by 435daraf on
I was recommended through a friend to stay at this retreat and it was more than just a retreat. A true lavish paradise, each smile from the personable, attentive staff added to the warmth of the atmosphere - I am so grateful for each and every person adding to my experience and I will be back very soon. I was lucky enough to experience a massage if you get an Ayurvedic massage, if you get a chance, a must try! Thank you all for sharing the magic. - Dara
Authentic Ayurvedic rejuvenating break
by H6634CTkate on
I have just returned from 10 days at Ananda Lakshmi Retreat. I arrived with severe pain in my hip as a result of osteo arthritis - over the ten days I was positively transformed after the programme of therapeutic yoga, doctors advice, a good deal of massage every day, a healthy diet, wonderful service from staff and being immersed in the tranquility of the resort itself. In addition to this Ananda Lakshmi is located close to a lot of attractions for tours out. The hotel organised a back water tour for us (included in the price), Kovalam is 15 minutes away, Trivandrum 30 mins away ...there is plenty to do and see if required. Highly recommended.
Some good, some not so good
by Chai_T on
The property was lovely, food delicious, restaurant/housekeeping/grounds staff super friendly. I was in a second floor villa with a great view of the pool and the Arabian Sea...paradise!!
I was less than pleased with the Ayurvedic treatments and staff. The doctor said that my eczema would be totally cleared up and that I would lose three kilos during my one week visitincredibly ambitious, in my opinion! And guess what...I still have eczema! I didnt lose weight! It was ridiculous of him to make such lofty promises.
Also, while my therapist was very nice, she was not very good at following the directions that the doctors and I gave (the doctor admitted afterwards that this was his faulthe agreed that I needed deep tissue work, and that I didnt get it). Id hoped to have a relaxing experience, but instead left feeling agitated.
Overall, Im glad I had the experience...but perhaps my expectations were too high (didnt help that the doctor put them there!)
Would recommend, but only if you dont expect good massages (very light touch, mostly just rubbing/pouring oil on you for 2.5 hours).
Panchakarma - healthy holidays!
by Wojtek D on
It was, without any doubt, a very relaxing and healthy time!
The resort has a very individual approach toward guests: treatments, diet, doctor's consultancy - it is a big advantage of Ananda Lakshmi unlike other big and more commercial resorts in Kerala. We stayed in the air-conditioned villa but not all of them are having this facility. The resort is having an organic garden and planting own vegetables, fruits, and spices which are turn into very delicious dishes created by the high-class chef. What is more, we had a unique opportunity to attend a cooking class which helps to continue a healthy cousin after coming back home. Resort's manager is available for his guest and did his best to make our stay interesting. He organized for us backwater trip, elephant place, and tuk-tuk any time we need it. Joga lessons were more than very good - it was the best hatha yoga, pranayama, and meditation ever! We couldn't be more lucky with our teacher. Also, the rest of the staff: waitresses, receptionists, doctors, therapists, cleaning service - they all are there for you smiling and willing to help. We highly recommend this resort this is a great place to relax during treatments, in the swimming pool and become more healthy.
Home Care Away from Home - Highly Recommended
by Akbar Khan Q on
I was in the resort from 30 June to 13th July 2019. When I got there, It was off-season and I was the only guest they had another joined a week later. But going there for psoriasis treatment and self-healing. Initially, I was were upset as I was the only one there, there is no TV and the cricket world cup was ongoing. And I cut my trip short by 7 days (Initially booking for 14 days). The management led by Mr. John was very understanding of my need and allowed me to pay for only 7 days. I was impressed that it was not a typical money-hungry resort but that actually cared about its guests.
I then met with Dr. Biju, who was highly recommended by my friend who is a doctor himself. I met him and his vast knowledge reflected in the first minute. He was very understanding as well and let me have extra treatments without extra charges. Dr. Biju was available thru out my trip and had every day consulting about my progress and his assistant, Dr. Priya as well as very very understanding to a point that during some treatments that required monitoring they checked on me in my room 3 times. Knowing that I'm in the right hands I extended my trip further to 14 days.
The therapist Sumesh and Kiran are exceptional. Most of my treatments were led by Sumesh who has more than 14 years of experience and is one of the most hard-working and caring people I have ever come across. His patience is most commendable. I cannot write enough about this person. Some treatments involved both the therapist and bot Sumesh and Kiran are highly recommended. There was a time I forgot the phone in the ricksha and Kiran personally took me on his bike on the chase and we got the phone back. Again going beyond what you paid for is what you get here!
The cooking team Santhosh, Ranjith lead by Chef Umesh is brilliant. Being a 100% non-veg, the veg food was not easy but his team made sure they make the most variety and assured I enjoyed the food. They also accepted my request and with acceptance of Mr. John allowed me to have a cooking class and taught me recipes to follow my diet after I leave the resort. The serving staff of Aneesh and Ajit are very attentive and go beyond to make you comfortable.
This resort also has a celebrity yoga instructor, Mr. Vijay Kumar who had given me exercises tailored to my requirements. In 14 days I could a lot of positions that I could not even think of doing the first day. I thank him for being so humble and his wise words.
The cleaning staff, room service, reception, gardening security are all very friendly, greet you with a smile every day and very very hardworking. They go over and beyond to make you comfortable. I cannot stress enough about the great team.
The owner of the resort is very lucky to have such a brilliant team. I wish them all the very best and am definitely going back!