We loved everything about this gorgeous retreat just before Munnar and don't think we could have chosen any better at any price.
The accommodation is spectacular - wonderfully spacious, pristine and comfortable modern rooms on two levels and a balcony looking down onto tall trees, lush greenery and the misty valley by day - a touch of exclusive alpine ski chalet about them perhaps. The only unexpected visitors were some sweet firefiles at night at our window and the odd bird.
All the staff are really kind and welcoming and go out of their way to help. We enjoyed a wonderful free guided walk through the cardamom plantations and down to a waterfall and then made our own way through the tea plantations above the hotel in the afternoon.
You will want to eat all your meals here - the food is evidently fresh and there is a new menu each day to choose from which you order ahead, with wonderful vegetarian dishes spiced to your taste.
This place must get fairly booked up. We arrived unheralded, and as luck would have it they had had a cancellation. Guests included couples and families from all over the world. It rightly describes itself as a retreat and does attract some retreaters - a morning yoga session is there is you want it - and a great introduction to the discipline and day. However this is not compulsory and those less keen will not feel left out.
The retreat is off the main road and there is a free jeep which takes you down the very steep road from Pallivasal (worth having the phone number) and back up whenever you wish, which is an outstanding service. They will happily arrange onward transport for you very reasonably, and rightly recommended the bus from the main road at Pallivasal to Munnar for some shopping, and we took a three-wheeler back to an awaiting jeep (the pilot phoned ahead for us!).
I can't fault this place and wish we could have stayed much longer than two nights. However, if you want steak and chips in a bland hotel or perhaps the hustle and bustle (and smells) of busy Munnar itself to wake up to, rather than stillness and sweet cardamom and flowers, then don't come here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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