In a milestone for the over-a-century-old cooperative movement in Kerala, the country’s first five-star resort in the sector will start functioning near Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad on Tuesday. The formal inauguration is scheduled in January.
The soft launch of ₹100-crore Saptha Resort and Spa — spread across four acres and situated close to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary — will mark the foray of Kerala Land Reforms and Development Cooperative Society (Ladder) into the luxury hospitality sector.
It has 63 rooms, including four suite rooms, apart from facilities like a convention hall that can accommodate 500 guests, specialty restaurants, infinity pool, mini movie theatre and a gaming area. The three floor resort also has a business centre and two board rooms. “We forayed into the sector as tourism is the only dependable industry that Kerala can look forward to in the future. It offers the potential of marketing our nature, climate and destinations. We also want to give a message that nothing is impossible for the cooperative sector,” said C N Vijayakrishnan, its founder chairman. The resort also has a locational advantage of being close to the tri-junction of three states, with just 92km from Ooty and 115km from Mysore, he added.