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Fernhills Palace
The only royal heritage experience in Ooty, Fernhills is a rare treat for other reasons as well. The nearly-150-year-old erstwhile summer palace of the Maharajas of Mysore, its transformation into a luxury hotel has taken almost a decade and considerable funds. The result is an all-suite property that is a class of its own — the 40-acre grounds (so sweeping that Fernhills makes its own vistas) are rich with woods, the entirely Burmese teak-and-glass-panelled corridors are lined with framed family photographs, and the suites are larger than most city apartments: each comes with a large sitting room, the bedroom is bigger still, and the private sit-outs have Mangalore tiles made entirely of glass. In all of this, there is such an abundance of antique furniture (my room had a huge mirrored wardrobe, a full-size dressing table, a crockery cupboard, a dining table that could seat four...) that what could have been a drafty place for its sheer size is instead quite the opposite. The overall effect is one of stateliness, somewhat diminished by the riotous excess of colour, especially on the over-embellished walls. The modcons are plentiful and, behold, all bathrooms have jacuzzis. Central heating is on its way but, with blazing fireplaces, it’s not missed.

Accommodation: 6 executive suites, 6 deluxe suites, 6 luxury suites, 1 maharaja suite Best rooms: 101 and 102, for their private terraces; 202 and 204 have grand views but no sit-outs. Service: Superb Food: Very nice; specialities are Anglo-Indian and fusion cuisine Tariff: Rs 5,700 (executive suite)-16,950 (maharaja suite), double occupancy, inclusive of all meals, taxes extra Contact: 0423-2443910-15, www.welcomheritagehotels.com

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