On Location: Vivanta by Taj Madikeri

Kovalam, India
Kovalam, India // Photo by lena_serditova/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images
Photo by Meagan Drillinger
Photo by Meagan Drillinger

Luxury Travel Advisor is winding down our jam-packed tour of Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces in southern India. Our final destination is the Vivanta by Taj Madikeri in Coorg, a.k.a. a slice of heaven on earth.

High atop a twisting mountain road, visitors to the hotel are greeted with nothing but panoramas of green, rolling hills with few signs of civilization. The resort's design is largely, if not entirely, inspired from the surrounding environment with a twist of modern elegance (think dark chunky woods and clay roofs combined with stark whites and clean lines). The resort is comprised of 62 villas scattered among winding paths and tucked into the hillside. And the views are awe-inspiring. Just take note of the main lobby, which has an infinity edge over a cliff staring out into nothing but green forest and open skies.

Luxury Travel Advisor is on hand to sample some of the many unique offerings that the resort has in stores for its guests. Upon arrival yesterday we were whisked off to Jiva Spa for the signature treatment, which is not offered at any other Jiva Spa. The Guddha Bath is a traditional Coorg bath native to the area and is available in every traditional Coorg household. We were escorted to a wooden cabin hidden in the jungle trees where water was heating in copper pots. The experience begins with a massage using a signature blend of nutmeg, turmeric, kalonji and other herbs. This is followed by a hot water bath. The therapist scrubs away the oil with a soap nut powder and then proceeds to soak guests in the hot water and rose petals. It is an ethereal experience and unlike any spa treatment we have had. This is a must for any client who is tired of the traditional massage or aromatherapy. 

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Other exclusive activities include pottery making, culinary courses, a sunrise hike, evening forest walks, educational sessions and unique dining experiences by 101 candlelights. Fortunately for us, we have been able to try them all. 

This has been the perfect way to cap off a dizzying tour of Taj's southern India properties, and we say this resort is a must for your clients who are craving exotic isolation and luxury eco-tourism.

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