I stayed here for 3 nights. This is amongst the newest properties of Club Mahindra. The property is picturesque and well laid-out, with cottages and rooms. I stayed in a cottage. The room and bathroom are very spacious. The private verandah at the rear overlooks the lake and is a soothing space to relax in.
Being a new resort, the quality and upkeep of the rooms and furnishings is very good. The rooms are thoughtfully equipped with a tea/coffee maker, a mini fridge, toiletries, the newspaper every morning and an umbrella too. There wasn't too much teething trouble, but, the staff happily sorted out a few issues we had.
The resort is located next to the relatively-unknown Cherai beach, which gets crowded with locals, especially in the evenings and on holidays. Early in the mornings, you can have the beach almost to yourself.
Check-in and check-out were smooth and quick. The staff at the resort is very helpful and friendly. There are many activities within the resort for those who do not want to step out. We took a private houseboat ride which we enjoyed. However, it was sold to us as a 2-hour ride by an overzealous staff member, but was actually just an hour long; something we didn't appreciate. They have a spa, but I didn't try it out.
The resort has a restaurant serving buffet meals. The variety of the spread is good. But, the local cuisine lacks a bit of authenticity. However, when we told the manager that, he ensured we had a good experience with local food the next day. All other food was tasty, though. I also had dinner at their a-la-carte restaurant one day, at a table overlooking the beach. The local cuisine here, though expensive, was much more authentic than at the buffet. Room service is not great and the food is almost always cold; there seems to be a shortage of staff. There aren't any other restaurants around the resort but since the food here is good, you will not miss the lack of other options.
Overall, a great place for a relaxing, 'do-nothing' type of holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Indriya Beach Resort and Spa consists of secluded luxury cottages, sumptuously appointed executive suites, banquet areas and a state of the art spa set on an elegant landscape dotted with palms and tropical plants. Nestled between the Cherai beach and lagoon, serenity is the order of the day. Lulled by the hush of the lagoon, the calls of tropical birds, canoes sending soft ripples through the water, the muttered voices of fishermen and in the background the muted growl of the sea, the hiss of waves descending on the beach - you are in the realm of forces primal and sensual. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Mahindra Cherai Beach Kerala, India