Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace (previous known as Orange County) is a luxury heritage getaway located just 4 km from this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a heritage getaway offering fort like entrances, stone-paved boulevards, arched hallways and regal chambers mirror the famed palaces of a bygone era. The majestic Kamalapura Palace, a world-class five-star resort which speaks volumes about the experience that awaits you!
The Evolve Back Kamapalura Palace with its Vijayanagara style architecture spoils you with its raw, traditional themed luxury. It is indeed a palace by every inch. Royalty is too less a word to describe the experience offered by this ultra-luxurious boutique resort. The staff makes the excursions to Hampi easy and very interesting.
The second you step into this vast property through the fort like entrance, you are wholly exported to a different era. Energetic staffs dressed in ethnic-wear greeted MacroTraveller with flowers in a fabulous way. They welcomed with a coconut milk drink and chocolate dates.
The resort has been designed keeping in mind what the town is famous for – Hampi ruins – combining Vijayanagara Empire. The true essence of luxury! Bengaluru to Hampi (350 km by road). A seven hours journey by car. I took a long ride to this place, memorable! There is flight service from Bengaluru to Jindal Vijaynagar Airport in Vidyanagar, which is an hour’s drive from Hampi.
Evolve Back Resort offers four categories of expansive yet intimate villas. Each suite is an elegant blend of art and architecture inspired by the 14th century Vijayanagar Empire, and boast state-of-the-art en-suite facilities. The perfect fusion of historical elegance with modern luxury! Every suite of the property offers unobstructed views.
Featuring a separate living area, these luxurious rooms are equipped with air conditioning with climate control, satellite television, electric kettle, refrigerator and spacious en-suite bathrooms with bathtubs.
MacroTraveller settled personally at Nivasa Suite for three days for an unhurried living and luxury. MacroTraveller’s evening started with a cup of green tea at the private balcony. Soon the flute tune splintered the silence of the evening, that moment was enchanting! It detoxified my tiredness and emphasized me to take a walk towards the Infinity pool. Infinity pool with relaxing pool-side seating in the lap of nature’s bounty was a favorite treat.
Nilaya Suite is a spacious room with separate living, sleeping and dining areas. These elegantly designed suites come with a balcony with a private Jacuzzi.
Zenana Suite, the most luxurious suite in the main palace building is inspired by the Queen’s quarters. It has separate living, dining and sleeping areas. These spacious suites have their own private balcony and, a private Jacuzzi in the en-suite bathroom.
The Jal Mahal Suite – an epitome of luxury!It’s a reflection of Vijayanagara architecture at its luxurious best. It is inspired by the Water Palace within the Zenana Enclosure. This has a royal sized bath with its own open courtyards. It is the best suite for couples celebrating a special occasion.
Nivasa, Nilaya, and Zenana are in the main building while Jal Mahal rooms are like private cottages, each separate. The night view of the Evolve Back Resort is breath-taking. The Kamalapura Palace got lightened beautifully with mashal thread wall-lamps, candles, and hanging lanterns. The Infinity pool was equally attractive with the arrangements of lanterns and their reflections.
Evolve Back Resort, Hampi got two pools. One is Family Pool, and the other one is Infinity Pool. Family Pool is a place to relax and laze round in clear azure waters. The pool wonderfully clean and quiet, it also has an exclusive child-safe zone. The pool was refreshing and a peaceful place to exercise and then relax. There is an activity center next to the pool where you can play some exciting games. They tried to implement mythological stories into the indoor game-sets.
Every day I went to the exclusive Infinity Pool. It’s an Olympic sized pool, inspired by the Kalyani or Pushkarni or temple ponds of the Vijayanagara Empire. The tranquillity of this place is the best part of it. A place to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body!
Pop into the luxurious spa for a traditional Ayurvedic massage or wellness treatment. The Vaidyasala offers tailored treatment regimens, which follow traditional Indian Ayurveda. The ancient system, which was used by the kings and queens, is guaranteed to rejuvenate your body, spirit, and mind.
Special Mention – (Deep Mahal)The center of attraction of Evolve Back Resort. This place lulls your senses and soul with soft lights of Diyas. The quietness that makes you alive! The decorative patterns on the walls took my attention. It vivified my evening with the storytelling session by the Historian. A glass of coffee or wine keeps you amused here. And you will feel as if you were in the 14th century. Refresh with signature Sidapur coffee.
Rediscover the art of fine dining with international and Indian cuisine served at the two restaurants. There are two restaurants – Tuluva & Bahamani named after dynasties. Tuluva (multi-cuisine restaurant, infinity pool views, regional and international dishes) serves every breakfast, lunch, and dinner and gets quite crowded to be handled at peak hours. The staff is supportive of getting everything on the table while the buffet lies empty as the guest pour. There is a bit chaos then. Bahamani (Indian specialty restaurant) serves Nawabi cuisine and is superb – lovely flavors, setup, and desserts.
Aanandha– Get pampered by personalized service in a setting and ambiance seemingly crafted by the god of love himself. Private candlelight dinner could be arranged here as well.
Private Pushkarni or Mantapa– In a ‘Mantapa’ overlooking the lotus pond and the Infinity Pool, a royal repast awaits you. In a setting reminiscent of the Rayas of Vijayanagara, you can enjoy a four-course meal, sip on a glass of wine and indulge in a royal romance.
Lotus Mahal aka Reading Lounge
Book lovers paradise, lean back in a vintage chair in comfort with your favorite book. They have a pretty good collection of coffee table books. MacroTraveller luxuriated in a cup of cappuccino brewed from Sidapur, the signature house brand.
Staff was courteous and friendly and keen to do everything to make your stay memorable. MacroTraveller had a pleasant stay and would love to go back. Check-in, check-out, reservations everything was super smooth.
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