So finally, my feedback from the Kerala trip with Susannah…
What a special place Palm Tree is! Situated in such a gorgeous and peaceful location, I loved it from the minute I arrived and felt instantly at home. Nothing was too much trouble for Halin and his fantastic team and his local knowledge was very helpful for those of us new to the area. He is clearly very passionate about what he does and wants to ensure all his guests have an enjoyable time. He joined us for dinner a couple of times which was nice and again, just added to the sense of feeling welcome. The trips were well-organised and offered plenty of variety and the driver's were pleasant and drove safely.
I was especially impressed with all the staff remembering our names and greeting us each day. They were a pleasure to talk to and were always helpful and polite. Special thanks to Binu and Suneel, our waiters. We had such a laugh with them and they were always on hand to assist with the biggest smiles.
I am already missing the beautiful people, the food, the sunsets and of course the yoga shala where I spent many happy hours looking out across the palm tree-framed ocean.
I will definitely be recommending Palm Tree to others. In fact, I am currently training to be a yoga teacher and hope one day to return with my own group! Please pass on my thanks and gratitude to Halin.
Emma - Palm Tree January 2016
Dear Free-spirit Team,
Following my 2 week holiday to South India with Beverley Fox back in November last year, I just wanted to leave a few words about my experience.
This was my first time in India and I can confidently say, won't be my last. The venue itself was ideally suited for our needs. Amazing yoga studio with panoramic views. The beach, just a stones throw away, provided an omnipresent soothing soundtrack throughout the yoga sessions each day.
Beverly was a fantastic teacher who's classes were always fun, varied and creative. I enjoyed the variety of Vinyasa, Kundalini and Yin Yoga (perfect for the evening classes). She brought a catalogue of yoga inspired music which always seemed to compliment the mood / energy levels perfectly. We had an intimate sized group which allowed for ample time to work on posture adjustments and realignment.
The staff, managed by Halim,at the nearby Curry Leaf Restaurant were always on hand to ensure our time was an enjoyable one. Food was amazing. Music nights were always good fun, many of them impromptu!
I could go on........excursions, massages, beautiful sunsets etc. I've been to a few Free-spirit holidays and this has to rank up there with the best.
Simon - Palm Tree Dec 2015
I just wanted to give some feedback for the Yoga retreat I was on with Beverly Fox 29/11-12/12.
I had a really wonderful time. The rooftop yoga with the sound of the sea was so therapeutic. Beverly is a fantastic, passionate teacher, she really helped me improve significantly. It opened my eyes to some different forms of yoga that I've never tried before. Halim and all the staff were incredibly helpful, rooms were clean, food was wonderful. I made some great friends and felt very welcomed by everyone. I hope to get the opportunity to go again very soon!
Joanne - Palm Tree Dec 2015
Jilly and Debbie
Have just returned from a wonderful yoga holiday with Lisa. I loved India.. the beautiful people, the landscape, the food...
But I particularly wanted to tell you how excellent Halin and his team were. We were treated so well. Halin runs a very smooth operation at Palm Tree but he also smoothed our paths considerably at Sumadra Beach and in Kovallum with transport, restaurant bookings.
Janet November 2015
WOW what a fabulous holiday we had. I am still on a high I describe our retreat as one of the most beautiful experiences of my life so far, cocooned in a little retreat of Love Positivity and Kindness J
It was so lovely to meet you all!! I tell everyone I meet about your fabulous Yoga Holidays Gilly and of course the Legend that is Mr Sye !!
I have wonderful photos of you all on my phone and uploaded to Facebook not sure how to e mail them though I will find out !!
Just want to share this beautiful moment … on returning from India I went to my mums to give my nieces and step daughter their gifts, Ruby looks beautiful in her Sari !! They wanted to know all about India and what we did, I told them about the circle of love, where you all hold hands and send the person on your right all the love in the world !!! AMAZING !!! The energy was beautiful… a little circle of innocent, eager little people wishing with all of their heart to send all of the love in the world to each other… I don't think I have ever felt anything so powerful. I am going to use this within my work, it's such a simple yet beautiful thing to do ! Thank you David !
I hope this finds you all well and happy I send with it All my love
Kristy XXX Feb 2015
it seems a distant far memory now the heat of india,and those intense vibrant temple festivals what a great experience..
Kathry Feb 2015
"It was one of the most exciting places I have ever visited. It was a great balance between learning yoga and experiencing some of India. The location is superb. The beach is beautiful as well as being a real working beach. One of my favourite mornings was watching the fishermen bring in the nets, singing and cooperating as a whole group together.
The staff were fantastic, right from the top down. Halen is a great Manager. He was so quietly efficient, gentle and kind. He organised the various trips we wanted as well as organising us to go to see a temple celebration which was so different from any carnival I have ever seen. It was so full of colour, music, elephants and performers. It is something I will remember for life.
The food provided was superb, exactly what I wanted. They were so obliging that when we asked for Dosers for breakfast they provided several days of tasty new Indian breakfasts. The staff went well beyond the call of duty.
I would recommend it highly to my friends."
Alison Feb 2015
Hi Jilly So I am back from Kovalam and I loved it!!!! I am back for two weeks now but it is still not easy to reconnect to London.
I enjoyed my stay in Kovalam, nice location, great great yoga and fabulous food, yes, you were right, it was a real feast every day! people were really nice and it was a pleasure to spend time chatting around the big table at breakfast or dinner... The Curry Leaf staff was amazingly nice, Halin too, very good manager... friendly and relaxed 'atmosphere'.
I would like to book for the February 2016 retreat with Liz...
hope you are well all the best
Michèle Feb 2015
Just wanted to stay thank you for a great holiday in Palm Tree with liz lark. I have been going to India on yoga holidays for the last 9 years and this venue, their food and staff were really excellent. The view from the yoga shala was stunning. Halin and his team were great, nothing was too much trouble. Sue Feb 2015
Thanks Jilly, yes I had a wonderful time. The yoga shala must have one of the best views of any yoga studio in the world, plus there's the sound of the ocean, the feel of the breeze and the smell of incense - wonderful. It's a great location . Sasha Feb 2015
Good Morning Jilly,
We all had an amazing holiday in Kerala so thank you for sorting out the apartment and all the arrangements. Sara, Art and myself are still missing the yoga, sea and energy we found in India on this visit, very special indeed! Lesley Feb 2015
Just back from a fabulous time in Kerala. It was probably one of my best retreats so far, the group were really wonderful, everyone gelled so well and that inspired my teachings so much. We had the most amazing memorable time and left on such a magical high Brigitte Rooney (yoga teacher) Jan 2015
Hi Jilly & Debbie
Had the most AMAZING time and all the students are raving, raving, raving.
Caroline Wickham (yoga teacher) Dec 2014
Yes I love the centre I love the staff I love the position I love how welcome we were all made to feel and would recommend it to anyone .... Its a veritable Shangrila on the Indian Ocean !!! Pure Bliss can't wait to return next year the place ROCKS !!!! David Sye (yoga teacher) April 2014
I hope you are well. Some quick feedback from kovalum. Everything is going well. It's a beautiful and inspiring place. The yoga studio is fab. The bolsters are in gorgeous silk! The staff are all friendly and helpful - Halin in particular really knows his stuff and is very reliable. The food in the restaurant is wonderful and generous portions. We are getting in lots of yoga, massages, swims in the sea and absorbing keralan culture. Sarah Jan 2014