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Paradisa Plantation Retreat
Ranked #28 of 45 Hotels in Thekkady
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

In a spectacular location this quirky hotel is an interesting place to visit. If you are looking for an unusual experience away from the normal tourist trail this is the place for you. For me it charged top end prices but did not deliver top end facilities. The location and views are spectacular and the owner Simon has done very well to integrate the hotel into the mountainous setting. But given the price I was disappointed at a stained duvet and sheets, towels not replaced, no tea/coffee in room, no menu for breakfast or supper (food delicious but no choice), no yoga in morning as advertised, no local entertainment at dinner as advertised, very limited hot water (you have to ask when you want generator switched on). The outdoor shower was lovely but the integral. Garden very scruffy. All first world problems I know but when you are paying first world prices....

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Mark D
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Info p, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your positive comments on the property. We are sorry that some things did not match your expectations. The company whose website you used to make your reservation has already been informed about many of the things you have mentioned in your review , like the fact that we follow a fixed menu, no room service etc. We have never advertised that we have yoga and entertainment programs everyday - the yoga master comes in only on request and with advance notice. We would have been more than happy to take care of anything you required, and we apologize for not having anticipated your needs as well as we should have.

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

We had the choicest of rooms [ wife , child and I] it was almost like having a whole house to ourselves . We were also transported 100 years into the past , living in a wooden house with wonderful natural ventilation . Over the years the monsoon has become bursts of rain , at Paradisa I experienced 10 hours of wonderful , continous steady rain . The design of the rooms is such that we could sit in warm , dry ,comfort reading / chatting/contemplating around the nadumuttoms [ inner courtyards] with the rain all around us ! The warmth of the hospitality of Mr Simon and his staff with some delicious cooking rounded off a great experience.

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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Info p, Owner at Paradisa Plantation Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for staying with us and glad that you enjoyed your stay, embracing the rain as part of enhancing your experience rather than seeing it as a damper. It is a pleasure to host guests like you and your wonderful family. We thank you for your kind words.

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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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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: ₹ 9,981 - ₹ 17,239 (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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