Thanks everyone for the ID - the Ixora was picked every morn along with the orchids and placed throughout our room. The towels were made into swans, hearts and such and were always covered with these flowers.
I have seen some kids of my friends visiting India how they get amazed when they see stray cows, dogs and buffaloes. And also when they visit a zoo. They have never seen them before in flesh and blood, nor they can recognize them (some kids). They ask, 'what is that?'.
The second pic ... I didn't enlarge it when I last visited this thread. Yes, it is a coconut palm. Too familiar for me to have missed it. Nice to see a plane in the background.