Clean Room, Beautiful Grounds and Monkeys
Miika Eco Resort was much larger and nicer than expected. It is outside of town, with excellent security. The park-like grounds are spacious and gorgeous. Duplex units line beautifully maintained brick or stone walkways that front opposite sides of a shallow landscaped ravine. There are cozy alcoves below the rooms with a table and chairs so you can relax outside. A manager gave us a short guided tour, showing us the charming small waterfall and hidden cave along with a historical account. He helped us look for monkeys, then brought us some delicious fresh toasted g-nuts (= groundnuts = small peanuts). There are two places to eat--the outdoor bamboo restaurant/bar, and the small indoor dining area next to the lobby where the continental breakfast is served. The food is tasty, featuring local and Indian dishes. The rooms were very clean; laundry came back all fresh and folded right away so they must have electric dryers (unlike many lodges that rely on hanging the laundry in the sun to dry). The service was very helpful and friendly. My big complaint, deducting one star, was that the restaurant played extremely loud (recorded) music during dinner and through most of the night. It was impossible to have dinner conversation, and we could hear the music in our room even with the windows closed. It was the low season and there was no need to shatter the peaceful silence of the surroundings with unnecessary noise pollution if there was hardly anyone there.