Kaivalyam Retreat in Munnar is a lovely place. We stayed for 4 nights (Apr, 9th thru 13th 2012). The owner, Mr.Harish and the staff provided great service with true sincere smile. We did not feel like leaving the place at all and wanted to stay for some more days! They displayed simple true warmth. The food was great too. Mrs.Harish was out of town attending classes at a Yoga Training School for teachers. The staff said that when she is at the Retreat, the food would be the best. We missed it, though. You can spend a few hours within the 12 acre property going for a walk with a guide that the Kaivalyam Retreat provides.
The room was clean and comfortable. For once, I could stay in a room that really looked like it does in the photographs. There was a little problem with the flow of hot water in the shower due to what they called an "air lock" that happens occasionally in pipelines. When I called up and informed them, the staff immediately attended to it in no time and made it ok. This is real service. How the staff respond to problems distinguishes them from others. We liked the walk very much.
I am a consultant who travels frequently. I have stayed in many hotels in Europe, US, India and few other countries. Kaivalyam Retreat is one of the best I have ever stayed in. For foreign travelers visiting India, this would be a good place. The breakfast includes both continental and Indian. The place is strictly vegetarian and non-smoking. They serve no alcohol. You can learn and practice yoga, rejuvenate yourself with nature all around you, with little noise and bustle, go for a walk in their spice garden, meditate and generally rest your body & mind. You must leave your footwear outside when entering the reception area or even your room. I liked it very much.
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- Set amidst a calm and scenic surroundings, the retreat provides a destination for visitors to indulge in learning experience of holistic lifestyle with traditional Yoga and organic way of living and dining. The place is a fusion of rustic external with smooth internal space creating luxurious facilities and natural environment to enjoy and pamper. ... more less
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