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Sunday, 6 November 2016

An idyllic getaway - Kocchi

PJ Princess Regency is a pretty surprise tucked away in a secret nook of Puthuvype in Vypeen. The property pops up at the end of a narrow road, a couple of kilometres off the main road. The white Indo-European style building sits on a lush five acres, surrounded by coconut palms and the backwaters. A perfect fit for the ‘God’s Own Country’ tag line. A statue of a cheery blue cavorting dolphin, the mascot, welcomes us to the property.

Holiday luxuryA view of the propertyPhotos:By Special Arrangement
Holiday luxuryA view of the property

Built by entrepreneur Prakash James, the resort is a dream come true for him. “The dream was to build a five star property, I want to provide the best of facilities but I had to open it as a three-star rating,” he says. But now, it is ready and waiting for a five star rating. An island of calm, it looks like the perfect getaway from the city, without really going away. The rooms spell luxury and comfort, the view is resplendent - take in the sunrise or the sunset or watch the moon rise, its reflection skimming the water’s surface.

Luxury suites, premium, deluxe and basic rooms are the options you can choose from. The categories, and the levels of the luxe element may differ, but the same attention has been given to each room.

There is a room for the physically challenged, with all requirements met. Interestingly, the art on the walls represent aspects of the Kochi of yore, painted versions of old photographs.

The proximity to the beach would make it more attractive for the lovers of the sea. The view from each of the rooms, especially the premium ones, is breathtaking. At nights you can see the light from the lighthouse play peekaboo. A mangrove by the backwaters near the resort forms a cover over the canal, unfortunately it is not in a state to be used for boating or any kind of tourism-related activity. The Puthuvype beach is close by as is the light house. Cherai beach is another 15 or so kilometres away. A curio shop offers memorabilia and sports gear such a swimsuits and such.

The property also boasts a spa, a health club and of course, a swimming pool. There is a larger pond for peddle boats. The resources, like the backwaters, have been utilised well. Not just as a weekend getaway, it is ideal for conferences, get-togethers, workshops, parties and weddings too - these can be accommodated in a boardroom (Leo), a mini hall (Ashwathi) which can fit in 75-85 and a larger hall (Abin), which can fit in around 450-500.

There are a couple of lounges which can also double up as play area and even a boardroom.

Each of these bears the names of Prakash’s family members. The restaurant offers a bouquet of cuisines - the star is seafood. “We have access to fresh seafood and we offer the best of the catch. In the expert hands of our chefs, we assure you the best will be put on the table,” says Andrew Noronha, deputy general manager.

“There are a number of activities for our guests - indoor and outdoor games, canoeing, pedal boating, bird watching and angling. There is a special play area for kids also,” he adds. Tours can be arranged to nearby places of interest as well, Andrew says.

Source : The Hindu , 4 Nov 2016 

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