Although the first man made pool was built for bathing way back in the ancient civilization of Mohenjo-Daro, it was the Romans that understood the recreational value of pools. Today, the resorts and villas of the upper class are incomplete without swimming pools. It has become almost mandatory for holiday resorts to have large sparkling pools in their properties. Recently, the concept of swimming pools has undergone some revolutionary changes. In some luxury resorts, there are beautiful private pools right inside the rooms of the villas. These villas, conveniently called Pool Villas, have become the epitome of luxury living. This new concept has received much love from travelers looking for a luxurious, romantic and relaxing stay. Pool villas offer an unmatched holiday experience especially for honeymoon couples and families with kids.

The tourist destination of Kerala has a large number of resorts that feature exquisite private pool villas. We present to you the top 5 pool villa resorts in Kerala.

1. Spice Tree Resorts – Munnar

Spice Tree Resorts is a luxury mountain retreat located in Munnar which is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque towns the country has. Surrounded with pristine natural beauty, the retreat features unparalleled infrastructural excellence. The Pool Villa at Spice Tree, however, is the highlight of the retreat. With a spacious suite that opens to a private infinity pool, the villa offers an unforgettable experience. What makes the experience especially beautiful is that the pool offers a spectacular panoramic view of the verdant valleys. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine as they relax on the sunbeds placed right next to the private pool.

2. Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House – Thekkady 

Nestled amidst sprawling cardamom and pepper plantations in the adventure-filled town of Thekkady, Aanavilasam is a luxury plantation stay that enjoys a placid environment far away from any hustle and bustle of the city. The 900 sq ft Private Pool Villa of Aanavilasam promises unequaled luxury. The lavish villa features plush bedding and sofas as well as other modern comforts. The villa also offers a pleasant view of the lovely tropical garden in the property.

3. Ragamaya Resort – Munnar

Resting on the verdant hill slopes of Munnar, the Ragamaya Resort & Spa is a premium luxury resort that offers an astounding view of the Ponmudi Lake and also of the thick rainforest. At Ragamaya, century old wooden cottages are now elegant villas with Private Pools. The pool villas feature antique furnishings that contribute to their overall vintage design. With temperature-controlled plunge pools and delightful views of the plantations, the villas have everything an urban traveler would need.

4. Marari Villas- Marari (Alleppey)

Marari Villas’ is a cluster of boutique villas located on the magnificent seashore of the Arabian Sea in the scenic town of Alleppey. Two of the five charming villas in the property have private pools. One of them is Orchid and the other, Hibiscus. Orchid is a stylish modern villa with large French doors that open to a private pool as well as a tropical garden. Hibiscus, however, has more of a traditional look. It features an open-air bathroom and the glass doors of the cottage open to a dining terrace and a beautiful walled garden with private pool.

5. Vythiri Resort – Wayanad 

Vythiri Resort is a splendid jungle resort tucked away in the lush canopy of a tropical rainforest in the mysteriously beautiful hill station of Wayanad. Because of lush greenery, sparkling streams and hanging bridges, the resort enjoys an unbelievable charm. The resort has two kinds of pool villas. One of them is ideal for honeymoon couples and the other, for families. The Honeymoon Pool Villa is a duplex villa featuring a private pool, a sun deck, a cosy living space on the ground level as well as a glass-floored bed room on the level above. The veranda of the villa provides an especially beautiful view of the forests. The Family Pool Villa, located beside the sparkling stream in the resort, features a sunken living area, a bedroom and a private pool on the ground level and also a children’s bedroom on the level above.

6. Citrus Retreat Alleppey

Located in a tranquil atmosphere and surrounded by the pristine backwaters of Alleppey, Citrus Retreats is a significant resort in the town with lush greenery and paddy fields. Apart from the naturally beautiful environment that the resort enjoys, it also offers luxurious accommodation facilities with spacious villas and rooms. The resort features a floating restaurant that offers a splendid view of the paddy fields as well as the backwaters. The restaurant serves palatial Mediterranean and local delicacies. The pool villas in the resort feature tasteful interiors and contemporary luxuries. They also have balconies offering calming views.

7. Aveda Kumarakom

Aveda Kumarakom is a luxury boutique resort in the naturally blessed area of Vembanad. It features an open poolside restaurant cum lounge, a lounge bar as well as a specialty seafood restaurant. There are two types of pool villas in the resort – ‘Lakefront’ and ‘Lake View’.  With 750 to 850 sq. ft. of indoor space, the pool villas have a bed room, a living room, a large bathroom, an open shower, a veranda and a private plunge pool. A primary highlight of the resort is its 150-meter long infinity pool which runs through the length of the property.

8. Elephant Court Thekkady

Elephant Court Thekkady is a modern lush green resort. Since it is close to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the resort enjoys a breezy environment. The chirping of delightful birds is the only sound that penetrates into the calm and tranquil environment of the resort. The resort also enjoys the scent of spices from the nearby plantations. The pool villas at the resort feature aesthetic interiors and natural tones. They have sparkling blue private pools which are not only relaxing but also beautiful to look at.

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