Our visit to Annavilasam was a dream come true in the form of a perfect blend of nature and luxury. This is actually a Plantation house owned by the famous photographer Salim Pushpanath which has just 4 rooms for guests - 2 pool villas and 2 luxury suites. This is all set in a 7 acre plantation of cardamom, pepper and even coffee.
We had booked ourselves into a pool villa and it was all that the pictures on the website promised and more. The room was very luxurious and the bathroom with its bay window overlooking the trees was dreamlike. The pool, however, was smaller than we expected and not as clean but we went ahead and had a dip anyways.
The four poster bed, the tiny kitchenette and the desk and dressing table are all very charming. Even more charming was our hostess, Ms. Pirrko Paxton who right from welcoming us, to ensuring each of our meals was satisfying to booking us into the Elephant Junction was very helpful and caring.
The owner, Salim, was also a very gracious host who welcomed us and then made it a point to regale us with his stories during a lovely dinner out on the veranda along with the other guests [a very gentle couple from Scotland]. The food was all home-cooked by the wonderful chef, Krishna and the personal touch of actually being welcomed and seen off as someone's guests really struck a chord with us.
All in all, a very scenic, quiet and luxurious place to go if you are looking for serious pampering.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House is a new (2009) plantation house on 7 acres of private estate. (Just 8 km from Thekkady (Periyar wildlife sanctuary) It is surrounded by a pristine Cardamom and Pepper plantation.Owned by Salim Pushpanath a photographer and publisher in Tourism.As a vacation retreat, this property gives the sensation of an exotic far away destination without the hassle of traffic. Luxuriously appointed yet casual and welcoming, this is a boutique accommodation suited for individuals, couples, or small families in search of a personalized country retreat.We offer a range of accommodation options to meet the needs of all our guests. Choose from Luxury suite rooms and Luxury Pool villas. The contemporary classic design includes Two suites and Two Pool Villas, both appointed with a luxurious bed and linens. Both suites are individually styled and have an elegant country-house feel where comfort is paramount. Natural fabrics, like Indian linens, cottons, wools and silks add to the feeling of understated luxury. A stylish fireplace and book shelves in the main living room and the dining area connect the two suites.The spacious suites offer 600 square feet of indoor space. French doors open onto an oversized private living room with views of the surrounding hillsides and cardamom plants. The suites feature a king sized bedroom and separate living room with a generous seating area, work desk, dining table, and pantry with refrigerator. Both suites feature a veranda and spacious bathrooms with separate showers, double vanities, large garden bath with romantic touches such as bath oils and candles.The room rate includes candlelit dinner and breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House Thekkady, Kerala