Kerala
Marari Beach Resort

Built in the style of a traditional fishing village, with charming thatched roofed cottages at its’ heart, this eco-friendly hotel nestles behind the soft white sands of Mararikulam.

The local fisherman, whom you may well spot hard at work on the beach, are the inspiration for this beautiful resort, perfect for a few days of relaxation. Nature is unsurprisingly its’ focus, with 30 acres with coconut groves, lily ponds, fruit trees and a large organic farm waiting to be explored. Families and couples alike will love the space, as well as the impressive swimming pool.

Facilities & Activities

The large salt water swimming pool at the centre of the resort is perfect for a spot of relaxation and to take a refreshing dip. If you can drag yourself away, wander through the palm trees, past the hammocks, down to the tranquil beach for a swim in the sea, a walk along the beautiful white sands or to watch the fisherman at work. Perhaps visit the cottage by the beach en route to borrow a book from its library. In the evening, enjoy a refreshing cup of chai from the hotel’s very own chai chetan.

The resort has an Ayurveda centre with qualified doctors and a full range of treatments and massages on offer, and a yoga centre running daily sessions.

Marari is a nature lover’s paradise and guests can join one of the hotel’s naturalists on a morning walk to learn about the Malabar coast’s unique ecosystem, and explore it’s natural beauty. The hotel even as has its’ own butterfly garden, developed to preserve the living spaces of the various species of butterflies found here.

For those looking to explore further afield, a day cruising on the backwaters can be arranged; or visit the local fishing villages on bike, e-bike or by foot to learn more about the the way of life here.

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Dining

The large thatched roofed restaurant, Chakara, is a buffet restaurant serving delicious Keralan and continental cuisine. Expect plenty of dishes inspired by the fishing communities along the Malabar Coast – a must try is the freshly caught squid grilled with masala. There is also a seafood grill serving the day’s fresh catches, and the beach shack, a lovely spot for a sundowner with music and occasional live performances, serves pizzas with an Indian touch, and has a barbecue night twice a week.

Each evening the chefs put on a cooking demonstration, and there is the opportunity to join one of the chefs in the organic kitchen garden to pick fresh produce and have it cooked and served to you from the farm kitchen.

The resort’s bar, The Club House, over 200 years old with Portuguese inspired interiors, is the perfect spot to enjoy a nightcap.

Rooms

The three types of rooms at Marari are all Villas with thatched roofs, partly open-air bathrooms and either twin or double beds. The standard level Garden Villas have a bedroom with a small seating area, and a balcony. Upgrades are available to Garden Villas with a small private pool, and Deluxe Garden Villas which come with a much larger private pool and delightful garden, as well as a separate living space, a closed and an open-air bathroom.

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Family

Marari Beach is the perfect resort for families. Children will love the huge swimming pool, the butterfly garden, and the endless space to run around in, as well of course being right next to the beach. The restaurant serves continental food, so can cater well for those not too keen on Indian flavours.

Interconnecting rooms are available in the Garden Villa category, and up to two extra beds can be placed in any room for under 12s. For those wanting extra beds for older children, these can be accommodated in the deluxe pool villas – also perfect for families with their own private pool.

Sustainability

Marari Beach Resort has won environmental awards for its sustainability, and it runs a self-sustained ecosystem. From bio-gas produced with kitchen leftovers, recycled waste water and solar powered energy, to drinking water being provided in reusable glass bottles, the entire property is designed to be eco-friendly.

The resort also works closely with the local community. The ladies from the fishing village nearby are employed to re-thatch the cottages every year with fresh palm leaves, just as they do in their own homes. Local farmers are responsible for maintaining the organic farm, and they have set up a nutritional program, run through the farm, to inspire the local community to grow their own vegetables in an attempt to combat malnutrition, a particular problem in children within the fishing community.

Location

Marari Beach Resort is located in a really peaceful spot, overlooking a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach, in the small fishing village of Mararikulam. Less than 2 hours from Cochin airport, and close to the backwaters, it is the perfect spot for a few days of relaxation at the end of an itinerary.

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