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“Great place to relax”
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Spice Village
Ranked #6 of 43 Hotels in Thekkady
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69 reviews
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“Great place to relax”
Reviewed 14 May 2012

Great place for relaxation. Very interesting gardens as they contain hundreds of trees (all with their names beside them). Spacious rooms (some are like a small house). You don't need to do any tours as the Village itself is a calm retreat. Great Eco feel. Lovely shop with many quirky things that I didn't find elsewhere in India. Spectacular grey and black monkeys run through the trees at the Village and are fun to watch.

Room Tip: The rooms at the back of the property are quiet and spacious.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

The bungalows are lovely. We stayed for 2 nights in April in a suite which are the furthest from reception so there is a pay off for space over location. The rooms are simple but nice. The pool was pretty (not big but its not a big hotel.) I loved the cooking demo and the vibe of the hotel with its large organic garden and the paper marking business. The bar has to be one of the best bars I've even been too. A massive pool table and a wonderful room covering in historical photos. You feel like you are at an English hunting lodge. Leaving the hotel, the highlight of our trip up here was bathing the elephants at Elephant Junction. The boat ride is a bit of a waste of time (no wildlife to see) but my kids like the local martial arts show. Sadly the whole experience was let down by getting sick at the restaurant. Taking all the normal precautions (eating vegetarian, no ice, no salads or cold food) I got violently ill in the middle of the night and was terrible the next day but it did get better when I got some antibiotics. I read in recent reviews someone else also said the same. Perhaps its that the dinner is served buffet style and you should order something prepared freshly? My kids has mountains of the gorgeous freshly prepared bread they bake nightly and they were fine so perhaps just avoid the buffet.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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New York
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Spice Village is beautifully situated in a garden with local plants and trees cultivated on site. The hotel ascribes to locavore cuisine, with one of its restaurants sourcing food from within 50 kilometers. The rooms are large and well appointed. They are open air and screened, so beware mosquitoes! Keep the doors closed and you will be fine.

The small thing that spice village could improve is its Internet access. We couldn't log in at all one day, and when we finally were able to, we were kicked off multiple times. If you're on a short vacation, this isn't a big deal.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

This is a large resort, spread out with large cottages set in park like setting.
Room was a big, nice but not luxe or special.
Friendly check in with good information.
Breakfast was very good but lunch and dinner a bit expensive so we ate at hotel next door, Alambara recommended by our driver. Food here was very good and cheap, busy place because of good value.
Nice spa and pool.
In evening there was a cooking demonstration by the chef and then later a dance performance, both very good.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

We enjoyed two busy days in Thekkady. Riding and washing elephants at Elephant Junction was an unforgettable experience. Thanks 'Lucky'. Plenty of shops. The three hour walking safari was enjoyable but we saw no wild elephants (or tigers). Our guide said he had seen tigers two or three times, in the distance. He was armed with a small stick.

The welcome at the Spice Village was 'business friendly' and the check in efficient.

Our room bungalow was well fitted and had a small but well laid out shower room. The bed was comfortable and there was a fridge in the room, much welcome after the fridgeless Windermere Estate.

The staff at the Spice Village were generally friendly and efficient. However, at reception it was less so. Oftentimes it was difficult to be understood and returning hungry one evening we asked whether we could order a sandwich. We were told that we could not! That seems poor for what is described as a luxury hotel.

Worse of all was that on the one evening that we ate at the buffet, despite taking all standard precaution: avoiding salad, eating vegetarian, low on spice, sanitising hands, the early hours found me confined to the bathroom and using Immodium.

We stayed in three CHG properties but of all our hotels on the trip the Spice Village was the one that I would probably not recommend heartily.

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If your guide suggests that you join a local family for a cooking evening, eat before hand. Whilst the experience is educational, by the time all the dishes are ready and served they are cold and unappetising.

Room Tip: Some cabins have been refurbished, ask for one of those
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

I was part of a group that stayed in Spice Village in April. I had an amazing time. The only bad thing was that I only stayed there for a night. 02 nights in Spice Village is necessary to enjoy the property and destination. We were welcomed by Mr. Sam John, the Asst. GM and his team. The check in was smooth and the staff explained about the property and the facilities to us. The rooms were simple and the setting was of a tribal village. It was an out of the world experience. We had a spice plantation tour lead by the naturalist of the resort - Mr. Prateesh and it was a awesome experience. The food was excellent and we were looked after by Mr. Ajesh and Mr. Vishnu in the restaurants.

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent, but ask for rooms that are a bit far away from the reception. The setti...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Shropshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Spice Village
This hotel is run by cgh earth group and provides large comfortable beds, quality bed linen, good accommodation and a list of activities. It also seeks to provide an authentic Indian village experience which I feel it fails to deliver. It is good advertising copy though and it is probably as near to the genuine experience as most people, including me, want to get!
The accommodation is in villas scattered throughout the grounds which are planted with a wide variety of named local trees, spices and herbs. The rooms are large and the doors and windows are screened against mosquitoes. Unfortunately the gaps in window and door frames were sufficient to allow plenty of the little suckers in for a feast on European blood, despite having two electric mosquito repellent devices in the room!
The staff are young, attractive and enthusiastic providing an excellent service, though none would admit to a problem with mosquitoes. We found the good quality food to be rather underspiced to our taste but this was common throughout all the cgh earth group hotels we visited which are obviously catering to non Indian palettes.
The monkeys in the grounds were a delight and we have lots of snaps of mothers and babies.
The cookery demonstration was followed up with an e mailed cookery book which is a great idea and much appreciated! Thank you Chef Aneesh!
The Bar is a an old colonial delight, appreciated by guests but especially by mosquitoes, which appear to resist coils, fans and insecticide creams. The bites do not appear to cause the usual irritation and infections so perhaps it is not such a problem.
It’s a great place but they should provide more information on local attractions which are many!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Spice Village
Address: Kumily Road, Thekkady 685536, India
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Thekkady
#2 Luxury Hotel in Thekkady
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Thekkady
#3 Family Hotel in Thekkady
#4 Spa Hotel in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Spice Village 4*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spice Village is an eco resort in the hills(thekkady) near the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. A cluster of tribal style huts set in a beautiful spice garden is a great escape for most tourists from the heat of the plains, and also a great place for some adventure activities. We have a comfortable pool, an ayurvedic spa, we organise treks into the forest, bamboo rafting and many more. A walk through the property itself is a great way to explore many aspects of nature and the green initiatives undertaken at this eco resort. ... more   less 
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