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Marari Beach Resort

near Alleppey, Kerala

The first-class location of this sprawling ‘hotel village’ is far from its only selling point. There’s awesome food, excellent staff and boutique charm and sensibilities that can be so rare in large hotels.

An hour and a half from Cochin, Marari Beach is a gem in Kerala’s coastline, a long, undeveloped stretch of white sand bordered by palm trees and sleepy fishing villages. Alleppey is just 2km away and is the boarding point for many houseboats, so it’s easy to combine a backwater cruise with a beach stay and see 2 fantastic sides to the state.

Though large ‘resorts’ are not really our thing, this place has Tripzuki written all over it, from the ‘eco’ ethos to the sparse, cool and tasteful rooms with no TV. If it was a tenth of the size we could happily call this place ‘boutique’.

62 thatched cottages are dotted around the resort’s 55 acres of sparse palm grove, ponds, winding paths and manicured lawns, the latter cunningly maintained by goats and cows just hanging out. Cast-iron chairs and tables, sun loungers, hammocks and benches are dotted around the property so guests can just wander off, find a place to enjoy a book or just have a nap in peace.

There’s lots to do here and it’s largely geared towards relaxation rather than activity: complimentary yoga, ayurvedic massage, a big pool, lovely beach and butterfly garden. Do also try a cookery class with a difference: you can pick veggies from the organic garden and then, overseen by the chef, cook your own meal.

Despite the self-contained nature of this place, don’t confine yourself to staying on-site. Instead, venture out to the sleepy village of Mararikulam, you can borrow a bicycle or just take a stroll to experience the sights and sounds of this friendly rural community. 

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Plus points

  • Superb location, huge property open to a quiet and unspoilt beach.
  • Great food.
  • Excellent 25m swimming pool.
  • Lots to do inc. free yoga, meditation and cookery classes.
  • The resort actually feels like a Pacific island village: super-laidback and constructed with sensitivity to the environment. There’s very little ugly concrete and there are some great eco-friendly initiatives.

Good to know…

  • There’s no room service, so order your drinks at the pool or bar and then take them wherever you’re headed.
  • It can be a 200m walk to the beach. Really, you can get lost here!
  • There are no TVs in the rooms and the Wi-Fi only connects well in the communal areas.
  • Food is on the pricey side if you don’t book with meals included, and there are few places to eat nearby without jumping in a car.
Type Large beach resort
Rooms 62
Children Yes
Closed Never