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Spice Village
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Kumily Road, Thekkady 685536, India   |  
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Ranked #3 of 34 Hotels in Thekkady
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Great get away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

When you pass through the gates off the Main Street of the town, you are immediately in a Garden of Eden. The staff greets you with cold towels and a small gift. The hotel consists of villas that have one or two rooms. We got a single room towards the back of the resort which was nice and quiet.

The room provided all that was needed, just make sure to ask for a hair dryer if you need one. They don't automatically supply one but they are available. The other thing is instead of wash clothes they provide a natural loofa but it is not what we're used to in the west it also started to leach out a brown color so I wouldn't recommend.

The facilities on site were great. Wonderful restaurant, bar, and pool are available. This hotel is an Eco-hotel so many plants on the property were labeled for identification. And since we were in the middle of spice country, the restaurant has a small demonstration kitchen and has a nightly cooking demonstration where participants learn more about local spices and traditional cooking of Kerala.

Immediately following the cooking demonstration there was a local dance performance which I would recommend as well.

The staff were all very friendly and helpful, probably the friendliest of all the hotel stays we had during this trip.

My only regret is that we only had booked a one night stay!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

we stopped here for lunch on our way to a tea plantation and were impressed with the sight and food/ every cabin is separate and looked clean and spacious. The trees are labelled and there are spice and cooking classes.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

I would not like to call it a hotel or a resort or even a home stay. It is some kind of a fusion between a cosy homestay-an eco friendly resort-a luxurious hotel. The property is truly eco friendly and CGearth(parent group) has taken every possible step to maintain its organic name tag. They have some nice inhouse activities like a nature walk, a hand made paper making workshop, documentaries on wildlife and malabar cooking demos. It was interesting to hear that the swimming pool water is as good as mineral water and on taking a dip in the pool that was quite evident. They have hired "naturalists" instead of the regular service staff who understand the flora and fauna a little better. The rooms were very nice-we were in the suite rooms-which had poster beds. The walk from the room to the main area is a bit long but who minds walking in such a beautiful setting . The bar has some very rare pictures and a 100 year old snooker table. Makes your drink quite special in such a setting. The buffet menu was limited but tasteful and well thought of(after meals they serve herbal water for digestion). Overall a very different experience and gives you peace of mind(only if there was no mobile signal it :)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Great place and good serenity to stay and enjoy the calm. The location seemed over-crowded but once inside the campus you are away from all the noise. Enjoyed the stay. Food in the main kitchen is excellent here and so is the service however the taste at the tea/ coffee shop lead us to suggest that it can be avoided. Did not participate in any of the activities since that was not the intent of this trip.

Enjoyed the stay. Recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed next door to the Spice Village and went to the restaurant on the recommendation of guests staying there. Buffet was pretty standard mix of local and international food, served in a lovely setting. Imagine our horror when we left the waiter returned and said we had only left 2,000 rupees. We're not sure where the other 1,500 rupees went and it leaves a bitter taste. Strongly suggest non-residents avoid Spice Village, you're not welcome.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, General Manager at Spice Village, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

First time in the history of Spice Village something happening like this. We try to provide our very best of quality service to our clients. This particular incident is really disappointing and the staff who had attended you was one of our best member in the team. From my side let me explain very clearly to you that it is not possible for a staff to take money during the dinner time which you have mention as all the senior members were there on the spot and the restaurant was running full. And few of our guest who were sitting near to you was supporting the boy who served you. One couple even offered Rs.1500 to this boy as they said, it was not his fault.Since 1991, for the past 22 years this resort is running with excellent guest feedbacks and reputation. Also we have many walk-in guest comes regularly in our restaurant and getting very good appreciation. I apologize to you for any kind of incidents that have happened in Spice Village. I sincerely hope and expect that the fact will remain.

Warm regards,

Johny Tom
General Manager
Spice Village
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I was travelling throughout Tamil Nadu and Kerala in August 2013. I was lucky to have two nights at this beautiful property. After a long, but beautiful drive from Madurai my group arrived in the late afternoon. We were greeted with a lovely welcome drink (a make your own tea blend) and shown to our rooms. The property is large and spreadout and the rooms are individual cottages. As I am sure others have noted, there is no Air Conditioning, but even in August, it honestly was not needed. The breezes go through your room (which feel very private) and you can sleep very comfortably. The rooms are large, with a sitting area and large bathroom. I loved the outside sitting area as well. Having a porch was very appreciated after a fantastic, but muddy, hike through the Periyar forest (FYI - I felt the bamboo raft experience was not at all worth it, but the hiking was amazing).

Food was very good and the service fantastic. There are lots of activites on the grounds such as sari tying, cultural demonstrations, evening traditional dance performances, paper making and more. There is also an Ayurvedic spa, but it is nothing like a western spa experience - I would only recommend for those used to Ayurveda! I was not, so it was quite the cultural learning experience!

My favorite activity at this property by far was the bar. Honestly, one of the most beautiful bars in the world, with fantastic staff. A shout out to Francis - he is the guru of all things snooker and he taught me how to play (even thought I was terrible - I am not bad at pool, but could not master snooker) for hours on end. Going on a long hike and then spending the evenings in this bar playing snooker and drinking Kingfisher with good friends is a memory I will always treasure.

I hope I can return someday!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

After a long drive from kumarakom we reached thekkady in the afternoon and were welcomed with a heavenly welcome drink ( the best welcome drink I had ever tasted) and then were shown to our rooms. The entire resort gives you the feeling of staying within a forest reserve including the cottages and gives you a feeling of oneness with nature. There are a lots of birds that keep chirping , swooping , running around which makes it even more beautiful. We were given a few sessions on the spices that are homegrown and a few cookery lessons using those spices. They had organized cultural events for entertaining the guests. They also had a room dedicated for all the flora and fauna resident in the thekkady forest reserve. The food was great and we had a surprise cake sent to our table on the first day as it was our honeymoon trip. The people there were really courteous and made us feel at home throughout our stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Spice Village

Address: Kumily Road, Thekkady 685536, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thekkady
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Thekkady
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Thekkady
#2 Romantic Hotel in Thekkady
#2 Family Hotel in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Spice Village 3.5*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spice Village is an eco resort in the hills(thekkady) near the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. A cluster of tribal style huts set in a beautiful spice garden is a great escape for most tourists from the heat of the plains, and also a great place for some adventure activities. We have a comfortable pool, an ayurvedic spa, we organise treks into the forest, bamboo rafting and many more. A walk through the property itself is a great way to explore many aspects of nature and the green initiatives undertaken at this eco resort. ... more   less 
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Spice Village Thekkady, Kerala

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