India Today - - COVER STORY -

Hampi is a trav­eller’s par­adise; the small town and neigh­bour­ing Hospet have al­ways been pop­u­lar among bud­get trav­ellers, with lit­tle on of­fer for the lux­ury trav­eller. But Or­ange County Lux­ury Re­sorts, newly opened and lo­cated in Ka­mala­pura, a few kilo­me­tres from the an­cient ru­ins, does more than fill this void. De­signed like a palace with the lo­cal ar­chi­tec­ture in mind, the re­sort makes you feel like roy­alty. Arched cor­ri­dors, wa­ter bod­ies and paved paths guide you to your room.

The Ni­vasa Deluxe Suite, the base cat­e­gory room is much larger than an av­er­age ho­tel room with high ceil­ings, wooden beams, and an­tique-in­spired fur­ni­ture with brass ac­cents. The room has sep­a­rate liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas in ad­di­tion to a king-sized four poster bed and dress­ing space. Ev­ery room comes with a pri­vate Jacuzzi and sit-out. Bathed in soft evening light, the sand­stone in­spired ar­chi­tec­ture looks majestic. The prop­erty has two restau­rants, Samovar and Tu­luva. With a can­dle-lit aura, Samovar of­fers a North In­dian menu, while Tu­luva is a multi-cui­sine restau­rant which over­looks an in­fin­ity pool, caters to all palates with a few Vi­jayana­gara spe­cial­i­ties drawn from its an­cient cui­sine.

With weak mo­bile signals and WiFi con­nec­tiv­ity lim­ited to the lobby, it’s the per­fect refuge from city stresses. Vaidysala, the spa, of­fers treat­ments to fur­ther the cause of detox. Ac­tiv­i­ties like guided walks along the Raya Trail and the Viru­pak­sha trail al­low glimpses into the life and times of the Vi­jayana­gara empire, a jour­ney that may well lead you to dis­cover many a thing about your­self amid the ru­ins.

The ho­Tel has been de­signed like a palace wiTh el­e­menTs of lo­cal ar­chi­Tec­Ture

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