The Tea Village Resort, is a 25 key boutique hotel located on a 3 acres site along the upper slope of the hills with expansive views to the valley. There are multiple individual cottages and a separate main Reception building.
Project Name: Tea Village, Munnar
Architectural Firm: StudioNext
Completion Year: January 2017
Builtup Area: 15,000 sft
Site Area: 3 acres
Location: Munnar, Kerala
Lead Architect: Tarun Kumar – Principal Architect, Rajiv Gupta – Managing Director
Client: Pepper Village Hill Resort (P) Ltd
Budget: INR 11 Crore
The reception building has support spaces such as lobby & lounge, Dining hall, kitchen, activity room and Deluxe rooms. The lobby & lounge with an outdoor terrace provides the first glimpse of the green valley. The Dining hall is located on the uppermost floor, providing all round views of the valley and the hills.
All the cottage blocks are G+1, while the main reception block is 5 floors. The entrance is from the upper floors and the lower floors below are along the slope of the hill, thus minimising cutting and filling. The steeper slopes have been left as is as part of the nature trail. Additional tea plantation has been grown to add to the green environment. The landscape provides the much needed privacy of the cottages as well as create a soothing environment through the levels of the hills.
The cottages and rooms are oriented that they all face towards the valley on the east. Their interior layout is such that the first view in the morning is of the sunrise in the expansive valley. Sound of Birds chirping, fragrance of fresh flowers & filtered sunlight through the scattered clouds, all add to the overall ambience of the morning experience.
The design primarily uses local materials that provides a contemporary feel with a traditional flavour. Locally available Rubber wood has been used in all the interior spaces as wood panelling, providing the warmth in each of the spaces. Terracotta artwork by a local artist, depicting the life of a Tea Village adorns the main entrance lobby.