to head back to our room as it was almost 6 pm and just at the end of the row of Villas, we found a Coorg Temple to the left hand side. Once we reached the room, we decided to watch some TV as there was still time for dinner which is normally served from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Due to the rains, there were lots of power cuts, but there was a generator so didn't have to worry.
It was drizzling on and off till dinner time. At WFC, they provide the guests with huge umbrellas so no need to worry about getting soaked in the rain. There were enough and more lights on the way to the reception and upon reaching there, we felt as if we had seen light at the end of the tunnel. When we were walking down the stairs to the dining area, we could hear someone singing old Hindi songs. There was a person who entertained the guest by playing his guitar and singing songs too. Unlike in the afternoon when there were not many people, the evening was packed and almost all the tables were taken. There were many couples and also a huge family of about 30 people. Once again, we were greeted by Chef Nanda Kumar who asked us how our stay was and if we wanted anything special cooked for us. That night, the chefs were busy cooking different kinds of pasta and all made to order. So we could choose the ingredients such as mushrooms or olives, garlic or cheese. The best part was the sauce which happened to be the ever popular creamy, rich, and white sauce.
We skipped the soup this time, and headed straight for the starters and main course.
Soup/Starter: Chicken Hot & Sour Soup, Cream of Tomato Basil Soup, Five Vegetable Salads, Green Salads with four kinds of dressings to choose from, two types of seasonal fruit juices, Tandoori Murgh, and Aloo Tikka.
Main Course (V): Kadai Paneer, Avial, Aloo Shimla Mirch Dry, Szechuan Okra, Dal Makhani, and Pasta Pomodoro.
Main Course (NV): Malabar Amritsari Fish, Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce, and Gosht Roganjosh.
Rice/Fried Items: Jeera Pulao, Steamed Rice, Curd Rice, Dahi Vada, and Paapads.
Desserts: Ice Cream, Eggless Gulab Jamun, and a few bakery desserts.
If I know that there is Pasta or Dal Makhani in a Buffet, then I will definitely skip the other items. That’s exactly what I did that night. The Dal Makhani tasted so creamy and yummy. The pasta was soft and since it was white sauce, which happened to be my favorite, I enjoyed it even more! I told the chef to add just cheese and garlic with the white sauce and my day was made!
As most of the bakery desserts that night were made of ‘egg’, I skipped that section. But there was a huge variety of desserts which every one enjoyed from the first bite till the last and the whole dessert section was polished off.
By the time we finished dinner, it was almost 10 p.m. and while walking back to the room, there was a slight drizzle. But thanks to the huge umbrellas provided by the Front Desk, we didn’t have to worry about getting soaked in the rain.
Around 1 a.m., the bell rang and come to see, it was a person from the Hotel Staff who came with an Anniversary Cake and a Card. We were so happy and overwhelmed by this gesture and must say the cake tasted delicious! It was a chocolate and strawberry mousse cake. Thanks to the mini-fridge in the room, we were able to keep the cake fresh until we left on Sunday.
The next day, we headed for breakfast a bit early and before the crowd arrived. The weather was pleasant and the sun was shining too. The menu for breakfast on July 6 was:
Beverages: Juice, Watermelon Juice, Strawberry Milkshake, Tea, Black Coffee, Hot Milk, Coorgi Filter Coffee, and Cold Milk
Fruit Display, Cut Fruits, Cheese & Olive Sandwich, Corn Flakes, Hash Brown Potato, Boiled Eggs, Pancakes/Waffles, Spinach & Corn Au Gratin, Dosas – Made to Order, and Omelet’s.
White Bread, Brown Bread, Croissants, Muffins, Butter, Jam, Idly, Medu Vada, Sambhar, Two types of chutney, Puliyogre, Kara Bhath, Kari Leaf Avalakki, Pineapple Kesari, Aloo Paratha, and Veg Sagu.
As I eat most of these items on a day to day basis, I decided to eat those items which I eat once in a while. Therefore, I ate a sweet doughnut which was covered in vanilla icing and waffles drizzled with maple syrup. Both of these items tasted wonderful with a cup of hot coffee. My husband opted for the typical South Indian breakfast of hot and crisp vadas with sambhar and two kind of chutney. He also enjoyed the Ghee Roast Dosa.
It started to rain on our way back to the room. So we decided to sit on the balcony and admire the view which was so peaceful and calm. It’s a magnificent site as you can see the rain drops falling on the leaves and other plants around the resort.
Since it was the weekend, there were more guests who had checked in on Friday night and Saturday morning. There are many on and off site activities at WFC. If you like to play games such as Chess, Table Tennis, Ludo, etc, you can go to the game room which is located right outside the dining area. There is a small playground next to the game room for kids to enjoy. One of the popular activities at WFC is the plantation tour which is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
For us, we looked forward to just chilling out in the room. That is the nice thing about WFC. There is something for people of all ages to do and no one will feel bored.
As we headed to the dining area for lunch, we could see Chef Nanda Kumar speaking to the guests at each table. He came to our table and asked us about our stay and how we liked the place. That’s another thing I realized at WFC. Whether it was someone at the Front Desk, Housekeeping, or servers in the dining area, they were always checking with us about our stay and whether we were comfortable and if there was anything else that they could do.
The lunch menu that day was:
Soup/Starter: Lemon & Coriander Soup, Five Vegetable Salads, Green Salads with four kinds of dressings to choose from, two types of seasonal fruit juices, Murgh Hariyali Kebab, and Makkai Tikki.
Main Course (V): Paneer Mutter, Subzi Kofta Curry, Country Fried Potato Wedges, Hara Moong Dal Tadka, and Mushroom in Oyster Sauce.
Main Course (NV): Malabar Fish Chilly Garlic Sauce, Kori Gassi and Grilled Egg.
Rice/Fried Items: Saffron & Peas Pulao, Steamed Rice, Curd Rice, Dahi Vada, and Paapads.
Desserts: Ice Cream, Eggless Blueberry Cheesecake, Eggless Carrot Cake, Eggless Fruit Cake, and Custard with Fruits.
I gorged on the desserts as they were simply delicious!
We came back to the room and within a few minutes, the bell rang and to our surprise, a person from the Hotel Staff had arrived with a bottle of red wine and two glasses. Another complimentary gift from the resort on the occasion of our Anniversary! We were so delighted with the lovely gesture.
For Hi-Tea on our second day at WFC, they served Tea, Coffee, Cookies, and Capsicum Fritters. There was a huge crowd that day for Hi-Tea, and everyone enjoyed the yummy snacks midst good music in the bar section as Hi-Tea is always served there. Unlike other resorts that I have seen, the Bar Area at WFC is well lit and very spacious.
As it was our Anniversary, we decided to go for dinner a bit early, so that we could sit for an hour or so. That day, the chef was whipping up Chinese delicacies like Vegetable Fried Rice, Vegetable Noodles, Chicken Fried Rice, Chicken Noodles, etc. We could choose from these four items as well as dry items such as Manchurian, chilly’s etc. The menu comprised of the following:
Soup/Starter: Tomato Soup, Sweet Corn Chicken Soup, Five Vegetable Salads, Green Salads with four kinds of dressings to choose from, two types of seasonal fruit juices, Murgh Lasooni, and Mini Vegetable Cutlet.
Main Course (V): Palak Paneer, Subzi Kholapuri, Aloogedde Battani Masala, Gobi Manchurian, Lobia Masala, and Spaghetti with Tomato Basil.
Main Course (NV): Malabar Coorg Fish Curry, Murgh Do Piyaza and Nilgiri Mutton Kurma.
Rice/Fried Items: Tomato & Mint Pulao, Steamed Rice, Curd Rice, Dahi Vada, and Paapads.
Desserts: Ice Cream, Gajar Ka Halwa, and a few bakery desserts.
Lucky for me, there were two eggless desserts for dinner and they happened to be delicious. One of them was the Eggless Strawberry Soufflé and the other one was the Eggless Strawberry Cheesecake.
It was a chilly night and drizzling on and off. Most of the guests headed back to their rooms once dinner was over. Ensure you bring lots of warm clothes if you visit WFC, because 90% of the time, the weather is very cold, no matter if it is day or night.
The next morning we headed to breakfast around 8 a.m. Like us, many guests were checking out by 11:30 a.m. The menu for breakfast on July 7 was:
Beverages: Juice, Watermelon Juice, Banana Milkshake, Tea, Black Coffee, Hot Milk, Coorgi Filter Coffee, and Cold Milk
Fruit Display, Cut Fruits, Cheese & Olive Sandwich, Corn Flakes, Potato Wedges, Boiled Eggs, Roast Chicken, French Toast, Baked Beans, and Sauteed Corn, Dosas – Made to Order, and Omelet’s.
White Bread, Brown Bread, Croissants, Muffins, Butter, Jam, Idly, Cabbage Vada, Sambhar,
Two types of chutney, Lemon Rice, Oats Uppuma, Methi Poha, Palak Sevige, Banana Kesari, Methi Paratha, and Aloo Sagu.
After a light breakfast, we finished packing and were ready to check out at 11:30 am. The check out process was quick and didn't take much time. Just before leaving, a person from the Front Desk took a photo of us. This is another nice thing about WFC. The Staff would like to remember each guest that comes to stay at their beautiful resort so they ensure a photo is taken in the lobby and within twenty four hours, they will e-mail the photo to the guest.
Our stay at WFC was a relaxing and pleasant one. It felt nice to get away from the usual routine and chill out, enjoy a variety of delicious food and soak in the warm and loving hospitality of the staff. I would definitely recommend this place for newlyweds, couples, families, office outing, etc. All in all, anyone who visits WFC will surely leave with a big smile on their face.
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