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Kerala Offbeat Kollengode palace
Ayurveda Spa Palace, Palakkad
Kerala Offbeat
INTRODUCTION Luxury comes in many forms but this is one of the more unusual ones. A beautiful century old palace with every detail customized for the guests who have to get up at 5.30 am, are not allowed to wear their own clothes or step outside the palace grounds and follow a strict Kerala ayurveda regimen. Ayurveda Spa Palace, near Palakkad has been an unusual place right from the start. It was born out of an act of rebellion. Tired of fights with her uncle-the King, a young princess of the Vengunad dynasty in Palakkad decided to set up an independent household. By all accounts, she was a determined young lady and she did succeed in setting it up though it was unheard of in those days. The women-only palace flourished and patronized artists, dancers, musicians and writers. In later years, the Palace passed onto a Prince who added a new wing as he had many European friends who came visiting. SPA AND WELLNESS Today the palace is a wellness spa, a Kerala ayurveda hub with a great degree of personalization. The Kerala ayurveda treatments are targeted towards anti-ageing, anti-stress and general rejuvenation. As soon as the guests arrive, they are given pure cotton clothes and asked to keep away their leather footwear, mobiles and laptops. After a thorough discussion and examination, the Ayurvedic doctor decides on the vegetables, spices and herbs for each guest. These guidelines are passed on to the head chef who prepares a personalized menu that has to be approved by the doctor. Each guest eats a different meal . Even the herbal water is different for each guest. Similarly, the medicines, massages and other treatments are also personalized. The minimum stay is 14 days during which the guest is requested to stay within the palace grounds. The only common aspect for guests is the early wake-up and bed times, yoga sessions and evening cultural programs. ROOMS The palace has 18 suites and is set in 7 acres of greenery. The large suites are of two styles – the older heritage style and the newer colonial style. A striking feature of the old wing is the tiled floors with different patterns in each room. The suites are aesthetically furnished with large comfortable beds, antiques and large modern bathrooms. All the suites open onto a common verandah. Apart from the airy verandah, there is a library, two yoga areas and two ponds. Many of the Kerala ayurveda medicines are made on site with herbs from the gardens. Guests are welcome to watch the process. The staff is very friendly and open to questions and requests. SERVICE Food is prepared in a traditional kitchen using organic vegetables and a minimum of oil and spices.  Vessels made of brass, copper and even stone are used for preparation of food. Although simple vegetarian fare, the food is tasty. When guests leave, they are given recipes from their personalised menu on a CD with the hope they would continue with the Kerala ayurveda treatment they were receiving here. Although it may sound like a tough Kerala ayurveda regimen, most guests settle in by the third day and enjoy the break from modern life. Many of them come back after a year or two for repeat Kerala ayurveda treatments as the mental and physical wellbeing at the end of such treatment is unbeatable.Experience Ayurvedic wellness programs, relish organic vegetarian food in a redone century old palace.
Experience Ayurvedic wellness programs, relish organic vegetarian food in a redone century old palace.
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Price:
Luxury
Type:
Hotel
Rooms:
18
Season:
All year
Food:
All meals incl.

Beach loungers in front of the Palm Beach Villa
Luxe Beach Villas, Alleppey
Alleppey
INTRODUCTION Luxe Beach Villas are a gorgeous cluster of boutique beach cottages run by a European couple, Olga and Rupert. Before settling on Marari beach they spent three months combing the Indian coastline to find the best beach. Marari beach near Alappuzha was their unanimous choice. The dazzling white sand, clear waters and a freshwater pond in the middle of the beach will convince you too. If you are looking for a beach villa in Alleppey, you will love the choices and facilities here. ROOMS They have three villas now but will soon have more in the area. Rupert has designed the villas at Alleppey to be private, luxurious and intimate spaces that prompt the guest to unwind. One is a rebuilt traditional wooden cottage with a private garden while the other has a modern feel with a small private pool and a barbeque. Both have air-conditioning and open to the sky bathrooms. They are also designed to be independent villas with a tiny kitchenette each. But with a chef and butler on tap, it’s no surprise that most guests tend to take the full service option. There is a small lawn outside the two Alleppey villas but the beach is where guests tend to be when they are not in the villas. Their third Alleppey villa is right on the beach with a sea view. This one has two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a large open lounge area with a bar and dining area. It also has a fully equipped kitchen. SERVICE Rupert and Olga are eager for their guests to experience Kerala in an unfiltered way. They have designed local tours around the area and have trained a few English speaking local rickshaw (tuk-tuk) drivers. These tours are a unique and safe way to experience Alappuzha with all your senses. Despite no background in the hospitality business, what stands out is the attention to detail, thoughtfulness seen in small touches and the sheer enthusiasm to share information and create a memorable holiday for guests at Alleppey. They encourage guests to try the local cuisine by making it a highlight of their menu and can even arrange a multi-course festival lunch on a banana leaf plate if requested in advance. A selection of European food is also on the menu. Private cooking classes in the villas are a popular option with guests. Book a beach villa in Alleppey! Write to us now for a bespoke Alleppey experience - reservations@goseekandhide.com Destination Guide - Kerala - BackwatersVillas with fusion interiors, a personal chef and host at your disposal on Marari beach.
Villas with fusion interiors, a personal chef and host at your disposal on Marari beach.
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Price:
Luxury
Type:
Villa
Rooms:
3
Season:
All year
Food:
Breakfast incl

Serene area inside the property
Great Value B&B, Thekkady
Thekkady
INTRODUCTION The Great Value B&B is an anomaly in Thekkady, where every other hotel vies to outdo the other in luxury and services. This is a simple bed and breakfast that offers excellent value. If you are focused on the wildlife experience and won’t be spending much time in the room, our handpicked B&B is a great option. The Reserve can be reached within 5 minutes by car or a brisk 15 minute walk. Mathew, the owner of this hotel in Thekkady feels that his guests’ focus would obviously be on the Periyar experience and aims to keep the rest of it simple and fuss-free. ROOMS This great value bed and breakfast in Thekkady is a collection of stone and brick structures built around a large jackfruit tree in the open central space. There are ten spacious rooms and each room is slightly different. There are two types - Terrace rooms and Garden rooms at this great value bed and breakfast in thekkady. The former has a small balcony accessed by a steep wooden stair case inside the room while the latter type is on a lower level with a pocket sized private lawn. Twin and double rooms are available and an extra futon is kept in all the rooms. The bathrooms are clean and modern. This hotel in Thekkady is set right on the main road and you walk directly into the reception area with a tiny office behind it. Next to the reception is the café where a Continental style breakfast with toast, choice of eggs and coffee is served. During the day, the café also serves coffee, tea and cakes. You can also sit there and read a book or use your laptop if you like. Since this great value bed and breakfast in Thekkady is on the main road, restaurants can be easily accessed within a few minutes walk. SERVICE No food is permitted in the rooms. The monkeys that hang around the area are ever watchful for it and are unafraid of humans. Rollin, the manager is helpful with information about the area and restaurant options. A helpful tip to keep in mind is that this hotel in Thekkady does not provide lodging for drivers.Simple but charming B&B with spacious rooms. Café serves Continental breakfast and beverages.
Simple but charming B&B with spacious rooms. Café serves Continental breakfast and beverages.
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Price:
Value pick
Type:
B & B
Rooms:
10
Season:
All year
Food:
Breakfast incl.

Pool villa night
Luxury Spice Estate, Thekkady
Thekkady
INTRODUCTION An oasis of quiet luxury in an unlikely place is an apt and oft repeated description of this Luxury Spice Estate by guests. About 15 minutes drive from Periyar Reserve in Thekkady, this estate is set in a 7 acre spice planation. Salim Pushpanath, a well-known photographer found this place while researching his book on Indian spices. Initially meant for his own use, he decided to share it with travelers who would appreciate the peace and calm. Salim often travels away on work but the superb hospitality of this oasis remains the same because of charming, twinkle-eyed Pirkko.  Of Finnish descent and British nationality, Pirkko and her husband, John came to Kerala on a holiday but ended up as long term residents. They live nearby and she manages it for Salim. ROOMS The first and lasting impression about this luxury bed and breakfast in Thekkady is the attention to detail and beauty in each room. It has been kept to four rooms to ensure space and privacy for guests. The spacious suite rooms are part of the main house and have a balcony each. At this luxury bed and breakfast in Thekkady, the two pool rooms are a minute’s walk away over a jungle style wooden walkway. Both have a private plunge pool overlooking the estate. The bathrooms are also spacious and modern with rain showers. One of them even has a tree growing through it. The rooms at this luxury bed and breakfast in Thekkady are provided with kettles for making tea/coffee. The four poster beds, luxurious linen and toiletries reinforce the feeling of understated luxury. SERVICE There is a small verandah followed by a lounge area with comfortable seating and a separate open dining area with tables overlooking the estate. The food is classic Kerala cuisine done very well. The homemade bread at breakfast, masala chai and banana fritters are great. Pirkko is at hand to tell you the local names of the dishes in her charming accent and the chef, Krishna is happy to do a private cooking lesson if arranged in advance. Most guests tend to combine this luxury spice estate stay in Thekkady, Kerala with a visit to the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, just 8 km away.  Muted luxury, good food with strong ethnic touch in a typical mixed farming environs is a wonderful combination. And the final pep to the cocktail is smiling, ever-helpful Pirkko presiding over it. Destination Guide - Kerala - Hill DistrictsAcres of quiet luxury on a spice plantation with spacious suites and private pools. A luxury bed and breakfast in Thekkady close to Periyar.
Acres of quiet luxury on a spice plantation with spacious suites and private pools. A luxury bed and breakfast in Thekkady close to Periyar.
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Price:
Mid-range
Type:
B & B
Rooms:
4
Season:
All year
Food:
BF, Dinner incl.
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