Cardamom Cottages, Munnar
INTRODUCTION Cardamom Cottages is like a James Bond movie. Right at the beginning, this luxury hotel in Munnar hits you with a secret weapon, in this case a picture perfect prettiness. You spend the rest of your time there walking around in a happy daze. ROOMS Dr. Simon may be an ophthalmic surgeon by profession but at heart he is a plantation owner. Started with five rooms in his bungalow to accommodate demands of friends and fellow doctors, Cardamom cottages now has 18 individual accommodations. Fortunately, these have been cleverly designed and arranged using the large area available to ensure space and privacy for each cottage. There are three styles of rooms defined by size and view. The smaller garden rooms are on a lower level while the cottages are larger and on a higher level. The Planters rooms are the largest with a separate living area. All of them are well kept, simply furnished and have a verandah to watch the view. The bathrooms are large though a bit dated. The common areas are lovely and great for mixing with other guests. The restaurant named The Barn is where meals are served. Above it is a peaceful library cum lounge. As you walk through the estate towards the huge boulder, you will see the rustic barbecue area called Boulder Garden. This is a lovely place to relax in the evening. The rooms and common areas are spread over a large area, which is part of the sixty acre cardamom estate. The grounds are very well maintained and the cottages are connected through small paths and stone steps. The highlight of this luxury hotel in Munnar is the l0 metre high lookout point with steep steps leading to it. Your effort will be well rewarded with a fabulous view of the valley and the hills around it. SERVICE Food at this luxury hotel in Munnar is a mix of Kerala and continental cuisine and is tailored towards European tastes. The Boulder Garden serves a variety of grilled meat and vegetables. Tea and snacks are on the house every afternoon in a large thatched hut. A variety of teas are served while the snack menu changes every evening. The staff is friendly and helpful and there is a full time manager who is on hand to help guests with suggestions. Dr. Simon and his son, the owners are also there quite often in the evenings when they are in residence in Munnar. Destination Guide - Kerala - Hill DistrictsValley view cottages on a delightful plantation which offers a variety of cuisine and daily treks.Valley view cottages on a delightful plantation which offers a variety of cuisine and daily treks.
INTRODUCTION There is something simple yet very very appealing about Chalets in the Clouds in Munnar. These twin cottages in Munnar are breathtakingly beautiful. Is it the lush plantation with birdsong in the background, the warm hues of the wooden chalets or the doctor who is passionate about organic farming? Dr Rajesh and his wife are warm hosts at this twin cottages in Munnar who welcome you at the old smokehouse cum reception with their special herbal tea. The idea of a luxury bed and breakfast in Munnar germinated when Rajesh came to look at the cardamom estate inherited from his father. The abundant natural beauty struck him and he decided to stay on to give his children the benefit of growing up in a wholesome environment. Under the management of conscious Rajesh, the plantation moved to organic farming. The yield has fallen because of this transition but the ecologically aware Rajesh says it’s not important in the larger scheme of things. Pepper, coffee and fruits are also grown on the seventy acre estate. ROOMS & SERVICE This luxury bed and breakfast in Munnar has four twin cottages that can also be used as eight independent rooms. The spacious rooms are built on split levels with the bedroom and bathroom on a lower level to the living area. The latter has comfortable seating, a television, a mini fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. Wood has been used extensively for the interiors giving it a pretty chalet look. All the cottages have a lovely view of the valley and you can lie in bed looking at the gorgeous view. Meals here in these cottages in Kerala are served in a pretty thatched structure made from wood of local trees. The food is mainly a mix of Kerala and European cuisines. These cottages in Munnar have an adorably honest and down to earth appeal. Destination Guide - Kerala - Hill DistrictsPanoramic views of lush valleys from classic cabins on a hillside organic cardamom plantation.Panoramic views of lush valleys from classic cabins on a hillside organic cardamom plantation.