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“2nd visit even better than before”
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Carmelia Haven
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

We have stayed at this property 3 years ago, and found our visit there even better this time. The rooms have been upgraded to a very high standard. All amenities were present. I must say that the cook was the worst we have encountered on our trip so far. Plan to eat elsewhere...food was nearly inedible. The place made little effort to deal with my wife's severe food allergies, although they were called and advised days prior, and we showed a card to the chef before each meal. Two days stay, grade on food 0.0....

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

I and my wife stayed at Carmelia Haven for 2 days, last week. The place is situated about 21Km from Thekkady town. The staff is welcoming and makes an extra effort to make the guests comfortable. We stayed in deluxe cottage, the place was comfortable and with a good view. The room service is prompt and there are couple of hindi speaking staff who help in bridging the gap. The restaurant is fantastic with a good buffet Breakfast and dinner. The place would be an absolute package if kathakali and kallairipatu performances can be added at the resort it self.
I will definitely come back here and recommend it to my friends and family.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed in Carmelia Haven during the New Year time. The resort is located in Vandenmedu approximately 25 kilometers from Thekkady. Its inside a cardamom and tea plantation away from the noise of Kumily town. The check in was smooth and we stayed in the Deluxe Cottage. The food was good, but was repetitive. We had taken an all meal plan, so had to eat everyday from there. We did a Kailasam trip from the resort and the Jeep Safari was awesome. The drive up hill is very bumpy through rocks and muddy road. The barbeque by the lake was also a good experience.

The new year eve function turned out to be a disaster as it rained and the program had to be moved to the hall.

Over all it was a good experience.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Alexander_Kuruvilla
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Dear All

This is my 2nd review. We visited carmelia haven during our honeymoon trip. We simply love this place, property is very nice, staff is very co-operative, rooms have nice decor and hygienic, and top of them food is awesome.... i never ate such a nice food.... simply awesome..

Their plantation tour was very nice, informative and bit of adventourous

the atmosphere in the property serene.... the cave room, tree house are awsome... where you can enjoy your honeymoon without anybody's interference and in feel special atmosphere......

well i dnt have more words describe... i recommend everybody to visit there...... it is worth every penny spent......

Room Tip: if you are bit adventurous go for tree house or cave room... bcoz they are in forest kinda surroundi...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Had a good time with my In-laws and husband, the greenery was very beautiful. The service and room was also very good.
The back of room was a closed door and bad view, so prefer not taking that.
Food quality as satisfactory, just on a high mountain more travel from munnar, so the trip becomes tiring.
So if you want to cancel going to Thekkady its not a loss.

Room Tip: Facing the garden or hotel as back view was dirty and closed.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank KanchanLad
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

3.5 stars if that were an option. The accommodations are nice - simple and tastefully decorated rooms and nice grounds. The staff are friendly and helpful. Christy for example really tried to hard to get the Christmas Eve party going, get people dancing, etc. Bintu gave a nice and informative tour of the spice plantation. We also enjoyed the crazy jeep ride up to the hills with Shiju(?). And the free ayurvedic massage. Now for things that could be improved: timeliness was a recurrent issue -- meals were late, field trips started late, etc. The staff's way of dealing with delays was simply to say 5 minutes, 10 minutes. This was a little irritating when the delays were more like 30-45 minutes. Also, the staff could be better trained (not their fault) e.g., they were often unsure what dishes in a buffet meal were. You could see this was an issue especially for visitors from outside India. All in all, this is a nice option for staying near Thekkady but could be even better if the personal touch was combined with a higher level of professionalism,

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Carmelia's haven is one of the oldest properties situated in Thekkady district of Kerala. It is situated among a plantation and is completely isolated from any sort of civilisation- which is great thing for Honeymooners and those looking for complete peace and quiet.

We stayed at the Tree house. Now, the tree house is not exactly made on a live tree, but is a fully wooden cabin on five or six tree trunks , surrounded by leaves and branches of the adjoining trees. Nevertheless, its a great experience as you are right in the middle of the plantations, with a 360 degree view of only jungle. The landscape is like the one you saw in the movie Avataar. We could hear squirrels running around and were woken up by some exotic birds singing their songs. The room is neat and clean and has all the amenities. There is a verandah all round the cabin for you to enjoy the 360 deg view. The only catch - its expensive - Rs 13000/- per night. !!!!
The resort has a pool, a nature walk trail wherein they take you and show u all the spices, A carrom, table tennis, pool room. The staff was pleasant and courteous.

The restaurant is nice and the food is quite OK. Our package included B'fast and Dinner so we didn't have to pay.
The only catch is that its far away from the main town of Kumily and the periyaar forest reserve. The in house shop has decent local items at reasonable prices (they bargain too). The adventure activities are numerous and one needs to spend atleast a week to enjoy all that.
Overall, the resort is quaint and has an old world charm. Go there if you want complete seclusion and peace.

Room Tip: Stay in the tree house or one of the houses close to the plantations.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank frequentaks
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Address: Vandanmedu | Idukki District, Thekkady 685551, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Thekkady
Price Range: $94 - $207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Carmelia Haven 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
55 acres of lush green spice-plantation with lots of activities for all age groups. You can have the feel of luxury tree houses or cave-room. Unmatchable ambiance and top-notch hospitality . ... more   less 
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