There are many things that make Spice Tree boutique hotel unique, not least of which is its breathtaking location. Nestled amidst the plunging valleys and soaring peaks of the Western Ghats, this hotel serves as a gateway to one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth. This mountain range is home to more than three hundred globally threatened species, some of which can be seen nowhere else. It is a place constantly caressed by cool mountain breezes, a place where the scent of the surrounding cardamom plantations hangs tantalisingly upon the air. Through responsible tourism, Spice Tree offers its guests the opportunity to explore everything that makes the Western Ghats so magical, and above all, to experience a sense of oneness with nature that is rarely felt elsewhere.
- Come face to face with endangered species at Eravikulam National Park
- Sample locally grown tea on a tour of the nearby plantations
- Soak in the mountain scenery from Kerala’s only solar-heated outdoor pool
- Alternate spa sessions and yoga classes to achieve both mental and physical rejuvenation
Best time to go
The best time to visit Munnar is from October to March, when the monsoon season has finished and the weather lacks the humidity of the summer months.
Designed to be completely eco-friendly, Spice Tree’s beautiful rooms and shared spaces perfectly complement the hotel’s stunning surrounds. With only sixteen rooms, this establishment offers refreshingly personal service- and yet its extensive range of activities and amenities are comparable to those of a far larger hotel.
- Yoga and meditation hall
- Solar-heated outdoor swimming pool
- Choice of restaurants
Family Dining Hall
Offering a congenial atmosphere and excellent cuisine, this restaurant specialises in the flavours of India, with a particular focus on the specialties of the Kerala region. Although this is typically a buffet restaurant, guests may request a candlelit dinner complete with their own customised menu.
This charming coffee shop and bakery boasts spectacular views overlooking the valley, and specialises in pizza and breads handmade in its traditional country oven.
Spice Tree features fourteen rooms and two exclusive pool villas, all of which offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. In each room, standard amenities include wifi, an LED Flat Panel television, a minibar, and a tea/coffee machine.
These colonially inspired rooms are wonderfully spacious, covering over 600 square feet of space. Each one boasts unbelievable views, and a private balcony complete with coffee table to enjoy them from. Classic Rooms also feature wooden floors, soft lighting, and a magnificent Victorian jacuzzi.
From their four-poster beds to their hand-crafted Victorian copper bathtubs, these suites exude romance at every turn. Designed with honeymooning couples in mind, each one comes complete with a private garden and deck overlooking the valley beyond; a cozy spa area with two spa beds; and a decadent king-sized bed.
Spice Tree’s jaw-dropping pool villas must be seen to be believed. Each one offers panoramic views out over the lushly forested mountains- a view that is best enjoyed from the villa’s private infinity pool. Inside, an extensive bathroom comes complete with a Victorian copper bathtub, and in addition to the master bedroom, the villas include a living room, dining area and private deck.
- Yoga and meditation classes
- Tea tasting
- Plantation tours
- Ethnic cooking classes
- Cultural and village tours
- Dolmen visits
- Cardamom field visits
- Nature expeditions
- Birdwatching expeditions
- Photography expeditions
Children are more than welcome at Spice Tree, where there are countless activities for them to take part in.