Kayal Island Retreat

Kayal Island Retreat

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#1 of 1 guest house in Eramalloor
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Tucked away on the secluded shores of Kakkathuruthu, the Island of Crows, Kayal mirrors the undiscovered, unspoiled natural beauty of Kerala. The only way to get here is by traditional rowboats. And when you're here, all you've got to do is give in to the moment. Take a pause. Put your dizzying routine on hold. And experience life as it were a hundred years ago.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Canoeing
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24-hour security
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24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Breakfast available
Non-smoking hotel
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karen b wrote a review Jan 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for two nights at this beautiful little retreat right on the water. Dining is under the canopy of the restaurant at a communal table (there were four other guests there during our stay), the food is good, but if you want alcohol you will need to take it yourself as they do not sell it. The food was very good and the service excellent. Try the traditional massage - local ladies sail in and they are really good value for money and a great experience! It is very quiet. Nice lawns with sun loungers if you want them and trips on the river and to the local village. At night, watch the local ladies swim up to the edges diving for crabs. Lovely place; take your books and relax, after our initial tour of the Golden Triangle and Varanassi it was just nice to unwind.
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All rooms are cottage style with own front doors and outside, partially covered bathrooms
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Ne26 wrote a review Mar 2023
Mumbai, India153 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful escape from the really busy city lives we live . This island retreat has just 4 rooms and we had one of the larger ones with an outdoors bathroom .
Wonderfully kept with amazing helpful staff who look after all your needs .
The food is simple local and tastes great . We did the evening boat ride through a truly quiet part of Kerala and it was wonderful
Met some other guests and enjoyed lazy afternoon tea and oil massages .
This is perfect for people who enjoy a natural peaceful environment. Worth atleast one visit I might be back for more
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Please only venture here if you love quiet low key but beautiful places This is not for people...
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Anna wrote a review Feb 2020
New York City, New York13 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent 3 days here and loved it - the spaces are beautiful, the backwaters are serene and the staff was the BEST. They took care of our every need, fed us delicious foods, took us on a walk to see the island village and took us on sunset boat rides. Amazing way to enter Kerala - HIGHLY recommend. Shout out to Saiju who is the best!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Trish H wrote a review Mar 2020
Galway, Ireland64 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing experience our stay here was! From the boat ride to the island it was a magical time. The peaceful atmosphere was a treat but the activities offered were also unique. The early morning trip to the fish auction was amazing. The boat dining experience under the stars was something we will never forget and the village walk was so interesting. The manager and his staff were professional and nothing was too much trouble. A fabulous stay we would love to repeat.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Companion29036040716 wrote a review Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Peaceful boutique retreat located on a tiny island you reach on a typical wooden canoe. This is a peaceful haven, very quiet with only 4 rooms and a nice deck under coconut trees with direct view on the backwaters an Sunrise. Good local food and they also have a massage room (Ayurveda) and possibilities for a quick visit to the local fish market with the locals and a dinner on the canoe. We highly recommend this dream location !
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Irena G., Israel wrote a review Feb 2020
25 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
When I asked our trip organizer to recommend a special place to start our journey in Kerala, the answer was - Kayal! And indeed, Kayal is a little paradise. The property is beautiful, the atmosphere calm, the rooms are large and comfortable (the outdoor shower is awesome!), and the Kerala traditional food was very tasty. We enjoyed the sunset boat ride and the walk to the village, the friendly and smiley staff, especially Saiju the manager who was a perfect host. I am sorry we only met Maneesha, the owner for a very short time. She is a beautiful and special young woman and I hope will meet again!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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EliRaymond wrote a review Mar 2021
Thane, India40 contributions1 helpful vote
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
At the outset Thanking Maneesha and her team for the wonderful hospitality.

We were picked up by the capitan on the mainland then taken by the boat to the island. The sun can be pretty hot, please use appropriate head gear for protection from the sun.

Try and book the bigger rooms if possible.

The bed is comfortable and rooms are done well. The showers and toilets are outside the room.

We had beautiful experiences from picking coconuts to fishing with a line.

The most amazing was the sunset canoe cruise, this is absolutely peaceful and we highly recommend this. The captain sings well as, this makes the experience like Venice...
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nikita G wrote a review Jan 2024
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved the place and experience so much that I ended up writing a poem on the place.

This was a truly a lucky find for us. We stayed here for 1 night and absolutely loved every bit of it. Welcome with a boat ride, a luxurious stay in a secluded island, the sundecks overlooking the lake, authentic Kerala meals served with love, the village walk where Alex showed us all spice trees, the boat ride during sunrise, the quiet and the peace and royal treatment by the staff.

This is the place that i imagine to spend my time when I am on a vacation. Quiet, peaceful, admist nature and no compromise on experience and convenience.

The rooms are well equipped with tea / coffee maker, wifi is plugged in case you need to plug, pillows and beds are soft, a private shower under nature and a nice book giving you an introduction to the place

We were a bit skeptical as we only had one evening in hand and had to travel 4 hours to get here but it was totally worth it. Would do it again.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Carine M wrote a review Nov 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend and I had an unforgettable three-day experience on Kayal Island. I have never lodged in a location where the staff was as friendly and accommodating as they are here. The island is incredibly beautiful, serene, mesmerizing, and nourishing for the soul. Thank you to Maneesha and the staff for making it so special. We adore the amazing cuisine, village strolls, boat excursions, fishing, and enjoyable conversations.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Foram Damani wrote a review Dec 2021
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was such a wonderful experience staying at Kayal Island Retreat. I'm flooded with wonderful memories and experiences I've had there as I write this. The property, staff, food & activities are all you need for a memorable stay and some more. The location, property and decor are all so serene, authentic and thoughtfully designed. Very rooted and yet classic. The staff is so so warm & helpful and begins to feel like family. It was our first time trying authentic Kerala food and we were in love to say the least. It's prepared in a home-cooked way and is pure joy for your taste buds. We did some fun activities too that helped us experience the backwaters in the best way possible. All in all, I'd say Kayal is simplicity & authenticity at its best. I'd choose Kayal in a heartbeat for my next Kerala trip.
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Date of stay: November 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Ne26 wrote a tip Mar 2023
Mumbai, India153 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Please only venture here if you love quiet low key but beautiful places This is not for people who want swimming pools or room service"
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Dileepdxb wrote a tip Jan 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates307 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This resort is meant for those who want to take a break from their busy life without worrying about crowded lobbies & dining areas."
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Angel wrote a tip Feb 2020
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just four rooms ,we stayed in the larger one very simple but gorgeous"
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karen b wrote a tip Jan 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are cottage style with own front doors and outside, partially covered bathrooms"
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Lakshmi nair wrote a tip May 2018
Bengaluru, India70 contributions12 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Though it is said it is lake facing, you have to step out of the room to see the lake."
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PRICE RANGE
₹8,970 - ₹10,216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaAlappuzha DistrictEramalloor
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kayal Island Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Kayal Island Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Thuravoor Mahakshethram (4.7 km), Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha (2.3 km), and St Augustine Church Aroor (6.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kayal Island Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Kayal Island Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Kayal Island Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Apsara Hotel, Pearlspot, and Fennel.
Does Kayal Island Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Kayal Island Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kayal Island Retreat?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kayal Island Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to Kayal Island Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kadavum Bagam Synagogue (15.9 km) and Vypeenkotta Seminary (13.3 km).
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