We had 3 nights in Hibiscus Villa followed by 4 nights in Orchid Villa. Hard to choose as both great but we liked Orchid because of the large window overlooking the pool and the front garden with chairs and a fan. Both have outside toilets and showers with lovely plants growing in them.
There was nobody else there so we had 5 staff to ourselves!
The staff and service are first rate. Shan, the host, and Rajesh, the chef, are fantastic.Olga and Rupert run the whole show and are lovely. There are no other restaurants close by or indeed anything much but this added to the restful isolation. Meals are taken in your own garden and you will not see other guests.We had planned to do self-catering but having sampled the food this thought went straight out of the window. We went to the local market with Rajesh one day and had a cooking course in the evening with him which we enjoyed immensely. Some reviewers have commented on the small breakfasts - we did not find this at all - we had, for example, fruit, pancakes (fabulous!); eggs and toast - as much as you wanted! There is a weekly cycle of different dinner choices so you are never bored with the food which is both Indian and continental.
The villas are surrounded by coconut palms and banana trees.
I did use the free cycle and toured the area a few times.
The villas are 4 minutes walk to the beach which is deserted except for your own sunbeds and umbrella set up by Benjamin when you want them. You have to remember that the beach has no facilities and does have local fishermen who defaecate in front of you in the sand and you do have to be careful where you tread. We walked along the beach each day; went to the private pool afterwards and the beach at the end of the afternoon when it was cooler. It was fascinating watching the fishermen land their catch and auction it on the beach.
We loved the whole week of doing very little at the end of a long trip round India. I can see that the isolation might not suit everyone but it was perfect for us.
I stocked up on beer and wine on the way as it is considerably cheaper than that on offer in the villas (usual hotel prices). You could easily take the tuk-tuk to the local liquor shop to buy some.
Do not be put off by the road and houses on arrival as you are in a residential area. The locals we met were very pleasant. The only annoyance was if they set a fire going which sometimes smelled in the garden but a small price to pay for the bliss of being there. Laundry was cheaply done and Tincy also kept our rooms looking lovely.
We would definitely go back - it is probably the best experience we have had in our travels across many countries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marari Villas offer boutiques serviced villas on beautiful Marari Beach in Alleppey district, Kerala and has properties in 2 locations: 'Orchid' & 'Hibiscus' are adjacent to each other, have private pools and are 300m from the beach. 'Palm' & 'Bougainvillea' do not have pools, but they are on the beach and are 2km south of 'Orchid' & 'Hibiscus'. Each of our villas is serviced by a team of villa host, chef, housekeeper and caretaker/security. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marari Villas Kerala/Mararikulam, India