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“Serenestay at Alleppey” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Palmgrove Lake Resort
Ranked #17 of 67 Hotels in Alappuzha
Certificate of Excellence
Visakhapatnam, India
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Serenestay at Alleppey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

The resort is over a large area yet maintained very well....variety of flowers and vegetables planted all around.

USP is the location...bang on the backwaters, yet very close to the town. The rooms are very comfortable and balconies opening to the backwaters. Whole day you will find Houseboats and Shikaras traveling on the water, which is teh main route for the famous Nehru Boat Race.

The owners (Mr and Mrs Philip Baraham) are true gentlemen and taken personal note of all the visitors. The caretakes (Mr. Ben and Mr. Uday) are great guys, particularly Uday cooks fantastic Keralian food, especially non-veg. They also extend personal helps, beyond their regular services.

The resort also has a private jetty and we boarded our Houseboat from the same...very convenient.

Overall, it was a stay to remember

Room Tip: Take any room, all are facing backwaters. However, the suite rooms are bigger and closer to the wate...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Iman G
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philipabraham, Owner at Palmgrove Lake Resort, responded to this review, 21 November 2013
Iman,

Glad to hear that you had a good time at Palmgrove Lake resort. I will pass your note of appreciation to Ben and Uday.

Hope to see you soon.

Kind regards
Abraham Philip
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

The place itself is ok with basic cottages in a nice location by the water, however they were not particularly clean and probably a little expensive for what they are, although the price is negotiable like everything in India.
My main gripe, and I do accept some responsibility for not organising myself, is their choice of houseboat and tour. The boat was filthy with a menagerie of critters to keep you company from cockroaches and rats to mosquitoes and spiders. Is it too much to ask for a mossie net? The trip itself was nothing short of a sham. We pootled for an hour moored up for two then pootled for another hour before mooring up for 15 hours overnight, unbeknownst to us, 2 mins chug from palm grove resort.
Given we were in a huge convoy for the most part I suspect this is what happens to the majority of all houseboat trips but I for one felt utterly ripped off and unsatisfied with the whole experience.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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philipabraham, Owner at Palmgrove Lake Resort, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
We deeply apologise for the condition of the houseboat. This is our first such instance and we enquired with our houseboat agent. He said that the houseboat booked for you had a breakdown and due to high demand during that period, this was the only houseboat he could arrange. This is not an excuse and we have changed our houseboat agent after this occurrence. We once again apologise for the inconvenience caused.
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Surrey, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

We went to this place off the back of a recommendation from a couple we bumped into in a local restaurant in Allepey and are so glad we did. A real gem hidden in tranquil backwaters. Perfect location and a great place to chillout, take stock and put life into perspective. Rooms fairly basic but more than adequate. Our terrace opened out onto a narrow backwater and it was so relaxing just sitting watching all the boats go by. Joseph the manager was an absolute gentlemen who couldn't do enough for us and he made us feel so very welcome. A big thank you to Joseph for his kindness and wisdom, and to his lovely team as well.

Room Tip: The last but one room on the far right of reception (when facing the water). Awesome.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RHorton
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Trivandrum, Kerala, India
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

In a holiday,to refresh our mind,Palm Grove Lake Resort is a nice option to spent with.The resort captures the entire beauty of Punnamda Lake and its house boats.By sitting infront of our cottage,we could see lot of houseboats passing,even at night.In this resort they provide boat as well as shikara services with affordable rate.They provide awesome Alappy Lake food.The staff and the guide,who accompanied in our shikara trip was very helpful.Overall it was a great trip.......

Regards
Sreejith & Rekha

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SreejithandRekha
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

The resort is beautifully located right in front of the lake with houseboats passing by every now and then. The staff is very friendly and the rooms are also very spacious. You can do boat trips for great value/money ratio. We went for a boating for 3 hours and saw the best visuals of Kerala. In the end we were so happy and had a great time ! Its a family run resort and you will definitely come again if you get a chance..

Regards

Rahul M Nair
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Room Tip: Make sure you select the lake facing cottages to get the maximum from the beauty of nature.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RahulMNair
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013 via mobile

My cottage faced the lake and I simply drank in the view! Most amazing view. The staff is generous and so helpful that we felt pampered and spoiled. Food was typical Kerala fare but delicious. Overall superb!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sangita S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

In the middle of palm trees with a nice view on the backwaters. Delicious keralan food and the possibilities for boat trips and Aryuvedamassage. Good english skills and nice, helpfull service. We felt welcomed since the arrivingmoment.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Palmgrove Lake Resort
Address: N T Ward | Punnamada, Alappuzha 688006, India
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Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palmgrove resort is an elegant holiday resort situated in acres of natural greeneries and is on the banks of the beautiful Punnamada lake. The resort offer complete privacy and peaceful atmosphere and is free from air and sound pollution. The resort is really a wonderful paradise and an home far away from your home, of course with homely and tasty food. ... more   less 
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