Marari Beach, Mararikulam, Kerala, 688567, India
An hour from Kochi, on the secluded Marari beach—considered one of Kerala's finest—this select set of villas (named Orchid, Hibiscus, Palm, and Bougainvillea) is run by a Russian-British couple who found a gap in the local hotel market: each villa has its own butler and chef. The authentic tharavad-style villas have either dark wood or brightly colored walls and showcase stylish furniture and brass fittings. Two villas have private gardens and pools, and all come with a fully equipped kitchenette and open-air, tree-filled bathrooms. There are plenty of activities, including cooking classes, yoga, and ayurvedic treatments; Kochi is an hour away.
- private setting on the beach
- super-attentive service
- payments can be made online
- lacks the functionality of a hotel and might be too small for some
- closed part of the year
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