Being a part of most Kerala itineraries, Thekkady but obviously is dotted with many hotels that mainly concentrate towards the Kumily town and hence when you navigate off the main road to arrive at a tranquil retreat enveloped in wilderness you realize that one couldn’t have asked for a better base to explore this district. Basking on the fringes of a flourishing cardamom plantation, six intimate and chic guest cottages horseshoe the upper reaches of a small hill overlooking the entrance and the main house below. The cottages include all creature comforts with many en-suite highlights like an open to sky bathroom, a walk in wardrobe, sit-outs with views of the plantation and forests. The rooms are compact but the floor to ceiling windows allow a feeling of air and freshness to seep in.
The retreat, modern and elegantly designed is a typical plantation structure and it is pleasing to see how every now and then the use of a few traditional and local design elements have been woven into the decor. Offering a superb multi-cuisine gourmet restaurant, a bar, a library, a small yet pampering spa, options for private dinners, guided jungle walks, plantation visits and cooking classes this makes for a perfect stay-in rejuvenating stay that can also be inter-spaced with the various attractions that Thekkady has to offer. Equally popular with foreign guests, expats and locals seeking a weekend escape, Cardamom club is perfect as a family getaway as well. A special mention of impeccably friendly and thoughtful service that is extended by the young and enthusiastic staff here who make every stay here a private and RARE experience .