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Near Chenganda Bridge, Cherthala, Kumarakom 688524 India
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Located on a 6,000 m2 Peninsula by the Vembanad lake, this 400+ year old house has found mention in "Aithihyamala"- the fables of Kerala.Uncompromisingly restored to its former glory by the renowned Swiss Architect, Mr. Karl Damschen; it even boasts a 15 metre x 5 metre "infinity" Swimming Pool.Managed by Mr. Jan Arryn (aBeachSymphony) from Belgium; ensuring impeccable service.Our Villa Host, Mr. Vinod; and our Chef, Mr. Babu, will pamper you during your stay; yet giving you the space & privacy....
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Marion B wrote a review Apr 2022
Bottlesford, United Kingdom96 contributions21 helpful votes
We enjoyed a very relaxing week here in March at the end of a busy business trip. The two bedroom property, a traditional wooden Keralan house, is very tastefully decorated in a minimalist way that suits the Keralan climate. It has a beautifully landscaped private garden which is tucked away in a very quiet location on the edge of Lake Venbanan We booked the whole villa, although we only needed one room, which gave us our privacy. The manager, Vinod & his staff of 3 ladies, offer a very discreet but friendly service, and you really do feel cherished. “It has that old school feeling that “nothing is too much trouble”. Which is amazing, as it’s done in such a low key way. Delicious food, is freshly cooked to order and tailored to your taste. Vinod, the manager, worked in Italy for two years and had already gained experience working in an exclusive resort, so he has a great palete for blending just the right amount of ingredients, it is a real skill which shines through with each plate of food. The presentation of each meal was always a delight, with simple but beautiful table settings. All were exquisitely arranged with exotic flowers from the garden. The outside bathroom is perfect for that climate, perhaps a little tricky if you have mobility issues as there are steps down to the loo & shower but it is well lit and very spacious. The bed was very comfortable and the bed linen is super quality cotton. The bedrooms have air conditioning. The house & verandah have fans. There is a swimming pool, loungers & hammocks to enjoy. Without a doubt, the best place we have ever stayed in India. We will definitely be coming back again when we are next in Kerala.Thank you Vinod and Anita. 5 stars well earned. FYI. As many hotels in this area have been closed for 2yrs due to Covid lockdowns, most have not renewed their liquor licences which are costly. Hence the lack of availability of imported wines. If you do like to drink wine it would be sensible to contact Vinod in advance so he can make arrangements.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
WandererVJ wrote a review Jan 2022
Kollam, India3 contributions
Awesome place. Beautiful and well maintained. Ideal for all type of crowd. Two families, Couples or friends. The USP of the place is their support staff and the chef. The staffs are very courteous and very prompt. Five star rating for them. Food is excellent ( we tried both veg and non veg). Property is beautiful and even the photos here can’t justify the property. It has to be felt. Both sunrise and sun set can be watched. Surrounded by the lake on three sides. Ample cars can be parked. Very silent locality. Best place to relax. I would revisit this place and will definitely recommend this property to everyone.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Ample Parking is available. Good is excellent. Options are many to choose from. WiFi is also there.
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Abhishek Oruganti wrote a review Aug 2021
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This indeed is a hidden gem in the heart of Allepey, Kerala. The property is located by the Keralan backwaters. If someone wishes to be in peace, it’s a must visit place for them. The property is Keralan Architecture at its best. Loved the stay, loved it’s heritage feel and look. Most importantly, loved the hospitality by Mr. Vinod and the food by Chef Vishnu. The staff seemed like they were sent from heaven serving us humans on earth. Fantastic, mind blowing and most exquisite experience. Looking forward to going back soon. ❤️
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled
Arun Abraham wrote a review Feb 2021
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Vismaya is a hidden gem!! The service was top class and the food was literally the best we've had in Kerala. This magical place is one of the most private, scenic and relaxing experience we've had and the service has been simply perfect with the team looking after your every need. The food variety and original tastes prepared by chef Babu was just tantalizing!! Combined with the unbeatable island-like scenary literally surrounded by backwaters made this an unbeatable experience. It's hard to say which part of this experience was best, because everything has been perfect. Thank you so much team vismaya for a wonderful time. Ann and Arun.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled
HILLARY H wrote a review Nov 2020
50 contributions30 helpful votes
We live in Kerala and have stayed at a few hotels in the area all of which have been excellent, so it was with a little trepidation that we booked a stay at Vismaya. We were not disappointed. It is one of the most beautiful properties we have ever stayed at. The reconstructed 400 old villa sits in the one of the most enviable positions on Vembenad Lake. It was beautiful, peaceful, so relaxing. The staff, led expertly by Manager Vinod, looked after us incredibly well and the food was delicious. A big thank you to you all for a wonderful weekend. We will be back!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled
lynamc wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom3154 contributions199 helpful votes
We were warmly greeted on arrival by the villa host Vinod and staff. Arriving is a bit of an adventure as you come off the main road and meander along a winding road past houses and small coir factories to the tip of the peninsula where the villa is located. The road gets narrower and narrower until you are fairly sure that it’s going to end abruptly. Our driver was very worried that he might have to reverse back out. However it does end and at the beautiful gate leading into the ample parking at Vismaya Villa. Vinod told us later that it used to be a dirt road but has been tarmacked in recent years. The villa itself is absolutely beautiful and exactly as it appears in the photos. It is finished to the most beautiful taste. Every very little detail from the colour and texture of the Fab India fabrics and the polished floor to the lighting are all designed to harmonise with the building. It’s very calming and serene. Everywhere there are traditional Keralan features but with added contemporary European touches and colours. It’s truly lovely. Apparently the architect visits regularly to ensure the original vision is adhered to. We’d booked the whole villa for our party of 3. Vinod explained how it works perfectly well with the rooms used by different parties and as far as I can tell it would be perfectly fine but if you want the full Vismaya experience then I strongly recommend you rent the whole villa. There’s little to choose between the 2 rooms but if I think I’d prefer the one we had which is the one on the left. The only reason I can give is that you might have a marginally better view from the outside bathroom of the lake side lights at night. Other than that they are exactly the same. The rooms are beautifully appointed and very accommodating. The beds are a bit low if you have hip problems but very comfortable so we slept well every night. The air conditioning works well though don’t reduce it below 21C as it can get blocked by ice. We found that a perfectly acceptable level. I’m not overly fond of outside bathrooms because of a bad experience in Sri Lanka a number of years ago where I was eaten alive by mosquitos at 4am and we found showering in the high humidity of the Maldives unpleasant. However this bathroom was fine. It was never humid enough and whilst there were some mosquitoes (especially at dusk) we weren’t laying on an eat-all-you-can buffet for them at 4am. The bathroom is a lovely little private garden full of beautiful plants and ornamentation. The bathroom is stocked with Kairali Ayurvedic products which we we liked very much. One of our party found it difficult to apply makeup and thought that it might be useful to have a portable makeup mirror. The attention to detail is quite extraordinary. The sand around the gardens is all beautiful raked. Every day the outside furnishings of the villa were put away after we went to bed and taken out again the next morning. Every evening candles and votive lights were lit around the grounds to create a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. Vinod uses Frankincense every evening to keep the mosquitos at bay (though I rarely saw many) and in the rooms. It’s a really nice touch. One of many. Our days fell into a familiar and pleasant rhythm, - up early and to bed early. We’d enjoy breakfast on the veranda in the cool morning, eat a lovely lunch, have an afternoon nap, some sunbathing, maybe a swim and then get ready for dinner. There’s sundowners on the veranda listening to the call to prayer, the Hindu temple music, the church bells from St Thomas’s or even the occasional bird scarer. Then eat another wonderful meal for dinner and retire for a good nights sleep. It’s all immensely atmospheric, convivial and relaxing. There’s lots of activity and variety on the lake, - the occasional houseboat, fishermen plying their trade and an endless parade of light which is a joy in itself. There’s an abundance of wildlife around the villa. There’s otters though we only saw their prints in the sand, lizards, masses of butterflies and birds… lots and lots of birds. We saw Kites, Kingfishers and woke up to the distinctive cry of the Koan bird. The murder of crows which can be quite raucous but you stop hearing them after a while and they go to bed at dusk. They are immensely intelligent though and they peer at you, sizing you up. We think they may have been nesting as there was a lot of display behaviour and nicking of nesting material. The pool is very pleasant and at its best earlier in the day when it it cooler. By 4pm it is bath-water warm. The depth runs from 90-130 cms. I meant to ask Vinod if people swim in the lake (probably not) but somehow forgot. WiFi is supplied by a MiFi just inside the door. It operates at about 5 Mps which is fine for most things. I downloaded a film to watch one day and maxed out the limit for the day that I was unaware existed. I felt rather foolish and didn’t repeat it. There was a big week long Hindu festival at the Varanad Devi temple across the lake whilst we were there. It started at 6am and finished late. Sometimes it was very loud, occasionally intrusively so but this is India and it’s noisy everywhere. One feels embedded in the community here and not insulated in some resort in the back of beyond. Somehow it all added to the charm. Vinod is a wonderful host. He’s quiet and exceptionally kind and knowledgeable. He and all his colleagues have all worked at the villa since it opened in 2012 which is surprising in these times. He has an marvellous attention to detail, always ensuring that every thing is perfect. We very much appreciated the appearance of flowers from the garden on the table and in the rooms. He’s suggest the most marvellous meals and his hydrating lime soda is not to be missed. Food here is really good. I think we ate our way through the menu but we didn’t select anything really. Every day Vinod would suggest meals for the day and they all sounded so lovely that it was just a pleasure to agree with enthusiasm. We enjoyed absolutely everything immensely. We all had a marvellous massage, the Yoga master came in another day to run us through our paces (less successful in my case) and we took a Tuk Tuk to the local town to wander along the road market and visit the church. As foreigners we were very much a novelty in the town but everyone was very kind and some of the school children took the opportunity to practice their english. Great fun. We had a truly lovely stay at Vismaya Villa. It’s a super place to visit and everything was just perfect. We’d go again in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: Take the whole villa if you can
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Patricia S wrote a review Mar 2020
Newent, United Kingdom11 contributions6 helpful votes
We have just left Vismaya after a two night stay and although our time in Kerala is only half way through, it will definitely be a highlight! It is a magical place, with two fabulous rooms and a stunning outlook. Vinod gives the most discreet service possible and Babu cooks delicious food. The napkins always wrapped with a beautiful flower and table decorations too. Even the bill was rolled with a flower! Thank you to you all, we will be back! Trish and Dan.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Patrick M wrote a review Feb 2020
Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom253 contributions227 helpful votes
You shouldn’t really think of this as a hotel. More as a rented villa with staff. And what incredible staff! Seven of them for the two of us! And every one of them a perfectionist! There are just two bedrooms and, although they do book these separately, I’m sure it works best as a single booking. In fact, I really can’t imagine it working very well, shared with strangers. We splashed out and had a room each instead of taking the twin room, as we would have done anywhere else. It would also be perfect for a group of four, travelling together. But even with the luxury of two bedrooms, the overall pricing compared quite well with some other resorts where we had booked single villas with private plunge pools, which seems to me the fairest comparison. Every aspect of the stay was in a class of its own. The building (a traditional house reassembled on site) is gorgeous, with gleaming polished wood interiors and huge open bathrooms, dotted with plants and statues. The gardens are immaculate, with a couple of ladies constantly weeding the lawn or picking up the last stray dead leaf. The pool is a very good size and one of the loveliest I know. (If only granite and marble were so readily available in Europe to imitate it!) The views of the lake from two sides are glorious. And then there’s the food. Babu, the chef, is a genius. Time and again, he produced the best ever version of something we thought we knew well. And here I don’t just mean his Masala Dosas and Biryanis, but also his take on a Salade Nicoise. Vinod, the manager (if that’s the right word here) was wonderful host. Discreet (important in this intimate environment) but also immensely attentive, with helpful suggestions for low key activities such as an evening boat ride and a tuk tuk trip to the lively Cherthala market. They also had bikes for explorations of the local terrain. We loved his delicate small touches, like the napkin rings he made freshly for every meal out of leaves and flowers from the gardens. We stayed for three nights, but you could easily settle in for a really long stay and just paint, write or carry on with any such endeavour, safe in the knowledge that every care and humdrum necessity would be magic-ed away. On second thoughts, don’t do that. It might stop us booking for next year!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Judith1344 wrote a review Feb 2020
Oakham, United Kingdom239 contributions76 helpful votes
Ignore the crows, escape the crowds and just enjoy being enveloped in the beauty of Vismaya. Everything about this wonderful building, the situation, the quiet and unobtrusive care is perfect. My husband said ‘I could retire here’ - if only. Thank you so much Vinod, it was so lovely to see you again. Thank you Babu for the delicious food which we enjoyed at every meal - there is no need for a menu, just let Babu cook whatever is fresh on that day. Thank you also to all the girls who look after the pool, the garden, our room and the laundry. Get up early in the morning to see the sunrise from the jetty and in the evening relax in a hammock to watch the setting sun, it is magical. We loved our second stay with you and hope to be back again later in the year.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled
Sandy W wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom55 contributions46 helpful votes
We had a tantalisingly brief stay since our inbound flight was moved back- so our arrival from the noise and chaos of Mumbai was after dark. We were immediately enveloped in a mood of gentle, simple elegance. Our evening meal on the candlelight terrace was delicious - with impeccable service. We woke at dawn to find daylight revealed the true beauty of the place - water hyacinth drifted slowly past as the fishermen made their way out onto the waters. The building itself is just stunning with wonderfully carved dark wood and a gorgeous infinity pool . We wished we could have stayed longer.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: only two rooms - so you need to be sociable or book the place to yourself
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vismaya
Which popular attractions are close to Vismaya?
Nearby attractions include Vaikom Mahadeva Temple (6.3 km), Fish World Aqua Tourism Village (5.4 km), and Herbs 2 Spices (3.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Vismaya?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Vismaya?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Vismaya?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vismaya?
Conveniently located restaurants include Viji's Tiffin, Apsara Hotel, and Vinod Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Vismaya?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Vismaya have airport transportation?
Yes, Vismaya offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Vismaya?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Does Vismaya have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.