Some holidays you wish would never end- actually you wish all holidays would never end (except for the ones where you lost your luggage or you missed your bus or got punched in the face and so on- you get the drift). Nice Xmas holidays where you spend your time doing some great sightseeing, stuffing your face until your body forgets the meaning of hunger for a few months and just generally lolling about in a sunny private mini-lawn ought to be banned from ending. And yes I speak from personal experience.
I had discovered Hoysala Village Resort slightly over a year ago when I was randomly scouring the internet. I made a mental note to get there one day and finally after many months of planning had a wonderful stay at the resort. The most important reason I chose this hotel was the strategic location from three historical sites I wanted to visit in Karnataka- these were Belur, Halebeed and Shravanabelagola. These sites are just about an hour away (in case of Belur just about 40 minutes) from the resort and instead of packing in all three sites in a day – which is what most day tours from Mysore or Bangalore tend to do, staying at the resort gives you a more leisurely opportunity to take in these sights.
The hotel grounds are spread over a fairly large area. There is a good balance between the green spaces and the number of buildings/ rooms in the compound. There are quite a lot of interesting flowering plants and trees and you can spend a good part of the afternoon wandering around in the garden. The hotel also has a recreation area where they offer you a number of indoor games. They also offer badminton racquets and cricket bats if you feel more outdoorsy. The hotel also has a nice but small swimming pool- in winter I would recommend your swimming in it during the mornings when the sun shines directly in the water. The water was icy cold in the late evenings.
The villa I stayed in was fairly large (905). It was built more along the lines of a suite so you had a drawing room, a bedroom with a four poster bed and a massive bathroom with a jacuzzi. The room was clean, well & comfortably furnished and as the weather was cool we felt no need for fans or air conditioners. We also had a nice private balcony/ outdoor lawn space where you could spend an afternoon in the sun reading or just snoozing. The only little snag with the rooms was getting hot water- with the exception of one morning when the water was warm enough, the other days we had to be content showering in lukewarm or cold water. The hotel needs to seriously rectify this problem (and the fact that the drain area near the shower was a bit unclean) but otherwise I have no complaints about the room.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. It was more like staying at your family home rather than in a hotel. Everybody gave you a warm smile and helped you with everything- right from check-in to check-out. They also helped organise the transport for local sightseeing.
But if you asked me what the best part about the hotel was it had to be the food. I can honestly say that outside my own home I have never had such amazing food and the best part was that it was consistently amazing over all three days that we were there without a hint of repetition. Hats off to Chef Uttam who was always checking on us to see if we were doing ok and if we needed anything else. I personally loved the rasam he had prepared- all rasam lovers must make this restaurant a stop in their itinerary. The food tasted homely- like what you would expect from your grandmother’s house. Mr Hari Ballal, the F&B manager took amazing care of us, making sure that we had tasted every local delicacy they had prepared at the live counter. I have never eaten so much in my life!
All in all, we had an excellent, relaxing and memorable stay and I would heartily recommend this resort to anyone who is planning on visiting the area.