Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg
What We Love
- The open-air hotel lobby, hovering over a lush rainforest, has restorative properties
- Spacious rooms come with picture windows showcasing expansive views over the valley
- Countless activities: ziplining, nature trails, coffee tastings and even open-air pottery workshops
What To Know
- Most travelers come via Bangalore airport, which is a 6 to 7-hour drive; Mangalore airport is a 3-and-a-half-hour drive away
- WiFi is an additional cost of $9 (plus taxes) per day
- The setting is fairly remote but Madikeri town is a 15-minute drive away and there are tons of activities on-site including mountain biking and yoga
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
A sprawling campus tumbling down the slopes of a densely forested mountain, Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri’s sleek, contemporary structures rise unobtrusively from their surrounds thanks to their use of local granite and woods recycled from area homes. The buildings are spare and modern with nods to regional architecture in the form of fountains, arched ceilings and intricate carving. Just keep in mind that some of the locations are set far apart, so you’ll have steep uphill walks if you prefer not to wait around for the golf carts that ferry guests around.
Bed and Bath
The 63 standalone rooms and suites come fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that ensure you’re more preoccupied with what lies outside than in. After sunset, turn your focus indoors to the dark wooden floors, soaring ceilings, stone bathrooms, latticed woodwork and closet doors hewn from coconut shells. The layouts and materials were all inspired by traditional homes throughout Coorg. Premium Indulgence rooms have sunken living rooms and fireplaces, while the Luxury Bliss Villas (at a generous 3,300 square feet each) come with heated indoor plunge pools.
There are four restaurants and a bar dotting the property. Try local Coorgi fare like Kodagu-style chicken biryani and a Pandi pork curry at Nellaki. For something romantic, let the staff arrange a private candlelit dinner at the amphitheater or in the secluded Buddha Garden. Bliss reigns in the 30,000-square-foot tri-level Jiva Spa. Book the signature Gudda Bath, a locally inspired treatment performed in a private pavilion overlooking the forest. There’s also a fitness center and two pools, one of which is nestled in a valley below. The 180-acre expanse is well-suited for a range of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking to yoga to mountain biking to bird-watching, but there’s plenty to keep you busy indoors on rainy days as well: schedule a cooking class, pay a visit to the conservatory housing exhibits on Coorgi culture and traditions, or lounge in an activity center stocked with X-box, a pool table and a golf simulator.
In the Area
The hotel is fairly remote, and the range of activities and restaurants on site mean you won’t have much need to venture farther afield. Those who do want to explore, however, can tee off at the nearby Mercara Downs Golf Club, or learn more about the region’s famed coffee with a plantation walk at Sandalkad Estate. For a look at Coorgi history, pay a visit to Raja’s Tomb, a royal mauseoleum dating back to the early 19th century. If you haven’t had your fill of the area’s natural beauty, Abbey Falls and Chelavara Falls are two pleasant waterfalls — just keep in mind that the access roads can be treacherous.
How to Get There
Stayed at the pool villa (PV3)
Went to celebrate my daughter's birthday and was thrilled to get my boy too. Service was great and the spa is brilliant. The PV was brilliant and we walked around the property a lot. Excellent staff and took care of all the needs. Food was good, but I am sure there is some room for improvement. The villas need a little bit of maintenance..But over all a great experience..
Over all good experience but bad service
Hotel really need to improve in that
Stuff is not good most of them r trainees they lack of experience
Restaurant food is good service and stuff is very bad over all I would say it was ok average stay in terms of service
We were a group of ~25 people who stayed in ~10 rooms at Taj Madikeri from Oct 10th – Oct 13th. Our stay was good. However, after we reached home, we realized that we have left a white bracelet in Room 301 on Oct 13th. Since past 10 days, we have been speaking with multiple people at Taj Madikeri to request them to investigate the matter. However, we are quite unsatisfied and underwhelmed by the staff’s callous and lazy attitude towards this. Depsite making ~10+ calls, there is no proper response from the staff. Quite unprofessional.