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“Hidden Gem on the way to Kausani” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Woods Resort
Ranked #16 of 34 Almora B&B and Inns
New Delhi, India
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42 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem on the way to Kausani”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

Nestled in the Kumaon hills, hidden midway between Almora and Kausani, this resort is an absolute delight for nature lovers. I stayed here along with my wife and parents in May 2014, while on our way to Chaukori. We got two floors of beautiful wooden cottage with mud plastered walls and a secret stair connecting the two levels. We enjoyed going up and down this narrow, squeaking wooden stair.
The staff was very courteous and helpful. Mr. Francis, the manager called us a day before and gave us directions. The way he greeted us, we felt as if we were being received by an old relative at his house. His cute dog was such a darling, he played with us and accompanied us when we went for sight seeing. The hotel staff even provided food for our driver at a nominal cost of Rs. 200, which is important as there is hardly any place close by where a driver can eat.The food was signature V resort style, simple, healthy and delicious.
We got to see a lot of birds in the resort. They also have a selection of indoor and outdoor games. Like the other V resort locations, this is great resort at reasonable prices. I would definitely recommend it to others.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We wanted to plan for a family trip during the summer vacations and after a lot of deliberations finally ended up on the week of 15th June.
We were looking for a place which was away from the crowded markets and had everything within the campus so that the family can sit down and relax. After looking around a lot of web content we closed in on V Resorts. Though we were sceptical about the place since what you see on the web is not what you eventually get.
We started off from Ghaziabad and taking a night halt at moradabad we reached the place which is 25.5 km from Almora on the kausani highway around 1500 hrs. Mr. Francis who is the manager called us up to our surprise to check on is and ensure we don't lose the way. Nice gesture, since I hadn't expected this and not experienced this as well in my earlier trips to other places.
The resort is another 4km from the main road right in the middle of the valley. It ia surrounded by forests from all side. Has a variety of rooms and we took the duplex which has 2 bed rooms. The rooms were well equipped with all facilities incl coolers. We were surprised to find satellite TV and the kids loved it. Mr Francis knew that we might want lunch and he had got a sumptuous lunch prepared for us. We were surprised but happy to see that there was no other establishment and this was as perfect a place we were looking for.
The resort has a good ante room with bunch of games and lot of reading material in which is very useful if you are not carrying your material. It has a volleyball court as well which my kids used to play badminton.
The resort is well looked after. The rooms are cleaned everyday and bath rooms are clean with geysers. The resort also has a generator as backup which was useful since we had a little storm which resulted in power cuts.
The USP of this resort is it's staff and the food. Amazing food. Wide variety even in a place 25 km from the heart of the city.
People who want detox vacations should go for it. People who want exclusive time with their family away from the noise and crowds shud go there. If you area die hard mall freak please forget this place.

The resort had a common dining hall which

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank Madhur S
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New Delhi, India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

V resorts Almora, also known as Pugs Paw Eco Retreat, located at about twenty five kilometers from the town of Almora in the Kumauni Himalayas was indeed a treat. Spent three nights there with friends, starting from 11th May 2014. The photos that we had seen of the resort before leaving Delhi were no doubt beautiful. One is however always apprehensive that reality might prove otherwise. What we witnessed on arriving at our destination, following a four and a half hour drive from Kathgodam railway station surpassed our expectations!
The warm welcome extended to us by Mr. Francis and his staff further added to the exhilaration!
The V resort Almora nestled amongst pine trees and surrounded by hills is isolated and has a rustic touch about it, the rooms being made of wood and mud. Its simplicity is absolutely in sync with the still unspoilt ethereal surroundings. At a distance of three kilometers from the nearest village, it is a perfect get away for those in search of peace and tranquility. The area boasts of a lovely forest cover.
The walks along the near deserted roads, the chirping of birds, and the silence were indeed divine. A trek of about fifteen minutes up the hill form the property is more than worth it. What we saw, on arriving at the top mesmerized us. There, stood before us in majestic splendour, the snow clad peaks of the Himalayan range caressed by the golden rays of the setting sun. A sight to behold!
. A short trek through the forested narrow mountain paths took us to a spot from where we saw a tiny little pool created by a waterfall. Our guide also showed us a cave, home to a leopard!! It was kind of exciting.
Equally fascinating was to watch at leisure a little birdie in a cleverly hidden nest in the foliage of a tree, being fed by its mother. I could go on and on…
The very well prepared homely food was served with a lot of care. The effort was evident from the variety provided. .
In the rooms the sheets, the towels and the quilts were spotless.
Not to forget Mr. Francis’s four footed companion, the ever alert Jimmy running here and there at any sound and taking up position to chase away a langur or welcome one of the inmates back to the resort.
I would however like to make a little suggestion. It would be nice to upgrade the lounge in the retreat so that it may be in harmony with the rest of the place.
Also worth mentioning are the beautiful plants and trees which dot the entire property and add to its loveliness and of course the kitchen garden which supplies part of the vegetables that find their way to the table!! Was indeed impressed to learn that Mr. Fracis and his team took care of it all.
Three cheers for Mr. Francis and his staff. All so dedicated and helpful!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Amita_94
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New Delhi, India
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88 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

We have been there recently for our office trip as an annual outing. To be honest if you are looking for a decent property in budget sense then you wont be disappointed. Therefore don't expect a huge & crowded resort in a typical hill station supported by crowded staff, luxurious facilities, lavish & exotic food, one call away room service else you would be seriously disappointed. But if you are looking for a decent property with basic amenities, plain simple Indian food, little bit of activities like Trekking, fishing, volley ball court etc then this is good enough. The location is cool midst quiet mountains of Almora with sounds of bird chirping, just trek down the adjacent peak and you may have good view of snow peaks of Nanda Devi etc. Only limitation is availability of only Indian food, as chef tried Chinese but failed miserable with below average quality, and fried rice was just left over turned into. Anyways overall the experience was ok and value for money with a special mention of polite staff & Mr. Francis who managed the property.

Room Tip: most of them are same except the one on top at entry which quiet big & spacious.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Ulysses_tags
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New Delhi, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

The location of the resort is awesome, far from the madding crowd, quiet, invisible and set amidst temperate chir forest interspersed with undulating meadows on the Almora Hills, .... the nearest habitation is a small non-descript village, 3 km away on the main Almora-Someshwar Road. The greatest strength of the resort is its isolated and quiet location, away from crowded, noisy and congested hill stations like Almora and Nainital.

The views of snow-clad Himalayas and Nanda Devi peak is mind-blowing ..... one can sit or lay for hours, throughout the day, gazing at the splendorous and panoramic views, sipping a variety of beverages. Almora, Kausani and Ranikhet are all equidistant (about 30 km each) ..... within an hours reach.

The resort has excellent eco-friendly rooms made of wood and mud, coupled with very-personalized services of staff including manager Mr. Charles Francis .... and his friendly doggy named Jimmy, who endeared himself to my two kids. We stayed for three nights, but would have had loved to stay for a week.

We got custom made breakfast, evening snacks and dinner ..... and all the dishes were marvellous!!! The evening dinner was a full-course buffet meal starting with soup, the main-course comprising one non-veg item and three veg item, rice, naan, salad, and ending with dessert. Surprisingly, in the three days .... none of the items was ever repeated in breakfast or dinner. They also provide sleeping space and all meals for your driver at a nominal rate of merely Rs. 500 per day.

The resort is about 400 km from Dwarka in southwest Delhi, and the travel time including breaks and rest is almost 11-12 hours, if travelling with kids and family. So one must start early, preferably at 4 am.

Room Tip: The room adjacent to the parking is at the highest point, receives sunlight throughout the day, and...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank anjansen1970
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New Delhi, India
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4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

we started from v resorts ramgarh on 29th dec 2013 for v resorts almora.on the way we went to mukteshwar,it was nice quiet place.we took a short way thru jungle to almora, it was experience in all,no one till miles to ask one whether we are on right route or no...... that route had classic himalayan snow laden peaks views..
we reached almora resort around 3..pm but the manager was very helpful in making us reach ,he was calling after every half hr,to guide us the way.but i ll request v resort management to put more sign boards on the way
Resort was good with nice clean rooms,staff excellent ,chef the best who catered to us the best of homely food which we miss when we go to hill stations..we had great 2 days with nature,jungle walk,fishing in a man made pond,bon fire, birds chirping outside ur room.nice break for new year party ...gr8 place and gr8 staff

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank sachinpruthi
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V_Management, Manager at Woods Resort, responded to this review, 28 February 2014
Dear Sachin

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to host you both at V Resorts Ramgarh- Cottage and V Resorts – Almora. You also came to V Resorts Sattal in the same trip and it's great to know that you enjoyed staying with us at all the three places. Our Almora resort is a lovely retreat for nature lovers and V are fortunate to get enough discerning nature lovers like yourselves who appreciate the beauty. Pleasure is all ours to know that you loved the food and the services of our resort. V take your feedback seriously regarding sign boards on road though given the hassles of maintaining sign boards without people sticking posters etc on the same, V would suggest that we make it easy for you to use Google Maps. All our resorts/cottages are well tagged on Google Maps and you could be guided down to last mile. Please do visit us again and also check out new locations V Resorts – Rajaji National Park & V Resorts - Fort Auwa near Jodhpur in Rajasthan which is a heritage resort narrating many forgotten tales of martyrdom during 1857 mutiny (more details available on our website).
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Sattal, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

My wife and I spent one night at V resort and wished we had more time to stay on longer. It's a lovely place nestled in the lap of a pine forest, at about 4500 ft above sea level near Almora and Kausani (Uttarakhand, India).
Simple construction with mud plastered buildings very aesthetically done added a nice charm to the place. The linen, rooms and toilets were very clean. The manager Ravinder and his staff were gracious, helpful, efficient and very hospitable. A short walk up the hill took us to breath taking views of the Himalayas - Trishul and surrounding peaks were awesome. If we had the time we would have carried our meal and picnicked at this spot. I was told by Ravinder who personally accompanied us that they do organise such eat-outs for groups! There is a crystal clear stream nearby with 4 or 5 small pools in which one can swim. I was sorely tempted to plunge and I would have if it was winter.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Naveen B
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Property: Woods Resort
Address: Heili Chana | P.O.: Manan, Almora 263638, India (Formerly V-Resorts Almora / Pug's Paw Eco Retreat)
Region: India > Uttarakhand > Almora District > Almora
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Almora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Listen to the chirp. Smell the breeze. Watch the leaves dance to their own rhythm. Look beyond to witness the sun rising above the hills. Welcome to Woods Resort. A quaint little getaway that brings you closer to Mother Earth, with all the luxuries of comfort.Pug's Paw eco retreat is a visual treat that lies plum in the heart of the Kumauni Himalayas 5,200 feet above sea level. Once in Pug's Paw, one can endlessly keep exploring the various options - long treks as there are panoramic mountain trails over flowing with wild crimson rhododendrons. Adventure lovers can explore rappelling & rock climbing at the retreat. The trained eyes to pick the fresh catch can spend long leisurely hours at two adjacent fish ponds within the retreat.The calm & peaceful character of the resort is a heaven for meditation and yoga practitioners. The retreat also arranges Yoga sessions by experts for the guests. ... more   less 
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