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Kadaltheeram Beach Resort
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Reviewed December 3, 2009

We stayed for 10 days at the end of November and found the hotel and area idyllic, situated in a traditional Indian village which was very endearing with local Indian people going about their business, we especially enjoyed meeting the little milk man on his bicycle with two great big milk churns hanging from him, we were able to get fresh milk from him regularly. The food in the newly opened restaurant was very good and Babu was able to cater for our little girl who doesn't like spicy foods.

We very much enjoyed our stay in the hotel with amazing views of the sea and Ambi and his family were very helpful during our stay.

We can't wait to go back to India and hopefully will book again in a year or so.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Kiaird1
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Reviewed November 29, 2009

We had booked to stay here direct with the owner in the UK because the reviews on this site were very good and the hotel website is excellent. However this was the only accommodation, and we stayed at a diverse range of hotels, in our three week trip that we paid in advance for and I wish we hadn't. For a start we were charged the high season rate, at beginning of November, when every other hotel in Kovalam/Varkala don't start charging high season rates until 1st December. We paid £28 for a twin room when we had a similar one in Kovalam for £7 and Varkala for £8, and that hotel had a fantastic pool, (I have reviewed both Preeth in Varkala and Coco Land in Kovalam).
The room was ok but the electricity supply was terrible with the consequence that anything left in the fridge was warm and we never ever got hot water. We stayed for 3 nights and our towels were only changed once and our room cleaned only once - not something you expect at £28 per night! .Beware of getting any laundry done - I had to throw away a very nice bra/knicker set that had started off a lovely shade of pink but came back a horrid grey colour and the rest of the clothes were too damp to wear - had to dry them out at next hotel. The place is fairly isolated and the sea is not safe to swim in as it is very rough and there are no lifeguards, and no one else swimming there. The restaurant is very overpriced when compared to similar and much busier restaurants elsewhere, although Babu is a good cook and he's obviously trying his best. Ambi the co-owner is reasonably helpful but his English isn't so good that he understands all your requirements. We wanted some ayuverdic treatments and were taken to a backstreet place in Kovalam after a lot of effort, where there's a male 'doctor' to do female massages - a complete no no ayuverdic wise. The English owner's mum, Jackie, was staying and watched over us whilst using the internet - like we were going to access porn or something! she tried to be helpful but really wasn't!. When my travelling companion fell over and sprained her ankle, we were greeted with Jackie saying 'I fall over all the time' and yet every subsequent hotel we stayed at offered us medical assistance. This might be the place to stay if you're on your honeymoon and don't want any interaction with anyone else other than the pineapple sellers on the beach, but even if this is what you want you can probably get much better value elsewhere and I certainly wouldn't be paying up front. Maybe things are better when English owner Philip is in situ, he's certainly friendly enough on the phone, although prior to leaving for India he did tell me that I had to make a decision quickly about booking the room as other people were interested in our room - yeah right! We only saw one other couple resident during our stay. This is the first negative review that I've ever left and it doesn't make me feel good but then neither does being made to pay more for something than its worth.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 22, 2009

We stayed for 4 nights and as it was the first time in Kerala and also the very 1st place we stayed at arriving off the plane, we didn't have anything to compare it with. We loved our time here, it was quiet and peaceful in a beautiful setting. Ambi could not do enough for us and took us by taxi wherever we wanted to visit. He was a really nice man. Also we were lucky in the fact that they had just built and opened a restaurant which was excellent. We loved everything Babu cooked for us. In fact we can honesly say travelling through the rest of Kerala, the best food we had was here.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Michele189
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Reviewed August 15, 2009

A small, cozy and reasonably priced place by a beautiful beach. The location is peaceful and quiet, yet close the “town” with fruit and food stalls. You can take a swim in the ocean though the sea might be a bit rough. Or, you could walk by the beach to the next village or take the local bus to visit Thiruvananthapuram. We stayed in the cottage below the main building. The cottage has two nice and clean rooms, both equipped with a toaster, water boiler, small fridge, and cutlery for making breakfast and snacks. For proper meals, the best restaurants nearby is Hari's place (= Sunset Restaurant). Others might be really disappointing, so be sure to ask for directions to Hari's! Both Ambi and Philip are very friendly, attentive and helpful, and have truly created a special place to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Thank mohkyla
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Reviewed March 16, 2009

It was our first trip to India. Before we even left for our holiday, we were able to contact Phillip, the owner several times to gain valuable advice about money etc. Both Phillip and Ambi were so helpful and we enjoyed our holiday so much, we are already planning a return trip. We really liked that we were able to see the "real" India and feel part of the community. Phillip took us along to a local festival, where we were fed very well at a village feast the local people were also very welcoming. He also introduced us to Hare who owns the beach restaurant where we were able to eat on the sea shore in candle light. It was truly amazing. Also, no mosquito's!! Ambi was able to provide us with transport to and from airport, trips out to an elephant sanctuary and interesting places to visit. we felt well looked after and it was a relaxed and comfortable place to stay. Thank you Phillip and Ambi!! See you soon, we hope!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank KG10
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