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“Our short Honeymoon at Bella Homestay”
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Bella Homestay
Ranked #5 of 198 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
1 review
“Our short Honeymoon at Bella Homestay”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

We must say the Bella Homestay was like a home away from our home.. Located in midst of some typical kerala village houses on the banks of the backwaters, this well done up bunglow was indeed much above our expectations.

Biju & Natasha, our hosts are ane of the most wonderful couples we could have met on our honeymoon. Thier curteous, warm approach & jovial nature does not make one feel that you have just known them sometime ago.

The self contained room is like a star hotel with a homely touch. Coming at an affordable cost; this place is one of the best getaways that I (sanjay) have been to. The Banana Lassi and the mouth watering pineapple juice are an added attractions..

Not to forget; Jackie thier pet (pug) is friendly and always longs for a cute massage from his guests..

We loved being there.. Thank you Biju & Natasha for giving us some memorable moments on our new begining.

Thanks & Regards,
Sanjay Nair & Sindhu Nair
Mumbai.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Wow everything here is just great, from the warm welcome on arrival, the delicious breakfast, the clean comfortable room with an a/c that worked great, and a perfect central location. I do have to second a previous comment also as to how well Biju works with his blender making the freshest juices for his guests. The home itself is so welcoming and comfortable, I found myself struggling to leave every time I had the opportunity! Let me tell you the real gems here are Natasha and Biju and their cute Pug Jackie - from the moment you arrive to your final farewell you are treated like family.

Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Staying at Bella Homestay felt like coming home. Natasha and Biju are such friendly people and amazing hosts. They helped us with everything, cooked us tasty breakfast, introduced some good Indian music and movies to us and were great company during the evening playing cards (Uno) with us. The rooms are clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. It's a good location, quiet and walking distance from the lake and center of Alleppey. They have a beautifull garden full of flowers, where you can relax and enjoy the peace and a very friendly, funny little dog, Jack. Bella Homestay was one of the best places we stayed in India.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

Like other reviews mention, Natasha and Biju are wonderful people who went above and beyond to help us! We stayed three nights here in total and I didn't want to leave--our room was spotless and so comfortable-- it felt like home. (Biju is great with a blender as well! His lassis and juices are delicious.) Book ahead and if you stay here, stay in and order Indian take-out from A restaurant called 'Mushroom'--delicious and generous portions--we were pleasantly surprised. Jackie, their little pug, has a great personality and will hang out with you on the front porch--good times!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

A great place in Alleppey run by exceptionally hospitable couple and their kids-loving, sometimes misbehaving ;) dog Jackie.
Homestay itself is very tastefully decorated, not just a place to sleep, but truly making you feel like at home.
Location is great as well, perfectly quiet on the backstreet surronded by greenery, but still within a walking 10 minutes distance to the town center.
Houseboat and shikara tours can be arranged here for very reasonable price comparing to other travel agents in the backwaters area.
Tasty Indian food can be ordered from the homestay, which is very handy, as there is not many restaurants nearby.
Yummy both Keralan and continental breakfasts are perfect start of the day.
To sum up, given rate of the room (1600 Rs A/C double room in the low season), you really get much more than what you pay for. Honestly, if they charge twice as much, it will be still a great deal to spend at least one night in lovely Bella Homestay.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

We had a lovely night at this home before getting a boat for a day/night on the backwaters. Natasha and Biju are great hosts and very chatty. They were helpful when I had some unexpected work to do and provided a printer/scanner/Internet. Biju organised the houseboat (which was great for us-there are so many to chose from and we were happy to have a recommendation). It is walking distance from the lake where the boats start and finish. The houseboat experience was wonderful!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

We arrived late in the afternoon, after a day of touring and washing elephants :-) There was still a bit of sunlight to let us admire the beautiful garden. As we waited for the mandatory electricity cut out between 1830-1900, we enjoyed a welcome drink sitting outside, entertained by Jackie the adorable pug.
Our room was on the ground floor... Spotless! ... and so was the bathroom, modern and spotless.
We ordered take away food for dinner which was delivered to the house in great timing.
Biju organized our houseboat trip for the following day, and a tuk tuk ride in the morning to do some errands before the boat. Breakfast... delicious!!! Homemade keralan pancakes :-) and nice real coffee :-).
When we returned from the overnight houseboat trip, it was a most pleasant surprise to find Biju on the dock waiting for us, with the car he'd organized to take us to our next destination.
To meet Natasha and Biju in person, it was easy to feel the warm and genuine welcome. They are passionate about what they do, and it shows.
It would be so easy to stay longer :-) Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Bella Homestay
Address: | near Nehru Trophy Finishing Point, Alappuzha 688013, India (Formerly Bella Art & Meditation House)
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #5 of 198 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful boutique homestay with a personal touch, a garden, comfortable unique rooms with AC, hot water, WI-FI and free breakfast. Perfect location for backwater tours, very close to lake and boat terminals. Walking distance to center but away from city noise. ... more   less 
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