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Paradisa Plantation Retreat  Price Band:   £51-100 per room / villa per night
Paradisa Plantation Retreat
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‘Getaway’ holiday destinations do not come much more ‘away’ than this retreat, set in a once neglected coffee plantation high in the Cardamom Hills. Without disturbing the natural contours, the site has been developed to include 16 cottages, many of them reconstructed traditional Keralan dwellings complete with their ancient pillars, carved doors and terracotta tiled roofs. They are joined to the main reception and dining areas and to each other by a myriad of stone pathways and steps. Small children, or those not too sure footed, might find these a problem.

 11 double rooms in traditional bungalows are dotted about the property, their simple construction set off by impressive pillared doorways. Inside, the warm, teak panelled walls and ceilings, pristine white linen on large beds and pretty paintings and wall hangings create a very restful ambiance, though quite gloomy.

The round, open sided, thatched restaurant is the setting for delicious home cooked, probably home grown food and the views around are spectacular from September to April, (not so good through a heavy monsoon, June – September). Between meals you can snack by the attractive, foot shaped swimming pool which sits on a plateau, seemingly in a world of its own.

Whether you have come to restore the inner self through the excellent Ayurvedic therapies or yoga courses, walk off the extra pounds by trekking the hills and exploring the nearby spice, coffee and tea plantations or to simply ‘chill’ away from the world, you will find piece of mind here.

Highs Lows
  • The spectacular setting and panoramic views.¬†
     
  • The sense of peace and ‚Äėoneness‚Äô with nature.¬†
     
  • Friendly, helpful staff.¬†
     
  • Ideally located for Periyar National Park
     
  • Excelent local cuisine
  • Isolated, so you need to be self sufficient.¬†
     
  • Not very child-friendly ‚Äď few amusements¬†other than kite flying
     
  • Steep, rocky paths.
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