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“JUST A GREAT PLACE TO STAY”
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Bella Homestay
Ranked #4 of 201 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is an ideal place to stay in Alleppey and it is really a treat: it's all about the hosts and the location. We stayed here for 3 nights and can absolutely agree with all the other comments about Bella being a wondeful bolthole in Alleppey. The main drag is less than 10 minutes' walk away but Biju or Natasha will happily call a tuk tuk for you; the drivers they know are great, and there is no need to haggle or explain your destination. Our room was on the first floor and was very peaceful. There is both a fan and AC and the bed was fine. A minor grumble would be about the shower, which whilst producing hot water, does so with a mind of its own. But it would be very unfair of me to make anything of this when the rooms are such good value.

The other high points: just around the corner you can get excellent coffee (even better than Biju's) at El Cafe Paradiso and there are various-sized boats waiting to take you out onto the Lake. And then there are the breakfasts. We were treated to Keralan pancakes plus Biju's fabulous juices. And perhaps the nicest thing of all about Bella has been sitting around on their 'porch' listening to the birds, and Natasha and Biju telling us about how things are here: very illuminating.

So, in summary, unless you like spending lots of money to stay in shiny hotels, this is the only place to consider if staying in Alleppey.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

When we think of Bella Art and Meditation House in Allapuzha,
what first comes to mind is style and grace. Natasha and Biju
have created a home that is warm, kind, generous, modern,
yet traditional and classic. There is a splendid stereo system,
in fact, new Sony speakers just came in, and throughout the
day quietly in the background one hears gentle, meditative
Indian, soft classic American jazz, and European greats
throughout the centuries, always a joy and never at the
giving up of one’s private space or peace of mind.

Natasha and Biju are a contemporary couple
of the world, both Asian and European, wise,
gentle yet strong, curious, knowing, yet open and
vulnerable to the world. As protection against the
cruelties and indignities of life, their home and
gardens are sunlit throughout. There are flowers
every where. The same flower motif flows through
all the house with Natasha’s curlicues of painted
flowers on doors, walls. The top floor has a glass
enclosed room as big as the house itself, and
given over to peaceful meditation as one looks
over endless trees and flowers far as the eye
can see. Of course, given their sweet grace and
kindness, Natasha and Biju offer this wonderful
space gratis.

The home and grounds throughout are immaculate.
There are two young ladies who help. They are ever
so sweet and kind, always ready to help in any way.
Biju prepares breakfast with them, and serves
personally and splendidly indeed on the front
veranda, with lovely linen table cloths and delicate plates
every bit as charming and classy as China bone or Waterford.
Breakfast is a splendid affair, with large mugs of fresh
brewed coffee, or various teas, freshly made fruit juices,
breads, jams, eggs, kerela, all done to perfection.

Natasha and Biju’s home is always a place of
contentment, joy, rest, grace. There’s
little places, corners, divans, chairs, one
finds for cool reading as the grace of the
home embraces.

And then of course there’s Jack, the ever
so charming French pug who guards
the house with every bit of courage his
little body can command. He’s a charmer
indeed, and very much his own presence
in the house.

If you are in Alappuzha, by all means put
Bella House of Art and Meditation
on your must do list. If you do nothing more
you will indeed have had one of the
best times of your life.

Room Tip: All the rooms are en suite and grand. No need for AC, although there is if one wants. Bottom room i...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

no idea what to expect as this was booked by our fantastic host in marari and was just one night prior to a trip out on the backwaters. Set back several streets from the main town you enter through an unassuming pair of gates to an oasis of greenery and tranquillity. What a contrast to the urban dishevelment that is Alleppey. First to greet us was Jack (the Pug) followed by Natasha and Biju. Second previous guests the comments about 'smoothies'. we had a room on the first floor that was compact with increased coziness as there were three of us - but for one night it was fine. My son and his partner had one below us and found it well furnished and equipped. The rooms were very clean the ambience tranquil and restorative. Lots of spaces to sit and read etc. It was difficult to believe we were in alleppey so quiet and calm. Leaving early in the morning Natasha sorted continental breakfast and omelettes although I understand Biju cooks a traditional kerala breakfast during 'normal' hours. All in all ideal and Jack was a little star.

Room Tip: all the rooms looked well furnished and peaceful
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

We emailed in advance and booked 3 nights at Bella. Welcomed by Natasha, Beju and Jack their pug. Beju made us the tastiest smoothies in Kerala and we got settled in. Natasha gave us a map she drew herself showing the route into town, places of interest and places to eat. Beju sorted us out with a fantastic day on a canoe along the backwaters. Anything you needed, any question you had and Natasha and Beju were super helpful. Rooms are beautiful, not just clean but beautifully decorated. Your is made with nice sheets you would find in your Mum's guest room rather then the bog standard B and B white sheets. Little touches like this make Bella the place to stay in Alappuzha.

Room Tip: Book your days in advance - this place was full so we couldn't have stayed an extra night if we...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

A Place where we had quite a wonderful experience. With the two happily welcoming hosts Biju and Natasha. And not to forget the always-wanting-to-be-petted Jack. They welcomed us with freshly made Pineapple juice, which instantly quenched our doubts about the place. Good rooms, and Nice breakfasts (both Kerala and English). Walk-able distance to the City's happening place (Mullaikal road). Also Enjoyed the Canoe trip arranged by Biju. The most wonderful thing that happened was the game of Uno we played with Biju.
Thanks - Biju, Natasha and Jack.

Regards - Janu and Terry.

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor are better. good view from the balcony.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

What a delightful place! We loved the warmth of the welcome and the talks with both hosts. We found the room to be excellent - spotlessly clean, great amenities, excellent bathroom; in short, everything you could possibly want. We thought that the location was excellent - just 10 minutes walk from the centre of the town and even less from the houseboat harbour - but an oasis of peace and quiet is a beautiful part of the city. We really enjoyed the delicious breakfast and the amazing juices which were a real highlight of our stay. And we became best friends with Jack the Pomeranian who loves to sit with guests. We cannot say enough god things about this place. We wish that we had allowed longer to enjoy this outstanding property further. No wonder it rates as No 1 ! Beju and Natasha certainly know how to make travellers feel at home.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally good. We were in a group of 4 people with two rooms and both were delightful.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank GregP9255
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

My family and I visited Bella in January, peak season in Alappuzha. Biju and Natasha welcomed us with an excellent smoothie (which is a highlight of the stay btw) and some light, fun conversation. The house is warmly decorated, the rooms are clean and the daily Kerala breakfast is amazing. Would suggest to include a canoe trip through the back waters as well. The house is located in a nice, quite corner of Alappuzha, although we were woken up early in the morning because of a Hindu festival celebration at a nearby temple.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Gagan N
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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 )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 201 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
Price Range: $42 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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