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Xandari Riverscapes

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| Near Pallathurathy Bridge, Alappuzha 688003, India (Formerly River Escapes)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travelling off season definitely has it perks and one of those is having an entire houseboat to ourselves. Just my friend and I and a crew of three, so as you can imagine the service was attentive. However, unlike in many hotels in India the staff did not linger, they just tended to our needs and then gave us space... More 

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RM_XandariH, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Shaye! Three weeks in India - that’s some time to take in this incredible country! And nothing like the backwaters to help you unwind and take in the many reasons why this part is called ‘God’s Own Country’. We are glad the Xandari experience made for a beautiful memory on your departure. And seems like our crew has given... More 

Coimbatore, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My review here could very well apply to any house boat company including Xandari. In general there is a lot of restrictions put on the tourists who have come to enjoy their holidays, after paying a huge money which is comparable to a five star hotel stay. In effect, the house boat moves for only 4 to 5 hours in... More 

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RM_XandariH, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello tvs1905! At Xandari, experiences begin even before patrons reach us. From informing guests about sailing hours to personalising food menus, our service has earned us goodwill among patrons across the globe. Feedback - and acting on it - has helped us get there and this is precisely why we’ll take yours seriously. The Riverscapes experience has been crafted with... More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

We only stayed for one night but it was great! I felt like I was being spoiled, the chef serves your dinner for you and refills any drinks when they get low. We didn't have to do anything! The chef also went out of his way to prepare a separate meal for us because I didn't like what he had... More 

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RM_XandariH, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Aimee! The only thing you need to do when you sail with us is enjoy the backwater beauty! And we are glad you enjoyed doing just that. The rest is all up to us - from ensuring you savour the best the floating kitchen has to offer to making the perfect bed for blissful sleep! As for the little... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The best houseboats you can find in Kerela. Well maintained, comfortable rooms, very cordial staff and VERY tasty food. The houseboat in itself is an awesome experience. Thing to note: Do care to carry Odomos along with you (the staff on board were kind enough to provide us with one)

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RM_XandariH, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Aditya! Glad your backwater experience was made of the best of what we offer. And yes, we do anticipate our guests’ every need, which explains that tube of mosquito repellant on board. Then again, it is only seasonal, given the monsoon rains. Hope to host you, again! More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Having read some interesting reviews with complaints about food choice, buying over priced fish, being dictated to by the crew on bedtime etc I was a tad thoughtful as we approached our Escape. Every potential worry was totally unfounded. The crew were excellent as was the food. We pottered around the lake and its waterways after our route was explained... More 

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RM_XandariH, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Sarah! To hear that our houseboats made for a memorable experience makes us happy. We certainly strive to create memorable experiences and to hear that they set a brilliant tone for what we hope is a fruitful and blessed year for you has us thrilled! We Belated birthday wishes, from the rest of us at RAXA Collective. We wish... More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

A one night trip on the backwaters started at noon. You have your own Captain, Mate and Chef. Ours were all friendly but only the chef spoke a little English. We travelled the waterways for a couple of hours before switching for an hour or so to a small vessel to see the 'real' local life. The food was well... More 

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RM_XandariH, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Avante540! The title of your review had us at ‘hello’ and we hope you had just that. You can be sure we’ll run a thorough check of the boat roofs. We definitely don’t want our guests to share the luxury of the privacy we’re known for on the backwaters with unwanted “visitors”. We haven’t heard of this issue before... More 

Riverview, Florida
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Wonderful, peaceful, calm very serene experience. Houseboat in very good clean condition (Periyar). Air conditioned bedroom for sleeping.No mosquitoes. Food was excellent, fish for lunch, chicken for dinner. Freshly made pineapple juice.Requested a mixture of Indian food and regular western food for breakfast, idli and masala omelet. Service excellent also. Welcoming coconut water in shell. Tea, water available. Brought our... More 

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RM_XandariH, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Lynn0225! The River Escapes team is glad to have hosted you aboard Periyar. It's heartening knowing that your floating home has made for wonderful memories. The canoe ride offers some interesting insights, doesn't it? Yes, the children do enjoy receiving pens but we are sure your cheerful waving had them happy, too. You know where to find us the... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The experience was awesome, the boats were really clean the room had A/C and the food in the boat was really good.I had a great time going in the boat with friends an enjoyed the view of the surroundings.

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RM_XandariH, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello JonMir! Feedback like yours acknowledges our committment to responsible travel in the backwaters, without compromising on comfort or quality. We are glad you had a great time on our kettuvalam and may the beautiful views go with you. Your Host. More 

Weaverham, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We, the four of us (two couples) were looking forward to a unique adventure and insight into a slice of the real India - and we got it. It was a short trip; we were shown to our Boat on time, around noon, introduced to the crew, Captain, Chef and two other crew members who seemed to do most things.... More 

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RM_XandariH, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello roadless120! Discerning travellers like you make us take pride in our work and push us to do better. A slice of the real backwater experience is what we promise and have largely delivered, going by your words. Even the smallest of things matter to us, which is why we will certainly look into the seafood episode, the food served... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This was a truly wonderful experience. My husband and I were the only passengers on the riverboat with three staff. The staff served lunch not long after we boarded. They then moored the boat for a while the staff enjoyed their meal. We rested and once the boat got underway once more we enjoyed the changing scenery and the serenity.... More 

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RM_XandariH, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Flitterfin296! Reading the word 'wonderful' twice in the span of a few sentences is proof for us that we are doing this right. A moving tapestry of the backwaters is precisely what we had in mind when we put in those large windows. There's something about the sun setting against the backwaters and the paddy fields that is mesmerizing,... More 

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