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
The place is deep inside a forest. The beauty of the place is breathtaking. I was surprised and amazed by the main lobby of the hotel. But I was for another surprise with the room.
The entire property is just amazing.
Pro-tip for would be travellers: You can skip the 4 course set menu. Ferntree is reasonably priced for a place of this grandeur
A very beautiful property located in a rain forest. Very secluded. The rooms are spread out ensuring total privacy. I highly recommend their premium villa. Has best view and price is not very steep. There is ample space in the room. Ask price before ordering for anything. Confirm things in your package before hand.
Best view and food I have ever experienced.
Highly recommend the grill restaurant and try out chef’s menu.
Visited this property for lunch and deeply regret it.First of all being a travel agent requested the concerned staff to just show us around the premises, and just to give us some guidance to the amenities one could avail of,but we were in for a shock and a big surprise when they completely refused to do that.Once again we reminded them that we do not want to use any or their amenities, but wanted to see for our knowledge only.But still they did not show us around.The attitude of the staff at the Fern Tree restaurant was also tooo high headed ,once they realized that we were not in house guests but had come their for lunch only.They served as if they were compelled to do so and with total lack of warmth and interest.
The whole experience was very unnerving and wished we had not travelled for three hours just to see this property .
I think the staff thinks that it is necessary to serve only the foreigners and not people of their own country.
Would not recommend this hotel to any one, who looks for polite, courteous and warm staff when on a well deserved holiday.
Completely disgusting and pathetic attitude and could not wait to get out of the premises.
Most hyped hotel and not worth a penny also .