We've just come back from the resort and while we were there there were only 4 other people staying at the same time which was rather surreal for such a big hotel. But we had an amazing experience. I've stayed in some wonderful hotels but the accommodation in this one really stands out. We were absolutely wowed by the deluxe villa which had a pool with a cascade and the biggest hotel bathroom I've ever seen.
The whole time we were looked after by our 'Villa Master', Jerin Samuel and he couldn't have been more attentative and efficient, organising candlelit dinners by our pool and making sure we always had everything we needed.
We were somewhat surprised that the bar didn't serve alchohol (they have yet to get their licence) and we could only drink in our villa. But the quality of the cooking made up for that. We had some superb meals in the main restaurant and while we were there they opened the seafood restaurant for the first time - we had delicately spiced and perfectly cooked fish and prawns.
The beach was quite wild and dramatic - a previous viewer complained that it was littered with dead trees - well yes, there are some coconut palm trunks half buried in the sand but that all adds to the beauty - see photos. We also loved the huge pool and our spa back and neck massages were very firm and effective.
One complaint - the pillows were horribly hard but when we asked for softer ones it took just minutes for the wonderful Jerin to arrive with some. So just ask.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, situated at the Marari beach close to the Alappuzha backwaters, comprises of 40 luxury villas, a traditional Ayurveda Spa, Two Backwater Suite in Muhamma, One Two Bedroom House Boat and a Sailing Club. The villas are designed to reduce energy and water consumption as well as minimize the use of exhaustible materials. The eco-friendly resort ensures that we use materials such as jute, bamboo, recycled cardboard instead of wood, reprocessed plastic and scrap wood. While at the resort, travellers can take lake/ backwater tours to gaze at the gorgeous paddy fields of Alapphuza, try out the early-morning yoga sessions, unwind at the beach, relax at the spa, enjoy performances by local traditional dancers and Kerala’s range of percussion music, try their hand at night fishing, cycle around villages or sail the backwaters and learn a bit of archery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort Kerala/Mararikulam, India