Imagine lolling by the pool, as kids are out in a cool room busy watching a movie or learning some new art? Well, that could be a reality at The Golden Tusk. A family-owned resort, it’s quite close to the Jhirna and Dhela gates of the Corbett National Park. Safaris need to be booked in advance.
From the time you enter the gate, you can see what the kids can do. There are swings, a basketball court, adventure activities such as flying fox, rappelling, spider climbing, ladder climbing, wall climbing. Later we discovered the resort offers pebble painting classes in the morning (11am-noon) in an air-conditioned room. This not only keeps them away from the heat but also gives the parents the much-needed respite. Then there are cooking classes where the chef teaches them simple stuff like how to make a sandwich. So that makes high-tea a fun affair. This is usually out in the lawns and I did enjoy the cutting chai.
For indoor activities, there’s table tennis, pool table, chess and books. With two swimming pools and many options for accommodation, the resort is quite a hub.
There are luxury tents, a tiger suite, villa grande, villas, pool facing rooms and more. The rooms have all the amenities such as an electric kettle, a minibar, soaps, towels. The décor being light and easy, and the landscape a delight, it’s quite a place to chill out. The young directors, Anirudh and Kriti Lakhotia, make it a family friendly place. The beautiful golden logo has been designed by Anirudh’s mother, his father began the resort but the vision comes from the late grandfather. Anirudh takes care of the operations while Kriti handles the digital strategies.
The buffet here is quite a big affair with all kinds of cuisine, right from salads, snacks, chutneys, pickles, to a wide range of veggies and desserts. I quite liked the Kumaoni raita comprising turmeric, cucumber and mustard. Carrot cake was among my favourite desserts as were the little éclairs. The restaurant has kid-friendly chairs which makes feeding the young ones an easy task. There is a special menu for kids too. But it’s the lush trees and flowery blooms that add to the ambience. There is the national tree of South America, the kachnars were blooming, and shaving brush-shaped flowers also rose high on the branches of another tree. Besides the flora, there are birds. But for that, you have to wake up early or hear their loud chirps/gossip in the evening before they go off to sleep.
It’s interesting to take a walk in the village or go for a drive in the area as deers are aplenty. If you are lucky, the tiger might cross your path too, but we were not. The resort celebrates nature. We witnessed a live guitarist amid candles during Earth Hour. And there are week-long celebrations in the offing for World Earth Day.
Did I mention that you could hit the gym or relax at the spa if you don’t feel like doing anything? And maybe enjoy some drinks at the Gin Tree bar before dinner. The resort also has a room where you can refresh if arrival is before check-in or departure hours after check-out.