My parents live in Kochi but my husband, who is American, and I live in the US. I wanted to introduce my husband to Kerala culture and also give my elderly parents a break, and this seemed like a good enough option. Little did I expect the perfection of our time there. The staff were warm and sweet and thoughtful all the time, going out of their way to notice our needs and fulfill them even without being asked. The yoga in the morning held by Gopal and the meditation in the evenings by Krishna Kuruppu were calm and peaceful and restorative and the ideal way to start and end the day (and I don't even like yoga when I am in the US!!). The two men were thoroughly impressive at 70 and 75 years respectively, by how supple and fit they were and the wisdom of their instructions - made me want to start yoga as soon as I got back! I am still amazed that one place could have surpassed both my parents', my husband's, and my expectations all at the same time. The beach grill restaurant was a fun place to be with the multi-talented staff getting up and singing old Malayalam and Hindi songs that anyone could recognize - it even got my 84 year old father up and singing songs from his childhood! The beach was pristine and the coconut grove leading up to it idyllic, with its hammocks and the bar closeby. We even went out to the beach late one night and saw an army of crabs fleeing from us. The club house was a nice retreat from the mid day sun and we played games and watched movies in there. The doctors and staff at the Ayurveda center were warm and leisurely in chatting with us and diagnosing our various conditions, the rejuvenation massages were thorough and we walked out feeling rejuvenated. The management, from the restaurant manager to the housekeeping manager, to all the staff, all exuded the same qualities of sincerity and warmth and humor and concern, and all without being intrusive in any way...how did the resort balance this so naturally? The seafood restaurant was the only place that was not truly worth the expense - the ambience was romantic and beautiful but the food could have been more memorable. One evening, there was an Ottanthullil performance which was outstanding - I have never seen this dance form and my parents were quite prepared to be bored, but very soon into the performance, all four of us found ourselves throwing our heads back and laughing in delight - I looked the man up on youtube and found out that his name is Maruthorvattom Kannan - what a talent!! At one point, the staff invited us to witness one of their staff birthday parties in their staff cafeteria - what a fun time that was - they had songs and skits and we were given front seats! The naturalist Daniel who walked us around the property to show us the eco-friendly techniques used by the resort was knowledgeable and accommodated us outside the scheduled touring time. We walked around the vegetable and butterfly gardens and the security guard pointed out interesting things along the way. My father enjoyed the music lessons with Benny in the morning, and has now returned home to resume playing the organ. The rooms and the bathrooms were charming, and sitting outside in the verandah in a sudden evening thunderstorm was magical. We were sad to leave - the physical beauty of the place, the activities that made every day novel, the sense of having walked into the most welcoming and genuine of families - we thank God for all of you who made this trip so perfect for us. You were outstanding! Oh, and did I mention that on the last day, I mentioned to Suraj, the manager, that my parents were both celebrating birthdays, and the whole staff brought out a cake, with a scroll with all their signatures, made out to the "best couple". This was truly Kerala at its very best. When I saw how well you all do your work, it inspires me to do my best at my job...Forgive me that I do not remember all your names, but Suraj, Shiva, Maya and all of you, we will remember you and we wish you much blessing for the blessing you were to us.
(as well as Richard Green, and my parents Mr. and Mrs. Varghese, whose sentiments I have included here)
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- Also Known As:
- Marari Beach Hotel Alappuzha
- Marari Beach Resort Kerala, India - Mararikulam