But that's just the outside of the cottage, let me tell you what they had on the inside. A huge bed placed right in the center; opposite it a 50” flat screen TV and a work desk; two windows: one looking out at the Aravalli hills and the other giving you a view of the resort; and finally a door that led you inside a perfectly crafted wooden walk-in wardrobe.
The wardrobe had a floor length mirror, a wooden bench, and enough room to play dress up in. But what caught my attention was the details with which the room was made. There was a wooden log hanging from the top where one could fixate their hangers. A huge window inside the wardrobe through which you had a clear view of your courtyard. And a gateway to the bathroom.
Once I examined the room I turned to the attendant to ask him why was there a window in the dressing room and his answer amazed me. He said, “Many here don’t wake up to the sound of alarm clocks, they wake up to the sound of bird calls. And many of those bird calls are from peacocks that land onto these courtyards and display their feathers to dance early in the morning. It is a sight that one would not like to miss and so there are windows placed both in the dressing room and the bathroom that look into the courtyard.”
Peacocks that land on your door every day? You definitely don’t get that in the city.
After examining the room that kept the wildlife theme intact while providing all modern comforts, we went onto exploring the property. The manager took us to a courtyard that had stone paneling on the floor, a leafy green tree in the center and a deck made of tiny gravel stones. Each element was placed precisely so that the courtyard could have both sunlight and shade at the same time. Low long wooden beach chairs were placed on the gravel stones for guests to sunbathe in and Muddhas (Indian Chairs) were placed under the tree for those who wanted to relax in a calm cool setting. There were also a couple of stairs were placed on the side of the courtyard that led down to a ground where the resort would host bonfires.
For families with different interests and age groups traveling together, this place was a gem. On the left of the courtyard, there was an activity room with table tennis, carom, and all sorts of little games. On the right, there was the dining room which gave you a modernish-rustic vibe with its high ceiling and leather furniture. And on the far left corner, almost hidden under the leafy tree was a bar that was crafted like a cave and had seats on wheels.
Imagine rolling on your chairs when you're tipsy.
As we stepped inside the bar the bartender gave us a warm welcoming smile and informed us about happy hour. From 6-8:30 no matter what drink you bought the second would be free. A persuasion good enough for two of my friends to tell the bartender at 2 pm that he would see us at the bar at sharp 6 pm. We left the bar and the manager took us over a bridge built on a pond that connected the reception to where the cottages were placed. The pond had different kinds of flowers in it and the bridge had tiny bird nests built at several places in the ceiling. It was like walking through a live forest. At the end of the bridge were several gravel engraved paths leading to different cottages.
The cottages were numbered and wooden signs were placed to point at each’s location. We turned left and came face to face with another pool. This was one was bigger than the one in our cottage and could be used by all guests. We stopped there to hear the manager explain as to how the pool ran all year round and a swim in the night was what many guests looked forward to. One of us cross-questioned him about the night swim and he answered. “The night is when nature comes alive. You hear birds, mammals, and all different kinds of species talk in their own tone. It is so peaceful that one loses track of time. An ideal way to forget about your worries.”