“Simplicity and style beside a truly stunning private beach - 2 lovely cottages (sleeping 2-6) with staff, quite literally off the beaten track”
The original cottage was built as a holiday home for owner Sajjad and his family and both it and its sister house have a light and homely feel. Both have 2 bedrooms separated by hallway spaces, with double and twin beds which can be swapped around or pushed together as needed. The newer (upper) cottage is larger and smarter, its ensuite bathrooms are more luxurious and its hallway is furnished with antiques, but the other sits closer to the beach.
The space throughout both houses is refreshingly airy and open to the rafters, with shuttered windows framing sea views like photographs on the wall. The spotlessly clean bedrooms have fans and romantic ceiling-strung mosquito nets (a necessity in this part of the world), though there are no phones, air conditioning or TVs to disturb the peace. There’s enough outside space for guests to co-exist happily, but the houses would work best for families with older children or couples/friends travelling together.
Each also has access to Ayurvedic treatment rooms, one under the upper cottage with a consulting cubby-hole, the other in a shed behind the lower cottage. They’re not the prettiest, but we’ve been told this should improve soon.
Sister hotel Niraamaya Surya Samudra is a 2-minute walk away and has a restaurant, all Karikkathi guests receive a discount on dining. Breakfast consists of a light and healthy continental spread, with freshly squeezed fruit juice, fruit platters, cereals, yoghurt and perfectly poached eggs.
Lunch and dinner are available in their main restaurant, Café Samsara, which overlooks the beautiful pool and sea. It serves a mix of Keralan specialities, pan-Indian dishes and European flavours. There's also a poolside bar, Madira, which serves beer and wine, and a thatched grill restaurant called Essence.
If you’re bringing kids you’ll need to book a whole cottage. Bedrooms can be set up as doubles or twins, with a small extra bed available if required. Older children will enjoy the fact that the rooms are separated by hallways, which gives them some privacy. Couples with toddlers should book the bigger rooms in the upper cottage but beware: the garden is not fenced, the steps head straight down the rocks to the beach and the strong currents and pounding waves mean the sea is too dangerous for them to swim in.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Childminding and babysitting are available on request.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
No meals are served on site.