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Marari Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Mararikulam
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“Where are the Indian guests?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

This is a well run, clean and relaxing resort. If all you want to do is laze around in the sun, then it's great. The staff are all excellent: very helpful, without being obtrusive.

We arrived for a couple of nights after a houseboat trip on the backwaters (wonderful!) and were just looking for lazy days. The Marari Beach Resort has extensive grounds leading right up the beach, with sun loungers everywhere and a flag system for ordering drinks and snacks (just hoist the flag for attention!). The swimming pool is clean and well maintained. Sun loungers on the beach would have been a welcome addition, as it was too hot for frying directly in the sun.

The restaurant is the only real choice for food, as the resort appears to be in the middle of nowhere. There was a small a la carte menu, but most people choose from the buffet, which has a variety of different foods (not all Indian). Quality was good, but I think I'd get a little bored eating in the same place every night for a whole week. Breakfast is a vast buffet and has a wide selection of food.

Special mention for one of the (restaurant?) managers, who came over specially to talk to one of our party about her food requirements on hearing that she has had colon surgery and cannot eat anything remotely spicy. A plainly cooked plate of fish, rice and vegetables was provided. Excellent service.

We took advantage of the ayurvedic centre a couple of times. Treatments are good and not particularly expensive (compared with UK prices). They make a palaver of taking blood pressure at the first session, but that's all to produce the effect of it being 'medicine'.

Our room (chalet) was lovely: large, clean and with high-spec fittings. There's the outside bathroom thing that we Westerners love about Asia (but really, all it does is invite geckos to visit…). I couldn't fault the room. It felt luxurious. Oh, apart from the hairdryer and mirror being sited over the kettle/tea/coffee. A design fault of many hotels. Who wants hair flying into tea cups?

The view from the small verandah was disappointing. Nothing to look at apart from the neighbouring chalet, but with double gin and tonic in hand, accompanied by a good book, I got over it.

My only complaint about the place is, well, it's a bit boring. There are plenty of tours on offer and, if I'd been staying longer, they would have been a necessity. A walk outside the resort just seems to lead to a very few shops (bought some saris), but we couldn't see anything else a holidaymaker might look for. The resort seems geared up for older Western (mainly British) visitors and younger people might feel they've slipped into a scene from Cocoon. No children either (good, I'm at a selfish age).

But where were all the Indian guests?

(Incidentally, we visited the sister hotel in Kochi (Brunton Boatyard). Right by the water, it's a high-spec hotel, worth a look at)

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, General Manager at Marari Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 13, 2014
Dear Guest

"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year" in advance

Thank you very much for such a wonderful and detailed review. lt is also a chance for us to see our positives and negatives. All your points have been noted.

We wish to welcome you back for another experiential holiday with us.

Warm Regards

Subrahmanian.P

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

We just came back few days ago from Kerala. We'd been stayed in three CGH hotels,Coconut Lagoon,Marari Beach and Eighth Bastion.May be we like a slightly firmer bed so the Cocount La and Lagoon and Marari Beach were fine for us.The bed was a bit soft in the Eighth Bastion but we just stayed for a night.I don't like spicy food and butter at all but I managed to find some food from their menu.We had a small sea food platter for lunch on our first day in Coconut Lagoon and it was quite disappointed because apart from everything were over cooked,a bit a fish in the platter wasn't fresh.The platter costed about £10 and we won't mind pay for something a bit expensive but nice but it wasn't the case. We ate some of it and I told the staff what was wrong with our food then they offered to cook us something else but at that point my appetie was put off by that bit of fish so I just said no to the waiter.So,the next 2 meal Coconut Lagoon were okay because I asked them to the way I want.The chef from Marari Beach is very good,I asked him to cook fish for us and he didn't over cook the fish.I cook fish qute a lot so his timing for cooking fish is very good.He is still the best chef among the CGH hotels we'd been stayed in.The staff in those hotel we'd been were extremely friendly and helpful.I think I 'd seen enough Kerala and I don't I will go again.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, General Manager at Marari Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 13, 2014
Dear Guest

"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year"in advance

Thank you so much for spending your valuable time for giving a detailed feedback about your stay. We are very much happy to know that you have enjoyed our seafood and l will surely pass on your compliments to our chef.

We request you to come back to" Marari Beach" for a wonderful experience

Warm Regards

Subrahmanian.P

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Marari Beach

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

I had four night here from 7th to 1th February and it was just right after a very busy three week tour of North India. The villas are spacious and very clean, the grounds are well kept, the food is excellent and the staff are delightful. The loudest noise I heard was bird song and the gentle breeze rustling the leaves. Harry, one of the managers was always around to make sure everyone had everything they needed and to see if he could help with anything.

However, there was one downside for me. I was travelling alone and it appeared only couples and groups of couples were staying at the resort the week I was there and although I am happy with my own company it would have been nice to have had a bar which was inside, air conditioned of course, where I could have read or 'people watched'.during the evening. This didn't spoil my break there and I would certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, General Manager at Marari Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 13, 2014
Dear Guest

"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year"in advance

Thank you immensely for a wonderful feedback. We are extremely happy to know that you have thoroughly enjoyed every aspects of your stay.l will surely pass on your compliments to Hari and all other team members.

We are eagerly waiting to welcome you back for a wonderful experiential holiday with us.

Warm Regards

Subrahmanian.P

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

I stayed here with my family in January. The hotel grounds, pool, beach & food are excellent. The garden villas are very spacious and clean. We had paid for bed & breakfast in advance and were slightly disappointed to find there was nowhere nearby to eat, within walking distance. The prices were very expensive for food & drink compared with the rest of Kerala and we couldn't help wondering where that money was going to. This resort is best for couples and older families. The sea is so warm and beautiful for swimming, but watch out for the waves!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, General Manager at Marari Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 17, 2014
Dear Guest

"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year' in advance

Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. It was a great pleasure for us to have you here and also to know that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We hope to welcome you back again for another memorable experience with us.

Warm Regards

Subrahmanian.P

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Marari Beach

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

We were actually staying elsewhere along the beach but wanted to come to the hotel for dinner. We walked along the beach but were informed by the security guard that the hotel was full and we were not allowed in even to have a look around. I was actually shocked at this because the one thing I love about India is the welcome you get from any hotel you go to even though you may not be staying there. We were so disappointed because we had been recommended to eat at this hotel. Whether we would stay at this hotel now when we come back is debateable.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, General Manager at Marari Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 17, 2014
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"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year" in advance

We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused to you. We would also like to clarify that we are very much concerned with the security and safety of our inhouse guest. Keeping in mind the safety and security factor we always recommend the entrance to the property through the main gate.

We request you to come and stay with us for a memorable experience.

Warm Regards

Subrahmanian.P

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Marari Beach

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was our last stop of five on a fortnight’s tour of Kerala - so we were ready to relax in a beach resort for a few days - and didn’t mind that the hotel was slightly outside of Kochi.

Having stayed at a sister CGH resort (Spice Village in Thekkady) earlier in our tour, we had an idea what the resort would be like with its thatched bungalows. Fortunately the spread out site is quite well signed with directions. We actually managed to get the WiFi to work in our room most of the time so there was no need to go to Reception.

There was a very wide variety of food in the restaurant buffet at both breakfast and dinner, fortunately some unspicy options available too - as after two weeks of curries, the law of diminishing returns may have begun to set in.

The catering staff are very helpful and encouraged us to try some new things. We never tried the a la carte beach grill.

The pool was a pleasant temperature and we had a paddle in the sea when walking along the almost deserted beach, but the waves looked quite strong especially in the afternoons.

The “open to the air” bathroom was quite an interesting concept which we quickly learnt to enjoy!

I did manage to get nibbled by a mosquito despite wearing lots of repellant - the only time during our holiday, so visitors do need to be careful.

There was some noise from a local temple which started about 6am in the morning so those who are light sleepers may be disturbed.

We had a walk round the butterfly garden after breakfast with the onsite naturalist and spotted a few spectacular varieties.

The tea cart – available from 4pm- 5pm was a delight with a variety of teas, coffees and daily light snack.

We did manage an inexpensive (400 rupees-£4) trip out by Tuk- Tuk to the local early morning fish market, just a couple of miles from the hotel, which was very interesting .We watched the fisherman landing their wide range of catches and it being auctioned off and then taken away by push or motor bike to be sold to customers .It looks a hard life, not many young people involved either, maybe they are taking other options?

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, General Manager at Marari Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 17, 2014
Dear Guest

"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year" in advance

Thank you so much for your valuable and detailed feedback. lt is very much heartening for the entire team to get such a wonderful words. We are very happy to know that all our facilities and services up to your expectations. We used to get many positive feedback for the fishlanding visit we provide using tuk tuk services and through this activities we are benefiting the local community by not taking any extra charges and requesting the guest to pay them directly.

We are eagerly waiting to welcome you back for another memorable holiday with us.

Warm Regards

Subrahmanian.P

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Marari Beach

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

We absolutely concur with ML - Brussels "Trouble in Paradise". We stayed here as the last stop on our holiday in South India in the expectation of relaxing in the shade on a beach. The first thing we discovered was that there is no shade whatsoever on the beach, which descends steep;ly into the water where there is a strong undercurrent. hence the reasons why hardly anyone ventured into the water. Plus, as has been mentioned the faeces, which littered the beach on both sides of the private hotel beach. This must be a health hazard and the small section of private beach does not safeguard against this once you enter the sea.

The seating under the palm trees was only partially shady and inland by about 100 yards from the actual beach. The ground was enmeshed with roots, which formed another hazard as it was extremely easy to catch feet and sandals in these.

The villas, with private pools were excellent but located at the furthest most point from beach and restaurant. Relaxing by the mini-pool in our courtyard was spoilt by air-borne rubbish from bearby burning and also by the religious chanting from a Hindu temple from about 5.30am until midday. This occurred on all the days of our stay.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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FEEDBACKfromCGHEarth, General Manager at Marari Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 17, 2014
Dear Guest

"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year' in advance

Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. Your points and suggestions has been taken seriously and we will do our level best to keep up to your expectations.We are very happy to see that you have enjoyed your stay in our pool villa

We look forward to welcome you back for a better experience.

Warm Regards

Subrahmanian.P

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Marari Beach

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Property: Marari Beach Resort
Address: North S.L Puram, Mararikulam 688549, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Mararikulam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Mararikulam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marari Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 62
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