I was given such a warm welcome and immediately made to feel at home - such an important part of my holiday experience travelling alone. English-speaking Manager, Pirkko, is a delight, her attention to detail is second to none and nothing is too much trouble - arranging trips and transport for me. I spent a wonderful couple of days and nights at Aanavilasam Plantation House. My room was very spacious and tastefully decorated, with a particularly fine 'gallery' of Salim Pushpanath's beautiful photographs. And I couldn't not mention the fabulous, luxury bathroom...wow!! Chef Krishna cooked up some truly wonderful meals - authentic Kerala on a plate. And he was so kind to give me a 'masterclass' during my stay, absolutely amazing. The rest of the staff were very good and went about their business with quiet efficiency. I also had the privilege of meeting Salim Pushpanath himself and was so very impressed with his unassuming warmth and friendliness - qualities often lacking in others of similar standing. All in all, I had a wonderful, but far too short a stay. I believe I left a part of me there, so I must go back sometime. Would highly recommend to incorporate this small parcel of paradise for a real 'chill-out' treat on your holiday.
- 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