Let’s set the scene;
We stayed at the Moonlight for 15 nights in early April, along with other guests staying for varying lengths of time. The guests ranged from, two retirement age couples traveling together (usually seen at breakfast and then they were off for the day), a couple with early teens daughter (they had been to the resort many times over the past 20 years, and stayed at this hotel before), numerous Indian families usually staying just one or two nights, a younger trendy English couple who just stayed a few nights, a couple of French speaking families with small children, again stayed a couple of nights, a larger than life north Indian businessman named Siti (he and his wife stayed for about a week and he was very interesting to chat with), and then of course there was us two who have visited the area many times in the past (my wife 40 something and me late 50ish).
We arrived at about 5.00am, and as arranged with the hotel a taxi was awaiting for transport to the hotel about 20 minutes away, cost 800Rps because it was a night pickup, had to pay the hotel the next day because we did not have any local currency when we arrived. The front desk manager (Agnelo) said we must be very tired and not to worry about checking in until we had rested in our room, he then instructed Munu (the boy) to show us to our rooms. Next morning we got up and went to the reception where we completed the check and went for the ‘complimentary breakfast’ this had officially finished but that did not appear to bother them.
I have included the above just to show how friendly and willing to help all the staff are, nothing is too much trouble and you are always greeted with a broad smile and ‘good morning, afternoon or good night’. The staffs English is not brilliant, but much better than my Malayalan, we found that if they did not understand what you were asking then a description with your arms or showing an example usually did the trick.
We had a room at the back of the hotel with a large balcony which overlooked some garden’s, you could also see the lighthouse which was spectacular at night. Some rooms at the front of the hotel overlooked the main road; well this road is quite small a windy but it is the main one to the beach and car park. This road does get very busy, and as you know Indian drivers love to use their horns at every opportunity, so it gets very noisy at rush hour, this is just before and after the sun goes down.
Now the hotel itself;
The hotel is up a small incline some 200 metres from the beach, there are numerous gift, souvenir, food shops and money changers very close by, with as many cafes and restaurants as you would ever need within a ten minute walk, these are all very similar all selling the same sort of thing.
The room was large with all the prerequisites, A/C which you could leave on (none of those stupid plastic keys which turns all the power off when you leave the room), ceiling fan (even one outside on the balcony), fridge, TV (can’t say if this worked or not, we did not turn it on), good lighting (fluorescent tube, much better than the very low wattage bulbs usually used), the bathroom was a good size (there is a bath that has been scrubbed until the backing is showing through, with a hand held shower attached, also a full shower but this does not have a cubical, the whole bathroom is a wet room, not to every ones taste).
You do not get the shower caps, mini shampoo and soap bottles like more expensive hotels, (just take your own). The towels and sheets have not been pristine white for some considerable time, but when changed they are clean, as is the whole room.
The pool is a good size with the area around it a little tired, some cracked tiles around the pool but not in it, the pool filters were turned on each day about 4.30ish and at the same time the pool level was topped up. The sunbed areas need a good sweeping and tidy up, but he sunbeds are serviceable and work as they should, the two sunbed umbrellas are very old with the canvas almost certainly liable to fall apart if you touch them.
The complimentary breakfast was served in the restaurant by the pool; this was across a small road from the main hotel, the waiter like everyone else associated with the hotel was brilliant and always had a smile The breakfast was anything from the menu provided they had it, we plumped for the continental breakfast most mornings, this consisted of three slices of toast with butter and marmalade (served in small dishes not individually wrapped items, OK for us) tea or coffee and eggs done however you like them, also some freshly squeezed fruit juice provided the power was not off at the time, how fresh is that!
We ate just once at the hotel in the evening, it was very good in deed, but again it may be on the menu but you could only have what they had got.
There are many good things about this hotel, and only a few negative ones which can very easily be rectified. Be prepared to ask if something is not right, (extra towels, loo paper, have the room cleaned more often, pool towels etc.
Yes we had the same problems as others with paying the bill with a card, (‘machine not working’) we just said it was the only card we had and we could not get cash with it, so they just took us the same money changer we had been using throughout the two weeks and he used his card machine, (simple really).
You can read all the other comments about this hotel, and taken in context with the price and the minor niggles that some people have highlighted, remember it’s not expensive and only two stars maximum so, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!
I suppose the question everyone will ask is ‘would we go back’? The answer is ‘absolutely certainly’, and we are already planning a longer stay next time.
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- Also Known As:
- Moonlight Ayurvedic Beach Resort Kovalam, Kerala