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Paradisa Plantation Retreat
Ranked #25 of 43 Hotels in Thekkady
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding location ,outstanding service,idylic setting”
Reviewed March 27, 2010

From the moment we arrived we fell in love with the Paradise plantation resort. The setting is fabulous overlooking the beautiful valley below and the mountains opposite. Our private bungalow was delightfull, beautifully furnished and even had a mosquito net. The restuarant food was first class with lots of fresh fruit at breakfast and freshly prepared fish and curry for dinner. We went for a evening stroll with Roy the hotel manager who told us splendid stories about the area and the Hindu religion. We highly recommend the Paradise Plantation Resort to othert travellers.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed February 28, 2010

The place has the chance to be in a beautiful mountainous settings, but other than that you can see that it has been built on the cheap side. The rooms are very basic and are way overpriced!! Furthermore it is much too far from the attraction in the area: Peryar park. You have to drive there and back to visit the Park. The owner is nice, but obsequious. He tries to give you the impression that the world stops at his place. A bit unnerving. The great thing the owner organized however : traditional South Indian dances performed by two small girls, one was 8 years old and the other 11years old. The 11 years old was truly amazing.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bandra, Mumbai
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Reviewed February 7, 2010

I stayed there one night on the way from Parrier National Park to Cochin. The place is beautiful with a great view over the mountains from all the old Kerala-style wooden cottages. The food-menu (for lunch and dinner) is limited and Indian only – but fine quality. The host/owner Simon welcomes all and gives the place a very personal touch. However, the place is very quiet (the nearest restaurant is ½ hours drive away), so I couldn’t stay here more than 2 nights.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Miri, Malaysia
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Reviewed February 3, 2010

Paradisa really does live up to its name! The antique wooden rooms are beautiful and full of character, the views are out of this word, the food is amazing and the service top notch. I totally agree with the other reviews - it is a really unique place with great attention to detail. Nothing is too much and the staff all go out of their way to make you happy. There is nothing I could fault at all. It is worth pointing out that the hotel is quite isolated so is nice for relaxation but perhaps not for people who need to be very active or entertained. Having said that, the staff will take you for walks in the area and you can visit a tea factory and ayurveda centre or do a full trip to the reserve in Thekaddy. There was a dance perfomance one evening and you can into the kitchen and get some recipes from the chef if you are interested in Keralan cooking. .There is no TV or internet connection however. The pool has fantastic views and you can have delicious snacks and ice cold beer served there. Simon the owner is a great host and Roy the manager is also great - nothing is too much trouble. I recommend this place wholeheartedly - it was one of the highlights of our trip to Kerala and one of the most memorable places I have stayed anywhere. Perhaps the only downside is that the rooms are spread out and involve steps so it would not be suitable for disabled people or those with limited mobility.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

My girlfriend and I stayed at Paradisa Plantation for 2 nights as part of a month-long odyssey across India and it was one of the highlights of our trip. We had the most amazing time here.

The accommodation was as fantastic as the views – the retreat is comprised of beautifully furnished traditional wooden houses nestled in the lush and bountiful jungle of the cardamom hills.

As for the food, the kitchen at the Paradisa Plantation is something of a culinary miracle. No corners are cut and no sacrifices made in presenting guests with incredible freshly prepared dishes of traditional Keralan cuisine. The breakfast fruit platters are fit for a king and the evening meals of fresh fish are incredible and the portions huge! The manager Roy is hugely passionate about the food and his attention to detail and keenness to impress and please guests is second to none. The team there demonstrate a lot of creative flair with the food and the freedom they are given really shows.

But the real highlight of our visit here was our host, Simon... He took us on walks and on a visit to his tea factory where he showed us how tea is made and entertained us with his stories and his knowledge of the area: from the local flora and fauna to the wildlife and birds. He even took us for a beer to the most amazing planters club which, in my opinion, stands as one of the greatest bars on earth for it's character and charm! He really made our time there very special.

If you're thinking about a trip to Kerala don't hesitate in booking here. We can't wait to return!

Simon, thanks for your hospitality

K & C

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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ParadisaThekkady, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this review, March 18, 2010
Thank you so much for your kind words , you certainly thats what keeps us going . Thanks once again
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London
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Reviewed January 2, 2010

There is something very special about this little place. Perched up in the cardamon hills, tucked off the main road from Allepey to Thekkady it's an oasis of calm. We had 3 nights here and were thoroughly spoilt. The location is amazing. All the little cottages are tucked away in peaceful grounds so you really feel like you're in a complete retreat. The food is by far the best we had throughout the whole of our trip in India, good fresh and local ingredients and masses of it every meal. Simon and his staff and completely focused on making your stay exactly what you want it to be (in our case as much of doing nothing as possible). I had to be dragged screaming out when it was time to leave...one not to miss. It's expensive but well worth it. Yoga by the pool wtih an incredible view will stay wtih me for years

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2010

Well worth the 4 hour drive up from the coast, this smallish resort hotel is on the side of the steep hills with fabulous views out of the terraced site. We were lucky enough to be given the pair of rooms which is actually a traditional ancient timber house which had been painstakingly dismantled, transported here from another part of India and rebuilt. The whole thing oozes character and charm. Food was first rate - home cooked Keralan cooking - and the service and hospitality from the owner, Simon, to the GM, Roy, and throughout the staff was second to none. No hesitation in recommending this one.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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ParadisaThekkady, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this review, January 29, 2010
Thank You for your kind words
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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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