Shalimar Spice Garden

Kumily, Kerala, 685535, India

This rustic retreat, inside a cardamom, allspice, and cloves plantation, lies 15 bone-jarring minutes and 6 km off the main road to Kumily, but once you're there, the emphasis is on serenity and relaxation; most guests come for ayurvedic treatment and yoga. A wooden bridge over a duck pond leads to the main building—a whitewashed, thatch-roof affair that houses a restaurant specializing in authentic Italian and Kerala food. The spotless white cottages are largely minimalist—perfectly executed—with only a colorful bedspread, a stained-glass window, or an ancient, dark-wood oar adding splashes of contrast to each room.

PROS

  • gorgeous setting
  • rooms include complimentary slippers and heaters
  • pool

CONS

  • too isolated for some
  • rooms are somewhat small
  • not a place to venture to during the monsoon

Location

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Romantic, Service
Quiet
Near the mountain
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 486-130–6352

HOTEL DETAILS

20 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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