Long weekends can be boon and bane both. The former if you start planning early and the later if you get up at the last minute. Mine was the later case. My extensive search for accommodation options was going in vain until I got an email from Vijayshree Resort. Guess the universe does conspires. After exchange of a couple of emails I was all set to experience the ruin land of Hampi and hospitality of Vijayshree Resort.
Vijayshree Resort and Heritage Village
Vijayshree Resort and Heritage Village is a luxury accommodation in Hampi. Located just few kilometers away from Hosapete, it is easily reachable if you are coming by bus or train. The property is sprawled across twenty acres and houses forty three cottages of different capacities. The first thing that strikes about the resort is the lush green sights all around you. Since the property expanses across acres its not possible to walk around every nook and corner but I did my best.
As you walk in the resort a gigantic door opens and some random still from Jodha Akbar might flash across your mind. The reception is nicely done with minimalistic decors. The staff is courteous and prompt. My cottage was allotted to me in advance and I was given the keys in no time. As I stepped out of the reception area a funky open air car was waiting for me. It took me to my cottage.
Cottage and its Interiors
My cottage was of decent size, neither too big nor too small. It was Equipped with everything that one might need. A huge double bed, a medium size television, electric kettle to make tea/coffee, necessary toiletries, storage space and a seating place for two people. The paintings on the ceiling were the most interesting aspect of the decor. The cottages are of different sizes and capacity. Depending on your need you can opt for a bigger cottage. There are forty three cottages to choose from, so basically you are spoiled for choices.
Food at Vijayshree Resort
Like many other hotels, breakfast is included in the reservation at Vijayshree Resorts. It included flavors of both North and South India. If you are interested in English breakfast, that was available too. There was a live station for Dosa which was hands down the most popular from the whole breakfast spread. The seating for breakfast is in open air on first floor, so if you manage to get a good spot you could enjoy your breakfast with the lush green view of the property. I also ordered dinner from their Multicusine Vegertarian fine dining restaurant and the service was quick and food was good too. The Vijayshree team also offers a sit down Rajasthani dinner for its guest at Manwar Restaurant, so if you don’t wish to order in dinner you could go for this option.
Vijayshree Resort Property
The cottages are interesting but the property of Vijayshree Resort is fascinating. It has huge gardens carpeted with green grass till the end of your sight. The whole property is a green canvas dotted with colors from various flowers. It is great for morning/evening walks and the gardens can regale kids to another level. Strolling around the property was my favorite thing to do. The property has been thoughtfully designed around the concept of five elements of life which are earth, fire, wind, water and sky.
Apart from all this Vijayshree Resort also offers you the indoor and outdoor play area, again great for kids. If you are done with that play some water sports in their swimming pool. The Nirvana Spa, located at Pool Side offers Ayurveda & Hamam spa which help guests relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Vijayshree experience is incomplete unless you visit their theme Heritage Village. It focuses around the theme of “One Village, Glorious Heritage”. The main aim of this village is to bring you close to the rural Indian life. It opens in the evenings and offers fun activities like horse riding, camel riding, tribal dance, magic show and a lot more.
Vijayshree Resort is a apt choice if you are looking to explore Hampi with family. It has something for everyone. After a strenuous exploration of Hampi, the resort comes as a breath of fresh air. You can check more about the resort on their official website here.
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Note: I was hosted by the resort to experience the hospitality but the opinions are solely mine.