“In the quiet most northern part of Kerala directly overlooking the Arabian Sea exists this hidden jewel. If it’s night life and hustle and bustle you’re after, this is not the place for you, but if you’re seeking a place without music playing, with miles of empty beaches and total relaxation in quiet luxurious surroundings, then you’ve hit the jack pot.
We stayed for 2 weeks over Christmas and New year and observed the managers, both of the hotel and restaurant,running this establishment with discreet panache. They pay impeccable attention to detail so that from the moment of arrival every possible requirement is taken care of. The staff are incredible – gracious and hardworking but without being obsequious. It seemed as if nothing was too much trouble for them, and indeed on one occasion, I asked the pool waiter for a coconut drink and without my knowing it, he went and picked a coconut for me from one of the nearby coconut palm trees. It was my husband’s birthday whilst we were there, and again they managed to make it a very special day for him. The food is simply delicious- wonderful breakfasts, fresh crayfish eaten under the stars, delicious exotic smooothies brought to you by the pool, pots of tea with freshly baked biscuits brought to your veranda. We also took advantage of the excellent serious Ayurvedeic treatments available as well as having having some clothes made by their in-house tailor.
We had the good fortune to go on their own houseboat for a couple of nights. This is the stuff of dreams, the kind of experience that memories are made of.
The only small gripe was that certain residents began to put their towels on the best sun beds before breakfast and this set off a sun bed war for a period time. However, this is human nature and not the fault of the management.
This is a low key ‘Claridges -by- the- Arabian -Sea’ with a dash of bohemianism; a place where one can walk barefoot, literally and mentally,in a state of deep cosseted relaxation. All that made it bearable to leave was knowing that we will be back. If anyone reading this is hesitant about going, don’t be. Book it now!
Stayed December 2016, traveled as a couple”