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Paradisa Plantation Retreat
Ranked #27 of 43 Hotels in Thekkady
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“What an amazing place!!!”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

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...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Paradisa, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
The time and effort that you have put into writing your review means a lot to us and we thank you for this. It is especially encouraging that you immediately understood the concept of what we have tried to do in this remote location, and that you observed and enjoyed each aspect of the property. It would be a pleasure to have you stay with us again.
Simon
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Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at Paradisa for a few days in Nov 2012 and I have to say that this is by far the best place I've stayed in India.

I don't even know where to begin as everything was simply marvellous. Simon, the owner, and his staff took great care of us and we really felt like home away from home.

The best bit about Paradisa is that it's tucked away from all the noise and pollution and allows you to simply enjoy peace and quiet in a mountainous setting.

And finally the food definitely deserves a mention as it's simply out of this world.

Thank you so much, Paradisa, we'll definitely come back next year!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Paradisa, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Madam,
Your kind words of appreciation encourage us to go forward, always striving to offer the best possible experience to our guests. We thank you for taking the time to share your views with other travelers through tripadvisor . We hope to better our services and thereby the quality of your holiday on your visit next year.
Simon
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Maubourguet, France
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

What a privilege to have been a guest in this magical place and to have had a taste of paradise earlier this year. Simons knowledge enriched the experience and Roy made use of the local organic ingredients to produce the most delicious meals. We were also honoured by a pre-dinner traditional dance performance. Traditional antique Kerala architecture set in a spectacular situation off the beaten track. Dont miss the experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Paradisa, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Thank you for your words of appreciation and also for taking the time to share your thoughts on tripadvisor. You have been kind enough to mention each experience that you enjoyed. Your feedback encourages us to continue to strive towards the perfect satisfaction of our guests by relying on our strengths while working on areas that need improvement. Once again thank you, and look forward to having you stay with us again.
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Paradisa Resort is high up in the hills so very peaceful and quiet. Spectacular views, beautiful rooms, excellent food and very professional staff. Simon, the owner, was a charming host who took us out to visit a tea factory and Ayurvedic medicine factory on our first day. We were invited to watch our food being cooked and learn about Keralan cooking. Definitely the best food we ate in South India. As we were the only guests there, we felt thoroughly spoilt and didn't want to leave.
The only negative was that the tradionally designed room was a little cold and damp in the evenings due to the monsoon season.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paradisa, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Dear Natasha and Susan
It was a pleasure having you stay with us so early in the season and it is gratifying to know that you enjoyed your stay. We thank you for taking the time to write a review on Tripadvisor. Thank you also for your observation about the room. The unusual amount of rain we had during your stay was because of a late monsoon. However, as unpredictable weather patterns are to be expected, we shall certainly think about how to rectify this for the next monsoon season.
Simon
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

We stayed here for three nights in March, we were the only guests and were treated like royalty! The Paradisa Plantation is off the beaten track high up in The Nilgiri Hills, the views are to die for. It is surrounded by forested mountains and jungle where a thousand elephants and thirty six tigers are reputed to live. The exotic birdsong and smells of sweet jasmine (actually exuding from the wet coffee plant flowers) greeted us in the morning. We felt we were in heaven. We stayed in Cardamon Cottage, an antique 150 year old Keralan house. We had comfortable twin beds in a huge room with beautiful furnishings and decor. The bathroom was outside in typical keralan style. There was a large private verandah with lots of seating. From here we just sat and breathed in the natural beauty of our surroundings, sipped tea, munched on Roy's special chocolate biscuits and indulged in pure relaxation. Lovely Roy, the manager, attended to our every need. He was a superb and knowledgeable guide (and chef!) and walked us up to Panchilmedu high up on the hill behind. Here there was a Hindu shrine, a legendary pilgrimage site of The Pandavas. On the way up he showed us exotic plants like the huge dangling Jackfruit (largest fruit in the world!), mangoes, peppers, cinnamon, tea, lemongrass etc. All truly fascinating! The food here was out of this world, sourced locally, healthy and delicious. Roy took great care in explaining what was on offer, usually fish or chicken accompanied by superb vegetable dishes and rice. Cool Simon, the owner, took time to chat with us and took us to a tea factory-very interesting and then on to an Ayurvedic hospital for a full body massage. We left The Paradisa Plantation feeling thoroughly cleansed and ready for our next stop, Munnar.

Room Tip: Cardamon Cottage to be thoroughly recommended
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paradisa, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this review, August 3, 2012
Dear Madam
Thank you for your very kind words. We are happy that you had a good stay and are grateful for you time in sharing your thoughts on Tripadvisor.
Thank you once again
Simon
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Wow, what a stunning place. Towards the end of our drive there I was wondering where on earth we were going as we drove higher and higher off the beaten track and then, wow, we arrived and saw the place with its stunning views, peace and tranquility. We had the pleasure of staying in Cardamom Cottage which is just gorgeous. We enjoyed getting up really early each morning and spotting all the birds from our lawn followed by a dip in the pool before breakfast. This is a really quiet retreat in natural beauty. Heritage rooms and wonderful food. Roy's cooking was excellent and I loved the cookery lesson he gave us. Such a great guy. We were also lucky to meet the owner Simon who gave us some history on the place. Simon arranged a driver (Joy) to take us to Peryar for a 3 hour trek. Joy also dropped us at a restaurant and waited while I went shopping in Thekkady! A really wonderful stay. I would love to go back. A real re 'treat'.

Room Tip: Cardamom Cottage is the one!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

A rare case of a wonderful setting being matched by unique food,great service and the warm welcome of Simon,the owner..If you wish to get away from the coast and crowds,this is the place for you. The individual chalets are spacious and beautifully decorated,and the pool,while not large,is pleasantly designed with great views.

Room Tip: Go for Cardamon cottage
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Paradisa Plantation Retreat
Address: Murinjapuzha P.O. | Idukki District, Thekkady 685532, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Thekkady
#7 Family Hotel in Thekkady
#7 Romantic Hotel in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Paradisa Plantation Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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Paradisa Plantation Retreat Thekkady, Kerala

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