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“A lovely spot on the backwaters”

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Emerald Isle - The Heritage Villa
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“A lovely spot on the backwaters”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Stayed here for our final 2 nights in India....on a cycling tour with Kalypso Adventures. We arrived on bike, but many people arrive by boat....the main road is not far from the other side of the river.
The house is a traditional wooden Indian villa...lovely dark wooden walls and interiors. There is a lovely garden with hammocks in the back garden, overlooking paddy fields. The rooms are well air conditioned....and need to be because it can be pretty hot & humid here. The dining area is alfresco....but thoughtfully netted off....so no insects to bother about. The food was wonderful, and the staff attentive.
The river is at the foot of the front garden, and it is very easy to wander round the canals and say hi to the local people. There is a temple just a nice walk away.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

It was an nice experience arriving at the Emerald Isle via their country boat. It makes u forget your stressfull city life and u get to start enjoying the true village life.

The Heritage Villa is an luxury accommodation amongst the natural surroundings & village life. It is surrounded by river on the front side and green paddy fields at the rear.

The rooms are excellent, the bathrooms are unique-open to air showers, the food is excellent and the service is prompt .

The property is quite big, one can walk around, lie on the hammock, or walk along the river or u can take a cycle ride

The Hosts Mr Vinod & Mrs Lismy are hospitable and very caring, making sure our stay was as comfortable as possible.

The cultural evenings is quite colourful.

Looking back to stay at this place again!!!!!

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Hemanth Gogia

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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san antonio
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Had a great time when i visited this place a few yrs ago and hence decided to stay during my recent trip. The place now looks even better and better amenities and choices of activities are also more. Or if one want to (like me) lie on a hammock and enjoy the tranquility.
The food remain outstanding and offered a good variety of kerala cuisines. Sunset is beautiful and the netted dinner area is a real magical.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

We arrived via river taxi to the sleepy homestay. It is a beautifully kept house and grounds on an island in the backwaters. The family who run it are lovely and the guests interesting to a fault.

Take the time to visit the rest of the island, on the provided bikes and get out on the backwaters in the canoe. You have to take the boatman with you but if you make it clear you want to paddle it is a much less weird experience.

The mosquitos came out for half an hour in the evening when it a very good idea to retire to your room. After that time you dine with the other guests and the owners under a gazeebo in front of the house.

Room Tip: The cottage is great as it is set apart from the rest of the buildings and has a hammock out the bac...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

Emerald Isle is right on the backwaters and you are collected from your car by boat and taken across. We had the little cottage which is very private, has an outside shower and its own garden. We would recommend getting the cottage if you can. The brothers who run the place are very nice and we had some long chats with them. Sam and Tom who work there looked after us very well.

We took the evening boat ride up the narrow canals, only cost £1 each. We helped row and saw lots of people coming home from work and school. The bird life is incredible. It is a very relaxing way to spend the evening.

Meals are taken with other guests and we met some very nice people. The food is very good and reasonable if you are not on full board. We booked independently rather than through a travel agent.

We took a trip into Alleppy but would have preferred just to laze around at Emerald Isle as it was very hot. We were so glad we chose to stay here as there is air conditioning in the room which is very necessary if you are not used to the heat.

There is a lady, Sonia, who comes to do massage, pedicure etc. She is very nice and did a very good facial and massage for me.

We would recommend choosing Emerald Isle for your trip to the backwaters, be sure to request the cottage.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Cleanliness – As you’d expect from a good hotel (5)
Fixtures/fittings – high class finish. open air bathroom – nice touch (5)
Proximity to attractions – on an island, but away from allepy town but great to get away from it all(4)
Food – good portion size and delicious traditional dishes (5)
Wifi/Facilities -Wifi only around the main area, lots of power cuts but backup generator provided which enabled room to be cooled via ceiling fan (4)
Staff – very helpful particularly the food server who brought me cups of tea in the afternoon (5)
Total Score - 28/30

Room Tip: An intimate hotel (more like an upmarket home stay) of only 6 rooms. In the heart of the back water...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

This lovely piece of paradise we called home for two nights. The room was brilliant, cool and inviting. The outside shower/bathroom is ideal for the humid weather conditions. After being ferried across the river by Tom, who was to be our ever present guardian, we were given a refreshing,chilled nutmeg drink. Not long after we were greeted by Vinod (owner) who thoroughly explained the heritage of the home and the family connections then proceeded to show us around this serene property. The meals were a lovely surprise at each sitting with the cook and Tom explaining each dish to us. They were of exceptional taste and variety. My wife enjoyed her cooking class which was more of a demonstration than class although each step was explained thoroughly. We enjoyed our walk around Alappuzha and met some wonderful locals with their always smiling faces. This was the ideal place to relax and replenish ourselves for our ongoing
journey. Many thanks to Vinod and his wonderful staff for a warm and wonderful stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Emerald Isle - The Heritage Villa
Address: Manimalathara | Chathurthiakary, Alappuzha 688511, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 154 Speciality Lodging in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the beautiful waterways and backwaters of the Kuttanad region of Central Kerala lies Emerald Isle, an exotic haven of tranquility, seemingly remote from city life, yet barely 10 kilometers from Alleppey Town. Tucked away on this delightful island lies the Emerald Isle Heritage Villa, an ancestral Country House set in 9 acres of secluded grounds – your Retreat into a Paradise of Peace. Emerald Isle Heritage Home is situated in an island resplendent with exotic flora, breathtaking flowers, myriad birds and butterflies to make for a memorable holiday, affordable and unforgettable. A truly wonderful way to spend your time on the banks of the backwaters of Kerala! Our house, dating back 150 years, retains its original architectural features, mostly in teak, with splendid wood carvings. There is also a fine Ara, the timber storeroom used in former times for the golden harvest of rice – golden because the island’s lush green paddy fields turn gold at the time of the harvest. Our property stretches across 9 acres including lush green paddy fields and fish ponds. All meals are served in dining room. Please ask us if you want to have any special facilities like Ayurvedic treatments or houseboat rides. Emerald Isle is ideal for those wanting to relax, sun themselves or getting away from it all. The tranquil air here is salve to frayed nerves and everyday tensions. Read a book or taste the locally harvested ’toddy’ fresh from the coconut trees ! When you tire of lazing in a hammock, or sunbathing in the courtyard garden, you can take a walk around the island, go fishing or have a swim. Emerald Isle Heritage Villa offers peace, privacy and pure relaxation. There are only 5 rooms (All Air-conditioned) for guests and each has its own en-suite Open-Shower bathroom with all modern facilities. The en-suite bathrooms have been tastefully done and open to the sky above to give you a feel of being truly closer to nature at Emerald Isle! ... more   less 
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