Adventurous Time Falling Into The Rabbit Hole @ Amanvana Resort & Spa, Coorg

We all need some ‘me’ time! Taking the time out to get pampered has always been my priority. I love to escape from all the craziness, and the packed city life.
This time I decided to head out on a ‘pamper me’ road trip to Coorg, and visit the lovely 4-star gem Amanvana Resort & Spa. Starting my drive at dawn, I wanted to beat the crazy traffic and get there sooner. Coorg is famous and known for its coffee plantations, and this resort built to one. The Amanvana Resort and Spa has the famous river that runs across it called the River Kaveri.

– Getting There –

Plane – Fly into Bangalore airport, then drive down.
Drive – From Bangalore it is about 240kms, to Kushalnagar. Roughly takes about 5 to 6 hours approximately to drive down.

Amanvana Resort is about 10 kms from the largest Tibetan settlements and a tourist hotspot in India. Namdroling Monastery and is also referred to as the Golden Temple. My check-in wasn’t noon, so I took full advantage of my early start and visited the Golden Temple along the way. 

– The Resort –

My google maps chanted – you have arrived your destination! Baffled for a bit as I was on the main road, yet couldn’t see any resort. I spot the huge sign that says enter, it leads me to security desk, who shows me the path to drive down. I got whisked away into another realm. From the dusty road to the lush green manicured garden and lawns.The whole place has a a tropical look and feel, the exotic flora surrounding the entire property. I had fallen into the rabbit hole indeed!

– The Room –

Amanvana resort has 12 luxurious Bungalows, giving you a more private and romantic experience, perfect for honeymooners and weekend travellers. Each villa has a private lawn and a lotus pond. The Bungalows are very cozy and exude a graceful taste of luxury and comfort. Modern yet contemporary, that blended with the environment.
The bungalows are well equipped with a living space and the king – sized bed that is welcoming. The highlight of the villa is the open sky lit shower. I mean that is something you do not get to do experience in the city…have a shower and feel like you are in nature.
Another plus point, I loved is the fresh smelling linen. I mean this is the real deal I have been to many hotels and resorts, but this was by far the best. The Linen and towels smelled so good!

– The Pool –

The pool at this resort is a breath of fresh air and very enticing. The inviting turquoise shade is irresistible to not give into taking a dip. They also have a Jacuzzi if one needs to relax by the corner for privacy. The temperature was perfect. After my swim I took the liberty to order some green tea by the pool to hydrate myself.

– Food & Drink –

The dining are is called Rainbow Room and is surreal. They say a rainbow get spotted and hence the name. But, I was not fortunate, to spot one. the view is panoramic. It is a total package rolled into one for a weekend getaway. I chose to sit out in the open, and take advantage of the lovely weather and listen to the river flowing along. The rustic garden furniture added to the charm.

Where do I begin to describe the food. I am speechless, Amanvana Resort, serves Indian Continental and Coorgi cuisine. Each dish the chef had prepared was lip-smacking & delicious. The famous and one of the traditional dishes is the special Pandi curry (pork cubes cooked in a spices) is a must try. I have to give the chef top marks. Writing about it I am salivating.
For dinner, I was sat by the river side under the moon lit stars and bon fire left me at awe. This is a must for romantic folks looking for a lovely dinner date.
The bar too is well stocked. But ask the bartender for their special cocktails. I had the barman conjure me a warm cocktail made of Brandy, pepper corns, lemon. It was perfect for the lazy afternoon.
Coorg a coffee plantation, for the coffee lovers, you cannot leave without consuming (a lot of it).  Amanvana Spa and Resort prides itself as they serve exotic blend of coffee from their own estate.

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– The Spa  –

Amanvana is a spa destination and has a comprehensive list of spa therapies to choose from. The soft music and the aroma of the Ayurveda oils invoke a sense of being. What took me by surprise was a frog croaking, at the reception of the spa. It came from the man made pond next to it. So happens he is their little mascot.
For couples that wish to have a spa together, this resort is perfect, the best is the sauna after <wink>.
The expert’s masseurs are at my beckon, and waste no time. I chose the coffee scrub, (take advantage of the natural ingredients). The coffee beans get handpicked from the plantation. The aroma was so rich and invigorating. 90+ minutes, a sauna and shower later, my skin was so supple and I felt rejuvenated. From an action packed water trekking, I had gone through before the spa. This was what the doctor ordered!

The highlight of the Spa is a must try before you leave this enchanting hole. A foot spa by the river as I lay on a hammock. The River Kaveri sings a melodious rhythm. The chirpy birds added to tunes and I felt at peace and one with nature. I slipped into a slumber whilst the masseurs massaged my feet. Ensure you book in advance, to take advantage of your time there!

– Activities –

  • River Trek – I mean this is not for the faint hearted, the guides were very knowledgeable and knew where to set your next foot. I highly recommend listen to them as it’s a bit dangerous to venture out on your own. The stones underneath is very slippery so hold hands whilst walking and it’s a synch. Highly recommend carrying you’re hiking shoes for the nature walk and the hike through the coffee plantations, leggings or full-length trousers a must. For the river trek ensure to carry water proof shoes and quick drying clothing.
  • Nature Lover’s Delight – The nature trail is a must try for the early risers who love to run or jog out in the open and get some fresh air. The vibrant and lush flora around has been carefully selected and grown over the years and it’s just so inviting. You can see names of the plants and trees as you walk along the path. To think this was once a plantation land now a resort, it’s just gorgeous.
  • The Birds – Amanvana boasts of about 45 species of birds, although I just didn’t get to photograph any, the chirping around the campus was just blissful. If you have a keen eye and photograph the birds, you get a certificate to take home with you.
  • For the Readers – there are books stacked away at every nook of the resort. Just pick up a book and order some tea.
  • Coffee Plantation Visit – For those who have extra time to spare, the following day after you check out, you could head to the coffee plantations close by, unfortunately for me I didn’t have much time to head there.

– My Final Thoughts –

What a road trip to Amanavana Resort and Spa. Their food, rooms, services and amenities were impeccable! The gorgeous and cozy bungalows because I slept like a log the two nights I was there. Everyone was so polite and willing to help. The waiter/bartender was a gem of a person. He made sure I was always looked after.  I wouldn’t mind going back again for a longer getaway!
The drive back was very soothing, passing through the lush green cultivated lands around and fresh cool breeze. If you wish to unwind and find tranquility, then head down to the Amanvana Resort and Spa.

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Deena Pinto

I would describe myself as someone who loves to eat good food and travel, am polished and classy, yet have that little girl spirit in me and my fashion sense is chic which has to be accompanied with bold statement pieces and fresh accessories. I love to get pampered, totally spoil myself, and why not? xoxo Deena Pinto #skinnygirldiairez

14 thoughts on “Adventurous Time Falling Into The Rabbit Hole @ Amanvana Resort & Spa, Coorg

  • April 16, 2017 at 9:35 PM

    wow! that is one fancy resort that i think I can never afford. But I’m glad that you enjoyed your stay! 🙂

    • April 16, 2017 at 10:32 PM

      Hia Laagan, its beautiful and they have constant offers going on. So yes you will and can. thanks xoxox

  • April 17, 2017 at 12:38 AM

    Ugh, exactly what I needed. I’m so stressed with work right now that I could really use a nice, chill spa day. This looks great. I especially enjoyed looking at the photos; everything about this place looks golden. That drawing of the rabbit with the clock tumbling into the rabbit’s hole is a perfect homage to Alice in Wonderland. Takes me to another place, haha. Thanks for sharing.

  • April 18, 2017 at 1:21 AM

    Oh wow, this resort looks amazing. Thanks for including such amazing photos. The window over the shower is also very interesting, I’ve never seen that before. I’ve actually never been interested in visiting a resort but after reading this and seeing the photos I’ve definitely changed my mind!

    – dominick

  • April 18, 2017 at 6:06 AM

    This resort looks absolutely amazing and I love how its tucked away and hidden from the rest of the world. The room with the skylight is amazing. I love staring into the sky.

  • April 18, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    wow, the place looks amazing! Coorg seems to be the place to spend atleast 10 days of your life enjoying best of the nature! I would love to go there soon! 🙂

  • April 18, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Amarvana Resort & Spa looks like a epitome of luxury. The coffee spa and the massage on the hammock near River Kaveri will be so relaxing. It is clear hideout from the hustle bustle of city life. I and my husband too would like to take a escape from this mundane life and pamper ourselves.

  • June 22, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Hi Deena, the place looks really beauty. The experience must be really good. My stay in Coorg was in Medikari village, which was just 100m away from the River Kaveri. I had the river to swim every morning.
    Major missing Coorg days 🙁

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    • October 17, 2017 at 1:02 PM

      Zulema, thanks for taking the time to read 🙂 and yes it is a rejuvenating place away from the city


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