International Writers Magazine:
Marianne de Nazareth
Flower Spa and resort, is nestled in the arms of the majestic, tree
covered, Chamundi Hills in Mysore, just 140km from Bangalore. As
the cab swings into the resort, the first thing that hits you is
the imposing lobby and the well kept grounds. Sitting at the reception
making your introductions, one immediately can feel the coolness
of Mysore, in comparison to Bangalore. The air-conditioning has
definitely shifted from Bangalore and that sets the tone for our
two day break at Wind Flower, with its sprawling, manicured grounds.
The 39 rooms are
well appointed and look out, at what is called a mirror pool.
Nothing can calm the mind, like the presence of a water body. Wind Flower
has captured that aspect, by this shallow mirror pool built along the
length of the 39 rooms. Sit out on comfortable push back chairs, early
in the morning, sipping your coffee and watching the little tits flit
in and out of the hibiscus hedges. Or watch Mr. and Mrs. Wag Tail, strutting
their stuff down the edge of the mirror pool, with their striking black
and white plumage. The soft cooing of the turtle dove from the overhead
trees, or even the chirpy whistles of the red headed Bul Bul, flashing
between branches, is all part of the early morning serenade at Wind
Flower. But take my advice and order a cup of coffee rather than tea
here. Thats when you are sure, you are very much in the lap of
coffee country. Soon a lethargy creeps over you, and the peacefulness
of the morning steals over your senses, lulling you into a peaceful
The rooms at Wind Flower are well appointed, with a huge four poster
bed dominating. Whats nice is, there is plenty of cupboard space
to stack away clothes and the room is large enough for a family to sprawl,
without getting in one anothers way. Theres TV for those
who are TV addicts, or you can do your Sudoku, sprawled on the window
alcove, munching on the complimentary fruit basket. But the best part
of all for me was the separate toilet area and the shower area. Two
people can use the toilet or shower quite comfortably, without intruding
on one anothers privacy. The rear of the room opens out into a
garden area, with an exotic shower which is open to the sky. Its
fun really to shower, with humming birds darting in and out of the hot
pink bougainvillea, in the little enclosed garden around you!
Hire a cab for half a day and take in a tour of the historical city
of Mysore, with the grand palaces of the Maharaja of Mysore. This is
still a sleepy little town with its wide tree - lined boulevards, the
sprawling race course and sacred temples. The Wodeyars are the
erstwhile rulers and it was during their rule the city reached its
pinnacle of beauty and glory. The history of the city dates back to
a legend, when Goddess Chamundeshwari of the Chamundi Hills, killed
the buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura.
The Maharajas palace is a must see in Mysore. Its carvings, domes,
turrets, arches and colonnades echo the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
Like all the palaces of India the building is a treasure trove of works
of art. Of course for a visitor to India, the majestic durbar hall with
the magnificent jewel encrusted throne is a spectacle one can never
forget. Towards the evening the palace is illuminated with myriads of
pin point lights.
The Chamundi Hills, The Brindavan Gardens, The Mysore Zoo are other
sights worth taking in on the trip. With Wind Flower so conveniently
located, all trips can be made with young children without too much
effort. The reception provides cars in a jiffy.
the sun begins to set, chess buffs come into their own, at the Wind
Flower. There is a live open air chessboard, like in
the days of the Maharajas, built alongside the mirror pool. It is
not unusual to see a pair of opponents, battling it out in silence,
heads bent in concentration, trying to outwit one another. Interested
spectators too participate by sitting, watching on the lawns alongside,
taking in the silent joust, probably making their own moves in their
ever make the mistake of going away without indulging at Emerge,
the Spa at Wind Flower. The Spa Director Vinita Rashinkar, is
a pro at the concept of wellness and can advise you to take the perfect
massage, to suit your needs. Emerge from a one hour massage and shower,
with trained masseurs, ready to take on the world again. I took a Chocolate
Indulgence massage being a chocoholic and of course the effects of chocolate
on the mind and heart are legendary. Visualise being gently massaged
with a mixture of almond oil and pure chocolate. The effects of chocolate
on your skin is magical, under the professional ministrations of masseur
Pushpa. The next time I go, I have promised to indulge in a Coffee Invigorating
massage, with visions of emerging with a perfectly toned body, as coffee
according to Vinita, has anti-aging properties. "Ayurveda is popular
with visitors from abroad who come especially for the Abhyanga Sweda,
which is the ultimate full body massage, done by two therapists working
in tandem, removing the kinks in your body," reveals Vinita. Whatever
your choice, do indulge in this mélange of pleasure and wellness.
"The room tarrif comes with a complimentary breakfast," explained
Fazal the Manager of the resort. Starting with wedges of water melon
and papaya, you can work your way to traditional idli- vada, with piping
hot sambhar and chutney, or a more continental cheese omlette with croissants.
Wash it all down with their delicious filter coffee. Olive Garden, the
restaurant in the resort has a lot of walk in diners as well, as the
chef is renowned for his continental cuisine. Tucking into his Hawaiian
Chicken Steak or his Grilled river fish dunked with lemon sauce for
lunch, its not hard to see how he has gained this formidable reputation.
While dining at Olive Garden forget all diets, or maybe take in a dozen
laps in the stunning, waterfall swimming pool later - its not
worth denying yourself.
As we walk up to check out the Conference Room that seats 150 people,
a Guinea Fowl scuttles past and a gaggle of Geese tick us off roundly
for disturbing their peace. Thats what makes Wind Flower special,
from the other resorts which are aseptically clean. Multinational executives
working during the day, can be accommodated quite comfortably, alongside
their families relaxing on the extensive grounds. Evenings can bring
the families together, to bond and enjoy a great buffet under the stars,
after unwinding in the large faux waterfall swimming pool.
For details on bookings and current tarrif contact:
Wind Flower Spa and Resort: Maharanapratap Road, Nazarbad, Mysore: 570
010, Karnataka, India.
Tel: + 91- 0821-2522500, FAX: +91-0821 2522400. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or Ranjini Sudhakaran Director - Business Development, Footloose Yatra
53, 1st Floor, 1st Cross, Domlur Layout, Bangalore - 560 071
Tel. Nos : + 91 80 4148 6212(D)/ 25357117 / 7116 Fax No : +91 80 25352424
Mail to : email@example.com Website : www.footlooseyatra.com
© Marianne de Nazareth September 2007
Erasmus Mundus Masters in Journalism and Media within Globalization:
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