At CGH Earth, their goal is to create experiences that involve and immerse you. Experiences that are not just enjoyable, but also environmentally aware and culturally rich. Curling around a misty ridge 2,000ft high in the Periyar vastness, they found a ranger's home, with fruit trees, rare herbs and a profusion of flowering plants. And here, they set out to build a resort. A village, produced whole, using mountain spirit and tribal wisdoms as building Spice Village is the essence of a mountain tribal village, re-imagined for the modern independent traveller. Of course, the comforts of a modern hotel exist, but they never intrude. Modern plumbing, comfortable beds and hot showers find their place, but in a setting stripped down to its natural essence. Hewn stone replaces shag carpets. Birdsong takes the place of television. Air-conditioning? Unnecessary anyway in the fine mountain climate and what would it do but mask the heady scents of spice wafting through the air?
If you need evidence that comfort is easily obtained without intruding on Nature, you don't need to look further than Spice Village's cottages. No fancy carpets. Just coir mats on bare stone floors. Modern bathrooms and interiors, but with a spartan elegance based on simple, natural materials and local woodcraft. No artificial airconditioned spaces here. Just cool, naturally lit rooms and airy private porches. So open a window, and your mind as well. And let your senses be enveloped by the sounds and scents wafting in on the forest air.