Xanadu offers stunning vistas of the Nilgiris from its fl oor-to-ceiling windows. Plus a chance to spot any of the 60 odd species of birds that call this region their home. Scandinavian chic is the overarching design aesthetic—a novelty in Ooty and Coonoor where most properties are steeped in colonial decor. An outdoor dining venue, a Jacuzzi (in the premium room) and a well stocked library are among the highlights in this villa that was originally envisioned as a personal holiday home. Culinary options include South Indian breakfast staples, Chinese comfort food and an all-day snack menu.