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“Getting away from it all” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa

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Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa
Ranked #3 of 22 Hotels in Kollam
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51 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Getting away from it all”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

We reached Fragrant Nature from Kollam via increasingly narrow country lanes, and when we arrived wondered how, in this remote resort on the edge of a lake, we would be able to occupy ourselves for five days. But we need not have worried - trips on the lake on the hotel boat, a visit to nearby Varkala beach and a self-devised tour of neighbouring brickworks filled our days (the hotel can organise a variety of other trips on request), while early evenings were spent watching the birds and the sunset across the lake. This is definitely a place to go if you want to get away from it all - it is very quiet (there were few guests apart from honeymoon couples when we were there), and the only noises come from the birds on the lake and the nearby temple. The hotel has a block of rooms and also, which are preferable, individual villas overlooking the lake. The food is very good (though north Indian more than Keralan) - a fixed price menu of 500 rupees for dinner was good value (though strangely did not include a vegetarian main course). The hotel does not have an alcohol licence. It is a rural place, not glamorous but very beautiful in its natural way. The staff could not have been more helpful, and made us a cake for our wedding anniversary.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 16 February 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying with us.It was truly a pleasure having you as our guests.We the fragrant Nature team extend our gratitude for posting this positive review in this public forum.
We are very much delighted to know that you stay was up-to your expectations.
I would like to inform you that we do have license to serve Beer & Wine in our resort and the option for vegetarian menu is also possible .
Looking forward to host you again on you next trip to Kerala "Gods Own Country".
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

I love this place. They were so kind to me I just can't fault the staff one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in for their helpfulness, friendliness and just all round dedication to making sure you have the best holiday.

The location is out of this world sublime...the perfect place to relax. Make sure you watch the sun go down from the coffee shop.

The food is fab ask for local kerelan dishes and ask if you can watch the chef prepare its great fun.

The grounds are immaculate. The pool area is just soooo lovely.

The spa treatment where you have oil dripped on your head made me go into a comma!

Everything about this place is fantastic.

I love the boat trip to see birds there were eagles, kites, herons, king fishers, lots more. You also get to see the local fishermen and villages on the way. Also loved the houseboat cruise.

They also organised a special memorial ceremony for me on the river for me for my mum as she didn't make the holiday sadly....but they made it just sooooo special for me I was over whelmed.

I just can't fault this place and want to go back right now!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 295424Amanda
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 8 February 2013
Dear Guest,

It was truly a pleasure to have you as our guest for three nights.We sincerely extend our gratitude for opting Fragrant Nature as your holiday destination and for posting this wonderful review about our property. We are very much delighted to know that you have thoroughly enjoyed all the facilities offered by us and we look forward to welcome you back on your next visit to Gods Own Country,Kerala.

Thanks & Regards

Sajeesh.Kurup
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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

Hi,
Me and my wife stayed at Fragrant Nature for 4 days from 6th jan 2012 till 9th and we had a great time.
1. clean and neat place
2. so calm and quiet.
3. the rooms and cottages are well placed with respect to the lake
4. amazing service by all the staffs
5. spa was really good

i found the honeymoon cottage the best of the lot with the view of the lake from the private pool is just awesome.
the food is slightly expensive when you compare with hotels but while considering this is a resort with a four star rating, its not over the top too

i would definetly want to go back again.

Room Tip: for couple i would recommend the honeymoon suit
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 8 February 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying with us and posting this valuable comment 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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kottayam
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013

I once stayed in this hotel with my family and found to be very good with good value for money. So once again I went this time along with my friends this time. It looked as if the administration has lost some interest. Cost was prohibitive. One dosa costed more than 200 rupees. Same with all other food. It is better for the hotel to prep up.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kunjettan
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 18 January 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying with Fragrant Nature for the second time.I have gone through your comments and would like to bring to your notice that we have not revised our menu rate for the last three years.I meant to say this because the menu price was the same as of your first visit .We are a Four star classified Resort and the Menu is priced as per that standard.

Thank you once again for staying with us and look forward to welcome you back.

Thanks & Regards

Sajeesh.Kurup
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013 via mobile

It has taken us more than 10 min to start this review because we dont know where to start. Our long awaited holiday turned out to be one of the greatest get aways we've had so far.
It started out with traditional Kerala welcome with a garland and coconut water refreshment after which we were directed to our room which completely took our breath away. Besides the 5star amenities, the balcony overlooked the serene lake, rows of coconut trees, the extremely well manicured lawns and more eye soothing greenery.
Our 1st day was taken up only by exploring the property which was acres of superbly well kept lawns and gardens and the amazing swimming pool which looks excellent at night as well. Another big plus point was the extremely polite, friendly and helpful staff who went out of their way to make our stay pleasant and comfortable.
As we were on a 7 day package, they chalked out an amazing itenary for us which included a traditional Kerala massage, a boat cruise, visit to varkhala beach, local industry, local home cooked food visit and visiting an elephant shelter.

They had different set menus each day for each meal which kept us guessing what mouthwatering dish was coming up next, and even if we wanted something to our liking they obliged us willingly. Room service was the best luxury, which we sometimes took undue advantage of because our room was loving us back.
It was my girlfriend's birthday during this holiday and I only had too mention it to the staff and they organised a 5 course candle light dinner on the docked boat with our very own butler, which was the highlight of the trip.
The home cooked meal was an experience in itself, from buying the food at the local market to the chopping and cooking and finally sitting down to a well deserved authentic Kerala meal served by the most hospitable people ever.
The visit to varkhala beach was an eye opener and an absolute must for all beach lovers.
The only negligible downside was the repetitive music that played in the restaurant. We had an overdose of 7 day flute music.

All in all it was the most memorable, relaxing, pleasant and comfortable holiday we've had so far and we would highly recommend it to any and everyone in need of shutting down the city life in you to kindle a calm and peaceful inner self.
We would definitely go there again simply for the beauty and hospitality of Fragrant Nature Resort! Love u guys.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 18 January 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for opting Fragrant Nature as your holiday destination.It was truly a pleasure having you as our guest .We the Fragrant Nature Team extend our sincere gratitude for posting such a wonderful review about our resort in this public forum ,which really make us proud and gives immense confidence to move forward.
The staff at fragrant nature really enjoyed the time they had spend with you and we look forward to host you on your next visit to Gods own country.

Thanks & Regards

Sajeeshkurup
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

Fragrant Nature is the perfect mix of peaceful retreat and visiting Kerala. Our recent week there was one of the most relaxing we've ever experienced. The staff are wonderful , unobtrusively friendly and calm. The service is superb and delivered with a sense of what will suit each individual guest. The large, well equipped rooms all have a view over the beautiful lake. The villas have a living area and are closer to the lake and pool. The restaurant has an open air top floor looking out onto the wildlife in the trees and through to the water.The food is very good with a large selection of both European and Indian dishes. We would recommend sampling the vegetarian menu. The resort has a compehensive spa with Ayurevedic treatments. We particularly enjoyed the excursions organised by the resort , again giving us a taste of Kerala. Thank you to all the staff . We would recommend this resort unreservedly and particularly as a gentle introduction to the delights of Southern India or a relaxing break in a hectic Indian tour.

Room Tip: upgrading to a villa was wonderful
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 18 January 2013
Dear Guest,

It is great feeling to read such a wonderful review and we earnestly thank you for posting such a positive review about Fragrant Nature.It was truly a pleasure having you as our guests .We are much delighted to know that you had wonderful holiday with us and have taken some fond memories back home.
Looking forward to have you with us again in near future.

Thanks & Regards

Sajeesh.Kurup
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Los Angeles, California
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61 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

The hotel itself is gorgeous and the setting on the backwaters is perfect. Grounds are kept impeccably landscaped. Couple of drawbacks: (1) Food is very mediocre and a disappointment for such a lovely place, not to mention the prices they charge. They are trying to do north Indian cuisine in S. India, which I fail to understand. The kitchen porter, Sharad, is a brilliant cook. He was our instructor in a local Kerala kitchen and all the food at the class was locally based and delicious. Surely they can replicate that in the restaurant kitchen. (2) These backwaters for some reason are very humid compared to the ones up north. There was virtually no breeze from them for the 3 days we were there in mid-November. The Ayurvedic massage is unbelievable. Pricier than outside but if you are strapped for time and can't get out of the resort, then it's absolutely worth it. If you can get a massage elsewhere in Kerala, then go ahead, but otherwise definitely try the spa here. Staff is service-oriented, rooms are kept clean. Sometimes you can hear party music at night. Didn't bother us but for sensitive types, this might be an issue.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sajeeshkurup, General Manager at Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, responded to this review, 18 January 2013
Dear Guest,

It was truly a pleasure to have you as our guest.I have noted your comments and would like to let you know the facts.
Menu - We usually depend on a multi cuisine menu in our restaurant,but the guest have total freedom to order the food of their choice and we do strive hard to full fill it if it is within our limit.We suggest the guest to place advance orders if they have any special requirements so that we get time to arrange it.
Breeze - This is a natural process .Usually we do have breeze but occasionally it happens due the the variations in climatic conditions.
Massage - The massage is not over priced as our resort is a four star classified resort and you will be charged the same in any other similar resorts.

Hope the above clarifies to a certain extend and we look forward to welcome you again at fragrant nature .

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
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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