Paradisa Plantation Retreat was the first destination on our Kerala trip in August 2012. This is a resort which is nicely hidden away on an off beat track on route to Thekkady / Periyar. So much so that we missed it the first time around and had to call the resort to get directions. Once you reach the resort, you are treated to vast span of idyllic and untouched greenery and nature all around you. There is a reason why Simon, the owner, does not encourage walk-ins and is fine with limited awareness about this property and one appreciates it more and more during the stay at the property. This place is serene and allows you to be with yourself lie none other.
August being an off season, for the first two days, we were the only guest, apart from Simon himself. We stayed at the Cardamom Cottage, tucked in one of the corners of the plantation and offering complete privacy. The cottage was done really tastefully in the traditional Kerala style, giving you an old world feel. The two pieces of furniture that took me down the memory lane were the round mosquito net on the bed and the long-arm relaxing chair outside in the verandah; you don't see these anywhere nowadays. The bathroom were open-air, something that was unique and interesting for us, coming from Mumbai. In the morning, as you step out in the verandah area for tea, the nature literally comes to you - uninterrupted view of mountain range in front of you and trees and plantation running down the slope right in front of the cottage and all of this wrapped nicely in a layer of mist. Divine!!!
Simon played a great host, along with Roy (chef) and rest of the staff. We spent the first evening, having a drink with Simon and talking about how he had developed Paradisa. The next day he took us for a visit to a nearby tea estate, tea factory and finally, to an ayurvedic massage center, after which he had to leave for some work. Thereafter, Roy took over, taking us on a short trek to Panchalimedu (awesome view!). There was no phone in the room (in fact no TV or similar distractions) and each time we needed something, we would call Roy on his cell number. But the room service was far more efficient and prompt than what one finds in most other places. The staff was ever-smiling and always willing to help us.
The food was different but good. We are vegetarian and my wife doesn't like coconut oil. We mentioned this to Roy on the day we arrived and he ensured that in spite of these limitations, we still get to enjoy some authentic Kerala cuisine. My wife picked up a few recipes from him during the stay.
This was a truly memorable experience for us. It made us change our hectic schedule of sight-seeing and just relax and unwind in the property. Paradisa Plantation Retreat is a hidden treasure in Kerala and if not for the rave reviews it gets on Tripadvisor, we won't have discovered it. Thanks to Simon and the team for all their hospitality!!! We would be coming again...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradisa Plantation Retreat is set on an organic coffee and spice plantation in the hills of Kerala. The Retreat comprises traditional wooden cottages, embellished with invaluable antiques. The activities available are yoga, cooking lessons, visit to the tea factory(12 kms), visit or massage at the Ayurveda centre(8 kms), and Periyar Tiger Reserve (40 kms). There are many spectacular walking routes. One leaves the Retreat invigorated by the fresh air, pampered by the caring staff and visually delighted. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradisa Plantation Retreat Hotel Thekkady
- Paradisa Plantation Retreat Idukki
- Paradisa Plantation Retreat Thekkady, Kerala