However I was very amused by the staff starting with the manager. We were told that they were very 'exclusive' and any arbitrary person asking for a room would probably not get it. In particular, IT 'types' and some corporate people were also discouraged because they were rich but not too cultured, and after a few drinks, tended to get rowdy. It was not quite clear to us who exactly they 'accepted' into their exclusive fold. At some point I asked the manager about the large number of (white) foreigners on the premises, and the almost total absence of Indian guests and whether it was just some local fluctuation since it was already getting hot and few Indians would want to spend their holidays in a hot humid place. He looked at me conspiratorially, shook his head and again stressed that they were very exclusive, and that their guest list was 99% 'foreign'.
And so the penny dropped. In other words, this was a resort almost exclusively meant for foreign (and, let me stress again, white) tourists. Surprisingly, and probably because we 'looked' respectable I suppose and belonged to a unit of the Atomic Energy Establishment, (and that this was anyway off-season with low occupancy) he immediately agreed to host our meeting.
Our interaction with the staff, as I already said, was uniformly positive. A couple of interactions though, showed how the ethos of the place was indeed what I have described above. We asked that our dining tables be moved closer to the fans. This was attended to promptly and the catering manager added in passing that our 'foreign guests' anyway don't usually like to sit close to a fan which is why the tables were placed the way they were. We asked them to reduce the spice level, which they did indeed try to do, with the comment that their 'usual guests' really don't mind the spice level.
In all the time we were there, we saw no Indians except those in our meeting and the staff. The 99% boast was indeed no idle one! An interesting commentary on post independence India, more than 60 years after independence. Some of us still feel foreigners (from anywhere, as long as they are white) are more 'respectable' than the local 'darkies' !