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Backwater Retreat Theme House
Ranked #12 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
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Reviewed February 27, 2010

Mr Kurien who owns the place is one of the best hosts that we have ever come across. Right from receiving us at the station to helping us plan our tour to Kumarakom - he provided the best contacts, rates and suggestions possible. The hotel itself is about 5 km from Kumarakom but you will never feel you are
away with his hospitality and care! The houseboat, ayurvedic massage arranged by him were the best possible. Something to really appreciate - the service was very homely! This is not for you if you are looking for a 5 star luxurious place to stay - but if you want a good homely atmosphere with a nice host - this is the place go to. We really liked that we did not have to pay everytime for any houseboat rides at lake vembanad, kathakalli shows, car rentals, food at different places, massages at ayurvedic speciality centre - it was all added up and we were given one decent bill at that end of the stay. All our requests for
special food (prawns, fish fry and what not) were catered to with a smile. Our 3 year old son enjoyed it so much that he was actually missing the retreat when we came back! Overall - a great trip at a good place - will surely recommend to people who prefer personalized simple hospitality to the commercial luxuries.

Suggestion - speak with Mr Kurien before you go here for a frank and honest overview of the place. You will be guided very well.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2010

Our stay in the Backwater Retreat is one of the highlights of our trip to India, what a wonderful location for a quiet, laid back holiday. Kurian and his wife and staff made us feel so welcome and Kurian went all out to help us on so many aspects of our trip, helping to organize a few side trips (do go across the river and
visit the lovely spice garden) and arranging our houseboat trip. Although he did so much for us, I felt that he went the extra mile, I even got a birthday cake for my 50th birthday, what a surprise. The food was excellent, great fresh fish and seafood. Kurian is such an interesting person and has much more to offer than just management of the hotel. If you want a laid back, peaceful trip, go there, its lovely.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

The service by the management of Backwater Retreat (Mr. Kurian Kuruvilla) was excellent. He made sure that me and my partner had a great time, and the staff was very helpful. He did a great job managing everything from food, rooms to the houseboat trip and the massage clinic visit. The best part of the trip was the houseboat which itself had excellent food and service and is something everyone should definitely take. Mr Kuruvilla gives reasonable rates for his houseboat services and in a busy season like Christmas it is always good to get a good price for your time.
The massage parlour visit was very good as it was in a very professional, albeit slightly expensive, ayurvedic clinic in the main city of Kottayam, but was totally worth it. Never felt so relaxed after a massage.
This definitely has been one of my best trips to a part of India that I had not seen.

--Vikas

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2010

The Backwater Retreat in Kottayam was absolutely awful! During my four night stay, my en suite bathroom was cleaned only once and the room itself never once. The hotel has an empty pool in its front yard that I was told was "under construction." That's like saying the Baths of Caracalla are under construction. The pool is a ruin older than I am! The food was terrible, stone cold toast for breakfast. The location of the hotel couldn't be more inconvenient. There's nothing to do in the area. You can't use the Backwater Retreats boat as that's also broken. I was forced to hire a driver to take me into Kottayam. Be warned, even though the Backwater Retreat accepts reservation secured with credit cards, it doesn't accept credit cards as payment. The owner said that I had to go to the "nearby" ATM. In this case nearby was 8 kilometres away! If you're visiting Kottayam your best bet is to stay a hotel in town and hire a backwater cruise if you wish to have the backwater experience.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 31, 2009

1) Fantastic service provided by Mr. Kurian Kuruvilla

2) Awesome & a romantic place admist a lot of greenery.

3) The guidance provided by the owner of the plave to make your trip worthwhile has to be appreciated.

4) Overall a fantastic experience......

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2009

I want to appreciate and thank Mr. Kurian and his son for their great hospitality and care they took for us throughout this journey. Backwater Retreat Theme House is really a wonderful place. We all had a peaceful and calm atmosphere. It was very relaxing. I will recommend this place for all ages. Especially for those who want to escape all the busy city life, phone calls and all other tension in daily life. The hospitality was very good. The boat house was an excellent idea. The food was great. Word cannot define the experience you must enjoy it by yourself. You can buy fish and the cook in the boat house can cook it for you with spicy and delicious Indian masala. Keep it up Backwater Retreat.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 5, 2009

Hi, This is Bala from chennai.
We had a 2 days trip at Kumarakom. One day @ House Boat and another day @ Backwater Retreat Resort. Both was taken care by Backwater Retreat.
The Service provided by team was really amazing and wonderfull. It was one of the best.
I would like to make trip once in a year in this resort.
Food and place was excellent.
Thanks a lot Backwater Retreat Team.
Regards
Bala

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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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:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Kumarakom
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kumarakom
#6 Family Hotel in Kumarakom
Price Range: $30 - $176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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