I was happy to see that this place was EXACTLY like the photos on its website. It s a perfect place to relax and take a good break from day-to-day life. I will divide the review as follows:
Location: Amazing and Beautiful! The retreat is a heaven with a huge water body in front and lush green forest / hills at the back, far away from the hustle and bustle of town, ahead of the Banasura Sagar Dam. The drive is through a dense hilly forest and is an awesome experience in itself.
Service: Excellent and Prompt! The Manager - Mr. Shahjahan is a welcoming and pleasant personality with a smiling face, always available at service. The other staff is very prompt and helpful too.
Stay: Comfortable and Nice! The Nalukettu rooms on first floor are very good and give a breathtaking view of the forest behind as well of the lake in front. The experience of living in Nalukettu was very different. It reminded how the people of Kerala lived earlier, gave a feel of living in Kerala traditionally. The feeling was better than living in a star resort at a location like Wayanad. The property seemed to be old, but was very well maintained with very clean surroundings, rooms, balconies and other places. Normally, one would expect at least some insects when staying in middle of a forest, but I was amazed to see that there was not a single insect around. There is no telephone in room, but it didn't seem to be required as the entire staff was prompt when contacted via cell-phones. No TV too, but its requirement was not felt at all.
Food: Decent! When living at a location like this, one doesn't want to go outside/down to have meals etc. It is tough to go down too, unless you have own vehicle. I had my own vehicle but chose to stay there itself and relax. Tea/Coffee/Snacks are quite good. Breakfast was also good. Dinner was just ok. At such a place, midst a forest, one shouldn't expect a very lavish spread.
Spa: There is a spa service on call. But that is just ok.
Others: No Swimming Pool / fitness centre, Airtel/Vodafone networks work well.
- Also Known As:
- Banasura Island Retreat Kalpetta, Kerala, India