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“Haven, What haven?” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Carmelia Haven
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27 reviews
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“Haven, What haven?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2006

The hotel is often marketed as being on the doorstep of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary, don't be fooled - it is not, it's over an hour away! The name Haven is a misnomer: our stay was marked by unhelpful and off hand service, with no idea of customer care. Accomodation was overpriced, athough the new treehouse has wonderful views of the forest canopy. The pool was neglected. The food was poor, and the service haphazard.
If there was ever a need for a management shake up the Haven needs it!

  • Stayed October 2006
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2006

We really had a wonderful stay at Carmelia. It was indeed a great pleasure to be hosted by the resort. The beautiful setting of the resort and the hospitality extended by the entire resort is going to go a long long way in enhansing the promotion of the property.

Once again thanking all the TEAM in Carmelia for their hospitality

Stayed June 2006
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2006

Me and my family stayed at this hotel early 2006. This place is a little out of the way but well worth the drive. Living in this hotel is like living in a cardammon garden. The owner of this hotel happens to be a spice grower and has made this hotel in midst of all things green. The hotel has big grounds and lot of greenery around it. The rooms are a little deprived of any color with just plain white walls. The rooms could use some decoration. But if you are staying at this hotel I would suggest booking the Cave room or the tree house. That's the highlight of living at this hotel. You actually get to live in a cave or a tree house and can enjoy the hotel even more. If you are unlucky like us and these rooms are already booked do ask the people at the front desk to arrange for you to take a tour of the property and also show you a glimpse of these rooms. We did the tour and had this sweet guy with us to show us the whole property complete with all spice plaintations and various other trees like coffee etc.
Then we went for this super excitiing ride a little away from the property called Kailasa Lake. This lake also happens to be owned by the person who owns Carmilia Haven. So this ride is free for the guests of the hotel. This experience was exciting not only because the area was scenic and we could have done boating (if it was not that hot that day) in the lake, also because there is a jeep ride waiting for you. The driver takes you up this steep hill in an open jeep for a Safari. The jeep goes real fast and makes you feel as if you are in an amusement park. The whole excitement is in the fear when the jeep makes those sharp turns. This should not be missed at any cost. This whole experience makes Carmilia Haven a very different kind of hotel to stay in. I would have given it 5 on 5 had we probably got a better room....maybe a cave room or a tree house?? Nonetheless I LOVED it big time!!! ! The food is also pretty decent.
Don't miss it just because of the distance from city center

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Property: Carmelia Haven
Address: Vandanmedu | Idukki District, Thekkady 685551, India
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 87 Speciality Lodging in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Carmelia Haven 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
55 acres of lush green spice-plantation with lots of activities for all age groups. You can have the feel of luxury tree houses or cave-room. Unmatchable ambiance and top-notch hospitality . ... more   less 
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