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“A real taste of Kerala”
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Alarek villa, quiet road, great location
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Alarek villa, quiet road, great location
Beautiful Alarek Lounge, bright & airy, flat T.V, wall lights,
 WI-FI, side & coffee tables. ,settee & two armchairs
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Alarek villa, quiet road, great location
Beautiful Alarek
Lounge, bright & airy, flat T.V, wall lights,
 WI-FI, side & coffee tables. ,settee & two armchairs
Spacious lounge, cable TV,WI-FI, coffee table, side tables, celing fan, table & wall lights.
Dinning area looking onto lounge
Part of the dinning area
En-suite d/bedroom, wardrobe ,chest of drawers, side table, reading lights--,light & bright.,fan
newly decorated bathroom, with hot & cold water
Fully equipped Kitchen, fridge /freezer ,oven,
toaster, sandwich maker, gas hob,door leading 2 garde
Newly decorated beautiful wet room ,hot water, W.C,2 entrances
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 !
Roof terrace for you to relax, have a drink, read a book, celling fans
Grow cove 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
Kingfisher just caught his supper.(Valani lake)
Vailani Lake, very peaceful, full of lotus flowers.10 minutes  ride away.
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 !
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala

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GlobalVag...
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“A real taste of Kerala”
Reviewed 29 October 2016 for a stay in September 2016

Our family of 4 stayed here for a month and had a great time; it's a good place to explore the best that Kovalam and Kerala have to offer.

The accommodation is on the lower ground floor of the property and is quite basic, but is clean and functional. The owners occupy the ground floor, but were not there when we stayed, and the property also includes a small cottage to the rear, which is also rented out as holiday accommodation. Being on the lower ground floor means it doesn't get a huge amount of natural light, but this helps keep the temperature down. There is a breezy shared roof terrace, which is a great place to chill out.

The property is well located, on a quiet side street about 10 mins walk down the hill to the main beaches (you can get a cheap rickshaw back up the hill). There is a small supermarket that is about 10 mins walk in the other direction at Kovalam junction.

The property manager is very helpful with a wealth of local knowledge and a car so is on hand to work as a driver / guide as well if you require.

The local beach is a fun place to absorb some local culture with lots of good restaurants, other highlights from our trip:

- private yoga lessons on the roof terrace
- the beautiful and deserted Chowara beach (about 20 mins drive in rickshaw)
- boat trip on local backwaters near Poovar
- day trip to Varkala
- houseboat trip on waterways near Alleppey

Would recommend this as a place to stay; it's good value and you are in safe hands.

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
Thank you Paul & family for your review,So sorry we missed you,but I know Kuinny would have looked after you.you would be more than welcome back if you are ever this way,with discount of course.
Thank you for choosing us to stay with.
Kindest of regards
Angie & Den
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Gary3716
Stafford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Quirky Paradise”
Reviewed 28 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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person found this review helpful

Villa Alarek is a quirky kind of paradise in the fabulous resort of Kovalem. Angie and Den are wonderful hosts - they are warm, knowledgeable and hospitable without being in any way intrusive. They have a very long association with the area and are able to share many tips and recommendations to help you get the most out of your stay. Kuinny, the property manager and driver is also excellent, a consummate professional who is reliable helpful and informative. The villa is excellently located, on a private road set in a coconut grove, it offers really easy access to both Lighthouse Beach and Samudra Beach, two areas that we really liked. It is also within easy walking distance of a beautiful, quiet beach. The villa itself is authentic and well equipped. We particularly loved Angie's wonderful, eclectic roof terrace which was cool and a great place to have a nightcap at the end of the day. Kovalem is a vibrant resort and we found it very easy to get around the area whether with Kuinny, by tuc tuc or on foot. The local cuisine is some of the best food that we have had. All in all, a wonderful experience.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 Mar 2016
Thanks to both of you for your review, nothing nicer than to hear our guest had a fabulous holiday ,it pleases us no end, hoping we will all meet up again one day at "Alarek"
P.S--Thanks for that beautiful candle .
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Linda B
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely clean villa,great location and with Angie and Den taking care of you it's a bonus.”
Reviewed 5 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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people found this review helpful

Just spent 8 relaxing days at the end of February 2016 in the villa. Great welcome with Kuinny at Trivandrum train station,as organised by Angie,after over two weeks travelling in India,with my husband and friends.
Angie was at the villa to greet us,with a cup of tea and had put essential food etc to start us off in fridge.
The villa was spacious and clean,but due to my arthritis I found the twin beds too hard,so swapped bedrooms with our friends and was okay then.
Great location for shops and beach,but my favourite place was on the roof,Angie Paradise.
Angie organise a massage up there for me,which was wonderful and so cheap compared to the UK,can well recommend it. A lasting memory for me. Kuinny was always at hand and took us to the backwaters and saw us off at the airport for our journey home.

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Liked best: The roof top to relax in.
Liked least: The steps,but that because on returning to UK I'm having a knee replacement.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
So pleased you enjoyed your stay,have improved on the mattresses, I know its a bit late now, but just in case you return, you were the best of guests ,& we thank you for your nice reveive.
hope to see you again one day
Kindest of reggards --Angie & Den
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norfolkni...
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Lovely villa, good location”
Reviewed 20 February 2016 for a stay in January 2016

Our first time in the villa rather than the cottage. As always Angie and Den ensure a good stay. The villa is next to the cottage and the same nice walks to beaches or Kovalam are just out of the door. Meanwhile it is a quiet location. Small shops near-by for everyday items.
The staff team, are all lovely and do Angie proud each time we visit.
A good size villa with a large communal lounge/dining area and a big kitchen.
Small garden but ok if you squash up.
We never tire of Kovalam and both the villa and cottage suit us well. It is much nicer than having 2 hotel rooms.
Will visit the villa again when time allows.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
Always nice to see folks return,you have become friends of ours now,
great review ,thank you,nice to see your cherrie faces,look forward to your next visit
Best Wishes Angie & Den
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Lisa T
Wirral, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Perfect, can't wait to go back!”
Reviewed 2 December 2015 for a stay in November 2015
1
person found this review helpful

The villa is lovely, lots of space and ideally situated. 10 minute walk to Lighthouse Beach and Sandy Beach. Lovely location and Angie and Den are the perfect hosts, there if you need them and really helpful.. They go out of their way to ensure you have a great holiday. Perfect, can't wait to go back.

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Liked best: Everthing
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
You were also the perfect guests,love your out fits ,you kept us all amused with the costumes you bought for your fancy dress in the Uk,
thanks for the photos.
Hope to see you soon
Angie & Den
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Jason A
Wisbech, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great and Relaxing Stay”
Reviewed 19 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
1
person found this review helpful

I was very impressed with our stay at Alarek Villa. Location is ideal,for beach and restaurants. Kuinny looked after us during our stay, if required you could do various tours with Kuinny. We would have no hesitation in returning,.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
We would like to thank you for your review, yes we are very lucky to have Kuinny as part of our staff.
Kind Wishes Angie & Den
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Chris N
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Everyone knows Angie & Dens place”
Reviewed 2 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
1
person found this review helpful

It's true everyone does know Angie & Den! What a wonderful place to stay Angie, Den and their brilliant staff really went the full mile to ensure that our stay was superb. We really want to return. Thanks for our great stay

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 Oct 2016
And thank you for your kind words,you would be welcome back any time
Regards Angie & Den
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