An expansive, rustic, tropical fairy tale: Marari Beach Resort makes a strong case for itself from the moment you look at the photos. Situated in a quiet part of Kerala, away from the party atmosphere of some of the region, this property has received a lot of praise over the years and is a firm favourite. Single storey villas pepper the lush grounds, elegant palm trees remind you that you’re definitely not in Kansas anymore, and trees and bushes bearing tropical fruit complement serene lotus ponds.
The resort is owned and operated by CGH Earth, a sustainable, regional brand that consistently provides memorable experiences. The villas have bags of character, with their epic thatched roofs hanging so low you could almost clamber up. Some have their own private pools and there is a wonderful saltwater main pool for all to use. The hammocks that line the way to the gleaming white sands have gained it a place in the National Geographic’s list of top 5 ‘world’s best hammock beaches’! Rather niche and very nice.
Set back from Marari Beach, close to the town of Alleppey, this serene, immersive resort puts you right in the middle of Kerala’s coastal culture. Cochin Airport is just over 3 hours away.
Vegetables from the organic garden
Large saltwater pool
Popular with groups and weddings
It was lovely to arrive at Marari Beach. It was just what we wanted and how I imagined it. Lazy days and good food.
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It’s tempting to say that this is a good old-fashioned, high quality beach property, but that wouldn't do it justice. It is unique, and CGH Earth’s ownership ensures that the standards are very high. Although the property is larger and has more rooms than a lot of our recommendations, its spread-out nature makes it feel very private.
The beach is beautiful, and while you should always seek local advice and take stock of your ability (this isn’t the Med), it is a good place to swim. However, the saltwater pool may be more than enough. Set among the palm grove, it is a beautiful focal point. You’ll find yourself there even if you have a villa with a private pool: you can’t beat it.
Relaxation is the main aim of coming here and the hotel is exceptionally well set up for it. There are Ayurvedic treatments available to keep you well during your stay, and the grounds are essentially a nature reserve. Spend a morning walking through the tropical acres, with a naturalist alongside to point out things you may not have noticed, in this haven for butterflies and birds.
CGH Earth operates in the spirit of always having a positive impact on the environment and local community. Marari Beach has won accolades for its solar water heating, extensive organic farming, and rainwater harvesting.
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.