Spice Village Luxury Hotel in Thekkady
There's a reason why less is more at Spice Village. And this has nothing to do with minimalism or other trendy design ideas, but something much more permanent.
Consider the facts. There is no air-conditioning. No television. No piped music. Simple pine furniture greets you when you enter your room. And beneath your feet is nothing more than plain terracotta floor.
You'll find little room for opulence. And none at all for pretentiousness.
Yet, Spice Village is a world renowned resort that's consistently won acclaim for its service, its cuisine and the unique experiences it offers.
To see why, one needs to suspend all the standard images that crowd the mind on hearing the word 'resort'. For the Spice Village is more (or should we say less?) than that.
Staying at Luxury Spice Village Hotel in Thekkady
Amidst Green Shadows The resort itself consists of 52 cottages, set in eight acres of respectfully tamed forest. The jungle dwellings of the area have inspired the architecture of the resort, and we've taken care to use the same materials in construction.
The original inhabitants of these hills are the Mannans and the Ooralie tribes who still carry on their age-old practices of herding and bee keeping in perfect harmony with nature. They live in tree houses, or huts with a distinctive grey thatch. You'll see this reflected in your own cottage, with its brick, split bamboo and elephant-grass design.
The bathrooms, though, are reassuringly modern. Running hot water comes from our own solar panels, and in most rooms, you can soak away the rigours of a jungle trek in a luxurious bathtub.
You may want to pick one of the larger cottages that dot the resort. These have separate living rooms, and a restful, semi-private vista, complete with a little garden bench all one's own.
Treating your taste buds at Spice Village Luxury Hotel in Thekkady
Mealtimes at Spice Village are an unhurried affair. In fact, we urge you to dawdle. Eat too quickly, and you miss the subtle nuances that spices take on when they're absolutely fresh. Rush through your meal and you give yourself no chance to enjoy the amiable atmosphere that's common to all our dining areas.
There are three of these. Choose from the rustic wooden tables in the dining hall proper, or take a heaped plate out to the long verandah and enjoy your meal al fresco, watching the kingfishers flit around the swimming pool.
Besides these literally, is the historic Tiffin Room, where light snacks are served all day. The rosewood chairs and tables here are restored antiques, from a 100-year old restaurant in the next valley that sadly closed its doors in 1995. Spice Village's popular cookery classes for guests are also conducted here, most evenings, and you can pick up some tips while chef Velayuthan unveils a few (but only a few) of his secrets.
Recreation at Luxury Spice Village Hotel in Thekkady
Take note too, of the little pieces of history that you'll find on your verandah. Some of those tables are over a 100 years old, their enameled side-panels and fretted woodwork a tribute to the master carpenters of the day. This is the perfect spot to relax, take a sip of green tea and release your senses to the winds.
Below you, the pool is a rippling blue patch, set in a scene abuzz with life. A kingfisher dives low out of a clear blue sky, hunting vainly for its fish lunch. Bees hum around Colombian coffee bushes. Guinea fowls and ducks chatter about (amazingly tame, because they're used to guests.) Bamboo bursts in tilting spires. Cascades of cinnamon, pepper and honeysuckle wash down the hillside. And everywhere, the structures of Spice Village peep out of the woods, as if growing naturally from the surroundings.
Ayurveda at Spice Village Luxury Hotel in Thekkady
Spice village has the most comprehensive Ayurvedic facilities in the Casino Group, and it's the site of our popular Ayurvedic packages.
Ayurveda is, of course, the ancient Indian science of wellness, now gaining a faithful following around the world. Its aim is to create harmony within, using combinations of medication, massage, diets and other treatments.
The basic principle of Ayurveda is that illness can be prevented if balance in body, mind and spirit is maintained. A combination of three principal energies, or Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) determines what type of body you have and impacts on your physical and mental wellbeing.
Thekkady falls in the picturesque hill district of Idukki in Kerala. Idukki derives its name from the Malayalam word Idukki meaning a narrow, steep guage. Thekkady in Kerala State, India, one of world's most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where you can watch and pet wildlife at handshaking distance. The vegetation, the flora, fauna, and the birds of Thekkady are uniquely rich, vast and varied that it does not bear resemblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the peculiar ecological pattern of Thekkady. Thekkady - The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. Here, in the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will experience the most enchanting holiday with the animals of the wild and the simple unsophisticated mountain people.
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