While the guys here in India may get used to resorts and think they are commonplace, I am here to tell you, don't cross them off the list of ideas to suggest to your US counterparts when they visit India. If they have an extended weekend in Kerala, at least three days to spare, suggest a good resort. I am talking about a place you can get trapped inside, walk around to your heart's content, participate in activities on the property or short trips sponsored offsite by the resort, such as the off-site trips we went on while visiting Vythiri resort in Wayanad some years ago. Or a resort where you can get pampered with Ayurvedic massage, like Zuri in Kumarakom. These kinds of resorts allow you to feel like you're in a totally different world, cut off from the rat race of day to day life. I am almost positive most Americans will love to experience these kinds of places. Though we have resorts in the US, the price is out of most people's reach in the US. In India, some of these resorts, for the cheapest room cost about the same as a three star hotel in the US.
In the four years I have lived in Kerala I have been to quite a few resorts. A few we have checked out that could be suggested depending on the client's time in India and availability include:
Upper Central Kerala:
Vythiri Resort, Wayanad - While there are treehouses in this resort, one of the main attractions is the hanging bridge (photo, above). Do be careful, though as there seems to be two resorts by the same name. I think the other is Vythiri Village. We have stayed at both. Both are good and have their unique charm.
Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom - If you're lucky enough, you can book a room with a private pool, called a pool villa. It's heaven. Again, one night is not enough.
Taj Vivanta, Kumarakom - We haven't stayed here over night, but have eaten breakfast there several times. We hear from the residents that we are missing out by not staying there.
Vaamika Island - You will be taking a boat to this island resort. And, some of the Kerala style cabins have forever pools, like the one we stayed at. You can really get trapped here. One night is not enough!
Meditation Room at Zuri - Did not have enough time to really use this space for the intended use!
Carmelia Haven, Thekkady (Treehouses) - Video Below
Raviz, Kollam (I heard the name of this place recently changed.)
Not so Fancy, but Good for a day away:
Lake Village Resort, Kottayam
Olive Brook, Munnar
This video is of the plants and wildlife sounds on the property. While at Munnar, we went to Kollukkamalai, the world's highest tea plantation. High tea, anyone?
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Other Places For the Client's Itinerary:
Kollukkamalai, Tea Plantation
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