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Bella Art & Meditation House
Ranked #5 of 195 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
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New Delhi, India
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“Best place to stay in Alleppey”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Everything we had read in the reviews, which made us choose to stay at Bella was true. The fresh fruit juices that Biju whips up are unbelievable. Natasha is a wonderful host, and Jack is adorable.

The house is beautiful, with Natasha's personal touch in decorating adding a special charm to the house. The house is spotlessly clean too. It is well located, just a five minute walk from the boat jetty and another five to the market. Natasha had offered to pre-book a houseboat or canoe ride for us, but since we wanted the Shikara, they suggested that we walk down to the jetty and take the boat offering us the best price, as the person they spoke to for the Shikara was charging higher (due to Diwali holidays rush).

We loved the Kerala breakfast they served, I definitely enjoyed talking to our hosts. You go there as strangers, but leave as friends. Whenever I go back to Alleppey, I will definitely go back to Bella.

Room Tip: We had two rooms, and both were lovely- one had a smaller bed, adequate for 2 children, or in our ca...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Natasha and Biju welcomed us as friends, and provided helpful assistance when we needed it. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, but still close to everything, Bella homestay is quiet and relaxing The rooms are clean and nicely decorated, and the breakfasts are very good.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Highly recommended. We had a great experience. Jack the pug is a rockstar. Biju and Natasha are very friendly and helpful. Biju's fresh fruit juices are incredible. There is a choice between Kerala cuisine and standard eggs/toast etc. The rooms are comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated. No TV. And that's a good thing. The house is surrounded by greenery. It is difficult to find if you're trying to come in on your own but walking distance from the market and the backwaters.

  • Stayed October 2013
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NatashaBiju, Owner at Bella Art & Meditation House, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
Dear Shiv and family, we thank you for visiting us, sharing your joy, energy and laughs with us. You instantly felt at ease here and so did we with all of you- it seemed like a friends gathering more than receiving guests :) You carry in you the beautiful qualities of Indian people- being natural, easy going and so positive! Thank you for supporting us with your lovely review :) We will always be happy to have you back- Biju and Natasha
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

The bedroom was very clean . Quality sheets which were lovely compared to other places I stayed. Owners are very helpful and let you use the Internet to book onward plans.
My only reservation would be don't go with their recommendation for an overnight backwaters boat. The boat was not clean.
Overall I would recommend here to friends.

  • Stayed August 2013
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NatashaBiju, Owner at Bella Art & Meditation House, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Dear friends,
It has been a real pleasure to have you with us and we appreciate a lot your positive feedback about our guesthouse. It is only a regret that you didn't share your concerns about the houseboat with us on place, as we would definitely get a refund for you. The boat we arranged for you was so far very well rated by our previous guests and only because it is the favorite one of our previous travelers we booked it for you. Just 2 days after you left another guests went to see the same boat for a possible cruise and they liked it a lot. So we believe it must have been a single bad event. We do not have a vested interest in dealing with boats, we do it because that is the service most of the guests expect from us- to help with boat tours. We already reported the issue to the boat owner and will certainly reconsider working with him. We would rather not recommend boats than make people disapointed. That is why it is so important for us to get your direct opinion, rather than read it on Tripadvisor, when it is already to late to get any compensation and to improve your mood :) We are happy you appreciate our clean home, it is our constant effort to maintain high standard of hygiene and esthetics, which, you must know by now, is exceptional in India. Thank you, Warm greetings-Natasha
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Bella home stay is a beautiful, pretty, comfortable home stay. The area is quiet and secluded from the loud streets yet they are only a few 100 meters away. The rooms are quiet and nicely decorated. The beds are homely and so is the service of the owners. We were greeted by a funny looking pug who made us feel very welcome. Overall this is the place to stay if you're in Alappuzha.

Room Tip: All rooms are bright and colorful. No need to worry on which rooms you booked.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Loved the hidden location but close to all you need comfortable rooms and wonders hosts. Love the breakfasts and also the yummy juices. They got us a great deal on the boats and i wish i could have stayed longer. Well worth it.

  • Stayed November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

spent a morning with biju and natasha as we only had a short time to spend in alappuzha. they have a beautiful homestay with amazing gardens that you certainly must experience if you are spending time in the area. wish we could have stayed longer but biju also arranged for us a night on the houseboat, that you must experience as well if you are in allepy. biju and natasha between them have all of the connections and network you need to make sure you would never be short of everything you desire during your stay!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bella Art & Meditation House
Address: | near Nehru Trophy Finishing Point, Alappuzha 688013, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 195 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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Bella Art & Meditation House Kerala/Alappuzha, India

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