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“Beautiful place which really made our stay in India”

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Paradisa Plantation Retreat
Ranked #28 of 45 Hotels in Thekkady
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Absolutely superb hotel where we had the most wonderful time.

The plantation is in a beautiful location with panaoramic views and the soundtrack of the amazing jungle. The only other human settlements you can see are tribal fires at nighttime. The mist is magical and you really feel like you are in another world and definitely away from it all.

The facilities are beautiful. The rooms are renovated old houses which are beautiful and calming spaces where you feel at peace and very comfortable. The pool is fab and is always ready with towels and the restaurant offers wonderful views interspersed with beautiful pieces of art.

The food was delicious with a yummy high quality dinner and a fab breakfast. Each time offering a different menu and local products such as palm sugar, banana jam, homemade masala from the plantation and guava jam.

Finally, our stay was like nothing we have experienced. You don't feel like you are going to a hotel, you feel like you are staying with friends who are so attentive to your every need and do everything to ensure you have the best time possible. Simon was incredible - lots of fun and an extremely interesting and kind gentleman. He really went out of his way to make us feel welcome which included greeting us at the car, taking us for walks, having dinner with us and organising our trip in India (and calling hotels and taxis to get us a good rate). He organised a fabulous south India tour.

On top of all this, the staff supporting Simon are attentive, discrete and extremely dignified giving you personalised service and anticipating your every need before you realise it yourself.

The most fabulous place to stay and it really made our trip in India.

Thank you Simon and Jorji

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Claire S
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Paradisa, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Your effusive praise leaves me at a loss for words. May I just say thank you for staying with us. I cannot take the credit for arranging your hotels, you did that on your own, and I am glad to know that the taxi and driver that I arranged for you served you well.
It was a joy to have you with us, and we look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Mr. Simon a kind friendly and knowledgeable man has created a retreat that cannot be missed. The accommodations are tasteful and calming the food is outstanding and the setting and views make Paradisa special. We hiked, climbed to our guides favourite viewing place for the whole valley and had fascinating evening conversation

If we were to return to South India this would be one place we would revisit unequivocally

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Paradisa, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Your kind words of appreciation are an encouragement to the team to continue to pursue excellence and thereby constantly improve our service. Thank you for staying at Paradisa and glad to note that you had a good stay. It would be our pleasure to have you stay with us when you visit South India again.

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Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

This is truly a unique hotel. The views are stunning and Simon ( the owner and architect) arranged for us to take a very lovely walk in the nearby jungle as well as a visit to a large tea factory .
The food at the resort is very good and the kitchen is quite flexible. We emailed before arriving and pre ordered lunch . This was quite useful as we arrived a bit late .
We stayed I the cardamom villa which has two large bedrooms and we had an extra bed put in each one for the kids.
There is a small pool with deck which is nice after a walk in the hot sun.
If you are not opposed to windy , hilly roads and you would like to see some Indian country side in the south I would definitely recommend paradisa.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Paradisa, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you for your kind review and glad to know that you enjoyed your stay. Your observations are sure to serve prospective guests well in planning their stay with us. Thank you also for taking the time to post your comments. Look forward to having you stay with us again.

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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Greeted by the owner, Simon and his staff. Georgi was particularly helpful and played integral role in our comfort. Secluded at 2900 feet above sea level. View was delightful. Food very enjoyable. Learned alot about the spices, grown and harvested on property. Stayed in the Cardamon "cabin". No AC but the temperatures for mid to end of February not a factor. We (two couples) had the run of the place for ourselves. The drive from Cochin to Paradisia was four hours. Driver an absolute must. Learned alot about the local way of driving!

Room Tip: Each "cabin" tucked among the hillside. mountains. The Cardoman cabin is their signature c...
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Paradisa, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and gratified to know that Paradisa contributed in a small way to your discovery of India. Thank you for choosing to stay at Paradisa, and also for your time in posting your review. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed 24 February 2017

We had been travelling in the tea growing areas for a week (from Ooty to Munnar) before we came to Paradisa. It is long journey from Munnar so we were a little weary on arrival and hoping that our travel would be well rewarded! Within minutes of arrival we knew we had come to a special place. Simon kindly allowed us to stay in Cardamon Cottage which was just beautiful with its own grass terrace overlooking the valley below. The cottage itself was just beautiful with antiques everywhere and a bright and fabulous bathroom. We had been a bit disappointed with our experience in the widely acclaimed Munnar. Yes there are a lot of tea plantations and a museum for tourists but it did not come anywhere near a true experience of plantation life. At Paradisa we were taken to a working tea plantation and also visited the 2nd oldest golf club in India. You could feel the ghosts of bygone days with plantation families enjoying their gin and tonics on the lawn! We were able to observe the tea pickers at their work, and wathc the whole (real!) factory process of tea making. We met many of the tea pickers as they walked to work, and they all wanted to say hello and shake our hands. Simon has a wonderful young man that works for him and he took us on an evening walk pointing out countless trees and natural spices (we also took a sneaky detour into the local Toddy shop which was a great experience!). The food at Paradisa is superb, the service refined and exceptional. If you want a real experience I suggest you come here.. even do not bother heading up to Munnar.. one night here is worth 3 there! (not sure why a previous reviewer talked about the steps.. we looked at this room and it is only about 200 metres from reception along gentle steps.!) Paradisa is one of those special exceptional places worth every km of the journey.

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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Paradisa, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude for the praise that you have given us in your review. It is good to know that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you so much for the effort and time that you have put in to writing such a detailed account of your stay. We will strive to always live up to your very kind review. Thank you, and look forward to having you with us again.

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Additional Information about Paradisa Plantation Retreat

Address: Murinjapuzha P.O. | Idukki District, Thekkady 685532, India
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Thekkady
#7 Romantic Hotel in Thekkady
#7 Family Hotel in Thekkady
Price Range: ₹ 9,897 - ₹ 17,095 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Paradisa Plantation Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paradisa Plantation Retreat is set on an organic coffee and spice plantation in the hills of Kerala. The Retreat comprises traditional wooden cottages, embellished with invaluable antiques. The activities available are yoga, cooking lessons, visit to the tea factory(12 kms), visit or massage at the Ayurveda centre(8 kms), and Periyar Tiger Reserve (40 kms). There are many spectacular walking routes. One leaves the Retreat invigorated by the fresh air, pampered by the caring staff and visually delighted. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Paradisa Plantation Retreat Hotel Thekkady
Paradisa Plantation Retreat Idukki
Paradisa Plantation Retreat Thekkady, Kerala

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