Updated: Aug 27, 2020
For our recent Munnar stay , our first resort was Sugati Retreat. This is not exactly located in #Munnar which actually works in it’s favour. As all the good luxury retreats are slightly away from the hustle bustle of the main towns, #SugatiRetreat is also located at Rajakumari which is approx 25 kms away from Munnar town.
We started our journey from Kochi at around 8 am. Driving through the lovely country side of #Kerala we reached Munnar in about 4 hrs. The distance is approx 129 kms. but the hilly terrain makes it a longer journey.
Mr. Jason, the manager of the property ensured he called us and briefed the driver about the directions. It was very kind of him!
We were welcomed by Shiju the guy with an innocent smile. It was a traditional welcome with Tika and aarti and they handed us over welcome drink which was a hibiscus lemon cooler. It was very refreshing after a long journey and scorching heat ! We savored it while we laid our eyes over the property which was serene.
Sugati retreat is a new property by the same owners of Spice Tree Mr. Hybeen Thomas. Hardly 8 months since its opening , this retreat caters to the need of the client who wish to rejuvenate in the lap of Nature. It has a #holistic approach in the way it has been made as it is surrounded by lush greenery. It is spread across 10 acres of land where they have 10 individual villas which are huge !
Each bedroom is provided with a luxurious king bed and a sun roof that lets you bask in the natural sun light. Loungers and chairs placed near the glass walls let you view the forest around. Bath area is bigger than a basic business hotel room size. This has a dual vanity , Glass shower that feels luxurious, therapeutic stone bath tub , a big dresser and a beautiful sit out area !
After our check in and relaxing a little we headed for our lunch which was traditional south Indian style.
We feasted on this with a glass of freshly made Chaas and finished our meal with a bowl full of payasam.
We came back to the resort by evening had a few beers and later on feasted on another yummy meal prepared by Chef Sajir.
We started with the salad , and a soup which was the highlight of the day. It was made with Raw Banana and Cauliflower. An unusual combination ! The flavour is still fresh in my memory.
For mains they served us Aloo Jira and mixed vegetable curry along with phulkas and rice.
Desert of the day was – Banana in Caramel Sauce and it was delicious !!
Next morning we woke up and were ready for yet another delicious breakfast. This time it was Puttu Kadala a traditional kerala delicacy.
I , hailing from Konkan seriously feel the food of Konkan and Kerala is so similar in its flavours. Kadala is basically a black chickpeas curry which is very similar to what we Konkani or Malvani people make. Puttu is made with coconut and rice. A very traditional and a delicious breakfast indeed.
Wishing you all a very happy Vishu. May this new year bring a lot of prosperity and good luck for all 🙂 This picture was taken in @sugatiretreat during our Munnar Stay. We had this traditional breakfast which is called Puttu Kadala. . . . .
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We skipped dinner that night and preferred having chilled beers by the pool.( Property does not serve alcohol ) I don’t remember having such a peaceful night in the longest time! With only cricket’s sound in the background it was very peaceful ! The staff was very kind to understand our late dinner habits and instead helped us with yummy accompaniments for our dinner.
Next morning, we had yet another scrumptious breakfast of Ghee Roast Dosas and Idiyappam with Vegetable Stew.
We did a little tour of the property along with the manager Mr. Jason. He showed us around with all the facilities they have such as the Yoga and Meditation room. Spa room , Library and their own Organic Garden. The organic garden is where they grow their own produce which is used in everyday cooking. Here are some pictures of it.
The only room which was different from the rest was with an interconnecting two rooms. This had a lovely sitting lounge that overlooked the pool. A king bed in the middle of the bed room that had forest view on both sides and big stone bath tub this also had a spa room access.
The Resort’s Spa room had two individual therapy room which were huge !!! these room had massage room and an attached steam room with bathroom. We had a traditional Kerala Massage which was with essential oils and took about 1 hr. The typical steam room looks like a wooden chamber where you have to sit for about 15 mins. For bath they provided us a herbal scrub with chick pea and a lot of natural ingredients. This was an open bath. That overlooked the forest amidst complete privacy.
After 2 days leisurely stay at Sugati Retreat we bid adieu to the lovely staff.
Hotel Website – https://sugatiretreat.com/