Blackberry Hills Retreat & Spa, Kerala

on top of the mountains of Munnar in
, 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
, 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


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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Photo Diary: Kerala, India