On the Kerala coast, an hour south of Cochin, Marari Beach Resort is set in 36 acres of lawns, lotus ponds and coconut groves, threaded through with stone-flagged pathways. A windbreak of palms runs the length of the property, reducing the sometimes gusty sea winds to a cooling breeze.
The accommodation is modelled on the fishermen's dwellings of Mararikulam, a fine balance between traditional form and modern function. The roofs are palm thatch and the concrete base keeps the air conditioning in and inquisitive insects out. Bathrooms too combine modern fixtures with the traditional Kerala open-roofed style. The little taps outside each cottage are another local touch. The fishermen use them to wash the sand off their feet and guests can do likewise.
The resort has three restaurants - a veranda style restaurant by the pool, the evening Seafood Grill and the Organic Farm Restaurant where guests can select their own vegetables, cook and partake of the meal with the chef. The bar at Marari is in a beautiful 200-year old building, deep in a thicket of trees and lotus ponds. There is also a Beach Shack serving refreshing drinks
Do nothing on the beach, take long walks or bicycle rides and definitely take time to stroll down to the village and explore.
There are regular cookery classes most evenings, so guests can learn and enjoy Kerala cuisine. There's also the organic farm experience to enjoy. Marari Bech Resort has a full size swimming pool, beach volleyball and tennis for the more active. Ayurvedic massages and yoga classes enhance relaxation.
Open: Marari Beach Resort is open all year.
Location: Marari Beach Resort is located on the Kerala coast near Alleppey and 88kms from Cochin airport.
Rooms: The hotel offers spacious accommodation in garden villas, pool villas and deluxe pool villas, the last 2 with their own plunge pools. The bathrooms are built in traditional Keralan style with showers that are open to the sky. All rooms are air conditioned and feature minibar and tea and coffee making facilities and all have a private garden.
Activities: Sunbathing, swimming in the pool or sea, exploring local villages, cycling, learning about Kerala cooking, bird watching and nature walks. The hotel can arrange various excursions including a temple tour and a country boat ride.
Facilities: The hotel restaurant serves Kerala cuisine including fresh fish and seafood and many ingredients from its organic garden. There is an open air beach hut bar. There is a large swimming pool and a tennis court and beach volleyball. There are attractive gardens leading to the beach plus a butterfly garden and a lotus pond. There are resident naturalist guides who can accompany guests on walks in the gardens. The hotel offers yoga and ayurvedic therapies including massage. Guests can relax in the recreation room which has a TV. Souvenirs and local handicrafts are on sale in the gift shop.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access at the reception area.
The very best of the north combined with a relaxing beach stay - perfect!
A great introduction to southern India, this holiday will give you a glimpse into daily life and awaken all your senses.
"More touristy than the places we had been before, expensive; but a great beachside position, lots to do (yoga, ayurveda, a resident naturalist and a fantastic butterfly garden, a very good swimming pool) and comfortable accommodation."