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Carmelia Haven
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Vandanmedu | Idukki District, Thekkady 685551, India   |  
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Varanasi, India
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“Very Good Property”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed here for 1 night but 2 full days. It was like a blessing in disguise. We stayed here while our Kerela Trip and due to some strike on the day we were to checkin we checked in very early around 6 am. The property was really very good. Its a huge property with lush green landscaping. Rooms were of big size and a good bathroom. Has a very good spa. Its food was amazing and Chefs were very cooperative. it was a value for money. Being a off season he had a good stay here and a very good service.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Enjoyed the two day package. The staff was courteous, helpful and made the stay extremely pleasant with a variety of food to choose from.. The location is adorable. The ayurvedic massage and the trip to the hilltop made it all the more enjoyable. While taking guests to kailasam trip it is advisable to caution heart patients, pregnant women, aged persons etc., of the risks involved.

Room Tip: The cottages are well kept and guarantees absolute privacy
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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salem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

THE AMBIENCE WAS GOOD. THE STAFFS ARE VERY COURTEOUS AND HELPFUL. THE FOOD HAS LOT OF VARIETY AND IS VERY TASTY. The resort is easily accessible, the climate is perfect. the visit to kailasam was adventurous. jeep safari to the top most point at kailasam was a unique experience but not suited for aged people.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Ahmedabad, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Carmelia was my first destination during my Kerala Trip. Trust me the Staff is very helpful and courteous. NO Rudeness during the stay. Take my words, that the Location of the Resort is truely the best of its kind. The nights are truly awesome. You can hear the insects and other Birds Chirping and there voices. The only and the major setback is the food and the restaurant.
The food is not at all to the mark and the restaurant is not having proper ambience in lieu with the exterior location. Team Carmelia the exterior of your resort is sooperb but need to work on redesigning of your restaurant, your menu and even your Chef and its team. Leaving apart the food & Restaurant i rate Carmelia as The Best resort in Thekkady.....

Room Tip: Dont go for Jacuzzi Villa. Rather i would suggest to take the Deluxe Cottage which are facing the Sp...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

we visited this thirdclass resort on jun 2013.the hospitality of the staff is bad.food was wrost.its really bad experience here.the staff was very rude n always stands on yr head and says dont do this.pls avoide this place.pls even dont think about this place.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Mysore, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Pros: Very silent place( almost spooky)
Lot of privacy, since units are really far apart

Cons: Average food(highly overpriced)
No eateries or anything nearby
VEry poor service(esp room service)
Really cold property. The blankets are never warm enough.
Unexpected bad experiences may randomly happen to you!

HEre is a detailed review: We booked this resort at Thekkady, seeing the jacuzzi part of the jacuzzi villa, and after reading a review saying the jacuzzi din have warm water, we made our agent enquire about this especially so we do not face a hassle. Thrice, we got a confirmation that the jacuzzi is in perfect condition. On reaching the place, the biggest disappointment, there was a huge delay in alloting the villa to us, as they made an excuse saying someone esle had occupied the place. they had some 4 or 5 villas and none of them were occupied. They started cleaning up only after we arrived. Even then, the jacuzzi had leaves and what not in it, and they expected us to use a jacuzzi without warm water in the chilling weather!!!

We finally shifted to a cottage. This was decent. But again the property is not well maintained. There are rotten leaves everywhere, probably due to the rain, but still a poor sight. The cottages are really cold since they are individual units spaced apart. some sort of room heating is really needed. The room service too, is slow becaause of this, and dont even imagine what awaits if you need some extra salt or ketchup or anything.

The buffet is highly overpriced for its quality. and since there are no eateries nearby, you are left with no choices. The staff makes blunders with every other thing, and behave like fools. only one lady staff was polite enought to apologise for all we had to got through.

Honeymoon couples, please stay away form this place!! And if you still want, only book the individual cottage. The honeymoon cottage is really congested(we had a look at all possible rooms)

Room Tip: ONLY go for the deluxe cottage. And preferably take the one nearest to the reception.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We visited property on 31st Dec 2012. This property is very far from the town. It was a wonderful experience as we got to enjoy local party arranged for resort management. Management and service is very good. Spa facility is affordable and must try. Botanic garden with tea plantation tour was remarkable.Food was not that good but overall stay is good.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Vandanmedu | Idukki District, Thekkady 685551, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thekkady
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 44 Specialty Lodging in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Carmelia Haven 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
55 acres of lush green spice-plantation with lots of activities for all age groups. You can have the feel of luxury tree houses or cave-room. Unmatchable ambiance and top-notch hospitality . ... more   less 
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Carmelia Haven Thekkady, Kerala
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