We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“one bad surprise after another” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paradise Gardens Beach Resort & Ayurveda

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Paradise Gardens Beach Resort & Ayurveda
Biot, France
Level Contributor
34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“one bad surprise after another”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

Where to start...
We are a family with two kids (7 and 4) who live in South Asia for many years, so we are not naive on expectations. We spent 4 nights at paradise garden beach early april 2012. There are 2 villas on site plus a third which was never completed and is now turning to a ruin (ugly spot right in front of you) . It won't be long before the 2 left standing join in , considering the negligence prevailing there.
Next to the "resort" are local houses with cows, chicken, and dumping sites all around.
So forget the sense of wild and nature... Dirty farming at best.
If you go down to the beach , there you are on for a first big disapointment. The sea is unsuitable for swimming , even for adults. There must be a season for swimming but it will have to be your lucky day to meet it. The spot on the beach where is served the breakfast happens to be a favourite place for locals to dump bowels nearby. So I let you imagine the smell of roten flesh in the heat next to your sun deck. The management found a way around by hanging flowers to "neutralize it.." After first telling us that this was the smell of mussels coming with the breeze... (not even joking) Until we showed some of the stuff. (not removed though)
So if we can't swim and can't enjoy the beach "chill out", what about the food then ?
We live in India, and lived before in Nepal, for many years so we are aware of the wonders of indian food. The food was so tasteless that we ended eating Mashed potatoes and grilled chicken as the only tasty food. What an irony when we should have enjoyed the wonderful Kerala seafood...
We found as a plan B a luxury resort next door, where we managed to eat for the same price , but ten times better food. The food is a rip off at paradise gardens, and worth little !
So what is left then ?
the guy who takes care of the guests , named haree, asked us money for helping his family about 30 mn after we met. I kindly explained him that this might not be the right attitude to have with guests. While showing initiative to ask for money, he did not show the slightest interest to his task. He looked miserable, made us feel miserable, and told me he was making only 300 Rs a day, which dragged him down. Considering the price we were charged (200 euros/night), I wondered what kind of manager we were dealing with..
In the meantime , we told Haree we had flees in all beds sheets, that we did not enjoy much the plastic bottles brought by the sea and surrounding us at breakfast (just a matter of 1 minute in the morning to clean the beach spot of the villa but never ever done). etc etc
It did not make any difference.
To summ up, one shortcoming after another. Still, during all this time we kept very quiet and never aired our frustrations, except with Haree who could not care less. We did not want to be a pain in the neck, but in fact we should have.The proof? the only time we contacted the manager through Haree was to ask to confirm our departure time with Air India as they intend to change schedules at the last minute.
As there is no phone signal at the "resort" you have to relay on somebody outside to reach out.
I had given all details of our flight for the confirmation.
The answer came back that our flight had been changed to a later time.
Ok.
As we used the resort taxi, we first got dropped to the wrong terminal, while I had clearly stated twice which terminal we should go. Then we found out that our flight was leaving as planned, and that the manager had told us nonsense. We checked in as the flight was departing. It was a matter of minutes and we would have been stranded with two small kids because of carelessness and incompetence, and looking back at this last mishap I wish I had given hardtime to the manager.
So , in a nutshell, the place is a rip off, mix of negligence, carelessness, and very high price.
I never wrote a comment on trip advisor before, but this time, I had to do it .

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
9 Thank doumefer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

27 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    21
    3
    2
    0
    1
See reviews for
13
11
1
1
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (5)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

We didn't really know what to expect and on arrival we were all overwhelmed by what an idyllic place it was. The location is stunning and unique- I honestly have never stayed anywhere as pretty. I understand that there are four accommodations there with one under construction. Whilst we were there we were the only guests and stayed in what I suspect was the most special of these accommodations (I use this word as I don't know how to better name them- they are far from beach huts, but villa wouldn't be appropriate either). Ours was best described as a miniature castle- stone building with a grand entrance and stunning living space, very grand double bedroom upstairs (with huge arched windows overlooking the beach that have no glass so the sea is very loud) and a smaller, simpler twin bedroom downstairs (which has doors and windows if you want to feel more enclosed!). We were served all our meals by Hari (who made sure that everything was perfect for us throughout our stay), either at the house or on the beach, and the food was some of the best we had in Kerala. As we were the only guests we had the beach pretty much to ourselves, but given the beaches length it wouldn't feel crowded with more.
This was a really special place, with lots of personal touches. You feel very well looked after here, if a little dependent (as it is so isolated we did tend to rely on the staff for pretty much everything). This is the price you pay for being away from the crowds and mass tourism of Kovalum and Varkala- the rest of the world feels a very long way away. (There is a fancy hotel next door and we tried the restaurant there one evening,the food was ok, but did not compare to what we got at paradise gardens, and also tried out the spa which was expensive, but very good).
Although as three friends staying there we had one of the most amazing holidays of our lives', I think Paradise Gardens would be the ideal honeymoon location- you can just stay in paradise and be looked after we really didn't want to leave.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank anna l
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hyderabad, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2011

We had a short but remarkable holiday at Paradise Gardens in southern Kerala. The peaceful place and the lyric setting of the villa where we stayed is unique. Also the interior design is artistic and overarching, very elegant.
The reason to book a house at PG was that we looked for a quiet and individual place which we could share with our father in law whom we invited to celebrate his 80th birthday with us. We read about the individual service on offer and we found exactly what we expected. All our wishes got fulfilled without compromising and the team of staff arranged our little beach party just after midnight as it would be daily routine and the next evening we could enjoy a private carnatic dance performance in the lounge of our beach villa. In fact we stayed 3 days continually and if we did not have to catch our flight back home we would still enjoy being pampered with delicious food and forget about the rest of the world.
The whole ambiance and the team appears understated but it actually has real substance which makes this place so special.
We wish and we are sure that Paradise Gardens remains that little Paradise, we will be back soon to refresh our mind and we highly recommend this place as a perfect getaway for all who really like to get away from crowd and noise and overrated hype.
Thanks to the PG team and keep it up!
Sunil & Kavita

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank kavihyd
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Annemasse, France
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2011

Paradise Gardens is just a Paradise as the name said. The beach is not crowded like in Kovalam and really clean.
We were in the big villa with no windows. It was a nice experience : you can ear the sea, have a nice cooling breeze and we ca ear the sound of the jungle under our mosquito net. The bed was king size and really comfortable ( not easy to find a good mattress in India).
And the gorgeous thing is that you can have lunch and diner on the terrasse next to the sea.
The staff was really helpful. We have to walk 200m from the last stop of a car to the hotel, they are always carried our luggage.
You can ask them a lot of things like arrangement for a taxi or change money, they are always trying to make you happy with a smile.
We will remember Sreekumar and Harry as a nice persons. Thanks to Sreekumar to bring us at the airport at 2.ooAm.....
Stay like that....
thank you.
Val and Anto ( french girls)

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Val S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Dubai
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2010

I just discovered PG recently and found my Paradise.
Very stunning location, the villas for rent are fabulous, very great food, helpful and friendly service, very clean, i have no words to write about the dream beach - in fact i had the whole beach for myself on all days.
I just hope the place will remain so quiet and unspoilt.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank tomsmithdbx
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2010

What a good luck that we found such a special place for our holidays this year. It is very rare to stay so close to the sea and have that much perfection on one spot.

The beach is fantastic, the villa we stayed in is really incredible regarding design and setting, the service was very attentive - a great team of staff and excellent food.

We got a huge discount because we booked early and paid long before we arrived and even the regular rates are so reasonable compared to other resorts nearby.

The place is very quiet, in fact the only quiet place we found in Kerala so far, a place to relax but not to be seen - we were the only tourists on the whole beach for days. And it was our first time to have a butler and chef at our hand the whole time and all that without any extra charges.

We will definitely return one day and can recommend Paradise Gardens to all who seek something very special.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank k-schramm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
New Delhi
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2010

We just returned from our dreamlike honeymoon. Paradise Gardens with its very helpful staff and owners left none of our wishes unfulfilled and we surely were no easy guests. What speaks very much for this place is the highly individual service - whatever we requested we did not have to wait for and most of the time the staff, Hari and Alex, came up with the same suggestion before we could let them know, they seemed to read our minds which means that they know very well how to treat their guests.
The beach villa we stayed in is outstanding regarding to design and setting. First we were shocked because we expected AC and found that the building is designed in an open way - we both grew up in the concrete jungle of Delhi and AC is wherever we go. But the first night exposed to the gentle breeze and the sounds of breaking waves and the distant sounds of frogs, insects and birds was truly out of this world and we realised what we would miss while sleeping in a closed up AC room and locked away from the wonderful garden and seashore. While we stayed the monsoon started with thunderstorms, heavy rain and a unusual roaring sea and we found our self in the middle of the night in our king size bed, exposed to all this but safe and joyous like little kids amazed about nature's fury. Another picture which will always be in mind are the calm mornings when we looked right from the bed through the double arch into a tree where humming birds flew among the large purple flowers and below overlooking the garden with the gentle waves on the sea shore
We both travel often and worldwide but could not imagine that our little honeymoon in Kerala would give us a totally new view not only on travelling but on life as whole. I noted down a line printed in the menu card which i quote here: "Please notice that we avoid strictly gen manipulated foods, artificial food additives, the use of a microwave oven, processed food products, and products from large international corporations. Such products we only use and provide on request."
Our stay made us aware of environmental issues and about the food we used to eat and what we are going to change about it.
The food served to us we can not praise enough, whatever we ordered was very tasty and lovingly arranged. The menu card offers more than we could try out and we chose mostly seafood, sometimes directly from a fisherman who showed us his daily catch.
We can recommend this little paradise to everyone who looks for a calm and natural place with much privacy. There are for sure no beach parties and one will rarely come across tourists, in fact we did not see any other tourist there the whole time we stayed.

Priya and Hemant

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank priyavdelhi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
9.8 mi away
Vivanta by Taj - Trivandrum
Vivanta by Taj - Trivandrum
#3 of 90 in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
4.5 of 5 bubbles 852 reviews
2.7 mi away
Amrutham
Amrutham
#10 of 51 in Kovalam
4.5 of 5 bubbles 71 reviews
10.2 mi away
Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum
Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum
#2 of 90 in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
4.5 of 5 bubbles 603 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
19.1 mi away
Palmleaves Beach Resort
Palmleaves Beach Resort
#36 of 90 in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
4.0 of 5 bubbles 247 reviews
5.4 mi away
Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort
Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort
#18 of 90 in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
4.0 of 5 bubbles 269 reviews
0.2 mi away
Bethsaida Hermitage
Bethsaida Hermitage
#9 of 51 in Kovalam
4.5 of 5 bubbles 392 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Paradise Gardens Beach Resort & Ayurveda? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Paradise Gardens Beach Resort & Ayurveda

Property: Paradise Gardens Beach Resort & Ayurveda
Address: Karikathikuzhi Beach | Mulloor Thottam, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 695521, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paradise Gardens offers single buildings which show an exceptional interaction with the surrounding nature. Comprising a suite, all villas at our resort are particularly designed and unique in style. All rooms offer sea view and overlook a private lush tropical garden. A perfect exclusive beach holiday can be combined with Ayurveda cures and treatments of highest quality. We offer a personal chef and waiter as our standard. We invite you to experience our truly individual service in a homelike atmosphere with a maximum of privacy, comfort and private space. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Paradise Gardens Beach Resort & Ayurveda reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Paradise Gardens Beach Resort And Ayurveda
Paradise Gardens Beach Resort & Ayurveda Hotel Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Paradise Gardens Beach Resort & Ayurveda Kerala, India

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing