Far away from munnar, no Internet helps you to really cut you off from the mad race of social media. Beautiful location, gardens and excellent staff. Amazingly pleasing and supportive staff to help in meeting the special needs we had for gluten free content wanted for us. Very much a place to be there and chill out and winter and cold feelings will keep you well reminded. Very cold and enjoy Bon fire outside and inside the cottages also !!!
High fives to Tom , Anu and all staff at Camp Noel
First things first - word of caution: To get to the place from Munnar, drive to Top Station first and then reach this place via Koviloor. Should you choose to drive on the road that Google Maps shows, you are in for a very treacherous and scary jeep track through a desolate and private estate! Also, no n/w other than BSNL works, so make sure to download the map in Munnar before starting the scenic ride. Lot of tourist traffic will slow you down (40km in ~2hrs), but that cant be helped.
The property is other worldly with cottages that are old time, with a must have and must use fireplace (bathrooms need some attention though), ample green space all around (kids will have a gala time on its gentle slopes), abundant floral variety, 360 degree view of mountains and valleys, and a pristine (albeit cold) air to die for.
The food is a bit of a let down. Mandatory buffet at 600/- head, with very limited and pedestrian veg options turned us off. But the staff was kind enough to accommodate a-la-carte provided we gave the order for dinner at lunch time! People wanting Kerala food are in for a disappointment though. Free Wifi is available only in the reception area but the connection is flaky at best. The staff is top notch. Ever courteous, ever smiling, even with teeth chattering cold to beat and ever prompt.
From experience - stay for 2 nights, take a book, laze on the lawns and return rejuvenated. Carry tons of winter wear. Visit the nearby strawberry and misc veg farms, go no where else.
We cut short our 2 day stay to 1 day. Place is very scenic and beautiful. We were 2 couples and a kid and there is little engagement on the property itself so go with right perspective and plan. Its quite isolated so nothing much else to do. Meals you are fully dependent on the resort itself and a dinner buffet costs 550/- bucks which for us had two veg dishes, rice and chapati.
The staff definitely is very helpful and polite and second best part of property after the scenery.
Our big put off was our scary and nerve wrecking ride through the off road route that google map shows. Its damaging to the car and we reached that section at dark so that made it quite a hell ride. The verbal guidance of staff was not very helpful to us and more confusing.
Ensure you add stops on google map of Vattavada so that it takes you to the alternate and actual motorable route. There are no mobile signals except bsnl so configure route in Munnar itself.
No network (except bsnl), slow wifi in lobby, amazing food, courteous staff, beautiful location,only place in munnar where you need jacket,around 2degreenight temperature, strawberry gardens on way. Beautiful cottages with fireplace.Overall awesome experience.
Must visit place if you want to spend your vacation not in crowded munnar. Ensure you carry cash since you cant receive OTP to complete transaction through mobile.
Among the 5 hotels during my 1week kerala tour, this is the best ever for Buffet services for both breakfast and dinner. Such a delicious food by the chef. Since my mom n baby fall sick we order for room delivery. The hotel staff packed all those foods in very good condition and polite as well. The receptionist such a very good guy. Keep it up your good services guys. Best regards Suresh Malaysia.