“"Soul Satisfying Getaway"”
Saturday 18th of June 2016   Chennai

Though wanted to write a review straightaway after staying in villa's classic valley view room for 3 days early June, I stopped to check myself whether it is just euphoria on my part or is this place really a treat on your much needed holiday.... Now after 2 weeks back to chaotic world we live in, I can truly believe the stay we had in villa retreat is the best of all holidays we have had till now... Having decided on going back to Kodaikanal for a break after 2 years, we remembered this cosy place tucked near croakers walk which we can view while taking a stroll in croakers and started enquiries regarding the same... Trip advisor has been very useful to circle this place... And we booked the same... Even though we had to cancel our trip due to personal reasons the staff in the hotel Especially Mr.Nazir Ahmed stopped us and advised to postpone... I feel blessed that I have taken his word otherwise I would have to missed to see The laughter, happiness and peace in my husband's face after the stay and my own content in the process. From the time their travel desk picked us from dingugal till the time they dropped us at Madurai... We had a truly friendly as well as professional interaction with the people there... The sightseeing trips they arranged for us are pocket friendly and well suited to individual requirements... All the drivers were knowledgeable, friendly and sensitive to needs.. Thanks to suresh, jai, ashok and mgr... Next the food is travellers paradise with break fast compensated with amount allocated to each room... The dishes are tasty, healthy and fresh... The option of dinning inside classy Victorian style restaurant or outside the beautiful lawn overlooking the gardens and clouds is a dream come true. After a long time we can feel the hygiene and freshness of the meat, veggies cooked to perfection without heavy oil content... The dishes Biriyani, chicken items, sandwiches can be highly recommended. Thanks to Suresh, chef and the team for checking for our requirements every now and then... Could not forget the way they used to respond quickly to our request for hot water, coffee etc... The con's may be limited menu and early closure of restaurant during night where you have to order early which may prove difficult for late eaters. Next regarding the rooms, there are different variety of rooms from deluxe to family rooms to suit to individual requirements... We stayed in classic room which owes the best views of Kodaikanal. Taking your coffee sitting in your room watching the mist covered mountains, clouds passing by, from your large French windows are sights which will leave your senses enthralled and makes you feel you are in a enchanting world alone with your partner. The rooms are compact but very clean, pristine, beautifully furnished with wood and looks very uncluttered. Kudos to the housekeeping staff... In case if the room is cold at night, the resort provides heaters for a negligible price. Thanks to Mr.Prabhu, Joseph the management team for their cordial Welcome, sensitive to issues faced and their faster rectification and sharing of knowledge. Last but not the least no words to write about the beautiful, enchanting lawn and garden with its multiple and varieties of flowers which adds colours in the cloudy vision. The gardener Mr.Selvam works hard for the effect, and he is so knowledgeable to impart us with much needed botanical knowledge. To summarize if you need a wonderful cosy stay with your partner in a friendly cordial environment close to main sights of Kodaikanal(lake, croakers walk, Byrant park) to eat sumptuous meals to satisfy your taste buds, to see clouds passing by..... Have a soul peace and rest, feeling refreshed when you are back from the trip... Don't search further.. Villa Retreat is the place for you......