I recently had my wedding on Kerala's backwaters and chose Emerald Isle Heritage Villa as the main residence for some key members of the bridal party - including my bridesmaids.
For some of these guests it was their first time to India, and to Kerala, so I wanted to ensure they stayed somewhere beautiful, reflective of the area, and most importantly, would look after them well.
The service offered by Mr. Vinod Job, his brother Vijoy, and their family was wonderful from the outset. They kept in regular email contact with me ahead of the arrival dates to ensure there were no problems.
They arranged and oversaw transport to and from the airport, and to and from various events relating to the wedding, and the wedding itself, over four days with no problem at all.
The house itself is beautiful, authentic, and brimming with history - just ask. It is set on the water and offers a genuine taste of village life on the backwaters. The rooms are finished to a high standard, and the wonderful outside bathrooms are a real treat. For those wanting a hint of luxury Emerald Isle offers excellent beauty treatments.
The food is lush, and the service is exceptional. They really will try and make your time with them perfect.
But the thing that sets this place apart is that they are genuinely - and rightly - proud of their heritage, the idyllic location, and the backwaters - and will do whatever it takes to show guests the best of it.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Emerald Isle - The Heritage Villa Hotel Alappuzha
- Emerald Isle - The Heritage Villa Kerala, India