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“Wonderful stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Beach Front | Mararikulam North P.O, Mararikulam, India   |  
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Ranked #3 of 10 Mararikulam B&B and Inns
Cincinnati, OH
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“Wonderful stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We spent our last two nights in Kerala at Marari Austin Beach Villa and we were tempted to change our flight and stay longer! We just wanted to relax by the beach and this was the perfect place. The room was clean and comfortable (I appreciated the mosquito net on the bed) and the location was perfect for us. We ate all of our meals there, with Jasmine cooking some of the best food we had on our entire trip. The beach was beautiful and quiet and many times we were the only ones there. My husband enjoyed getting up early to watch the local fishermen come in with their daily catch. Austin and his family are gracious hosts and they went out of their way to ensure that we had a wonderful stay. Their motto is "Come as guests and depart as friends," and that says it all.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

The days we spent at Austin's homestay were undoubtedly the highlight of our holiday - the destination is perfect (right on the beach edge), the people are wonderful and the food is sublime.

We stumbled across Marari after a recommendation from the owner of another homestay and were a little apprehensive about going somewhere completely random. The homestay itself is in a small beach-side village and is a fantastic secluded spot void of the hussle and bussle of other parts of India. Our days with Austin were spent wandering along the most wonderful beach, seeing what the fishermen had caught, playing cricket with the locals, exploring the local area, meeting some of the villagers, etc. In some sense this is the closest we came to seeing the "real" Kerala.

Austin and his family are the nicest people you'll ever meet and we were delighted to find that he speaks perfect english and works as a tour guide part of the time - so that he can advise you on whatever you'd like to do.

So, to summarize, visit!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

After being dissapointed with the place we were recomended we trailed up the road and saw the sign for Austins. We only intended staying 2 nights but loved it so much we stayed for 6! The owners are lovely people,run by 2 brothers and their wives,they couldnt do enough for us.They even thought it cool to thrash us at board games in the afternoon when baby Julia was sleeping. The room we had was at the main house set back from the beach ( 4/5 mins walk),lovely room,clean fresh sheets and towels,modern, nice tiled bathroom,fan(air conditioning was just being fitted) I personally thought it could do with a couple of shelves for clothing and maybe a couple of hangers.We ate each morning and evening at the beach house,lovely food cooked fresh by Jasmine. Every day she endeavoured to make us something different. If you want a really relaxing time this is the place to go.We were really sad to say goodbye but will without doubt be back again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

We were given a recommendation for this place and turned up not knowing what to expect. We were greeted by Austin, the owner, who insisted on carrying our bags (both of them and they were BIG), in 35 degree heat across the sand! He took us to our room which was clean, extremely tidy and air conditioned.

We had a porch which looked out directly at the sea and was shaded by beautiful coconut trees. The homestay is located within Marari Village, which is fantastic as the people are all very very friendly and love to come and say hello. We also felt extremely safe here, not once worrying about anything.

Our stay was absolutely fantastic due to the surroundings and also Austin and his wife Jasmine. Their hospitality was second to none, speaking the best English we had come across. They provided us with stunning food every night and even taught their children (Anna-Maria and Brian) to sing happy birthday to me on my birthday. They also dressed the garden with balloons, decorations and even a birthday cake, needless to say I was gobsmacked!

This part of our trip will remain in my heart for a very long time to come. You will not be disappointed by a stay here. I can only hope that one day I have the opportunity to return.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beach Front | Mararikulam North P.O, Mararikulam, India
Location: India > Kerala > Mararikulam
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Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Mararikulam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Marari Austin Beach Villa Kerala/Mararikulam, India

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