The location is perfect- high up in the trees surrounded by forests, mountains and tea plantations. There's also a cool waterfall nearby. If you're visiting Munnar, you want to avoid staying in the town and head into more remote places. It's quite tough to find by taxi, so try and get the location set on your phone before setting off.
The resort is beautiful- the rooms are clean and spacious, the shower is good and the pool is a nice touch. However, there were a few gaps in the roof. Munnar gets cold at night so the gaps meant the room got very drafty and cold.
The staff are very friendly- the manager was helpful and spoke very good English. He even arranged a trip for us to go and see some wild elephants bathing. It was however quite hard to communicate with the rest of the staff and the service at meal times wasn't great.
The food is poor- every meal we had was luke warm and the choice wasn't overwhelming. Breakfast was especially poor. There's not much around so it's not like you can avoid it.
The resort should also really invest in some maps of the surrounding areas to show where is good to hike to. We walked to a bamboo 'plantation' on the advice of the manager, which was essentially walking down (and then back up) a very steep hill to see three or four bamboo trees...
I loved this hotel. The scenic location was simply spectacular. It is on the top of the hill with a 360 degree of the jungle and a great waterfall just to the side. It sits on part of the Letchmi tea estate which is just lovely to meander through. We saw some of the pikers working very hard, they have to pick 25 Kilos a day for 250 INR....
The views from the rooms simply spectacular. The pool was large and clean and it felt like swimming in an infinity pool with the views of the hills.
The room was large and had a jungle effect shower. I liked that it was cold water, a bit like the Caribbean effect showers in spas. There was also a separate hot water shower if you dont like the natural jungle effect.
Plenty of cold bottled water and tea on tap (free). Breakfast basic but edible.
Did the jeep jungle trip, amazing. Got to see all around Munnar, climbed several waterfalls and saw some great views. One disappointment is that there is a local elephant water hole and the elephants came on the first day which we missed as the manager took too long to arrange the visit to them and said not to worry they will be back and they didn't come during our stay so if he says they are there, insist on being taken straight away and not risk them not coming back.
Highly recommended and excellent value for the money. But beware no wifi which I actually valued!
It is quite peaceful but certainly not the best experience .
Very remote but tuktuks etc can be arranged . Lots of activities but compared to previous places we have stayed very expensive.
Whilst we are totally in support of the eco ethos, more attention needs to be paid to cleanliness and maintenance.
No hot water in the shower,despite the boiler outside our room!
There are no other facilities around for food ,there is a restaurant on site which is reasonably priced and has a fair selection however most guests found only 3 to 4 options available ,not great given the variety of fresh foods available
Would not go back
What a location! Our room was opposite lush vegetation and a waterfall. Views were stunning. The gardens were well kept and so peaceful. Just a short wander and you are amongst the tea planatation!
Our room had a 'jungle' shower which looked excellent though I never got hot water out of it. Hot water was available in the leaky attachment. Quite cool at night so did have to ask and chase up another blanket - I feel the cold!
Service could be slow but always with a smile. Food was better one night than the other - the first night it was luke warm which wasn't so good.
Hired a 4x4 for the day with a driver and that was excellent! We covered a lot of ground, explored waterfalls and plantations, trekked and waited for elephants. Our driver was so helpful and kind. Though the boating was a giggle... None of us could take it seriously!
With just a few tweeks, Wild Elephants could be outstanding!
If you are driving up from the Tiger reserve at Periwar, then give it plenty of time. Not only is the Wild Elephant Eco Friendly Resort a good hour of driving past Munnar, but the single track road with rocks on one side and precipitous drop the other tends to become a car park when two massive tourist coaches try to pass each other. Interesting to watch though this is, you shouldn't need the loo at this stage. Once you find it, and this is in itself a challenge, then the unwinding can begin. There is a fire pit outside, and a small pool, the rooms are basic, but clean and very true to their eco intentions. If like us you arrive after dark, then the delights come in the morning. The views are beautiful beyond description, the air is clear and bright and the potential for walking, mooching, bird and animal watching are endless. We went elephant watching one evening. We didn't see an elephant, but the experience of listening to everything waking up in the approaching darkness was amazing. There are plenty of trips on offer, the staff are friendly and the food very good. If I had chilled much more, I would still be there. No internet though, but sometimes this can be a blessing.