“Four beautiful traditional fishermen’s cottages on Marari's white sand beach - a symphony of serenity, warm hospitality and private dining”
These 4 beachside cottages have an idyllic setting and feel wonderfully secluded. Seaview Cottage Khombu has curvaceous dark wood columns accentuated by white walls and perhaps the most impressive veranda. Both Khombu and Seaview Cottage Nagaswaram face the sea, while Pool Villa Cottage Violin (a cosy double with its own plunge pool) and Beach Cottage Sitar (a twin with extra space and privacy) are tucked into small gardens behind.
Each cottage reflects a different style of Keralan architecture, the most exotic being Nagaswaram with its wood-panelled walls and twin-peaked Chinese-hat roof. Inside the suites are dark and cool, with local art, teak furniture, roll blinds, earthy colours and feature bathrooms. But you’ll probably spend more time outside swaying gently in a hammock or reading on a daybed in the shade of your enormous terrace (30sq.m.).
All have air-conditioning and ornately carved beds. Bathrooms have strong showers set in private open-air bath-gardens (some also have double basins).
Meals can be delivered to your veranda for relaxed private dining or set out on a communal table in the garden; candle lamps lend a romantic glow at night.
The food is fresh, traditional and not too spicy. Much of the seafood, including freshly-caught lobster, comes straight from the local fishermen and there's plenty of variety, with an excellent choice for vegetarians. Our dinner of grilled masala searfish with okra, rice, tomato and coconut salad and chapatis was delicious and beautifully presented.
Breakfasts can be continental or South Indian spreads, with plenty of fresh fruit and juices (filtered water is free and available at all times). Room service is also available, although the staff are so unobtrusive that it isn’t always easy to find them. If you struggle, each room has a mobile phone so anything you need is a quick call away.
Due to local laws, there is no alcohol licence, but guests can request drinks from the small stock of wine and beer.
A Beach Symphony plays host to many families and children of all ages are welcome. The large pool and proximity to Marari Beach are big draws.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The 2 Seaview Cottages (Khombu and Nagaswaram) have additional screened-off single beds suitable for kids
Babysitting and childminding are available by arrangement (though not for whole days at a time)
Baby cots and a child’s car seat are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Due to the swell and undercurrents, particular vigilance is required if children are swimming in this stretch of sea .