My trip to Bekal was supposed to be just another family leisure trip. Go to a quiet, scenic place, eat to your heart's content, sleep till the hours get bored, and repeat. The trip, however, turned out quite differently in one aspect. And I have Taj to thank for that.
Traveling from Mumbai, we took a flight to Mangalore, which is the closest airport to Bekal. The drive from Mangalore to Bekal is a scenic, 4 hour, experience. The temperature usually ranges between 28 to 30 degrees during the day and 24 to 27 in the night.
The hospitality and warmth of Taj Bekal Resort & Spa is apparent from the moment you reach the main gate. We were greeted by a beaming guard at the main gate. At the lobby, we were received with sea shell necklaces, smiles, folded hands, welcome drinks, cold towels - the whole jazz. I basked in all the attention we were getting. To be honest, for a regular corporate stooge like me, the whole royalty treatment is a refreshing change of pace.
The resort has a distinct warmth and homeliness about it. Tiny things make all the difference. The furniture is spaced out to avoid crowding. And, the lobby opens up to a huge indoor koi pond (which somehow I found very relaxing).
The cobbled pathways through the resort are flanked by coconut trees and exotic flowers. Stone statues guard the corners....
The room was surprisingly large and, needless to say, very tastefully done up. The rear end of the room opened up into a yard that housed a massive, adorned swing. And a door from the yard led to the gardens and the backwaters.