I value hotels which are unique, luxurious and independent. I also prefer hotels which demonstrate integrity through how they reflect history and diversity of their region. Above all I look for places that I would happily return to again. I strongly feel that The WindflowerResort and Spa Mysore is a refuge from day-to-day hustle.
The resort boasts numerous amenities to pamper guests that include a pool; fully functional restaurants called Olive and Bistro and an Ayurveda Spa for mind and body detoxification. Not only was the service impeccable, it also felt very personalized. I begin my review with a smile on my face and a contended heart of the unforgettable hospitality and the personal touch.
Local Sight-seeing in Mysuru
My odyssey for the luxurious haven began from Delhi as I boarded the flight to Bangalore. The quaint city is approximately 3 hours drive from Bangalore. Mysore or Mysuru is one of the top tourism destinations in India with a heritage tag.
This city itself is a major attraction with numerous popular sites like the Mysore Palace, St. Philomena’s Church, Chamundi Hill, Mysore Zoo, Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Rail Museum and so on. Windflower Resort and Spa is settled in the heart of the city that is accessible for tourists and local people. The Resort architecturally captures the natural beauty of exquisite geographical location of Mysore.
A warm welcome @Windflower Resort & Spa Mysore
The tiredness of the journey soon came to an end as the cab entered the resort. The landscaping and the lush greenery all around the resort impressed me. I was welcomed by the hospitable staff with a chandan tikka on my forehead. I passed through the Reception area, divided into two secluded seating areas next to large windows overlooking the serene landscape outdoors. To the far end corner within the reception, is their favorite Macaw bird lovingly called Rosy. A welcome drink later, I was ushered to my suite.
Rooms @Windflower Resort & Spa
The suite featured ultra-contemporary finishing, a relaxed ambiance, and a private balcony accessed from the bedroom. I was welcomed by a beautiful surprise element in the form of assorted chocolates, roses and a small bag with wooden cutlery holder made by the nearby villagers.
A handbook of Southern recipes delighted me further. I was surprised even further to look at the beauty elements at the dressing table perfect for single women travelers. The washroom has the luxe factor with all the basic essentials one can think of. After freshening up, I took a tour around the property. The accommodation is classified into the Studio, Premium Studio, Suite, and the Junior Villa.
The passage that leads to all the residences is covered by climbers which adds up to the green effect.
Windflower Villas are spacious with a small terrace out front. The resort is relaxed and very quiet. You can choose to lounge on the small verandah with a cup of tea or enjoy looking at the ducks in the pond. The Resort presents its guests with starkly simple yet elegantly smooth concrete walls, featuring rooms furnished with materials in rich, harmonious hues that are soothing to the eyes. They somehow complement the serene landscape authentically and respectfully. I felt that it beckons the visitor to explore for hidden treasures, both inside and out of the resort.
The Pool Area
A large open pool area is surrounded by huge rocks making it feel closer to a mountainous region. Bathing in the pool is an experience worth cherishing.
The Spa Experience
It was turn for me to enjoy a spa session in the Ayruveda spa – Emerge. A customized tranquil session of Abhyangam and Patra Pinda Sweda was planned for me. I was looking forward to the experience. The spa manager handed a form to fill in my details, following which I was ushered to the spa room.
Abhyangam, a 45 minute massage lies at the foundation of Ayurvedic massage treatment. It works wonders on the
body, giving it strength, keeps your limbs firm, improves circulation and is anti-aging. Patra Pinda Sweda is a potli based massage focusing on the specific body part healing it with infused medical herbs in a small bundle that is heated and then applied.
Two trained therapists ushered me to a quaint room and made me sit on a chair. After a small prayer, one of them began with a warm oil head massage. The oil made its way deeper in the root follicles and made me relax immediately. She then massaged my head gently while applying pressure points on the head and temple that helped me to relax further. Both the masseurs worked up the magic of their hands in a circular motion that helped me to relax and fall asleep. I was transcended in a different world. The medicinal herbs were magical and I could feel the pain almost gone. The thing I loved about the massage was the long one powerful stroke from the neck to the ankle.
The best thing was yet to come and it was the potli massage. The cloth with herbs infused in it is warmed up and pounded on the ailing parts ensuring the temperature of the oil remains constant throughout. The sensation is hot but it’s only for the betterment of the patient as it tends to pull out the disease from the roots and heal it. The effect was amazing. I loved the heated oil and the small bundle that was pounded with utmost care by the masseurs.
This was followed by a cleansing routine with herbal powder. After the shower, I felt relaxed and rejuvenated
already and thanked my therapists for the amazing experience. Other treatments at the Spa include hot stone massage, aromatherapy massage, Thai massage. I had worked up an appetite and was looking forward to my dining experience with the General Manager, Mr. Aadi Achint.
The Dining Area – Olive and Bistro
The dining rooms have a traditional feel to it. Natural teak and rosewood furniture displays artistic nuances that are complimented with dim lights. The floor-to-ceiling wall next to the bar in Bistro looks interesting with a metal sheet that displays golden hues in the evenings, while the Olive is a welcome place open for guests to chat or sit back and enjoy the changing hues of sky over the stunning landscape of the city.
I chose to dine outdoors next to the flowing stream with the flock of geese wading in it. The chef had prepared a scrumptious feast for me. I was served Murgh malai tikka and Grilled fish with parsley butter dressing for starters. They were the most perfectly done starters. The main course constituted of Home style fish curry, and chettinad kadai curry that were absolutely scrumptious.
There was a small tour of the beautiful city after dinner planned for me. We took off to the mountains and got to see
the grandeur city at night with glimmering lights. The sight was magical. After I returned back to the resort, I retired towards my private den where a comfortable bed and soft pillows were waiting for me. The next morning I woke up without any help of alarm clocks. I guess the silence and peace worked up their magic which helped me to rest deeply. The resort had planned an outing for me to visit the famous Chamunda temple in the hills, about 20 kms away from the resort. The devotion of people standing in the long queue was worth commending. I was lucky to offer my prayers and bow down with gratitude for the Godess to bless me with a cherished life. On the way back, I also worshipped the Nandi statue.
I returned back to the resort after after such a devotional trip of the city and went to the restaurant for breakfast. The Breakfast at Windflower is served buffet style or made to order. Chefs are happy to put together an omelet or traditional dosas on request with ingredients of your choice. The talented pastry chefs had created an elegant array of pohas and upma that adorn the buffet table, enticing me to try them. The healthy quotient lies in the shooters.
I sampled the bitter gourd and carrot and loved them. Later, we went to the city to view the famous Mysore palace. The Mysore or Mysuru Palace is one of the most magnificent buildings,that should not be missed. It is illuminated on Sundays and festive occasions. The interior of the Palace is equally worth a visit for its spacious halls, paintings and architectural beauty. The palace is an excellent combination of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Back to the resort, I had to quickly pack my bags and head to Banglaore for my flight back to Delhi. The trip to Mysore was enriching and gave me beautiful memories to cherish forever.
Place : Maharanapratap Road, Nazarbad, Mysuru, Karnataka 570010
Tel: 099014 46666
Email: Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tariff: Rs 7000 Onwards
Website : https://www.thewindflower.com/