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Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House
Ranked #2 of 122 Thekkady B&B and Inns
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

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.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

We recently stayed at Aanavilasam and were extremely impressed with the very warm welcome that we received, the beautiful accommodation and the incredible food. It was my birthday and Pirkko and her team had thoughtfully made me a delicious cake using the spices from their plantation. Their attention to detail was fantastic and we'll definitely be paying a return visit when we can.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

We had driven from Bangalore to kottayam by car and had a luxury of having a sneek preview of the Anavilasom resort ,since thekkady was in the route.We felt really comfortable on seeing the very homely resort managed by Ms Prikko , who really made us feel at home.

On the trip back to bangalore on the return,we stayed at the pool villa which is a really elegantly designed and furnished,and i must say is much better quality than other highly rated resorts in the same area.. The view from the rooms very really refreshing and the air was really crisp with freshness.

We were pampered with attention by Ms Prikko who was an excellent host and her team.
The food was served with a lot of care and fondness that we all relished the expereince for a long time to come..

My wife and chilren enjoyed the walk in the neibourhood cardomom plantation and the surrounding areas and also could really brouse the excellent collection of books in the libirary
We also bought books produced by the owner of the resort, on "Temples of south india" & "Anavilasom recipies" ,which was also served in the restaurent of the resort, as momentoes of our memory of this outstanding place.

Room Tip: Pool villa are having a greater view..
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Thank vijoo
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stayed at anavilasam for two nights and have regrets that why didnt we stay for more??? the place is simply out of this world. The hotel belongs to slaim pushpanath and is managed by prikko paxton a finnish born english lady. Both the salim and prikko are down to earth persons and it was because of them that we liked the resort more. its somuch like ahomely feeling at the resort. prikko goes to great extent to satisfy your needs. she is an excellent manager. the suites are huge with outdoor pool area. they dont allow kids in the pool villa so we ahd to choose the non pool villa which are equally fabulous. the rooms are spotless and chic. with a colonial touch. the bathrooms are huggee with shower panels and open bathing area.What can i say about the food? chef krishna kar i feel is the best chef in the world everything is freshly cooked and is without any food colour or additives. the best kerala food we had in the entire trip was here. the chef made sure that we tasted only the authentic kerala cuisine. and i must admit i has won our hearts. i just cant wait to return to this heaven set amidst spice plantations away from the hustle bustle of thekkady town. total relaxation and in harmony with nature with the most welcoming and warm english manager, indian chef and the indian owners.our family had the most memorable time of our life here.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

Once you cross the gate, you will find yourself in an oasis of peace (with chirping of crickets in the background), good taste, excellent food, professional and warm-hearted management and staff surrounded by cardamom plants and forest. Both teens and adults enjoyed every minute.
Hope to return one day.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

I cannot recommend this place highly enough. The welcome from Pirkko was fantastic, service was perfect. The food was pretty amazing and I would like to expecially thank the chef for the demonstration. We will definitely return - the standard of accommodation in Aanavilasam is simply stunning.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

Annavilasam is the perfect place to relax in style far away from the common tourist spots.
Pirko the hostess did everything to make our stay as nice as possible. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is very familiar. We had a perfect stay, probable the best during our Kerala trip and can higly recommend this resort.¨We'll be back!
Thomas and Jutta from Switzerland

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jutta305
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Address: Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House Thekkady, Thekkady 685535, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 122 B&Bs / Inns in Thekkady
Price Range: $101 - $253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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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