“Simplicity beside a truly stunning private beach - 2 homely staffed cottages (sleeping 2-6), quite literally off the beaten track”
The two cottages are simple and homely, with an emphasis on the location rather than mod-cons; don't come expecting luxury. The original cottage was built as a holiday home for owner Sajjad and his family and sits close to the beach. The newer (upper) cottage followed later, it's set further back but is larger and furnished with antiques.
Both have 2 ensuite bedrooms (with rain showers) separated by a central lounge room. The cottages can be taken as a whole or split for 2 couples (we shared, and found that you get lots of room and never feel on top of each other).
The spaces are refreshingly airy and open to the rafters throughout, with shuttered windows framing sea views like photographs on the wall. Bedrooms have fans and mosquito nets (a necessity in this part of the world), but there are no phones, air-conditioning or TVs to disturb the peace. There’s enough outside space for guests to co-exist happily, although having a whole cottage to yourselves would be blissful.
Each also has access to a simple Ayurvedic treatment room, one under the upper cottage with a consulting cubby-hole, the other in a shed behind the lower cottage.
There's an on-site kitchen and staff can provide up to 3 meals a day. Expect unpretentious food; it's local Keralan cooking at its best, although if you're staying a long time it might become slightly repetitive.
Dinner is served at sunset by candlelit - it’s a feast. We enjoyed marinated grilled chicken with local spices, a selection of curries (pumpkin, snake gourd cooked in coconut paste), Keralan red rice and Chapatis. They do have beer available, but try and order the night before.
Served on your terrace overlooking the sea, breakfast is a hearty spread of toast, eggs any way, fresh fruit and juice, coffee or tea. Equally tasty, our laid-back lunch was 3 fresh and tasty veg curries with rice, dhal, and chapati’s.
To mix it up a little you can eat next door at Niraamaya Surya Samudra, which has a couple of restaurants and an excellent variety of menus.
The cottages are a great option for families with older kids who like to escape the modern world and appreciate nature.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
You’ll need to book a whole cottage: each holds 2 bedrooms (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.
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
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 kids to swim in.