Best Homestay in Kerala - Kerala Tourism Department
(Due to our expansion, Tranquil is now categorised as a small luxury hotel. But still retains the essence of a family homestay.)
"101 Best Hotels – Pocket Wonderlands,Tatler travel guide 2010 "
"Treehouses are big this year - it turns out all us languorous leopards are longing to sleep high up in arboreal eyries. Certainly one of the loveliest is here in Kerala's yummiest homestay, 35 feet skyward in a 4OO-acre coffee plantation. This is a tree-top estate, with bamboo walls and a gulmohar tree (with shower attached) growing through the bathroom."
" Four Of The Best" - The Telegraph, UK September 2009.
" On a private coffee and vanilla plantation in the remote Wayanad district of northern Kerala, Tranquil Resort - Plantation Hideaway is much as it sounds - a peaceful rainforest haven with the efficiency of a resort and the intimacy of a 'homestay'. You are greeted like old friends by the hosts, Victor and Ranjini Dey, and it is difficult not to relax at Tranquil Resort. There are eight rooms in the main bungalow, the TreeHouse with a bedroom, bathroom and a large veranda, and the bigger TreeVilla, huge with a double and two single beds, two bathrooms and a large veranda. Its diminutive overall size gives the hideaway a laidback house party atmosphere. Relax by the pool in a hammock, in the garden or strike out for a walk into the 400 acre plantation, where you can learn how coffee and vanilla are produced. Home cooked meals are taken around a big communal table - some say this is the best food in Kerala."
"10 Best Hotel Bets" - Frommers 2007.
".....while those who prefer a more personal immersion in the culture of your destination will enjoy the expanded homestay options, the best of which is Tranquil in northern Kerala....Experiencing life on a 162 hectare (400acre) working coffee and Vanilla plantation at the edge of the Wyanad National Park with hosts Victor and Ranjini Dey is like being at a grand coffee-planter's private house party, where you are the guest of honor. This has got to be the warmest, most wonderful homestay in all of India."
" Five Best....Asian Hideaways" - The Saturday Guardian, UK. December 2005.
"Part of a working coffee plantation in the remote rainforest of north Kerala, the aptly named Tranquil's eight rooms are housed in two 70 year old bungalows. There are walks around the 400 acre estate or simply flop in a hammock by the pool."
"Alistair Sawday's Special Places to stay in India" - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Edition.
"Three thousand feet up in the Western Ghats, this smart guest house sits hidden among the coffee bushes and unspoilt rainforest of the Kuppamudi Coffee Estate. The 70 year old plantation bungalow has been beautifully restored; enormous bedrooms have thick cotton sheets, patterned bedcovers and extremely comfortable beds.......Best of all is the sturdy TreeHouse entirely constructed from natural materials - bamboo woven walls, coffee roots for tables and shelves, and a branch growing inside; there's also a secluded terrace for fabulous forest views....."
"101 Best Hotels - All Inclusive category" - Tatler Abercrombie and Kent Travel Guide 2001.
"A magical six bedroom bungalow in the heart of the Kupamudi coffee estate in north Kerala......planters Victor and Jini Dey have restored it with love, terrific taste and the ambition to create something perfect, using all things natural........it is a home, and 'homestays' are the southern Indian answer to the heritage hotels of the north, The food is splendid.......It is a rare place, truly hospitable, as the Deys are charming and generous."