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Shalimar Spice Garden - An Amritara Private Hideaway
Ranked #10 of 43 Hotels in Thekkady
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

This was so lovely. We had refused to stay at the so called ambient hotel we were booked into and this hotel offered us a choice of 3 rooms at very short notice. The staff were all so friendly and just couldn't do any more to make our unexpected stay a joy. A lovely welcome and drink drink when we arrived was gratefully received. The food was outstanding, the pool well kept, in fact everything was tidy and clean. A brilliant place to stay and relatively near to attractions. A must!

Room Tip: We stayed in a room at the far end which was very quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gireesh297636, Resort Manager at Shalimar Spice Garden - An Amritara Private Hideaway, responded to this review, April 19, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was wonderful having you with us. We are delighted that your stay at Shalimar Spice Garden met your expectations.

We pride ourselves on excellent service and attention to detail and hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Warm Regards

Gireesh
Resort Manager
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Shalimar Spice Garden was the 3rd hotel we stayed in during our honeymoon tour of Kerala, wow! Location, serenity, staff, spices, spa just wow! Shirley who was front of house was an absolutely charming lady who really looked after us, make the most of the spa too if you visit the hot oil head massage was pure heaven! Thanks for making our stay perfect.

Room Tip: Honeymoon villa is divine!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gireesh297636, Resort Manager at Shalimar Spice Garden - An Amritara Private Hideaway, responded to this review, April 19, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was wonderful having you with us. We are delighted that your stay at Shalimar Spice Garden met your expectations.

We pride ourselves on excellent service and attention to detail and hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Warm Regards

Gireesh
Resort Manager
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

One of the finest resort/hotel I have ever stayed. Lovely atmosphere with the friendly supporting staffs. Food was delicious and the ambiance of the room was toO good to appreciate.

Shirley gave us a smiling welcome and was so kind and friendly and made our stay very comfort and ease. She was ready for any service support and arranged our visit to wildlife sanctuary in no mean of time at our preference.

Wish I could visit one more time and enjoy myself in this nature gifted location.

Maheswaran
Delhi
E: smw.nair@gmail.com

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Gireesh297636, Resort Manager at Shalimar Spice Garden - An Amritara Private Hideaway, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was wonderful having you with us. We are delighted that your stay at Shalimar Spice Garden met your expectations.

We pride ourselves on excellent service and attention to detail and hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Warm Regards

Gireesh
Resort Manager
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a beautiful and peaceful place to stay in the hills of the Western Ghats, with accommodation in thatched cottages and rooms, scattered around in beautiful tropical gardens. Shirley made us very welcome during our two day stay in the hotel, which we used as a base to explore the local wildlife reserve and the spice and tea plantations. The dining room in the main reception building provided us with excellent food. Altogether a lovely break in a really scenic location. The swimming pool is pretty good too!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gireesh297636, Resort Manager at Shalimar Spice Garden - An Amritara Private Hideaway, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was wonderful having you with us. We are delighted that your stay at Shalimar Spice Garden met your expectations.

We pride ourselves on excellent service and attention to detail and hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Warm Regards

Gireesh
Resort Manager
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Maesteg, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

BEVAN-JONES PARTY. WALES. This wonderful hotel s located amidst a small spice plantation with the cottages nestled amongst trees and flowers. Cottages are clean, spacious and comfy, but without a T.V. However we did not miss the T.V in fact it was nice just to get away from the outside world and relax. The restaurant served very good traditional Kerala dishes that are acceptable to those that like they're curries mild, but could be more spicy to those who love they're curries spicy. The chef did came to our table and then agreed to spicy the dishes as per locals recipes. Try the masala dosa its delightful. The staff where very helpful throughout the hotel, Gireesh has them well trained, and Shirley seems to pop up everywhere you go with her wonderful smile. I recommend this beautiful hotel complex very highly and will most certainly come back and stay longer next time. The crickets where in song during our two night stay, but you get use to the noise, bless them.

Room Tip: Cottages where great
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gireesh297636, Resort Manager at Shalimar Spice Garden - An Amritara Private Hideaway, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was wonderful having you with us. We are delighted that your stay at Shalimar Spice Garden met your expectations.

We pride ourselves on excellent service and attention to detail and hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Warm Regards

Gireesh
Resort Manager
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Pewsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

A beautiful, calm hotel with great food and excellent service from the staff. My favourite accommodation during my trip to Kerala. The design of the hotel is lovely, the small shop has some good quality local items and there is are two self guided village and plantation walks to enjoy.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Gireesh297636, Resort Manager at Shalimar Spice Garden - An Amritara Private Hideaway, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was wonderful having you with us. We are delighted that your stay at Shalimar Spice Garden met your expectations.

We pride ourselves on excellent service and attention to detail and hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Warm Regards

Gireesh
Resort Manager
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

We have just returned from a visit to India and this hotel was a real haven of peace and tranquility. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome by Shirley. She made sure all was as we expected throughout our stay. Nothing was too much trouble.
We loved the thatched separate bungalow, though the lighting could have been improved, and thought the food delicious. The whole hotel was clean and well maintained. The pool was warm and had plenty of sun beds, but it wasn't always easy to find a waiter to bring us drinks by the pool. Be aware there are quite a few steps as the hotel is on a slope. The massages we had were lovely....and not overpriced as they can be in some hotels.
Altogether a great experience.

Room Tip: We paid a little more to have a separate cottage nearer the main building so fewer steps. There are...
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Gireesh297636, Resort Manager at Shalimar Spice Garden - An Amritara Private Hideaway, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was wonderful having you with us. We are delighted that your stay at Shalimar Spice Garden met your expectations.

We pride ourselves on excellent service and attention to detail and hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Warm Regards

Gireesh
Resort Manager
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Property: Shalimar Spice Garden - An Amritara Private Hideaway
Address: Murikkady | Periyar, Thekkady 685535, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Thekkady
#4 Romantic Hotel in Thekkady
#4 Family Hotel in Thekkady
#7 Spa Hotel in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shalimar Spice Garden - An Amritara Private Hideaway 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The bridge to Shalimar, over a mountain stream meandering through the resort, transcends you to another world, seemingly untouched by man. Shalimar Spice Garden is a celebration of scents and colours. Pepper vines snake through your room balconies, butterflies dance to the sound of silence and orchids smile into your windows every morning. This Sublime Journey through waterfalls, tea estates, spice & vegetable plantations, and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary only enhances the invitation to live the Shalimar experience. ... more   less 
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Shalimar Spice Garden Hotel Kumily
Shalimar Spice Garden Thekkady
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