“Exquisitely restored teakwood house perched on a serene backwater, available by the room or as a private hideaway for 2-5”
The 2 rooms are set side by side and connected via a tranquil wood-clad sitting room with swinging benches around a traditional open-air skylight. One is a double, the other a twin, but other than that they’re identical, flawlessly blending rustic Keralan design with modern comforts. Expect high thread-count sheets, batik linen bathrobes, and clever air conditioning built into the teakwood structure. The ensuites are open-air ‘bath gardens’ screened by high walls and lush vegetation, so you can shower under the stars and listen to crickets as you tiptoe out to the covered toilet.
You can either book an individual room or take the whole house on an exclusive basis. A popular choice for honeymooners and couples is the 'private for 2' option, which gives you sole use of the property when only taking one bedroom. Given the intimate size of the house, you would likely see a lot of the other guests if you chose not to book this, but the expansive gardens are full of nooks and crannies where you can relax in privacy.
Meals at Vismaya are lazy affairs to enjoy whenever and wherever you want - on the veranda, in the garden, even on a candlelit table on the jetty. There’s no menu as such; instead, staff will ask what you’d like to eat and tailor options accordingly. The chef uses ingredients from the local market, and you can expect everything to be fresh and extremely tasty.
Breakfast (included in the rates) starts with a vibrant arrangement of fruit and a cafetière of excellent Keralan coffee. You then have your pick of a continental spread (locally baked bread, eggs, jam) or Keralan specialities such as masala dosa (thin pancakes filled with spiced potato) and my favourite, idli sambhar (little bread puffs served with coconut chutney). Make sure to order the banana lassi at least once - it’s brilliant. Lunch and dinner can range from light salads and sandwiches to homemade pasta, biriyani, and impressive Keralan feasts of curried veg and freshly seared fish. A small selection of wines, beers and spirits is available, too.
The small town of Cherthala is a short taxi ride away should you fancy a change of scene. It has several eateries for a quick thali lunch, but don’t expect anything luxurious.
Vismaya is a wonderful place to bring older children (the proximity of the lake means it's not ideal for little ones), though staff ensure that couples and families do not stay at the same time. The house can sleep up to 5 if you book both rooms, and an additional floor mattress can be added to either bedroom on request. There are no baby cots on site, but they can be brought in from sister property A Beach Symphony if needed.
Staff are doting, and the large gardens mean there’s plenty of space for games.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
The chef can put together child-friendly favourites such as sandwiches and pasta.
The pool and lakeshore aren't fenced.