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“A Fantastic Two Week Stay”
Review of Punnamada Resort

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Punnamada Resort
Ranked #4 of 70 Hotels in Alappuzha
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 14, 2013

After a 6 month trip through India some 5 years ago, I wanted to return for a two week holiday of rest and relaxation rather than a 'backpackery' resort. What I was looking for was a slice of affordable luxury and quiet escapism whilst being close enough to a town to explore.

Punnamada Resort delivers on all of these things. It is easily in the upper bracket of luxury for India and perfect if you want to stay somewhere more than a couple of nights. The rooms were clean, spacious and luxurious. Resort itself quiet and unbusy. Staff enormously friendly and helpful. Furthermore, town is only 10 minutes by rickshaw away (though you wouldn't believe so near given the peace and quiet).

I honestly struggle to find anything below an excellent standard with this place. Great value and worth more than a two night stay (and small enough to not feel you are being rammed into a 'club med' style resort). Not sure where the negative comments are coming from!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on trip advisor regarding your recent stay.

I am delighted to read your positive feedback about the hotel, location and the staff. I am glad that the hotel and its services were up to your expectation and we could make your stay a memorable one.

Once again thank you for the wonderful comments and looking forward to welcoming you here on your next visit.

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.
General Manager.

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Punnamada Resort has the perfect recipe for a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Aesthetic rooms, friendly and helpful service, clean facilities .. it has all the elements that contribute to a comfortable and happy stay. The houseboat in a one of a kind experience and i recommend it for all couples. Punnamada houseboats are one of the few houseboats that provide an entire boat for a single couple.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Dear Ms. Anushka,

Thank you for staying with us and for the wonderful review and every one in the team will be delighted to receive your feedback.

As you have rightly said our houseboat experience is unique and romantic, it’s not just the houseboat but clubbed with lots of activities to get the feel of backwaters.

The team and I, look forward to welcoming you back here.

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.
General Manager

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Everything was just perfect. The excellent cuisine, the friendly and helpful staff and the overall atmosphere of Punnamada made a great winter break from the dismal European weather. We did not move for 3 weeks, and were plunged into nature, right on a beautiful lake, watching the sun rise and the sun set, and listened to the birds chirp--bliss. Two weeks of Ayurvedic treatment included daily consultation with the Doctor, who was extremely knowledgable, helpful and professional, as well as daily massages with four hands from the two female masseuses renewed me--I had not felt this good in ages. Also the doctor coordinated special menus with the kitchen staff and my three vegetarian meals a day were tasty and spiced nicely so I did not feel deprived. Pradeep, the yoga master, custom tailors yoga classes to fit your level and gives personal attention to your particular needs--he was the best yoga teacher I ever had--someone who has studied yoga for a lifetime and shares the benefits of how integrating yoga into one's daily life aids one's mental and physical well being. Everyone was so smiling, kind and sweet. The location of Punnamada is stunning and one watches the teeming lake life of houseboats, fishermen, rowers and flora and fauna. Our room was accessed by walking over a bridge of a pond filled with colorful fish, the room itself nice, but the real treat was the huge semi-outdoor bath room with trees growing right out it. It lasted 3 weeks but I could have stayed 3 months--maybe next year!

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Dear Guest,

Namaste!!!!

Thank you for taking the time and the valuable comments on your recent stay at The Punnamada Resort.

My team and I are very pleased to read your pleasant & detailed comments of the property, ayurvedic treatment, flora & fauna, food, and the team; I have shared your feedback with the team for whom it is a source of motivation.

Once again thank you for the comments and looking forward to welcoming you here on your next visit.

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.
General Manager.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

I spend one night with my two boys (8 and 12) at the Punnamada and we had a wonderful time. The staff was very friendly, we loved our room, the open bathroom and the food. We were lucky and had a Kathakali show at night. I would come back anytime.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Tanja069
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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Dear Guest,

Namaste!!!!

Thank you so much for taking your time to post your valuable comments on your visit to The Punnamada Resort.

We are grateful for your appreciation of our facilities and the food provided by the team. We are glad to learn that we are measuring up your level of expectation and you and your kids had a good time here. Your words of appreciation shall go a long way to motivate the team to continue to deliver a high level of service to all our guests.

Once again thank you for the wonderful comments and looking forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back here.

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.
General Manager.

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Our family trip to Kerala in Feb 2013 took us to this Resort and we stayed here for one night on 23rd Feb 2013. The Resort in itself is very beautiful with well laid out gardens alongside the backwaters of Kerala. The rooms are awesome and very tastefully done depicting old Kerala architecture. The open air washroom was something definitely very interesting and seen for the first time. The one hour cruise offered by the hotel as a value added service gives its customers an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the backwaters and the awesome sight of the sunset.
The food that is served is really good and staff very polite and well behaved.
The only negative thing about the hotel is the approach road as it’s not only difficult to locate the place but it might force anyone to think that perhaps it was not a right decision to book this hotel. But on reaching one is proved wrong as the cleanliness, fabulous architecture and the peaceful ambiance wins us over. Though little costly but definitely it’s worth the money spend.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Seemaban
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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2013

Dear Guest,

Namaste!!!!

Thank you so much for taking your time to post your valuable so detailed comments on your visit to The Punnamada Resort.

We are grateful for your appreciation of our facilities, architecture and the food provided by the team. We are glad to learn that we are measuring up your level of expectation and you had a good time here. Your words of appreciation shall go a long way to motivate the team to continue to deliver a high level of service to all our guests.

Once again thank you for the wonderful comments and looking forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back here.

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.
General Manager.

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Part of a package tour of kerala we had an overnight boat trip with Punnamada. Their service was excellent, the boat was lovely comfortable and spacious and the staff very friendly and accomodating. The food was delicious and there was far too much of it to eat. The extra 1hr trip on a smaller boat through ther real backwaters was a real treat as you saw far more village life and it felt a lot more real than along the main highways that the big boats can only do. Would definitely recommend

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2013

Dear Guest,

Namaste!!!!

Thank you for taking the time and the valuable comments on your recent stay at The Punnamada Houseboat.

My team and I are very pleased to read you have pleasant stay with us in our houseboat and you have enjoyed the food, canoe cruise and the service.

Once again thank you for the comments and looking forward to welcoming you here on your next visit.

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

My whole family spent a night at Punnamada resort and we all enjoyed the stay. The resort is well maintained and the staff is very helpful. One of the staff came running with fish food when he saw us standing by the lake and asked if we wanted to fish! Oh yeah!
We had a lake view room and it was beautiful! Kids enjoyed running around and playing. We ordered room service couple of times and it took close to 20 mins and me thinks that's not bad!
We went for the sunset boat ride, they take you for a one full round- it was good but the traffics getting busier with all the houseboats!
Dinner was pretty ok- usual Indian cuisine- nothing to rave about!
Breakfast was much better!
When it was time for us to leave they had arranged us taxis to take us to the airport. Over all we loved our stay. My parents and my brother stayed back for lunch and however they said it was very average and they even fell sick after that! Now that was disappointing to hear!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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JomonJosephGM, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2013

Dear Guest,

Namaste!!!!

It was a pleasure to have you stay at The Punnamada Resort and we thank you for sparing your valuable time to share feedback of your recent stay with us.

We are delighted to note that you enjoyed your stay with us and your appreciation of the place is very inspiring.

I have taken note of your comment regarding the restaurant & the food.

The team and I, look forward to welcoming you back here.

Warm regards,

Jomon Joseph.
General Manager

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Address: Alleppey 6 | Punnamada Resort Private Limited, Alappuzha 688006, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Alappuzha
#1 Luxury Hotel in Alappuzha
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Alappuzha
#2 Romantic Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range: $143 - $201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Punnamada Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Punnamada Resorts is nestled on the serene banks of Vembanad Lake and gives a world of heritage and luxury. The divine ambiance and the hospitality lead to a total relaxation of mind, body and soul and it highlighted the rich heritage and the essence of Kerala in its true form with a focus on the eco system and being an environment friendly resort by taking initiative in various fronts. The green leaf certified Ayurveda centre at Punnamada puts a new life into yourself and to regain vigor and vitality and lead a stress-free life. The essence of Kerala and its magical backwaters can be experienced aboard Punnamada’s exclusive 'Kettuvallam' (houseboats) by the resort, the houseboats of Punnamada equipped with the best of luxuries. ... more   less 
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Punnamada Hotel Alappuzha
Punnamada Backwaters Hotel
Punnamada Resort Kerala/Alappuzha, India

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