PRICE: Punchy but doesn’t blow the budget
Spice village is where traditional tribal homes, crafts and community meet ethical, minimalist and understated comfort. This is a ‘village’ with all the tradition and beauty of a tribal community, but offering all the comforts of a truly regenerating experience.
As soon as you step foot into the village that makes up this hotel, located in the beautiful Periyar National Park, it’s evident this is a place utterly in harmony with its environment.
The thatch cottages are as imaginative as they are in tune with their surroundings. From the outside, they look completely traditional, and on the inside they’re decorated with local materials and indigenous artwork, including pine furnishings recycled from old wood packaging and turned into elegant, comfortable furniture.
Of course, like all CGH Earth properties, Spice Village has the highest ethical and ecological standards, from the treated rainwater in glass bottles that guests drink, to the organic garden that serves up fresh fruit, vegetables and spices on a daily basis.
Almost all the food served at Spice Village is locally sourced, with many of the ingredients grown at the hotel’s own organic farms. Dining in the Tamarind restaurant feels like you’re out in the forest, with tasteful wooden furniture and an intimate, yet fresh, atmosphere. Cardamom-filled dishes, bursting with flavour and spice, allow you to enjoy a peaceful meal while completely engrossing yourself in the natural beauty of the mountains.
If you’re really feeling like a health boost, and let’s face it, you’re in the right place if so, you can feel like you’re wild swimming in the hotel’s pool, enjoy basketball, badminton and tennis in the spice garden retreat and finish off with a host of relaxing Ayurveda treatments using local herbs and techniques.