Collection from Airport was great, even though it was the onam festival period (something not mentioned when booking trip). Rooms were spacious, beds very hard, thin mattresses, local church with very loud speakers was blasting tunes due to festival from 5:30am. Took the inclusive boat trip, 2 hours, around the local village, it was a rowing boat with a chap at back with oars, he would cough up and spit in river every 5 mins which i know is accepted in some cultures, just hard to listen to for 2 hours. The whole boat journey we were (as 2 white western ladies and the only non indians we encountered the whole trip) stared at like a pair of circus freaks, kids running to the next houses to tell them we were coming, this made us feel very uncomfortable about stepping foot outside the resort for rest of trip, during this boat trip we encountered people washing themselves/their clothes and their kitchen pots in the green river. The manager was accomodating, she offered to fill the kids pool for us, sadly wasnt quite expecting it to be filled with water from the river! It seemed to be a mission to buy any diet drinks in Kerela, and no alcohol was available at the resort, when there was so little else to do, it would have been nice to have known that alcohol was so hard to come by, or perhaps the manager was not that keen on having it, for religious reason? I am not sure, either way if you run a holiday guest house i dont think its unreasonable to offer or at least advertise its NOT available. The rooms should have been cleaned each day, however we didnt get this service during our stay at all. The chef was accomodating as other reviews have mentioned, obviously mostly local cuisine, which was tasty but not varying much unless we specifically requested. We found it rather odd that the manager would hovver over us while eating asking if the food was OK, but i cant fault her willingness to please. The TV had as one would expect a host of local channels, but only 3 in english, BBC News, Discovery (which was a very poor signal) and HBO. Normally in a review things like TV channels wouldnt be mentioned but after how we felt when we ventured out, we didnt have much else to do. The Spa ! well i can only say a hut in the grounds containing a wooden bench and plastic sheet over (2 rooms) with a wash down area containing a bucket and water, doesnt really count as a spa. The massage given was inclusive also. we were stripped naked, and massaged front and back by oil that smelt like curry infused cooking oil, then we were soaped down by hand by the masseuse in the wash area, the whole experience - for me was quite disturbing, apologies to anyone who is used to this kind of massage, but i am certainly not. The manager herself got up at 5:30am to say goodbye, a nice touch, but i am just somewhat surprised on trip advisor that every other review of this place is so positive, their reviews are the only reason we came. I have travelled on a truck through rwanda/uganda among other places so im not unfamiliar with other ways of life, but ive never been anywhere where i felt like an alien, not the fault of the resort, but Im afraid i wont be coming back and i will do a lot more research in future
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An eco-friendly, backwater boutique homestay property by the river bank in Pulincunoo, Alleppey, Kerala, India, furnished with Antique art furniture and art from South India. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Priceline and Booking.com so you can book your Maria Heritage Homes and Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Maria Heritage Homes And Spa Kerala/Alappuzha, India