Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort, Alleppey
Set on Vembanad Lake and surrounded by plantations and paddy fields, this upscale, tranquil hotel is also 11 km from Cherthala train station and 12 km from Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Stylish rooms and villas with either balconies or verandas provide free Wi-Fi, desks and flat-screens, plus minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Upgraded villas add private pools, and some have 2 bedrooms. Children age 4 and under stay at no charge with adults. Room service is available.