Need to know
Seven, including four suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, also flexible if possible.
Double rooms from $199.63 (INR13,950), excluding tax at 28 per cent.
Rates include breakfast. There’s a three-night minimum… but you wouldn’t want to make the journey for fewer, anyway.
Anyone desperate for a digital detox should probably start it here: there’s no WiFi, and a boxset binge will require staff setting up a projector in your room and bringing along some DVDs for you to browse.
1 June to 30 September annually.
At the hotel
In rooms: air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making facilities, free filtered water, kimonos to borrow and Ayca bath products. All suites have a fridge.
Our favourite rooms
The Garden Suite gets our vote mostly for its peaceful green space, but we also rate its antique Indian furniture, high ceilings and bracing indoor-outdoor bathroom. Families or honeymooners will enjoy the bold, breezy proportions of the Jalakara Villa, which has a pleasing amount of glossy teak, a hammock on the (teak) deck, an infinity-edged copper plunge pool and a super-king-size bed. Tall people should book into one of the double-height Sunset Suites.
There’s an outdoor pool on the main (rainforest-facing) terrace, which has a fancy French filtration system and a low chlorine level.
The spa offers traditional Indian head massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, Thai yoga massage, Ayurvedic rituals and facials. Private yoga lessons can be arranged on request.
Bring breathable fabrics, dehumidifying shampoo and insect repellent: this is the rainforest and it’s really hard to look good.
The hillside, step-covered set-up makes wheelchair access tricky.
All ages welcome, but the hotel is not especially suited to children due to the steep hillside setting (it’s not exactly prime pram-navigating territory). Babysitting and monitors can be arranged with plenty of notice (ie: when booking).
Food is locally sourced where possible, with local fishermen supplying the fresh fish; lobsters and prawns are caught to order. The hotel has its own fruit and herb garden. Cleaning products are all natural, as are the in-room bath products. Plastic use is discouraged.