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Ayurveda Yoga Villa
Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in Kalpetta
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I don't have the experience of another Ayurveda facility to make comparisons; I relied for my choice on the reviews I read on TripAdvisor. I was not disappointed. The facility is as self sustaining as it is possible to be, from the on site pharmacy to the organic farm, much of what is supplied to the visitors is prepared and refined with love, care and attention to detail on site.

This second visit was different to the first time. At that time two years ago I was in dire need of healing and spiritual guidance. I got those things. This time I was not sure why I went at first but as the two weeks progressed it became clear to me. I was so well looked after by the therapists and the doctors, the catering staff and the housekeeping staff. I really had a very good experience. My body and soul were nourished and I came away with a deeper understanding of the holistic approach to well-being.

If you are in need of rejuvenation I would recommend you staying a minimum of three weeks your first time around because this is the time it takes to experience the full package.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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4  Thank John H
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

I only spent 14 days in this amazing place and words cannot describe the beauty of the place!! It was such a wonderful experience for me and I was very sad to leave. The whole team and all the staff are great, you feel like family. The yoga teacher was fantastic and she really made me moving. During the daily Pooja I had my first experience with spirituality and it was magic.
The food is gorgeous, organic and sourced locally or from the resort itself.
After this 2 weeks I really feel great and relaxed and happy after this magical experience. After a very stressful year I get my natural positive attitude back and I hope I can preserve it with the things I learned there. I can highly recommend this place and I’m looking forward to return.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Gabi B
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

In Feb-Mar I stayed in AYV for a panchakarma treatment. It was my first experience with ayurveda and it has been an unforgettable one. I can confirm all the positive things you read on tripadvisor. The people in AYV are so warm and helpful, the food is great, good treatments, knowledgeable doctors, big, clean accomodation. With everything and in AYV I noticed that there is a genuine intention that you have a wonderful, wholesome experience to make you realize how you can change your lifestyle to a healthier one with the knowledge and practice of ayurveda (and yoga). I would recommend AYV to everyone! Now I have been back a couple of days in the Netherlands and I feel more fit and the skin problems I have had for over 5 years are gone... Thanks AYV for the wonderful experience and hope to meet again in the future xxxx

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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3  Thank Esther_Huijten
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

If you want a real ayurvedic full service retreat that provides direction on spirit, diet, body, and mind, this is the place to come. I came here for two weeks with my sister all the way from Canada. A long journey but it was worth it. I have come away from this place with greatly improve digestion, reduced stress, and tools for improving my life. All this in two weeks of focussed treatments and daily activities.

The place is beautifully perched above a river and is ideal for meditation and contemplation. The staff are wonderful and supportive. The guests are from all over and with the staff and guest you feel like in a close nit community.

I will definitely come back and spend longer to perform a full panchakarma detox next time. First I need to build on the tools that I now have. Thank you to all the Ayuerveda Yoga Villa staff.

Room Tip: The herbal cottages are the best with herbal medicine in the walls and roof of plants. It is great w...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

My stay at AYV was too short.
After an 9hr trip by train and car front Kochi my partner and I arrived late at night, and having not eaten since breakfast rather hungry. The staff were fabulous and in no time we were registered, fed and tucked up in our Herbal Cottage.
The doctors and staff are just the most amazingly calm group of people I have ever experienced. Our first morning was taken up with visits to our doctors who prescribed treatment according to our dosha's. The kitchen staff then followed through monitoring what each of the guests ate.
7 days is not long enough (this we did not know due to our own ignorance), however if I can feel this good after 7 days imagine how fabulous I would feel after 3 weeks.
The location is wonderful. On a river which produced wonderful early morning walks; swims with local children and watching the farmers walk their cows or goats home to be milked. We were blessed with early morning mists and a full moon on our visit.
Met interesting people from all over the world, many were return clients.
We plan on returning for 3 weeks in 2015.
Just wonderful, thank you to all the staff.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Judith T
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

My expectations were more than fullfilled! The stuff is loving and caring and you feel very welcomed there. The river is perfect to take long walks and enjoy the nature. Also the masseuse are very nice and more than friendly! All in all it was perfect!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
3  Thank Sharona A
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

My stay at AYV - four weeks in January/February 2014 - did not have a good start; when I arrived at Calicut airport the promised car for the transfer was not there. As my plane had landed half an hour early, and I very quickly passed customs, I decided to wait for some time, but after an hour or so I did start to wonder if AYV itself maybe was just as virtual as its website. A phone call did reassure me, but then it was still half an hour before the driver turned up.
Having arrived at AYV I was offered a meal, and then shown to my room, in a herbal cottage. The room is spacious, and has a wonderful, shady veranda (just as all other rooms). After the long journey I was glad to be able to rest. At that moment I did not realize that I was quite lucky - later I found out that AYV is often overbooked. People then are lodged in a holiday resort called Pepper Green, about 1 km away, or other places much farther away. During my stay most of the time at least two, and often more people were staying outside. Between meals, treatments and doctor's consultations they could be found resting on benches in the veranda of the restaurant or in the lobby... Not really conducive to a benificial intensive panchakarma treatment.

From all this one might conclude that AYV is a terrible place to be - but no, on the contrary, once you're 'in', it's warm, welcoming and caring. This was my fifth panchakarma treatment, and certainly the best. Before I had been to more or less renowned places in Sri Lanka - and at AYV it became clear to me that in these other places they omit parts of the panchakarma treatment that people from the West do not particularly like. At AYV panchakarma is done in the traditional way, and that means it is not the wellness holiday some people expect, but it is all the more effective for it. Sometimes I did have a hard time, but then the therapists are so caring and supportive, and soon after the treatment I felt a whole lot better - physically, but also mentally. Also, the doctors have plenty of time for their patients and explain the treatments into detail. As they each have a limited number of patients, which they see on a daily basis, they know them well, and treatments are adapted according to the results. I have been back home for a month now, and I still follow the dietary advice my doctor gave me - she explained so well why it is necessary, that I am very motivated to keep it.

Now I haven't mentioned the other staff yet - all the people working in the restaurant, the kitchen, the pharmacy, the gardens, the cleaning ladies - they also do all they can to make you feel welcome, feel at home. A warm smile, a conversation, a few friendly words...

But it is not only the staff that make AYV such a wonderful place to stay. It's also the guests. They come from all over the world, and what they have in common is a open attitude to life, to other people. I've never been to a place where I met so many inspiring, interesting, funny and warm people as I did here.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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5  Thank Jan K
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Address: Bavali PO Ayurveda Yoga Villa Kartikulam | Kuruva Island, Kalpetta 673121, India
Region: India > Kerala > Wayanad District > Kalpetta
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in Kalpetta
Price Range: £303 - £341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ayurveda yoga holistic research centre for Detoxification and rejuvenation programme designed to get optimum result by treating body,mind prana.The process primarily seeks to restore the vital strength of the body by eliminating the accumulated toxins and making the tissues pure.Our practices and exercises in the lessons at Yoga Spirit are developed by including self-acupressure, meditative or breathing exercises in order of the different sections of the lesson enables you to relax and purify your body through Ayurveda as well and we practise daily Asana, Pranayama and including Dharma and chanting in 90 minutes. ... more   less 
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Ayurveda Yoga Villa Kalpetta, Kerala, India

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