4 Nisan 2018
I'm not a keen drinker, so it didn't effect me, but my partner was surprised by the limitations on alcohol in Hotels in Kerala and thought the places we stayed at should make it clear on their websites that spirits are not available. He said he would have picked up some gin on the way through Duty Free, for that highly anticipated evening G&T. (The hotel has tonic) Also, very limited choice in wine, with just one white and one red option. The wines they have are Indian, and are nice though. The red was excellent.
The only other negative, which is to a certain extent beyond the control of the hotel, and probably to be expected in India, was the amount of plastic, glass and polystyrene rubbish floating on the lake. I did wonder why the hotel didn't employ someone with a canoe to litter pick when the wind blows the rubbish in front of the hotel. It really did spoil the beauty of an otherwise enchanting place. Plastic pollution doesn't have to be unavoidable and inevitable in every corner of the world if everyone takes a moment to care about their environment.
This place is special, and I would go back in a heartbeat. The staff were all so sweet and we loved getting to know them. The garden is stunning, a wonderful place to relax, and eating in the inner courtyard by day and by the lake at night was both atmospheric and relaxing. Excellent food, and as a vegetarian, I had a fairly decent amount of choice. (It was so much easier finding veggie food in India, than anywhere else!) Loved all the art, the colour and the tranquility. Rooms are beautiful - pristine towels and bedding, natural toiletries, very comfortable mattress and soft pillows, ample bottled water every day, and staff always around to help and assist. We felt very looked after in every way. I loved watching the birds around the garden and lake, but the house crows were especially entertaining.