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Marari Beach Resort
Mararikulam

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Marari Beach Resort is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Beach Hotels

Hidden away between two fishing villages on a beautiful golden beach, this 30-acre resort is a firm Ampersand favourite that successfully combines a warm, rustic feel with modern comforts.

Scattered throughout the tropical coconut grove are 62 deceptively modest thatch-roof villas, which are spacious and comfortable with open-air bathrooms. Effort has been made to use local materials wherever possible and both the architecture and interiors have been designed with an authentic Keralan aesthetic in mind, echoed in the eco-friendly wooden structures and soothing neutral colour palate. We highly recommend the garden pool villas for those seeking privacy and tranquillity.

At the heart of the resort lies a large swimming pool, which is an ideal spot to relax in and take a cooling dip when needed, alongside an excellent restaurant serving local Kerala delicacies - from Chemeen Manga Curry to Kozhi Kurumulagu roast - as well as Western dishes. A few steps away by the serene beach, there is a smaller restaurant that specialises in fresh seafood directly from the Arabian Sea - dine here while gazing out onto a spectacular seaside sunset, for this it is bound to be a highlight during a stay here.

Close to the Backwaters and an hour's drive from Cochin, this well-run and friendly resort with its vast palm-fringed beach and first-rate Ayurvedic spa centre, packs a lot of Kerala into one bundle. If you are seeking a romantic retreat away from the crowds and general hustle and bustle of India, then Marari Beach Resort is for you. The resort is also especially family-friendly and works well as an addition to a wildlife adventure holiday. Make sure to take part in the activities and excursions offered by this hotel while here, especially the organic farm-kitchen cookery classes and naturalist led walks.

Follow in the footsteps of Sir Paul McCartney and relax in this idyll of a beach side resort to embrace the peaceful pace of life here and completely switch off; we can't think of much better than gently swinging on a hammock under the warmth of sun surrounded by cheerful hibiscuses while listening to the gentle hum of South India around you - and here, you can do it in style!

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Diane Arbus

I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka

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