Ten-Second Takeaway

The village by the sea, Mararikulam, is a dreamy little getaway place, and the Marari Beach Resort makes the experience that bit more remarkable.

Zone Out

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For best effects of this charming town, perhaps you should  turn off your mobile phones, shut down the city-side of your brain and get ready to really unwind the old-school way. Modelled on the fishermens’ homes from the area, you’ll find that the cottages skim the lines of traditional and modern. Spread across over 22 acres with lots of space between the rooms, coconut trees and ropes will guide you to your dwellings. How we love the brick walls, low-slung thatched roofs with a private sit out to take in the tropical air. We really could move here.

All the bathrooms {our favourite spot} are inspired by the old Kerala villa ones – meaning that the bath area was a bit away from the main house. With only the skies above, surrounded by a few plants and small trees in a courtyard, it’s spectacularly fun showering out in the open. Forget midnight showers, early morning ones with the sunlight filtering through the trees can be equally exotic, you see. There’s a few rooms with pools as well {ooh la la}, so kick off some indulgence and romance if you’re living in those.

Fresh Catch

Chakara is the main outdoor restaurant, and usually has a lavish buffet. Looking for amazing Oriental or European food? Go somewhere else, mate! You should really focus on the fisherman’s delicacies which includes coastal fish curries, simple but flavourful Kachiyathu {a dish made from buttermilk and coconut} and anything that’s fresh from the seas. Of course there’s plenty of international food on offer too, but as good as it is, when in Kerala… Drink up specials at The Palm Bar – coconut cocktails are top-notch here.

Like What You Sea

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Mercifully, this resort has decided to not put a television in every room. After you grunt and growl for a few hours, you’ll thank them for forcing your outdoors. Nothing quite comes close to digging yourself into a cooling sand mattress on the beach, does it? Their massive pool too is quite a draw. You’ll argue that when there’s a mighty sea next door, why would you plunge into a pool. We agree, but then again, sipping a Bloody Mary with waves hitting you, gets a bit messy. So…poolside it is! You could also skip the water in favour of a yoga session, hone your Kerala-style cooking skills or even ask at the reception about a near-by butterfly farm. Or, if you’re less sprightly {read: lazy} an Ayurvedic spa treatment might just sort you out.

Where: Marari Beach, Mararikulam-North, Alleppey, Kerala

Price: INR 7,500 upwards

Contact: 0478 2863801 – 09

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