It is a totally gorgeous experience staying here. It is very peaceful and incredibly stylish. The rooms are actually individual thatched bungalows, and each has a veranda facing the backwater lagoon and comfortable wooden planters chairs in the shade. Most rooms seem to have a private outside area behind their cottage with a small dining table, chairs and deck chairs. We stayed in two different cottages and both had different quirks, one had a stunning brass sink with a tap suspended above it, and the other had an outside writing desk. But every room seems to have a unbroken view across the backwaters and it is magical at night when the chinese fishing nets put their lights on.
The staff are friendly and highly competent. The hotel serves breakfasts, light lunches and dinner- the menu changes every day but we tried pretty much everything over a few days and it was all well-cooked and delicious.
The other highlight of this place is that you get the rare combination of backwaters and beach. The top end of Cherai beach is usually nearly deserted and clean, and its about 100m walk from the hotel. If you're staying for a while I'd recommend getting the number of a friendly rickshaw driver so you can be picked up/ dropped off further down Cherai if you fancy exploring- sometimes it can be difficult to find one on the road.
Utterly brilliant place. Definitely going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- French owned, designed and managed Backwaters Boutique Eco Resort, 200 meters from the Arabian Sea. Thatched roofs bungalows, with sit-out offering direct view on the backwaters, and private garden. Indo-Mediterranean restaurant. Traditional massage and yoga class available. Free Wi-Fi lounge area. Handicraft and designer clothes Corner Shop. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les 3 Elephants Cherai Beach Kerala, India