A search engine, along with a few hours of research can have amazing outcomes!
I had lot of recommendations for places to stay at Kodaikanal. Considering my experience Ooty staying at a good hotel but in a busy area, I wanted a hotel secluded from traffic, peace and a relaxing environment.
One of the hotels I found was Villa Retreat. The photos on their website looked quite appealing. I tried to reserve a room on their website but was not sure which room to chose. So sent them a mail and got a reply saying they only have regular rooms and the Deluxe cottage available for the date I am visiting. Immediately booked the deluxe cottage as it was a special room in the old block with direct view of the valley and a lawn infront where one could dine or just laze around.
It was long drive from Bangalore to Kodaikanal and I was exhausted and a few hours late when I reached Villa Retreat. The reception was very friendly and I was told the kitchen is closed for lunch but they have asked the chef to prepare some dishes since we were arriving. Brilliant! We checked into the room, gobbled some food, refreshed ourselves and hit the bed.
Woke up in the evening to a fog filled romantic ambience. Please do check the attached photo to understand what I am speaking about! Wooden ceilings, wooden floors, fireplace, cozy chairs by the window where we could watch the 180° view of the valley, the foggy lawn! If you are a couple, the deluxe cottage is the room you should book!
Coakers walk is right next to the hotel and the famed lake is 5 mins drive away.
Parking is available for about 10 cars but can be tricky to take your vehicle out in the morning if other cars are blocking the pathway. Service is satisfactory, food is good (not amazing but just good). I really wish we could stay for more than two days but work beckoned, so had to leave.
I will definitely stay here when I am in Kodaikanal. I am sure there are better hotels if I explore, but I enjoyed the views here and cozy cottage.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Retreat is an ideal choice for honeymoon couples and small families eager to savour and cherish the bygone era of staying in a traditional, charming, luxury, English Cottage. The architecture of Villa Retreat in Kodaikanal bears a strong semblance with the Victorian style chalets and villas, a perfect alternative to the contemporary hotels in Kodaikanal. ... more less