Small Luxury Hotels of the World is now offering discerning travellers more choice in South West India with the addition of The Serai-Chikmagalur to its portfolio.
Located in the heart of 'coffee country' in Karnataka which produces over half of the coffee grown in India, The Serai-Chikmagalur combines classic and contemporary design and beautiful natural scenery. Indigenous materials from the plantation such as Chapdi, the local stone, and natural rosewood are incorporated into the stylish design.
Coffee addicts can enjoy a guided plantation tour on the local estate to get a new perspective on their favourite caffeine boost - Arabica, Robusta and many spices grow in the region. Guests can see first-hand how oranges, pepper, cardamom and vanilla are grown within the coffee plantation to balance and support the ecosystem.
For those who prefer a bird's eye view, can take a heli tour to see the lush rolling hills, fertile plantations, estates and coffee works. Coffee fans can even luxuriate in their favourite brew at the Oma Spa where it is one of the key ingredients Coffee is use in their signature treatments, including scrubs and massages. Coffee is said to have numerous anti-ageing and protective properties and is a natural anti-oxidant.
For those looking for adventure and culture, there are many experiences available in the local area including trekking, a visit to the Chennakeshava temple in Belur and the Shiva temple of Hoysaleshwara in Halebidu, both renowned for their intricate carvings, and Gomateshwara at Shravanabelagola - the largest monolithic statue in the world.
Reflecting responsible tourism initiative local residents are trained and employed at the resort. Recycled wood from the plantation was used extensively in the construction of the resort, including the furniture and interiors. Water from the resort is filtered and recycled to be used for irrigation in the local area and rain water harvesting systems are in place.
Guests can enjoy a special mid-week package including a guided plantation walk, indoor and outdoor games, all meals, welcome drink, fruit basket, cookies and complimentary mini bar on day of arrival. Rates start from INR 27,188 for a minimum two nights' stay. Valid until 31 March 2012.