After driving through the rain we entered Bison Valley Road after crossing Munnar city and a bridge. Tall Trees Resort was where we had spent 4 days in 2007 after our wedding and we really wanted to relive our stay!
The check in was pleasant with a small glass of flavoured tea. Tall Trees had upgraded us to a deluxe cottage after realising our vacation mishap in April. We unloaded our luggage to the room and I parked my car. The personal car parking spot is small and on a steep incline. There are more spots for cabs and a separate dorm for drivers to stay and eat.
Room: The deluxe room is on two levels. The entrance level is the large living area and has a seating area, all the tea and coffee stuff and a bathroom. There is a balcony that opens behind it. A narrow winding (metal) staircase leads to the lower bedroom area. The stairs are extremely narrow and a bit noisy – I was constantly worried JJ would fall as he ran up and down!. The bedroom is cosy with a large, comfy bed a balcony sit-out and a spotless bathroom. There was a TV, enough storage areas and a safe. JJ called this cottage his octopod and we all soon became octonauts as per his demands! The bathroom and general decor were different from our stay 8 years ago. The shower sent hot water under good pressure and was a pleasure to use! The only downside was that the lighting in the bedroom was dim and often we had to use our torchlight to get stuff out of our bag.
There was a pleasing natural fragrance of spices in the room that was very nice. The balcony was the best part of the room as you sat amidst trees. We felt ‘away from it all’ and in general enjoyed the ambience so much, we didnt care that it was raining and we could not really go out for the evening. I loved waking up every morning making a cuppa hot coffee and then walking/lounging in both balconies watching the sunlight stream through the tall trees and vegetations, listening to birds chirp. Our vacation was off to an ideal start!
Restaurant: The walk up to the restaurant in the rain carrying my son literally took my breath away – I was huffing and puffing! Thankfully their buggy car service helped us halfway through. There is a set of steps and a shortcut which was easier. On the other days, we didnt have any trouble climbing to the restaurant. The restaurant has a great setting with a glass roof that looks out into the tall trees. There is some limited seating on a balcony outside. The furniture is quite dated and the fabric on the seat was not really clean. The food is a bit of hit and miss. The dinner on our first night was bad: they got one dish wrong and the food taste was very average. However the general ambience and service was good enough for us to simply sit and relax. Breakfast buffets on both days were good and the service was good with dosas, appam, eggs and a lot of extras made to order in addition to the buffet. We skipped dinner on our second night and dropped into the restaurant late for some dessert and enjoyed it.
View from the balcony sit out:
We didnt explore much in the resort on our arrival – more on that is here: https://blogjob.com/roadtrip/2015/09/28/the-tall-trees-resort-part-2-exploring-the-resort