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“Perfect little hideaway”
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A Beach Symphony
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The Hague, Netherlands
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5 reviews
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“Perfect little hideaway”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

wow. this is the kind of place you only dream of finding...And then never leave again. This beautiful boutique beach resort knows to balance perfect service and retaining privacy for the guest. It feels like the whole resort molds to your whishes: drinks and food on your veranda when you want, after discussing the menu with the chef.
This is no-brainer for (y)our next india trip. Do book in time, because this place is small and - rightly so - very in demand.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

a truly wonderful place to stay in a very quiet and unspoiled part of kerala! only 4 villas on the complex but it still has it's own private pool and in-villa dining, very decadent. staff were very friendly, food very good (tailored to your own requirements) and only 50 metres from the beach! villa is very spacious and well presented. we had an outdoor shower / bathroom experience, very nice.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Fascinating trip.A fantastic resort with great staff who make you feel at home
Great pool ..beach is just 50 minutes away. excellent food.

A well managed and the at most hospitality from the beginning of reservation thanks to the property owner Jan Arryn. Hats of to the people in the resort for making this vacation a memorable one.Thanks to the entire staff and special mention to "Deepu" ...

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Cornwall England
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

This place is one of the best we have ever stayed in. Violin cottage is wonderful with a large pool to yourself and a huge room. Clean, comfortable, quiet air conditioning, own terrace, flowers everywhere, we could go on and on. The food is incredible, wine reasonable, service professional and friendly. The biriani as recommended previously is the best biriani we have ever had. Crystal came to see us every day and helped us sort out a problem with our flight home. Thank you it worked out very well in the end.

There was a festival at the local temple and the tuk tuk from A Beach Symphony took us there each evening and the driver waited for us to come back. Only cost a few rupees. The festival was out of this world with 5 elephants in golden headress. We were made to feel very welcome by everyone there, such a lovely community.

Regarding the beach!! Its a working beach, not a private one. The fishermen live there in very poor conditions but cause no problem for tourists. You are not hassled for money or anything like that. There are dogs, goats etc etc living in the nearby homes and A Beach Symphony has no control over which animals or people use the beach, and nor should they. We are tourists and should accept the local life there and not always expect the sanitised beaches you get elsewhere in the world, which often have no atmosphere. As they say "It's India"!!

That's just our opinion anyway, we got some great photographs on the beach.

We stayed 3 nights but could honestly have stayed a week it was so relaxing, beautiful and friendly. Would love to go back one day, Thanks Crystal Jan and all the staff.

Room Tip: Violin cottage as you have your own pool.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 10 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed four nights at a beach symphony in 2011, it was a really restful few days! The resort is made up of about four villas dotted around a charming little resort a stone's throw from the beach. There is no reception or restaurant, all your meals are served on your own private terrace, the staff seem to magically appear whenever you are ready for something to eat or drink! The rooms are really charming, with the bathroom outside! The food is really great and sourced locally every morning, the chef will discuss options with you in the morning and prepares a feast for you in the evening! Such a peaceful part of
our trip!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

We have just returned to the UK following a 4 week tour of India followed by 5 nights at the Beach Symphony. We chose the BS after seeing the Alistair Sawday recommendation and we were not disappointed (Audley Travel and Cox and Kings also send their clients here).The resort itself is a haven. Some reviews have criticised elements of housekeeping and meal service. We had some minor issues here but put it down to the informality that they are trying to create. The Violin Room was very special indeed.
Our main problem was the condition of the beach. The many fishing communities along the beach have all adopted stray dogs and each morning the beach has a significant amount of dog's mess on it. As the sea gets higher in the mid morning the mess is washed into the sea ony to be washed up in smaller particles throughout the higher water of the afternoon. The same cycle occurred each day. I cannot understand why other reviewers have not mentioned this. We prefer sea to pool so this was a real turn-off for us. We also found two dead rats on the beach during our stay, one partially eaten. The beaches of Sri Lanka are much much cleaner.

Room Tip: The Violin Room appeared to be the best but had no view of the ocean. I would avoid the room that ad...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aalter
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

A paradise, that's what A Beach Symphony is! In fact this is a little gem I want to keep for myself, but it's too beautifull not to share it.

The 4 bungalows, each one with a veranda, are situated in a palm tree garden right on Marari beach. Every one different decorated with great taste and all the comfort you need, even an espresso machine.
My room had an outdoor shower, a huge comfortable bed, beautifull decorated and was faultlessly clean.
What a rest and peace after the hectic Indian citys.

Meals, served on the veranda whenever you want, are delicious. During my trip in India I never ate better than here. I had some "home cooked" lunches and dinners you never find on the menu of a restaurant. A very refind and tastefull Indian cuisine prepared by Binu, the cook.
Breakfast a la carte with great coffee, fresh juice, pancakes, bread, fruit and...what ever you want.

Staff was very friendly, attentive and discreet.

I had 3 times an Ayurvedic massage. It really was a delight and above very professional

My stay at A Beach Symphony was the perfect ending of my journey in India and I definitely go back. Thank you Christel and Jan for taking good care of me.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Property: A Beach Symphony
Address: West of Mararikulam Beach Junction, Mararikulam 688549, India
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Mararikulam
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Mararikulam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape from work to paradise! Where dreams come true for those looking for a perfect relaxing holiday.Only 4 separate cottages set in a coconut tree beach garden. Hammocks around the property, completely furnished super spacious verandab with relaxing and dining set, all the meals served on your veranda & All cottages have AC (even the extra room in Khombu has a separate one). A common swimming pool (15 x 5 meter) with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas. We really look after you to guarantee a perfect stay because holidays are precious. ... more   less 
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