We are at the resort in May 2019. We were the only guests and now we know why. Because it is in bad condition and the value for money is definitely not good. All the pictures on the website must be several years old. If you are there, it looks totally different. The biggest scam is the good looking pool on the website. It does no longer exist, because seems to be demolished for a new conference center.
The resort is almost the part of forest as core zone of National Park. Great property. Rooms are clean and well equipped. The food and service were also very good. Great value of money.
MP High Court JABALPUR
This hotel would've been great once upon a time, but is getting rundown, needs lots of maintenance work, many communal areas were nice but had broken or upturned furniture, the pool was unavailable to use (mosquito pond) and building rubble around some areas.
There is no Wifi or phone signal, which is not the end of the world, but travellers need to be notified because when travelling, often communication and arrangements need to be made. The floor staff were good and the best thing about the place was the food ... delicious home-style Indian cooking.
Unfortunately, booking and paying months in advance for safaris didn't ensure getting a good guide or one that can speak English. One of the three guides we had was brilliant, the other two not so. One spent the entire safari dropping off to sleep and said nothing, and spotted no wildlife for us!
I was very unimpressed that on the last evening when going to pay for my accommodation by credit card, as I had done everywhere else in India, they informed my they don't have CC facilities! They wanted cash but I said I'd do a bank transfer. After some difficulty discussing a solution and driving back towards the village in the dark, I paid via EFT, but even though they could see the payment had gone through, they contacted me multiple times about it, as it obviously was a hold up at their end.
Overall, it was ok, very average in all aspects, but not what I was expecting for the price paid. Not value for money.
Fortunately the beautiful wildlife in the park was worth the effort to get there, but I would choose different accommodation next time. And I'm glad I had organised and brought a driver who was there for the whole time, as I believe that would've been a difficult and over-priced situation for the hotel to organise.
We were a group of 10, including kids. We got unexpected warm reception when we reached at 10 PM one evening. All along the hotel assistants kept pampering us with top attention. the property was under renovation including our rooms but that did not come in the way of our having the best amenities in spite of the off-season.
The best part of the property is its layout. it is compact yet sprawling. it is rustic, yet so tastefully designed. It has a library, a pool and a central cafe cum dining room - you would feel spending more time there than in your room.
foodies who went with me were the happiest of the bunch. spread over the 3 days was impressive and very tasty.
The manager and the staff had many stories to tell us about the forest and their personal experiences.
Taxis not available from Tala village to the hotel so one must ring reception for pick-up. Gardens pleasant & well maintained. Tiny pool too small for swimming. Dinner pleasant but small portions. There is no Wi-Fi or router in this hotel. Hot water available on request.
Jeep safaris to the park arranged by hotel are very expensive at 6500 rupees (72) for two people; correct price for the whole jeep (including entrance tickets for 2 people, guide, driver) should be about 4000 rupees. It is best to go to the Park's Ticket Office (south end of Tala village) in person to avoid being ripped off. If you don't have your own transport, you are entirely at their mercy & they won't show any mercy when it comes to extracting money from foreigners.
The 'shuttle' service provided by the resort to Jabalpur Airport consists of an overpriced taxi costing 5500 rupees (it should be 3000 rupees as it is less than 150 km away). Taxis in India cost 8 - 10 rupees / km.
On the whole, this resort is expensive for what you get.