Hotel Review – Le Petit Elephant, Kochi
November is the month when we take a few days off from our busy schedules and head out of our home city in search of new places and relaxation as a celebration of our years of togetherness. This year we zeroed in on Kochi, a seaside city in Kerala, a southern state of India. We wanted to spend some quality time relaxing in seclusion. We are quite choosy when it comes to accommodation and this time was no different. We also wanted to stay in a place that would provide the calm and seclusion that we hankered after being inhabitants of a bustling metropolis.
We zeroed in on a hotel with a strange but cute name, Le Petit Elephant. What attracted us was the fact that the hotel was located near the beach as well as the famed backwaters of Kerala. Reviews at TripAdvisor were also quite good and indicated that the hotel was away from the hub of activity and afforded some degree of exclusivity and seclusion. We also found it reasonably priced and hence decided that we would stay in Le Petit Hotel during our visit to Kochi. As always we trusted on our intuitions and hoped we were not proved wrong as online reviews can be misleading sometimes. We stayed at the hotel for nearly a week and we would like to share our experiences and thoughts about the place here. So here goes……..
Le Petit Elephant Location
Le Petit Elephant is located in Cherai which is about 25 Kilometers from Fort Kochi. Cherai has the longest beach in Kochi which stretches to about 10 Kilometers. The hotel is located away from the main beach on a secluded road that runs parallel to the beach. Though it is not located on the beach, the beach can be accessed by crossing the road. Behind the property at some distance flow the backwaters, however there is no direct access from the property to the backwaters. There is another property nearby which is run and owned by the same people which is situated right on the brink of the backwaters. This property is also cutely named as Les 3 Elephants and is a boutique eco resort which consists of bungalows built entirely with bamboos and having thatched roofs made of Coconut tree leaves. We did visit this property too when we went for a magical sunrise boat cruise on the backwaters.
Le Petit Elephant Rooms
The place has an exclusivity to it considering that it has only 10 rooms of different categories. Right from a single room for the solo traveler to a double room suite with a balcony for families, the property caters to the needs of all types of travelers. All the rooms are clean and well maintained and value for money and come with a complimentary breakfast. We found the rooms very comfortable and nothing to complain about.
Le Petit Elephant Dining Area
This we thought was one of the highlights of the place as it is on the first floor and open on three sides. Furnished in Spartan style, the place gives you an opportunity to have your morning breakfast listening the roar of the sea and seeing the waves rising across the road.
Le Petit Elephant Food
Breakfast is complimentary and there is a choice of Continental or Indian. We opted for Indian on all the days and considering that we are vegetarians we skipped the Omlette and opted for a choice of natural fruit juices, Corn Flakes, Veg Sandwiches and local Kerala dishes like Appam, Idli, Puttu, and Idiyappam. The food was tasty and healthy too.
For lunch and dinner again there is a wide range to choose from, however the options for Vegetarians is limited but sufficient. On the days we had lunch or dinner we opted for Chappatis (wheat pancakes) and different Indian Curries, White steamed rice and Spicy Dal. We found the food very delicious with the right amount of spices and to our liking. Of course we would have liked if there were more options for vegetarians.
Le Petit Elephant Pool
There is a cute little swimming pool which is very nice, clean and well maintained. A great place to take a dip or just relax by the poolside on the deck chair and get some sun.
What we liked was that because of the exclusivity of the property, chances are you may have the pool to yourself and swim in solitary splendor, which we did on a couple of days.
Le Petit Elephant Garden Sit Out
There is a cute little sit out near the pool where one can sip a cup of coffee or work on your laptops. The table tops are made of converted carom boards.
Le Petit Elephant Other Facilities
- Free Wi-Fi is available in the rooms as well as in the reception area, however sometimes the network may not be strong enough in the rooms
- Bicycles on hire, the staff would also help you rent a scooter or motorcycle
- Airport pickup and drop at a surcharge, the hotel arranged for airport pickup and drop which cost us INR 1,000 each way
- Travel assistance- the staff is happy to guide you on how to visit surrounding attractions and also arrange for a car or Auto rickshaw as required. We hired a car for day trips as well as an auto rickshaw to go to a nearby place and found the rates reasonable and the drivers helpful too
- You can also book and go for an enchanting backwater cruise through the hotel
Le Petit Elephant Service
Last but not the least is the warm and smiling service provided by the staff, right from the housekeeping personnel to the Manager, everyone is there to help and make you feel at home. They go the extra length to ensure you are comfortable.
After staying in the place for almost a week, it was time for us to head back home. As we bade farewell and took a last look at the place from the car that was ferrying us to the airport, we felt a wrench in our hearts. We are not sure whether it was the lovely location of the place, its exclusivity or the friendly staff, but we really felt that we were leaving behind a home away from home. We silently resolved that we would be back one day as we waved to the staff who stood by the gate.
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