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“Pure relaxation!” 4 of 5 stars
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Punnamada Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Alleppey 6 | Punnamada Resort Private Limited, Alappuzha 688006, India   |  
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“Pure relaxation!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

One of my few amazing experiences! Yoga twice a day with the talented friend Pradeep Kumar and bicycle rides across the city. The whole place was rich in authenticity, i loved the outdoor showers :))
boat houses are a bit over priced however i got lucky with a free ride ;)

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 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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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Namaste!!!!

Thank you for the kind, grateful words about the resort and its people.

We are happy to know that you have enjoyed the yoga sessions, outside showers and the place as such. It’s interesting to learn that most of our guest attends the yoga session in the morning and appreciate the experience.

Once again thank you for the wonderful comment and looking forward to have you here and serve you again

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.
General Manager.
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Me and my wife visited Punnamada back water resort on Aug 18.And I must say its a small but a beautiful property. We took 2 nights and 3 days package. The room was well maintained and beautifully decorated in Kerala style which we liked a lot. The view of the backwater from the resort is beautiful. The Kerala food served in the restaurant is very testy .There are lot of activities to do I.e. swimming pool, Pool, TT, cycles, chess, carom, kayak, Shikara boat, motorboat, volleyball. The ayurvedic spa is must do in Punnamada resort. Its very refreshing. We visited Alleppey beach which also beautiful.
Though they have tried to maintain an international standard but still they should improve few things.
1. Connectivity to the resort is very poor. There are lot of potholes in the road and in rainy season its quite difficult to reach there.
2. Swimming pool was not enough clean and its required urgent repair because lots plates are broken.
3. There is only one restaurant and the menu is very limited. Though we enjoyed the food which we ordered personally, the taste of the food in buffet menu was mediocre. They could have multiple restaurants like Italian, Thai, Chinese etc. (at least they could have multiple food outlets as the property is small).
4. There should be some cultural events in the evening time so that guest can enjoy the time and keep themselves engaged.
5. Drinking water is limited to two litters per day. But we feel it should have been free flow to all the rooms and guest should not request for it again and again. The tv sets in the room was old, I feel they could replace with wall mounting sets.
We really enjoyed our stay. The staffs in all the departments are very well behaved and helpful. They had provided SUV for two of us for both sightseeing and drop to Cochin which we would have not got if taken from outside with same price and we really appreciate that. Since they are outsourcing the boat ride, sometimes you may get unprofessional boatman (shikara boat). They also give complimentary 1 hour shikara boat ride every day which we enjoyed. We would like to appreciate the front desk folks for extending our check out time without any extra charge as we had very late departure from Cochin. We would like to thanks all staffs of Punnamada for making out stay pleasant. Special thanks to Amruth, Shivu for spa, Vishnu, and Aby from restaurant. Thank you all.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Dear Mr. Tapas,

Namaste!!!!

Thank you for taking the time out to post your views about Punnamada Resort and your kind, appreciative comments.

We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay here and happy to learn that our room, architecture, spa, activities and services measuring up your level of expectation and you had a good time with us.

We have noted your views and suggestion on the various fronts. Once again thank you for the wonderful comment and looking forward to have you here and serve you again

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.
General Manager.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

To find Punnamada resort is a challenge but once there, it is a great hideaway from chaotic and bustling India. We stayed over the weekend during the Nehru boat race and we liked our room with fantastic interior. All those houses are build in a very unique and charming style and also the staff did everything to make the stay pleasant.
Punnamada also offers various Ayurveda massages and the various masseurs are better than the ones we tried all over Kerala.
Options for a good dinner in Alleppey are rather scarce, so we ate out in the restaurant of the resort. The food is quite good, but the unefficiency of the staff is amazing. We took it with self-composure and humor but some guests had difficulties to accept it. When you go there, make sure that you are not starving and simply accept the fact that they do their best although you might not believe it :-)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Dear Mr. Guest,

Namaste!!!!

We would like to thank you also for the kind words you have for the hotel and its facilities, specially the interiors and the ayurveda spa.

The resort built in truly Kerala architectural way with a heritage and it’s a blend of most modern and traditional amenities right from the door locks the tiled roofing of the ceiling, the terracotta floors, and open to the sky bathrooms.

We are happy to learn that you have an enjoyable trip and had a good time here.
My team and I look forward to welcoming you back here again.

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.
General Manager.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

A perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Half a kilometre ride just before the hotel is an ordeal, however from the time you step into the compound of the hotel, the ambience is overpowering. Well kept, well maintained and very good service. The place is endowed with natural beauty with direct access to the backwater and the architecture complements nature in every war. Cottages have got outdoor bath rooms with open roofs allowing nature to come in and the floor area is paved with rounded stones. Antique furnitures, doors, locks etc transports you backward in time and the gentle breeze from the backwater soothes you. Nice place for a long catch up with old friends.
Food quality is good and presentation is commentable. Hotel offers a complementary boat ride for an hour in the lake. This place does not have a liquor license, hence if you yearn for a cocktail, you need to carry your ingredients and mix it yourself.
Experiencing monsoon at this place leaves you desiring for more and with a longing to come back

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Dear Mr. Joshi,

Namaste!!!!

Thank you for taking the time out to post your views about Punnamada Resort and your kind, motivating and appreciative comments.

We are happy to know you had an enjoyable stay at the resort and took home the good memories and experiences. Delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay here and happy to learn that our room, architecture and services measuring up your level of expectation and you had a good time with us. As you have said we don’t have full liquor licence but we have licence to serve beer and wine.

Once again thank you for the comments and looking forward to have you here and serve you again

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.
General Manager.
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

This is one the best resorts i have ever stayed.
The location is so good that you can get into the house boat right from their back yard.
The rooms are all of typical kerala style with rich wooden furniture and the construction style is unique.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Dear Ms. Samanta,

Namaste!!!!

Thank you so much for your highly motivating comment “the best resort I have ever stayed”. Let me tell you this value a lot to us, it’s really inspirational for the team to go extra miles to meet and exceeds the expectation of the total experience.

Once again thank you for the wonderful comment and looking forward to have you here and serve you again

Warm regards

Jomon Joseph.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed for four nights during the Nehru trophy boat race 2012 and it was an excellent experience. Staff were extremely helpful, catering to your every need, and always friendly. The rooms are truly 5* with four poster beds, beautiful high ceilings and ornate tiled floors, with a charming outdoor bathroom with monsoon shower. The restaurant was very good - recommend a la carte over buffet as it is freshly prepared and even more delicious. Do not be put off by the green tinge to the pool - it is crystal clear water but is filled with green colored tiles! The hotel also has a beautiful view over the lake and you can take a paddle boat or canoe out on the lake as long as you wear a life jacket!! Houseboats can come and pick you up from the resort as well but BE WARNED, choose your houseboat carefully! The resort owns one houseboat that looks beautiful but gets booked up very quickly as you can imagine. The spa was an experience not to be repeated but should definitely be undertaken once! The only other comment would be that the road into the hotel needs an upgrade - look forward to a bumpy tuk tuk/taxi ride (15mins into Alleppey town)! However you get to pass through the little villages and schools along the way so it is a great trip. Overall an excellent stay, my partner and I look forward to coming back!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Dear Mr. Avid,

Namaste!!!!

Thank you so much for your kind, appreciative and motivating and detailed review, we are glad to know our services measuring up your level of expectation and you had a good time with us. These inspiring words from the esteemed and most valued guest like you will makes us more responsible to go extra miles and to enhance and refine our process to achieve highest level of customer satisfaction. As you mentioned about our houseboat, we are adding few more houseboats in our fleet so won’t find difficult to avail our houseboat on your next trip.

Looking forward to have you here and serve you again

Warm regards

Jomon Joseph.
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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We had a wonderful stay during our visit to the resort in July 2012.The rooms very comfy and the food was good too !! The staff were very friendly and helpful...If at all any negative points to mentioned..it is the approach road and lack of signage ...Would definitely go back !!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Dear Guest,

Namaste!!!

Thank you for the Inspirational comments about the rooms, food and the service. These kinds of comments will make us really charged and gives us the energy to achieve best of services and customer satisfaction. Also am taking this opportunity to mention about the public road towards to the resort is getting a new shape now as the reformation work is started and you will have a totally new road when you are on your next visit.

Looking forward to have you here and serve you again.

Warm Regards

Jomon Joseph.
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Address: Alleppey 6 | Punnamada Resort Private Limited, Alappuzha 688006, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Alappuzha
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Alappuzha
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alappuzha
#2 Family Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Punnamada Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Punnamada Resorts is nestled on the serene banks of Vembanad Lake and gives a world of heritage and luxury. The divine ambiance and the hospitality lead to a total relaxation of mind, body and soul and it highlighted the rich heritage and the essence of Kerala in its true form with a focus on the eco system and being an environment friendly resort by taking initiative in various fronts. The green leaf certified Ayurveda centre at Punnamada puts a new life into yourself and to regain vigor and vitality and lead a stress-free life. The essence of Kerala and its magical backwaters can be experienced aboard Punnamada’s exclusive 'Kettuvallam' (houseboats) by the resort, the houseboats of Punnamada equipped with the best of luxuries. ... more   less 
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Punnamada Hotel Alappuzha
Punnamada Backwaters Hotel
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