This small beachfront hotel has a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere, ideal for a restful stay. Stroll through the gardens and you come across hammocks slung between palm trees, where you can laze as you listen to the waves lapping the shore and the sea breeze rustling the leaves. The gardens lead on to the sandy beach itself. Hotel guests are provided with loungers and sunshades, all you need for a quiet day at the coast.
Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a children's pool, and a spa where staff can administer therapies and treatments based on traditional Ayurvedic practises. Yoga classes can be arranged too. The restaurant faces the sea so you can enjoy the ocean views as you dine on local and international fare. Private candlelight dinners on the beach can be arranged on request, to make your stay extra-special.
The hotel has both rooms and villas, just 13 in all. Rooms are smaller, yet offer ample space and face the pool. Interiors are cooled by air conditioning, and you can help yourself to a cup of tea and coffee whenever you wish. Rooms have TV, though in such a lovely location you may not be tempted to turn it on. Villas are larger, similarly equipped, and have their own terrace and area of garden. Some have open-air bathrooms, a nice touch in this warm climate.
Open: Marari Sands Beach Resort is open all year.
Location: Marari Sands in on the beach of the same name. The nearest airport is Kochi (Cochin), about a 2-hour drive (75kms) away. The Aleppy backwaters are about 15kms from Marari Sands.
Rooms: There are 13 guest rooms, made up of 4 palm-view rooms and 9 palm-view villas. The rooms are about 28sqm and feature flatscreen TV, tea and coffee maker, intercom, en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. Villas occupy over 32sqm, have the same facilities and include a private sit-out and garden. 5 of the villas have open-air bathrooms. The home operates a limited room service menu (additional charge).
Activities: Spend lazy hours on the beach, or in a hammock in the gardens, or, if feeling more energetic, use one of the bikes to explore the area. The backwaters are within a short drive and there are opportunities for cruises. Yoga sessions can be arranged on request.
Facilities: The hotel adjoins a stretch of beach with a snack bar. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a separate children’s pool. The Ayur Spa offers Ayurveda therapies to enhance health and well-being.
Dining: Waterfront Restaurant is open for breakfast (07:30-10:00), lunch (12:00-14:30) and dinner (19:00-22:30). As well as tasty Keralan cuisine you can enjoy North Indian and international dishes. Serene by the Sea, the beach bar, serves non-alcoholic drinks and light meals.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas.
Notes: There is currently no alcohol licence at this hotel