We stayed at The Marari Villas in the Orchid Cottage in March for 6 nights … what a perfect way to end a 3 week trip to India. The villa is set in an unspoilt, residential, non-commercial part of Kerala with both backwaters and beach. From the start Olga made the booking part of the trip so easy and faultless and was always available prior to travelling offering helpful advice and answering an endless stream of questions :)
The villa itself is stunning and is very well appointed, as well as the usual amenities there were added extras like a mobile phone for emergencies when you are out exploring, sun cream, insect repellent, a choice of books and dvd, and even a sunhat. This added detail went a long way in making our stay feel that bit more comfortable and gave us a feeling of being very well looked after.
The villa has it's own private garden and a private pool which proved to be a great place to relax and unwind, fully equipped with hammocks and deck chairs and a very romantic candlelit dining area for evening meals. The garden is beautifully designed with various orchids on show and the villas are surrounded by coconut palms and banana trees. We loved waking up to the huge double doors overlooking the gardens, the surroundings are very clam, serene and peaceful to the sound of bird song. Perfect escape following the bustle of an afternoon visit into town.
The food was the best we had over our three week stay in India!!!!!!!, Everything was freshly cooked and beautifully presented, and very very delicious. Make sure you try the Keralan feast served on a banana leaf and the Masala dosa…. South Indian cooking at its best …. yum!!!!! We even bought a dosa pan to take back home, hoping in vain to replicate this yummy local cuisine.
The beach is a short walk from the villa which is deserted except for the local fisherman. You have your own sunbeds and umbrella set up by Benjamin when you want them. We used the beach each day, and went to the pool afterwards.
We would like to say a huge thanks to the whole team for making our stay exceptional above and beyond expectations. A heart felt thanks to Shan who was always there to ensure we were very well looked after, to Benjamin who ensured the beach was always arranged with sunbeds, too Rajesh for preparing the most wonderful dishes tasted and Tincy who also kept our rooms looking lovely.
If you are looking to experience the ‘real India’ with a taste of local life, be sure to add Marari Villas to your itinerary you will not be disappointed.
Ben and Archie
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marari Villas offer boutiques serviced villas on beautiful Marari Beach in Alleppey district, Kerala and has properties in 2 locations: 'Orchid' & 'Hibiscus' are adjacent to each other, have private pools and are 300m from the beach. 'Palm' & 'Bougainvillea' do not have pools, but they are on the beach and are 2km south of 'Orchid' & 'Hibiscus'. Each of our villas is serviced by a team of villa host, chef, housekeeper and caretaker/security. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marari Villas Kerala, India - Mararikulam