Blackberry Hills Retreat & Spa, Kerala

Perched on top of the mountains of Munnar in Kerala, this retreat offers unbeatable panoramic views of the vibrant green valleys and tea plantations below. From here, Blackberry Hills strives for sustainable tourism, its mission to protect and preserve the surrounding beauty for future generations. Take part in a complimentary morning yoga session while breathing in the scent of nearby blossoms that have drawn botanists from around the world. Spend your days trekking, mountain biking, sampling tea and admiring the abundance of wildlife fluttering through the fauna. Rejuvenate at the resort's Sisal spa where you can relax in a rose milk and marigold bath while reading a book from the spa's own library. Far from the hustle of habitual life, this is a spiritual paradise.


16 cottages are strategically placed so their balconies face the valley. For a low-key stay, go for a legacy suite but if you're after luxury opt for one of the Cirrus cottages, with breathtaking views and private jacuzzis.

What's for breakfast?

Breakfast at the Hornbill restaurant while the morning sun streams through the blanket of mist. There are dishes to order - including traditional Keralan cuisine - and a buffet complete with fresh fruits and pastries.

How about lunch and dinner?

The resort's restaurant, The Hornbill, serves a range of cuisines from its mountain-top setting - don't miss the barbecue and campfire evenings. There is also room service, so you can enjoy a meal within the secluded setting of your own balcony. Or, if you are inspired by the resort's vegetable and spice garden and want to try out cooking yourself, take a class in the Blackberry Hills' interactive kitchen.

Is there a bar?

No, but you do receive a traditional Ayurvedic drink upon arrival.


Blackberry Hills covers all the bases, from the complimentary high-speed wifi, airport transportation, bicycles, breakfast, library and laundry service to the Sisal spa, DVD hire, eco club and restaurant.

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