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Alarek villa-front view of property,quite location,but within walking distance of everything !
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Alarek villa-front view of property,quite location,but within walking distance of everything !
Front view of villa,  tiled garden ,with table chairs & umbrella Lounge, bright &; airy, flat T.V, wall lights,
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Alarek villa-front view of property,quite location,but within walking distance of everything !
Front view of villa,  tiled garden ,with table chairs & umbrella
Lounge, bright &; airy, flat T.V, wall lights,
 WI-FI, side tables.
Newly decorated beautiful wet room ,hot water, W.C,2 entrances
newly decorated bathroom, with hot & cold water
Back garden ,tropical flowers,well
Terrace roof to chill out on-free for all to relax-also yoga classes for those who would like .
Roof garden for you to enjoy and relax ,beautiful views,
Roof garden for you to enjoy, relax, read a book,or just sunbathe
Yoga lessons on our roof,for the young ,not so young,beginners & the more eperenced !
Sandy beach, a 10 minute walk through a coconut grove from the villa or cottage-beautiful !!
Poova back waters-20 mins ride away,rent your own boat for 1/2 hours,bird watching ,and wild life
Bath time at the elephant sanctuary-1 hour 15 mins away,wash & feed these magnificent creatures
Floating resturant at Poova-watch sun set while you dine
Kingfisher just caught his supper.
Munnar ,tea plantation-2 day trip-the highest town in Kerala,the heart of tea country
Kanniyakumari-(lands end) a holy place where the 3 seas meet-2-1/2 hour trip
Samudra beach,,very quiet ,a short rickshaw ride away,or a 15 min walk from Alarek
Light House beach-Watch the local fishermen-everyday,chanting,as they pull their catch in
Somatherum Beach,20 mins away in a rickshaw,fabulous beach !
Vailani Lake,full of lotus flowers.10 min ride away.
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Villa -
2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala

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Janice S
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful as always”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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We stayed at Alarek Villa for 3 weeks from December through to January 2014, both the villa and colttage have had a refurb, bathrooms and kitches all re-tiled, sofa's recovered etc, Angie has done a fabulous job with both properties.
Kuinny met us a the airport, it is great to see a friendly face when you arrive there, less than half an hour later we were settled in the villa having a cup of tea.
Angie & Den are great hosts, always available and willing to help if you need anything, nothing is too much trouble for them.
Angie & Den have great staff working for them, Vasenda does a fantastic job keeping the properties spotless and if you leave your laundry outside, it miraculously disappears and comes back 2 days later washed and Ironed by Shagondola, it is a real treat to have your washing done and not expensive either.
This was my 4th time staying with Angie & Den, I will be back in March for another 2 weeks holiday, can't think of a better place to stay.

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Liked best: Location and fantastic hosts
Liked least: There is nothing I did not like
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
Thanks Jan for your great review,always nice to see you,you will always be welcome.
Best wishes Angie Den & staff
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theweelad...
Perth, Scotlnad
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013
1
person found this review helpful

My husband and I stayed at Alarek Villa for the second time in November 2013. If possible, it was better than in 2012. Angie has redecorated and refurbished both the villa and cottage, making both seem really fresh and clean. The villa is within walking distance of two great beaches, although a rickshaw ride will cost all of £1! Angie and Den are both excellent hosts and always willing to give you the benefit of their years' of experience. Their staff also deserve a mention - particularly Kuinny - who is a great manager and very knowledgeable and very capable driver (don't know how he does it!) All in all a fabulous place to stay.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
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Liked best: The relaxing atmosphere generated by the surroundings
Liked least: Nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
Thank you so much for your great review, much appreciated,
thank you
Kindest of wishes from us all
Angie Den & Staff.
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Lee G
Liskeard, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“THE place to stay in Kovolam!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013 for a stay in February 2012

Firstly I'd like to apologise to Angie n Den for this late review, only 18 months late, sorry!
We were picked up at the airport by Kuinny with a garland of flowers each! It was great not to have the stress of finding our way to the villa after the flights.
We stayed in the smaller of the two buildings, it was perfect.
Bedrooms were nice and cool, clean and tidy, good comfy beds too. Cooking facilities are there, but we never used them, the food out there is too nice to want to cook your own, but a morning cuppa on the veranda was lovely. The veranda looking out on to coconut palms, Jack fruit trees and fantastic wildlife flitting around the trees, stunning! The roof terrace too was stunning, superb place to relax and enjoy the peace.
It's only 15 mins to the beach and the touristy shops, the supermarket 10 mins, ATM is 5 minutes away.

Overall, Alarek Villas is ideally located, very well priced, Angie and Den are fantastic hosts and a thoroughly fantastic place to stay!

Thanks again and hope to see you again soon. Lee (the hippy!)

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: nothing to add
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
Such a nice review, thank you so much,maybe see you again one day !
Kind wishes Angie Den & all the staff
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DaveHalli...
Bradford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Alarek Villa - The perfect holiday rental”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013 for a stay in April 2013

Looking for a property to rent in Kovalam? Look no further. Angie & Den's Alarek Villa has everything you need for a stay in idyllic Kerala. Clean and spacious and well designed, Alarek villa is a haven after a day in the blazing Indian sun. The wonderful Kuinny will pick you up from the airport and ensure you have everything you need throughout your stay. This property doesn't have air con but is so well designed to be shielded from direct sunlight that it's cool even in the middle of the day and doesn't need the AC. Full wet rooms and 2 spacious bedrooms, a kitchen that has everything you need and a roof terrace that is hard to come down from. With a 10 minute walk to the nearest beach, a 15 minute walk to the tourist beaches and 10 minutes to a supermarket and ATM the villa is ideally located. You simply don't get this level of quality, space and attention (from Kuinny) at much more expensive hotels. Book now.

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Liked best: The roof terrace
Liked least: Hard mattresses but they all are in India.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
Very nice review, thank you so much,always nice to see you.
Kindest of wishes Angie & Den
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Nige_13
Perth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic place to relax and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013 for a stay in November 2012
1
person found this review helpful

I have never relaxed so quickly on a holiday anywhere in the world. Angie, Den and their wonderful staff made us feel at home from the minute we were picked up at the airport by Kuinny, their manager. What a guy! Aralek Cottage was immaculate and Kovalam equally brilliant. I loved the place so much, I just wanted to stay there. My wife Shena and I met so many wonderful people that we simply fell in love with the place. Aralek is well situated, far enough off the main road to be quiet and peaceful with everything you need within walking distance. The roof terrace is paradise! We booked again for another 3 weeks before we left and can't wait for November. I'm already grinning at the thought.

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Liked best: The way we were looked after.
Liked least: Nothing we can think of.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
Always nice to see friends again,you will always be welcome,great review,
look forward to seeing you again
Kindest of regards--Angie Den & Staff
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danielle...
Bellingen, Australia
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Escape from the Hustle and Bustle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2012 for a stay in December 2012
1
person found this review helpful

A perfect place to rest and explore. Alarek Villa is a cosy, homely spot with everything you could want. The beach is a beautiful 10 minute walk through coconut trees and past a little temple. I found the beach itself to be the best in terms of meeting the locals. Everyday there are lots of Indian people arriving from near and far to relax and have fun here, there's lots of cheering and excitement as the thunderous waves coming crashing onto the shore. Light house beach is about a 10-15 minute walk , and there's lots of restaurants and more tourist action if that's what your after. The supermarket is also about a 15 minute walk. Everything is close by, but it feels like a little den hidden away, but with everything accessible. We loved Santoshs yoga class on the roof 3 times a week, and just to have Kwinny to drive us about was great . Angie and Den, the hosts are very friendly and welcoming, and go far and beyond for their guests, just very lovely genuine people. I recommend Alarek Villa as more homely and less touristy option, my kind of stay.

4 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 4 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
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Liked best: The location.
Liked least: nothing to say.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
What a great review for us,you are very kind,it was a pleasure having you sating with us.
Kind regards Angie & Den
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Williamin...
Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fabulously situated cottage”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012

This is my third time in Alarek cottage. Superb helpful staff and fabulously clean I found it the perfect place for me. With a short walk to Samudra Beach through tree lined palms I felt really safe as a solo traveller. Everything is within easy location and the bus to Trivandrum is 5 mins walk away. Den and Angie are fantastic hosts and they and their staff couldn't be more helpful.

Ready to book for even longer next year. After 5 weeks I returned to the UK totally relaxed and rejuvenated. Perfect!

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Liked best: Peaceful location and easy access to beach/restaurants. Cleanliness.
Liked least: Nothing.
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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