Recently I had a chance to stay at the Toshali Resorts in Ratnagiri, Odisha. Toshali Resorts, a chain of exquisite resorts in different cities of India, is owned by TK International Ltd. They ventured into the business with their first resort in Puri, Toshali Sands, with 109 rooms. I have had my experience of staying at Toshali Sands, Puri and, so, was really excited to spend a couple of days at their Ratnagiri resort.
It was a hot, humid, afternoon and though the distance from the Katak railway station was only 70 km, excruciating heat and dust made us quite exhausted. We received a warm welcome at the reception and, as I was engaged with the usual formalities, a bellboy served us cold drinks. I didn’t have xerox copies of my credentials with me but was assured that will be taken care of. Within five minutes, the formalities were over and, we were ushered to the room allotted for us.
As soon as we entered the room, rejuvenating fragrance of room freshener welcomed us. The room was quite spacious and comfortable. The interior looked elegant and sophisticated. I especially loved the way they made the bed (though we were not a honeymoon couple, still I liked the simple art). The air-conditioner was working perfectly and within a few minutes we felt relaxed.
Ratnagiri, Udaygiri and Lalitgiri are together called the Diamond Triangle of Odisha, you can read about the places in details here. Anyway, the history is not germane to this discussion, what amazed me was the way the interior of the resort was designed in perfect sync with the historical aspect of the place. Statues of Lord Buddha placed at strategical points, murals and paintings, have given an ethnic feel to the whole ambience. Peace prevailed over the place.
Food is another reason why I love the place. Delectable dishes, be it Chinese or Indian (we ordered typical Bengali dishes one day and were more than satisfied with the toothsome taste) would make you crave for more.
The manager, Mr Nayak, is an extremely helpful and well-mannered person. He and his staff helped us in every possible way. One of them even provided us with an umbrella as we were venturing out to see the excavated Buddhist sites
The only problem being there was no intercom in the room making it quite inconvenient at times to place orders for snacks, cold drinks and other needs.
Overall, I had a nice experience staying at the Toshali Resorts, Ratnagiri. As the tagline of their website reads, “Toshali Resorts: Where nature comes alive”, you will be able to feel the presence of blissful Nature caressing you.