The name itself adds an aura of mystery to this place ..... The Hidden Village !!!!
In the middle of nowhere too !!!
This resort (if you can call it that) totally lives up to its name. Its hidden away from the maddening crowds of the city. So well hidden that if you dont keep your eyes open and if you dont follow the very well explained directions of the Resort owner (on his website) to the T, you might just get lost.
As soon as you drive into the place, the driveway itself gives you an idea of how rustic and soothing your experience is going to be.
We were a bunch of families who reached there on a Friday (15th Aug) morning and were welcomed warmly by the village staff there. Our bags taken from the car and to the room, though there were a lot of people arriving there at the same time.
Our rooms were spacious and even with 4 families we could easily stay in two adjoining rooms (The Crest House, if I am not mistaken). Too bad they had sealed off the common door between the two rooms with a granite partition. But nevertheless that did not cause much of a problem.
The food at the resort is quite basic. They dont have an a la carte, however, unlike others, we didnt have any complains with the food. Ofcourse taste buds of different people vary, but the food was easy on your palate and on your stomach too. They didnt have too many varieties but they did have one non veg dish for all their meals (Thank God !!). The staff was untrained but absolutely pleasant. If you took care to explain to them what you need in a nice and sweet manner, they understood and they delivered. We did see people trying to bark orders like they do in the 5stars and obviously got blank stares in return. Thankfully we had done out homework so we knew what to expect.
The resort itself is quite serene. Inspite of a big groups making a lot of noise, you can still find yourself an isolated spot. And somehow the noise got lost amidst the ducks quacking and the waterfall sounds and it didnt tend to bother you much.
The waterfall in itself seems to be the resort's biggest attraction. Its completely natural and with untreated water. We spent quite a few hours under it, before we shifted off to the swimming pool. Fortunately we had the whole pool to ourselves and quite enjoyed in it.
The club room they have, has a decent variety of games and though the games are not that well maintained (must be the rains and the moisture perhaps??) they were playable.
We did have a few suggestions for improvement which we gave to the Co-Owner (cant seem to recollect his name, sorry, Melvin??) and he most happily promised to see if he can make any changes as we had requested.
In the total stay of 2 nights and 3 days, we hardly had any complaints. Actually we were too busy enjoying ourselves to be complaining about anything.
I did find the charges slightly on the higher side, considering that the amenities are quite basic, but they were definitely not exorbitant and come to think of it, I have paid much more for much less. If you consider it from a weekend getaway point of view, they were perfectly reasonable.
All in all, I would definitely want to go there again. Especially when the rains stop. I have been promised a fish pedicure there :P
For Tony Dsouza, it was nice having a chat, albeit a short one, with you. Good luck with your venture and I hope you can add up a few more attractions to your resort.
A few suggestions which we might have missed are being added here. Maybe a couple of kiddie activities like a guided nature walk (sans the parents, so we get some peace :P ) and perhaps a kiddie pool close to the actual pool?? Think you can manage to do something on those lines? Would love to get the kids out of my hair for a bit when I am there next.