We had been to Banasura Island Retreat with my colleagues, their spouses and kids. We had booked the entire resort for ourselves. The resort is located on one of the hills alongside the Banasura Sagar reservoir and is a beautiful site to watch from there. The honeymoon suite and the twin cottage, though small, provided a wonderful view of the reservoir, the small islands and the hills, while a couple of Naalukettu rooms, being the highest point in the resort, provided a scenic long distance view of the same. Most other rooms faced the hills which wasn't anything to complain either. But not sure about the rest of the few. Better to check before.
The resort in itself was a long drive - 20km from Kalpetta, the closest town, which was a further 70km from Kozhikode, the closest city. Accessing it was a little difficult unless we had our own transport and it easily took us 3+ hours to get there. And this wasn't close to many of the places of attractions either.
The service was ok with no room service or telephones to connect to the staff in case of emergencies. The food was decent and was prepared in typical Kerala style and not much options otherwise.
There was an ayurvedic spa in the resort which we didn't check out. But otherwise, the resort didn't have any other facilities except for a TT table with broken bats and a carrom board. Coz' we went as a big group, we didn't quite feel the pinch.
On the whole, if you are looking for a lazy/romantic getaway this would be the place. Else, there isn't much to do.
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- Banasura Island Retreat Kalpetta, Kerala, India