December 15, 2012 - Vivanta by Taj - Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the opening of Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg .Adding to the rapidly expanding Vivanta portfolio, this hotel is the 25th property to open since the brand was launched in 2010. Situated at an altitude of 4000 ft. within 180 acres of subtropical rainforest, the hotel is the perfect retreat for nature lovers and sybarites.
Located seven kilometres from the charming hill station of Madikeri in South-Western India, the hotel offers panoramic vistas of the Western Ghats and imposing mountains that Coorg is famous for. With dense canopies and verdant valleys, the hotel brings Coorg to your doorstep.
Speaking on the launch Mr. Raymond N Bickson, MD & CEO, Indian Hotels Company Limited, said, “Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg is Taj Group’s first hill station hotel. It presents Coorg in a new avatar with a "One with nature “themed rainforest experience in the company of clouds. The hotel offers unique experiences like earth craft; adventure trails and survival training, a Coorg conservatory and destination cued dining and cultural motifs."
Speaking on the launch of the resort, Mr. Abhijit Mukerji, Executive Director, Indian Hotels Company Limited, said, "The Vivanta by Taj brand is on a rapid expansion . We have opened hotels in exciting leisure destinations as well as cities. Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg is the 4th Vivanta Hotel to be launched in 2012. We look forward to welcoming our guests to an exceptional holiday experience."
Ms. Deepa Misra Harris, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, said: "The hotel is a 180 acre oasis of dramatic scenery and fascinating culture. Our experience at the hotel ranges from relaxed luxury to the adventurous often combining the two for a curated experience only Vivanta can deliver."
Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg’s luxurious 63 rooms and villas have been built within an eco-conscious context to ensure the property is unobtrusive and respectful to the natural beauty of its location. Bricks and paints were hand-made on site using displaced soil. Recycled and restored wood feature in the hotel’s construction. Low energy consuming Light Emitting Diode’s (LED) lighting is used to ensure that the hotel stays true to its eco-sensitive narrative.
Nature abounds with spacious villas offering exquisite design, panoramic views and memorable touches such as fireplaces in each room. The Luxury Bliss Villas are spread over 3,300 sq. ft. each and come with an indoor pool and a retractable sun-roof. The 9,000 sq. ft. Presidential Nirvana Suite offers three bedrooms, a swimming pool, private pavilion, its own courtyard and facilities for in-house dining.
The hotel has a 30,000 sq. ft. Jiva Grande Spa. The Spa has an unusual design with slowly unfolding layers. Located in the main lobby block, it spreads over 3 floors with stunning rainforest views. It offers a surreal experience rooted in the region. The expansive spa & wellness space sports private treatment suites with their own steam & showers; a relaxation deck; and the signature Jiva experience - the wood fired Gudda bath that draws from the local ethos of Coorg and is found in traditional households of the region.
Local Coorg specialities are de rigueur at the Nellaki Restaurant whilst the all-day Fern Tree offers breathtaking vistas and Dew, withan innovative ‘Wellness Kitchen’, ensures that health conscious guests can enjoy some organic treats. The bar, Hive, serves the finest of spirits and signature Vivanta Fuse Cocktails. The bar and grill at the outdoor pool are a perfect place to enjoy evening sundowners. Green-fingered gastronomes can marvel at the hotel’s extensive organic herb garden and learn to make home-made preserves at the on-site strawberry farm.
Guests have a choice - they can swim in the climate controlled indoor swimming pool. Or they can enjoy the open air pool overlooking the paddy fields. Other rejuvenation options include meditation at the Buddha Garden, a saunter through the strawberry farm, a cultural performance at the amphitheatre or private dining moments - some of the “motif” experiences that are uniquely Vivanta.
With each Vivanta hotel we present signature experiences rooted in local destination and a strong sense of place. These Vivanta Motifs are a representation of the Vivanta philosophy of hospitality with an imaginative twist. During the course of a stay, guests can participate in a therapeutic clay modelling session or get a chance to interpret an elusive rainforest with our “rainforest insider”, learn survival skills, have a go at winning the Vivanta Octathlon certificate apart from other adventurous activities like slush sport, off road biking, ravine crossing, zip line, camping and astronomy.
Coorg’s cool climate and the hotel’s choice of activites make this the perfect spot for discovery. The surrounding rainforest is a hotspot of biodiversity making it a must-visit for nature lovers. The lush canopies are home to over 350 species of flora and fauna.Nature-lovers can hike to Nishani Betta, the highest peak in Coorg, go off-road biking or off trail camping with a barbecue, savor the resort’s private label line of Coffee or identify the star birds on premise
Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg is a six hour scenic drive from Bangalore.
Work hard and play hard. Relax and energize. Ideate and confer. Evolve and transform. Revel in a spirit that presents the normal with an unexpected twist. Stylish and sophisticated, Vivanta by Taj delivers premium hotel experiences with imagination, energy and efficiency. Currently comprised of 25 hotels and resorts in India and the Indian Ocean region, Vivanta by Taj is represented across key metropolitan capitals as well as popular holiday destinations like Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Vivanta by Taj offers an imaginative, vivacious and stylish take on ‘cool luxury’. With innovative cuisine, energetic spaces, unique motifs, the smart use of technology and experiences that seek to constantly engage, invigorate and relax, it appeals to the cosmopolitan world-traveler immersed in a sensory lifestyle.
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About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 99 hotels in 56 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.