During my trip to Karnataka, we decided to opt for Club Mahindra Medikeri property as it was one of their old and well known property. Then some changes in the plan happened and we booked another 2 night in their second property in Coorg, Club Mahindra Virajpet. Our stay in Virajpet was before Medikeri and I am glad that we opted for Virajpet.
Being a new property of Club Mahindra, it is huge, well designed with new state of art technology. The theme of Club Mahindra Virajpet is Butterfly. From the shape of the entire property to the name of all the room quarters is based on the butterfly names.
|Night view of Reception Building of Club Mahindra Virajpet|
|Butterfly theme everywhere!|
The grandness of the resort is felt as soon as you enter the reception. The staff is welcoming and soft spoken. As you enter the hotel, one staff member is allocated to you, who takes you through the check-in process. The view from the reception will take your breath away. That view was the most impressive I have ever seen in a Club Mahindra hotel. Check in process was smooth and we were led to our room. On the way, the staff member explained the concept and facts abut Club Mahindra Virajpet.
|View from the reception|
The entire hotel is built on the butterfly theme. From the design of the hotel to the name of each building block, they are on various butterfly. Each block has about 4 rooms and there are other blocks which has more than 4 rooms. Reception is on top and you find your way down to find various facilities provided in the resort. Club Mahindra Virajpet was constructed in 2012 and it is only 3 years since the hotel is operational. The location is quite inside and there is no network available in the hotel, which in turn is blessing in disguise. The hotel gives you an opportunity to mingle with the nature and relieve yourself with your loved ones.
|Day view of restaurant wing|
Most of the rooms in Club Mahindra property as studio room and also with one / two bedrooms. We opted for studio room which can accommodate 3-4 adults in a room. The rooms are well furnished and quite spacious. All rooms are accompanied by a balcony. Since Virajpet is closer from the sea level, there is air conditioned provided in the rooms. All rooms also have a kitchenette which consist of microwave, dishes, cutlery and other basic necessities. The bathroom is also good and spacious. The hotel uses the concept of dispenser for body shower and hand wash gel which in a way is good as there is very minimal wastage. The bed is as soft as a feather. If you don't feel like leaving your room, which is the case most of the time, you can just relax on a soft bed with television providing you the entertainment.
|Super soft bed|
|Welcome from housekeeping|
The highlight of Club Mahindra Virajpet is Fun Zone. All Club Mahindra properties have a fun zone where various activities are planned throughout the day all 7 days of the week. It helps families to have their kids occupied and spend some time mingling with the other guests. Fun zone is Virajpet is modern with new state of the art technology. It is can accommodate around 100 people at a time with different zones created. Inside the fun zone, you can find a library, kids play zone, video game zone to shops selling Coorg specialities. During my stay, they had a musical night (Karaoke come music competition) along with dance workshop and on the second night, Fashion Show. There are some free activities and some are charged. You can either play table tennis, pool, ride a quad bike, go for zip line, try your hands on swag-way, play Badminton, basketball and many more. Fun Zone will keep you occupied throughout your stay.
Swimming Pool and Svaastha Spa
The pool is another highlight of the hotel. It is not exactly infinity pool, but you can see various plantations and trees from the pool. Everything in the hotel is big, so why not a swimming pool!
Svaastha Spa is further inside the block and again one of the highlights of Club Mahindra Virajpet. They offer a range of services and those who are visiting the hotel, must remove time from their busy schedule to rejuvenate and revive.
|Spa and residential wing|
The only thing which is expensive in Club Mahindra Hotel is food. They have two restaurant offering all day dining and al carte food. Also, there Poolside cafe offering snacks and beverages. The food is comparatively expensive in the hotel. However, you can save some bucks by opting for a combo of breakfast with lunch / dinner. The location of the hotel is in interiors, hence, you will end up eating dinner in the restaurant. I tried both the restaurant during my stay. The buffet in Coorgenburg restaurant offer wide range of delicacy to choose from. Indian to some continental food, the restaurant will not disappoint you. The quality of food is good and the buffet will make you feel all the more lazy. Breakfast yet again, like dinner buffet offers many variety. During my trips, I have a simple rule, eat heavy breakfast buffet (provided it offers variety like this hotel) and have a light lunch and end your day with a delicious dinner. The other restaurant Aromas also offer continental food along with a pool table to spend your night eating and chilling.
The hotel will keep you occupied throughout your stay, however, if you still crave to step out and explore the city, there are many things one can do. The furthest away from the hotel is Irrupu Fall and Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary. Apart from these two, one can explore the city of Medikeri (Largest city in Coorg) which is some 20 minutes away. The hotel has tours which cover the sightseeing around the hotel, one can book based on their interest and time. Must to do at Club Mahindra Virajpet and also in Coorg, is Coffee Plantation Tour. The guide will take you around the coffee plantation and share the information about various flora and obviously coffee. Based on the season you will see the growth of coffee beans, during my stay, coffee beans were still maturing.
|Coffee plantation walk around Club Mahindra Virajpet|
My expectations from Virajpet were very minimal as I didn't know about the hotel and hardly travelled to any of them. After visiting Virajpet, I really feel glad that we have opted for Club Mahindra membership. If utilised in a good way, Club Mahindra will give you a reason to travel more and more! Out of both the property in Coorg, for those seeking comfort of the hotel and relaxation, book Club Mahindra Virajpet. The hotel will ensure that your stay is memorable!
Location: Virajpet is located in Southern part of Coorg district. It is 2 hours away from Medikeri. Club Mahindra Virajpet is located in outskirt and the road leading towards the hotel is small and bumpy.
Unique: The hotel is grand and located in the middle of plantation makes it a unique resort. Also, it gives you the opportunity to connect with nature and yourself.
Room tip: All rooms are well made and neat. The property comes with the options like studio apartment, one and two bedroom apartment. Rooms which are on the first floor has better view compare to ground floor, however, resort is surrounded with greenery so every room has good view.
Don't miss: Make sure that you attend atleast one of the evening event in the hotel. It lives up to its name, Fun Zone with energetic staff and their creative ways to bring out smile on everyone's face.
|View from the balcony|
|Rooms around the hotel|