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Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady
Ranked #9 of 41 Hotels in Thekkady
Certificate of Excellence
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“A true retreat this is a real gem”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

The service and location is just wonderful. We stayed for 3 nights and wished it could have been longer. Our bungalow was excellent, the food lovely.. Nothing too much trouble.
Lovely guide got up early to show us the estate at sunrise.
I had a bad cold and the staff brought me hot ginger tea every hour. You must stay here.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Rejeeshkumar, General Manager at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady!!!

We thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent stay with us.

We are delighted to know that you absolutely enjoyed your stay with us. We are glad that we could provide a memorable experience to you, which is reflected in your highly positive comments.

Your feedback is really a motivator for us.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Niraamaya for another memorable experience.
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

This is a truly unique place to spend your time when in Thekkady. Our family spent Christmas Eve 2013 night here and they went above and beyond to make it a special evening and overall stay for us.
There was a manger scene, lights strung through the trees, and an Indian-style Santa entertained us all. A special Christmas Eve dinner was served preceded by a fire on the patio.
The place was a bit difficult to find, a couple of kilometres down an unpaved road with only a small sign pointing to it. You may consider yourself lost several times, but you will come to realize that the location is remarkable, nestled in the quiet surroundings of a cardamom plantation just next to the Periyar Reserve. Upon our arrival we were given the option to take the trek around the premises, which turns out to be quite the jungle jaunt through the cardamom plantation, where we could learn how it is grown and harvested and were able to taste a seed.  We also saw many other types of spices and crops while climbing to the top of a cleared hill, giving a view of the sunset. Overall, the scenery was amazing. The staff that accompanied us were knowledgeable, making the trek very interesting.
Every room has its own wifi transmitter. Outdoor hammocks, porches, and seating arrangements offer a great view. Beyond the beautiful rooms, the spa is beautiful in a natural setting and offers a large choice of treatments, the food service and dining room felt more like being in a small private club.
The hotel was very proactive in helping us make the best of our time in the region, and provided transit options, drivers, recommendations, and made bookings at events (elephant rides, tours of the preservation area, cultural performances, treks etc.) – and then stayed in communication to make sure that the whole process was smooth. For example, when we left pre-dawn to do the boat ride in the Periyar preserve we discovered that the hotel had sent staff ahead to make sure that we were on track. What made this place special was the team-effort of all of the staff lead by Vinu. It felt as though they were personally committed to tuning what they offered to suit each individual guest's desires. Their stated intention was for our experience to be cared for as though we were family (Manoj in particular was our helpful friend to make things work, and to be fun).

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Rejeeshkumar, General Manager at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady!!!

We thank you for sharing a detailed feedback on your recent stay with us.

We are delighted to know that we could provide a memorable Christmas to you.

We have taken note of your suggestion to provide more signages en route to our retreat.

We appreciate your gesture of complimenting each of our services and facilities and assure you that we will never let down our guests on service levels.

Your feedback is really a motivation for us to provide exemplary services.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Niraamaya for another memorable experience.
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Pezenas, France
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

A wonderful location at the edge of the jungle, beautiful and calm. Six little cosy bungalows, you can feel the Nature around you, not in an insecure way but as you are a part of it.
Very good restaurant with a chef who cared a lot, especially for our little daughter who could not eat spicy at all. Good organisation with the elephants trip and trekking. Wonderful ayurvedic massages.But most of all, a very warm welcome by the manager and his very dedicated staff. We just felt at home! Our best moments in India (Kerala + Tamil Nadu).Only one regret: too short! Juliette says hello to the team from France. And the wedding went perfect.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Rejeeshkumar, General Manager at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady!!!

We thank you for sharing your highly positive feedback on your recent stay with us.

We are delighted to know that all our services could leave memorable experience for you and family. We too regret that your stay was quite short, but believe that every end will have a better beginning.

Eagerly waiting to serve you another memorable holiday with more days with us.
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Dumas, Texas
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

This is an amazing 6 room retreat, This was our first trip to Thekkady, and Vinu and his staff made us feel like we had never left home. From when we got there to checkout, everything was perfect, all our requests were taken care of, Vinu organized an amazing Jeep safari, and private walk through the plantation. The room was very comfortable, clean, and well maintained, the bathroom was clean, modern and had all required amenities. The views from the front porch of the rooms were extraordinary. They also have a wonderful Ayurvedic Spa that offers a wide variety of amazing treatments. I will defiantly come back here on my next visit to Thekkady. Vinu went above and beyond what was required for good costumer service, and went out of his way to squeeze me into their busy SPA at their property in Kovalam. That is also an amazing property, unfortunately it was full, so it didn't get a chance to stay there, but form what I saw a very beautiful resort and amazing SPA, I will defiantly try stay there on my next visit to Kovalam.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank MunyaMonster
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Rejeeshkumar, General Manager at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this review, 18 January 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady!!!

We thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent stay with us.

We are delighted to know that several aspects of the hotel which includes rooms, views, trekking arrangment, service and staff have created a great impression with you and that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We are glad that we could provide a memorable experience to you, which we could understand from your highly positive comments.

Your feedback is really an inspiration for us and are highly grateful for recommending our retreat and assurance to patronize us during your next visit to Thekkady as well our Kovalam property.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Niraamaya for another memorable experience.
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Yes, it’s small and private resort with only 6 nos. of room, yet they offer the best service and they take care every single detail of us in their greatest capacity. The Ayrvendic spa center is very nice with a woodland view. The only minor comment is that they could be more laid back as their always-high-consciousness of service could be a bit overwhelming, but that’s not a complaint of cos.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank sway_y
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Rejeeshkumar, General Manager at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this review, 18 January 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady!!!

We thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent stay with us.

We are delighted to know that our service and staff have created a great impression with you and that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We are glad that we could provide a memorable experience to you. We have noted your suggestion to take extra care of our guests without being overwhelming. We will definitely keep this advice in mind, while trying to provide exemplory services to our guests.

Your feedback is really an inspiration for us.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Niraamaya for another bliss
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

We stayed here as part of our trip around Kerala. Initially you wonder what you'll be greeted with as you go through a narrow winding road. However, on arrival, the team go above and beyond expectations to make your stay as perfect as possible.

They remember what you ordered and which things you liked so that they offer it to you the next time they see you. For example, my husband totally loved the pineapples and they brought us another two plates the next day!

From all of the hotels we stayed in India, niramaaya was by far the best, with attention to detail, the fine finishing touches. They also knew we were here on honeymoon and surprised us with a delicious cake when we came back from our boat ride at the periyar lake.

The bathroom is really cool and you can heard the birds chirping pretty much all day. You can lay in the hammock to just relax or use the spa(which we did not get time to use).

The food is expensive comparative to the local restaurants, however the quality is worth paying for.

It has to be said that they seem to genuinely want your stay to be as memorable as possible and will go the extra mile to make that happen. We really enjoyed our two nights here. Vinu and Sritheeji were very helpful in all matters including where to buy local spices, what to do, their own spice plantation and how they make the beautiful fruit punches we are greeted with on arrival.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank 9lobetrotter
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Rejeeshkumar, General Manager at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady !!!

We thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent stay with us and are delighted to know that several aspects of the hotel which includes arrival experience, rooms, service and staff have created a great impression with you and that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Our restaurant prices are competitive with compatible resorts and we are glad to note that you found the same worth of quality we provide.

Your feedback was shared with all our employees, who were happy to receive the same. This will be a real motivator for us to achieve even higher standards of service.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Niraamaya for another memorable experience.
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London
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We stayed for 2 days as part of our trip and had a great time. Comprising 6 small Cottages and one central building this retreat behind a security gate is literally in the middle of knowhere. Travelled for 6 hours by car through lush green areas and finished up a mountain track with nothing hut trees and plantations to see.
The staff were all very helpful and with so few guests they over powered a little but better than under powered! In fact we only met one other couple during our stay even though all rooms were occupied.
Certainly one to see if you want peace and quiet.. Food was good.
The rooms were fine. They suffer Power cuts regularly in the area and due to the location and altitude we needed some heating at night that kept going off with the power! Bathroom was nice, albeit a bit cosy and just a thin sliding door to split from the bedroom.
We were out each day so didnt need the venue much but it was well worth the stay and strongly recomend to others.

Room Tip: Any room, they are all the same and all very good.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rejeeshkumar, General Manager at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this review, 4 January 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady!!!

We thank you for your review on your recent stay with us. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us in a small but cosy environ.

We thank you for your understanding of the power situation in mountains, but we do have a power backup which would get activated in 20-25 seconds.

Your positive feedback is indeed a great motivation for our team and would help us to strive to achieve greater heights on service standards.

We look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable Niraamaya experience
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Property: Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady
Address: 66th Mile | Spring Valley, Thekkady 685509, India (Formerly Cardamom Club Thekkady)
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Thekkady
#2 Family Hotel in Thekkady
#5 Luxury Hotel in Thekkady
#6 Spa Hotel in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady 4.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club is a remote hideaway nestled in a cardamom plantation that offers both adrenaline-fuelled adventure and a peaceful retreat. Perched amidst 9 acres of cardamom plantations, verdant groves and lush foliage, our 6-cottage retreat exudes intensely private vibes. The windows of the rustic plantation-style cottages serve as a gateway to the exotic wildlife. The cool and crisp mountain air, the musical calls of exotic birds and the beautiful scenery of Thekkady will revive the senses and leave you enchanted. Niraamaya spa infused with timeless therapeutic traditions from across the world, centred around Ayurveda is the perfect destination for rejuvenation after long treks or exhausting safaris. Cardamom Club which is in complete harmony with nature immensely helps to amplify the therapeutic processes of spa therapies. In-between lounging on hammocks or tucking into gorgeous meals, we highly recommend spice walks and treks to explore the stunning landscape of Thekkady. For the more adventurous, take the Gavi Safari to spot the elusive tiger or get up close and personal with Asian elephantsFor the more adventurous, take the Gavi Safari to spot the elusive tiger or get up close and personal with Asian elephants ... more   less 
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