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Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Kollam
Certificate of Excellence
Chennai (Madras), India
Level 5 Contributor
29 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Excellent place for a silent vacation”
Reviewed 5 January 2013

My idea for this vacation was to have a peaceful vacation and couldn't ask for anything more from Fragrant nature.

The property is well placed by a beautiful lake and our cottage was few metres from the lake. We enjoyed morning & evening coffee by the beautiful sit out watching the birds & the fishermen in their small boats. The cottage had a separate living room & a bed room - nice & spacious. Can really think of fisherman's cove in terms of facilities available in the cottage - ACs in both the rooms, nice couches, a nice little dining table, LCD, Rain shower, mini bar, sit out & a DVD player on request - which we used on all 4 days :-)

The property had a nice deep swimming pool, a kids pool & a jaccuzi by the pool, which took care of a my expectation - a nice silent vacation. A massive fitness centre but with just couple of basic equipments, Table tennis, Carrom board & chess can hanlde a short stay for a small crowd.

Food was excellent with a good variety of main course in the buffet spread. Nothing to complain about food as they also did customize couple of items for our 7 y old son (less spicy chicken). More varieties in desserts could have made it awesome.

Staff service - By far, the best in class in terms of service in all my experience. Every staff greets you anytime during the day when you bump into one. It was raining all of a sudden one evening on the way back to our cottage & we were standing in the garden under a small shade. In couple of minutes, a house keeping chap walked down quickly to us with umbrellas from nowhere. That's well thought. The service aspect was visible everwhere including a prompt pickup from the railway station early in the morning and with all adhoc requests.

Do not expect any fun activities to be arranged inside the resort. They do arrange for local site seeing, boating by the lake ,etc. But if you want to be on your own & plan things yourself, this is the best place.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 16 January 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying with us and posting this valuable comments about Fragrant Nature.We are very much delighted to know that your stay was up-to your expectations.
We do hope to have you stay with us again the next time when you are in Gods Own Country.

Thanks & Regards

Sajeesh. Kurup
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Riverhead, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2013

My wife, 5 year old daughter, my parents and I spent an extremely enjoyable week at Fragrant Nature last July. This being the slow season, we got an excellent deal and had the resort pretty much to ourselves--my brother and his teenage daughters joined us towards the end of our stay, so it was truly a "family" resort :-)
The food and accommodation were outstanding and the staff was attuned to every request of ours. The grounds are beautifully manicured, and secluded with fabulous views of the coconut palm lined backwaters. The pool provided many hours of fun play for our daughter. Our only regret was that there were no other kids her age--not the resorts fault, a situation I am sure is very different in the high season. I would strongly recommend this resort to families that want a quiet relaxing vacation with good food and beautiful surroundings. The only drawback was the "spa" whose offerings I felt were rather limited.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 4 January 2013
Dear Guest,

It was a pleasure having you as our guest and thank you for recommending Fragrant nature as a perfect destination for holidaymakers.We are glad to know that you have thoroughly enjoyed our ambiance , the food and the staff quality.We hope you have taken back some fond memories back home and we look forward to welcome you back the next time when you visit Kerala.

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Sajeesh.Kurup
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

This was my first time to Southern India and this resort was a gem. From the warm welcome to the superb service by hospitality, housekeeping and general staff, I can not fault Fragrant Natural. I would recommend this hotel to any guests as the room size was great for couples, or families and the outlook is idea for a getaway anytime.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 4 January 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for this Wonderful review.It was truly a pleasure to have you as our guests.We are very much delighted to know that you are satisfied with our services.Hope you have taken back some fond memories to cherish.Looking forward to host you on your next visit to Kerala.

Thanks & Regards

Sajeesh.Kurup
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Black Isle
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

The four of us stayed here for 2 nights in November 2012. We were picked up promptly from Kollam Railway Station and taken direct to Fragrant Nature. We chose this place as it happened to have a pool and a touch of luxury.
This place is an hotel, plain and simple. There is very little to do other than swim and eat. They arranged 2 short visits to a Coir and Cashew factory. The trip around the lake in their boat proved that the lake is artificial, man made. Around its periphery are similar resorts.
The pool was superb as was the friendly service but the whole place was rather sterile and cold; we had far better times in the home stays and they were a fraction of the price. If you like the hotel environment then this place is for you. If you want a more authentic and personal experience we advise that you stick to home stays.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank DaveandLizScotland
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 13 December 2012
Dear Guest,

It was our pleasure to have you as our guest at Fragrant Nature!

we are glad that you did have a comfortable stay with us.

We as an Eco -friendly resort, do take great effort to keep our resort and services as authentic and yet as comfortable as possible. And we are very glad to say that our guests have almost always been very happy with all that fragrant nature provides. We are not a home stay, and yes, home stays do have a very different concept and experience ,the reason why home stays are kept simple and authentic and definitely very economical to maintain. The same of course never applies to a resort with much more rooms , facilities, large number of staff and a whole lot of other related services that go to run a resort well. We hope that you do understand the difference in the experience as well as the pricing.

Fragrant nature does have a lot of activities that keep you very connected to the natural surroundings as well as gives you a feel of the life of the local people and the community as a whole. If you do go to the website you can see the list of such activities and we assure you that they are all very special and very well appreciated by all those who have experienced them.We have Kept a information folder in every room where you get an information of around 22 activities which Fragrant Nature Provide.Hope you have not gone through that.

We would also like to clear your confusion about the lake being’ artificial ‘or ‘man made’

The lake surrounding Fragrant Nature is a natural lake which is an extension of the well know Parvur lake and is called “ MALA KAYAL” . ‘Kayal’ means lake in Malayalam, our local language, and ‘mala’ is the name of the fish that is found in abundance in this lake. If you do google on the list of lakes in kerala,you will find ‘Mala Kayal’ as one of them, Kerala being a land known for its famous backwater lakes and experiences!

We do hope to have you stay with us again and experience the things you couldn’t do this time. We assure you you will not be disappointed, as each place and experience has its own authenticity and feel.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a great new year ahead!

Thanks & Regards

Sajeesh.Kurup
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2012

This resort was fabulous and the staff were very attentive and caring. I would wholeheartedly recommend a trip to Vakarla Beach and spend the day there but avoid the shopping trip. We also made the most of the local boat trips at the resort which were amazing!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank dellywhu
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 13 December 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Fragrant Nature as you holiday destination.It was truly a pleasure to have you as our guests.We are very much delighted to know that you had a memorable stay with us.We the Fragrant Nature Team earnestly thank you for this wonderful review and look forward to welcome you back on your next trip to Kerala.

Thanks & Regards

Sajeesh.Kurup
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Woongarrah, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2012

My husband and I stayed at Fragrant Nature near Kerela in October. We booked for a week and wished we could have stayed longer. The room was a good size and had a great view over the lake. Theere is a lovely swimming pool. The food was more varied than we had expected, delicious and original dishes very day, we did not have the same meal twice. The entertainments, including a cruise on the lake, were an unexpected treat. The most significant part of our stay was the attentiveness and friendliness of all the staff, nothing was too much trouble. We felt as if we were part of an extended Indian family. It was a great stay, and we are looking forward to a return visit. Our only very small issue was the limited English language TV viewing, not a big deal, but would have been nice to see the odd movie.

Room Tip: All rooms have a view. We did not stay in a cabin, but they looked very nice with their own gardens.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bewkie
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 20 December 2012
Dear Guest,

It was a pleasure to have you as our guest.Thank you for opting Fragrant Nature as your holiday destination and for the wonderful review posted in this public forum.It gives us immense happiness to know that your stay was up-to your expectations. We really look forward to welcome you back the next time when you visit Kerala.

Regards

Sajeesh.Kurup
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corfu
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Reviewed 8 December 2012

My wife & I despite 35 years of marriage took the honeymoon cottage, it was expensive, but excellent. Stunning views excellent service great food, morning yoga by the lake, we look forward to going back. The only downside is that Kerala electricity is switched off several times a day. The hotel has generators that switch on automatically, but the satellite decoder takes ages to reset itself.

Room Tip: Go for the honeymoon cottage, it has a private pool
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank 3toby
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 4 January 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for opting Fragrant Nature as your Holiday destination.We sincerely extend our gratitude for posting such a positive review in this public forum.It gives us immense happiness to know that your stay was up-to your expectations.We have contacted the service provider for the satellite decoder and will certainly sort it out shortly.Hope you will not be facing such a problem on your next visit.

Thanks & Regards

Sajeesh.Kurup
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Property: Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa
Address: CP11/709 Nedungolam P.O, | Paravur, Kollam 691334, India (Formerly Fragrant Nature Hotels & Resorts - Kollam)
Region: India > Kerala > Kollam District > Kollam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach 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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Kollam
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kollam
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kollam
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kollam
#3 Spa Hotel in Kollam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fragrant Nature is an exclusive 4 star Luxury Lakeside Resort offering the ultimate in relaxation and seclusion from the hustle and bustle of city life. The natural rural village setting of this Luxury hideaway, gives you the chance to see and experience the authentic Keralean way of life. The Resort is also well located for travelling and exploring the excitingly diverse wildlife, geography and rich culture of Kerala. Price range(per night) : £85 to £315Breakfast is free of charge. ... more   less 
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