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Backwater Retreat Theme House
Ranked #12 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
Certificate of Excellence
Bangalore
1 review
“Backwater Retreat stay May 25-27”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Stayed with my family here for 3 days, 2 nights package. Mr Kurien was very helpful in guiding us to the places to visit in Kumarakon & places to visit via my drive back to Bangalore. Location of hotel is excellent though difficult to reach without Mr. Kurien's escort. Food was good & people serving service have a smiling face through out. Backyard is good place to swim or boat. Stay in the house boat part of the package was a great experience. The boat house experience was good but few things needs to improve like the power outage although they have a generator. More recreation or activities can be added to make the night stay an experience. The boat house service was very very prompt dot on time. Overall an excellent trip

Room Tip: Room on the 1st floor have a good view to the backyard.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Though nature has blessed the place with a very nice backwater canal which can be rated as excellent, the retreat's rooms are between average and good. For a family of four, rooms are not very spacious. Before taking up any room, please have a look of all the rooms as the rooms are not of uniform size and similar interiors... view from first floor balcony is good.
Host and food are good. Don't forget to taste the kerala cuisines like kadala curry, puttu as they are too good. Place is little interior to reach. Check with Mr.Kurien if he can arrange autorickshaw or car from the railway station. We went by autorickshaw and the roads are also not good.
My ratings are always biased by the scenic view outside my window and the food, though not on rooms and hence 'very good' rating.. my spouse is a roomie and he rates it average.. :)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Stayed for two days here with family. The experience was very good. Mr. Kureian the host was very helpful in guiding us about Kumarakom. Motor boat was available in backyard of the hotel to explore backwaters.
Superb location for the hotel. It can be difficult to reach, but I relied on my phone navigator
Food was good and the service was excellent

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

We went to this retreat with family for the first time and found it homely. safe,and with breathtaking scenic views from the rooms. If one needs punctual and personal attention this is the place. Here you are not left out. You are cared for 24 hours and it is going to be happy, and excellent experience. What is more...

The price is also damn cheap when compared to many other resorts in that area, and its 100% VALUE FOR MONEY. Mr. Paul and his son ( the owners) is always there for all our needs and even with kids its very safe at there. The water is also very clean in the backyard. you can ve a very nice swimming experience too. and as the price is less don expect for excellent quality in each and everything

The food and stay is really good. hot water... everything is up to the mark

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We went to this retreat with family for the first time and found it homely. safe,and with breathtaking scenic views from the rooms.
If one needs punctual and personal attention this is the place. Here you are not left out. You are cared for 24 hours and it is going to be happy, and excellent experience. What is more important is the personal attention paid to the guests is something which certainly your moneys worth.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We chose the backwater retreat based on the reviews at Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed. The place has an old world rustic charm to it and is situated right on the backwaters. The balcony outside the room allows you to take in the best that nature has to give. From lazy boats floating down the backwaters to Kingfishers darting around to experiencing the orangy glow of dawn, it definitely awakens your senses with the morning cuppa!

The rooms are large and spacious and have all the basic amenities like A/C, Cable TV, Hot Water etc; The resort is clean and well maintained and the staff is attentive and eager to help. The food is well cooked though the choice is somewhat limited. Mr. Kurian the owner is a gem of a guy. He regaled us with colourful stories of his life and had us in splits!! He is also very resourceful and was able to arrange every thing for us, like the Houseboat, auto rickshaws, cabs, places to visit etc;

I would definitely recommend this place if you'r looking for a relaxing and peaceful vacation with your spouse/partner or friends. I would not think twice to stay here again!!! :))

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

I stayed with my wife for two nights at this property after reading TripAdvisor reviews. Our overall experience was good - even though the accommodation was average, hosts were very warm and helpful.
In my opinion, this place is good for people with access to dedicated hired vehicle as the location is about 12 kms from Kumarkom jetty which is the hub for excursions to Vembanad lake and houseboat trips. The property is at a serene location, has basic amenities and is quite functional. The kitchen has limited choices but quite warm staff. What actually made our rating here 4 instead of 3 is excellent host Mr. Kurian and his son. They extended all possible help as a genuine person without any personal commercial interest of his own.

I must especially mention the car and driver (Mr. Sekaran) he arranged. Mr. Sekaran was a gem of a person who not only doubled up as enthusiastic guide but also shared many interesting trivia about any place we went. He was exceptionally helpful in showing us around in Fort Kochi on our way back to the airport when we had a few hours to kill. At the age of 71, he is exceptionally energetic and again a very genuine person with 'pushy' commercial attitude.

Another highlight of the trip was houseboat excursion arranged by Mr. Kurian. We opted to stay overnight at a houseboat and the one arranged by Mr. Kurian was quite good. A very courteous and unobtrusive staff and a very good deal for a tour over Vembanad lake and overnight stay - a very memorable stay indeed.

In short, the property is good for a short stay when you have access to dedicated vehicle. If you are expecting luxury or being pampered, opt for something closer to Kumarakom lake which obviously will cost a lot more.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Backwater Retreat Theme House
Address: Aymanam, Near Pulikuttissery Bridge, (7km from Kottayam) | Kottayam, Kumarakom 686015, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Kottayam District > Kumarakom
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kumarakom
#6 Family Hotel in Kumarakom
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Backwater Retreat Theme House 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Backwater Retreat is located in Aymanam (7kms from Kottayam Town) in Kumarakom (12kms to Kumarakom Boat House from Backwater Retreat) offers you the most complete facility as feel as a home. At Backwater Retreat, we believe in combining contemporary elegance and modern efficiency with our grace, warmth and care. Honeymoon couples and Families interested in enjoying the serenity of nature and its silence would surely love to stay at such a place during their vacation.Stay in kingly luxury, located in a peaceful atmosphere with lush greenery at the confluence of several rivers merging into the Kumarakom Lake. Enjoy this unmatched abode in a perfect eco-setting - a pleasant escape to the lap of nature.We have House Boats also available from Kumarakom or Alleppey ... more   less 
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