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“A Pleasant Surprise” 5 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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Ranked #3 of 59 Hotels in Alappuzha
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“A Pleasant Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2010

We visited the Punnamada Spa resort in November 09 as a part of our 11nt trip to Kerala. We had booked the duplex rooms for four nights here...Don’t be disheartened by the approach of this place.While passing the narrow road leading to the resort, we thought this road could never lead to a nice place...But the resort is marvelous....it is absolutely serene.After seeing the view from the lake facing room.(The resort is on situated on the Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in Kerala) we immediately changed our booking from duplex to lake facing rooms.The hotel staff was of great help in doing do.The extra bed provided to us was also nice and neat..! The VIEW is just superb...it’s like being transported into a slower time!!You can see the endless lake from your room...and the house boats gliding by.No Wonder Kerala is God's Own Country! The resort is a great mix of contemporary comforts and authentic aesthetics. The courtyard theme bathroom was absolute surprise!There was an activity room and a small pool.I wish they had more than one restaurant though, but the resort is located close to the town and you can drive to another place easy.Don’t miss taking the house boat ride over the Vembanad lake. We were worried that being the backwaters, it might be smelly and mosquitoes would be a problem, but there was no problem as such about the smell, and insects were not that worrisome considering the closeness to water and humidity.The staff was marvelous, service - impressive and the property a Hidden Gem.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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Sajanjoseph, Director of Sales at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, September 29, 2010
Dear Sir/Madam

Many thanks for your elaborate review about our resort.We are glad that you liked the ambience of the resort.We are happy to learn that we could live upto your expectations.We will try to improve our services and we assure you that you will enjoy more during your next visit.We hae noted your comment about an additional restaurant.We have started planning for the same.

Look forward to have you with us, during your next visit to Kerala.
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    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 25, 2010

No doubt it's one of the most beautiful resorts I've been to but they need to improve a couple of things before I say it's excellent.

Their restaurant doesn't serve alcohol, their mutton was chewy and their waiter smelled of sweat. I hit my head a few times while walking out of the bathroom, as the door frame is only 1.6m high. The AC doesn't have the night/silent mode, so it's difficult to sleep. And there's no wireless Internet available.

Other than that it's a good place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sajanjoseph, Director of Sales at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, September 29, 2010
Dear Sir,

Many thanks for your review. We have noted your observatons about our food and infrastructure.We shall do the needful to correct the points,that are mentioned by you.However we feel that one or two observations in your comment were a little harsh on us.However, we respect our customer views and try to improve ourselves.Look forward to your next visit.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2010

We tried to book ahead via the web for most of our 2 week India holiday but struggled to find anything (apart from houseboats!) for Alleppy.
We found Serena Spa completely by accident when wandering around Punnamada on foot and were immediately smitten. Lovely rooms, superb attentive staff, great food and a beautiful location. The 2 nights we spent here were the perfect end to our holiday. Of course it is at the higher end of the price range but you get value for money. (That does not apply to any trips etc they may offer to organise for you where we found they marked up by about 50% on what you could get elsewhere)

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sajanjoseph, Director of Sales at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2010
Dear Sir/Madam,

Many thanks for the review and the kind words of encouragement.Your review will help fellow travelers to make informed decisions. We are glad to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us. With regard to the prices on the trips, though the prices are a little higher the experience is far better.However, we respect and take your views seriously and assure you that we will review the prices for optional tours.
Look forward to have you with us during your next visit to India.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

We booked this resort based on the wonderful reviews it has got and it lived up to every single compliment that it has received.

We reached well ahead of the check in time around 7.00 AM in the morning. A pick up was due as per our package, however as we were early, the driver was not avilable. Hence they offered to pay for our transport to the resort from the bus stop/railway station. We were even provided with a room though it was well ahead of check in time.

The rooms were excellent and the open bath area was the highlight of the resort. The food was excellent as well. The most amazing part of our trip was the stay in the Punnamada Houseboat. It was way beyond our expectation with a skilled crew. Kudos to the chef in the houseboat. We had a experience of travelling by a small boat as well into the narrow backwaters to experience the life in Allapuzha.

There are rooms which face the lake which have amazing views. The rooms facing the pools are excellent as well. The swimming pool is great and clean.

The pedal boat ride which we could experience on our own was refreshing. In the evening we had a half hour motor boat ride which was really thirlling. We also had an amazing candle light dinner by the lake side in the evening.There is an ayurvedic spa thats avaialble however we dint have the time to experience the same during our stay.

Carrying an mosquito repellent is also advisable,

Overall its an excellent experience and we have got nothing negative to say!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sajanjoseph, Director of Sales at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2010
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for the review and we are delighted to know that your stay with us was a memorable one.We are also glad to know that you liked our concept of garden bathrooms, the experience on board our houseboat and also the candlelit dinner

Look forward to welcome you with family and friends during your next visit .
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Vizag
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

This little gem of a resort was recommended to me by one of my friends from Kerala.We went for our anniversary and I must say that this was one of the best break that we had in Kerala.The warm welcome with garlands and a welcome drink that we received upon arrival ,gave us a very good feel about the place.We were booked in a Lake view villa.The rooms and the whole place had a very different and pleasant feel. The four poster beds were quite large and I must say that the comfortable beds were the best that we experienced in quite some time.

The rooms were quite large and the garden bathrooms were quite exotic.You really get a wonderful feel.They provided us with coffee makers and a well stocked mini refrigerator.The furniture were wooden and the whole decor had a kerala touch to it. We went to the restaurant for dinner and the staff were prompt enough offer a candle lit dinner.(we had not asked or reserved for it,but just mentioned in the mail that it is our anniversary).Now that is what you call service.We had some good fish delicacies and some wine(they have only Indian wine). The food was excellent and the chef deserves a good pat.
Next day morning we could see the local fishermen trying to sell their fish from the small canoes.Even we could go near and have a look at them.I hope the resort make some arrangements to buy the fish from these canoes and prepare it at a cost.That would be wonderful. We could see many houseboats that were coming back from the lake.It was a real treat to watch the backwaters from the balcony of our cottage.

The breakfast was excellent and they have got a good variety of dishes.During the day we went for a backwater cruise.They have canoes,house boats,speed boats and motor boats.We preferred the canoe ride.There were bicycles(free of charge).We did not use them,but those who like cycling can take them to go around.The indoor games were absolutely free.

The front office had a long list of sight seeing ,but we preffered to take a massage.Oh !
what an experience.The doctor,Mr.Prasad is quite knowledgeable guy and he gave us a small brief on Ayurveda.We had only two nights with us and had to move to Munnar for the next two days.But we will definitely go back for a week rejuvenation.

The service and staff were quite good.The only hiccup was the approach to resort.The roads were quite narrow.If they can do something about it,good.

Any way thank you folks for giving us a truly remarkable break..Will see you soon

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sajanjoseph, Director of Sales at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2010
Dear Sir/Madam,

Many thanks for the review and we are happy to learn that your trip to Kerala and in particular to our resort was a memorable one. We are glad that our team could live up to your expectation.With regard to the roads, a culvert was under repair during your visit and the same has been repaired.Though public road maintenance was not under our control, please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused

We look forward to your next arrival for a longer stay
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Bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

We really enjoyed the stay , The food and location of the resort was really good .
suggest people to take lake facing rooms .

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 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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Sajanjoseph, Director of Sales at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2010
Dear Patron,

On behalf of our team,let me thank you for the review.As suggested , we encourage our guests to book Lake View villas for the best views and experience.

Look forward to your next visit
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2010

We had the Wind & Water package, one night in the hotel, one night on a house boat, massage, motor boat trip, use of paddle boat, all meals, temple trip. Excellant all round particularly the boat and the buildings Worth the money.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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Sajanjoseph, Director of Sales at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2010
Dear Sir/Madam,

Many thanks for the review. This will help fellow travelers to make the right choice. We assure you that we will continue to innovate and improve our products and services to deliver optimum customer delight.

Please do comeback during your next visit to our region.
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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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Also Known As:
Punnamada Hotel Alappuzha
Punnamada Backwaters Hotel
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