Tropical Village Life in Alleppey, Kerala

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Marari Beach – a place to unwind, a place to refresh. There are no beach bars, no thumping music, no street vendors, no gypsies hanging around — infact there is no one at the beach. It’s you and the waves!

A few miles away from Alleppey, Marari beach is a small and sleepy fisherman’s village – with wide stretches of soft sand on either side and a green wall of palm trees. And a beautiful beach house to match!

Marari Villas, owned by a British-Russian couple living in Kerala, is where this vacation quickly became epic-chill!

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imageRupert and Olga started their journey in Coastal India starting from the less-popular Tarkarli in Maharastra, all the way down to Alleppey, looking for a dream location to start their next-big venture – to build an intimate retreat that aims to make every guest be themselves in their own ‘home’.

Marari Villas has three unique cottages in Mararikulam and we picked the bigger independent ‘Palm Villa’ by the sea.

Rupert, being an architect himself, has tastefully re-done the heritage villa by mixing the old and the new, using materials that are local to the village. Each bedroom in the beach house has separate entrances connected by the veranda to the breezy lounge, that sits as the center piece, a place where you can enjoy the home cooked meals or sip the sundowners.

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It was the perfect house to host our annual family get-together. Three spacious en-suite bedrooms have magical views of the ocean and open onto a private veranda and beach garden, which is fully equipped with hammocks, sunbeds and umbrellas. The bedrooms are lavish, especially the master bed with a complete living room – that turned out to be the area to congregate for the nightly IPL matches.

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imageRupert and Olga live on Marari Beach and have already immersed themselves in an effort to give back to the communities by raising funds to help a nearby Education center for Kids.

A mix of vintage wicker and wood furniture adorns the bedrooms and lounge areas.image

Huge bathroom with outdoor access

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Wrap around verandah with the wooden columns brings the tropical outdoors to the indoors. image

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The ‘sea breeze’ lounge, so aptly named, was a great gathering space for us to play games (Taboo anyone?) and for the kids to run around.

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Food At Marari Villas

Marari Villas had to do very little to enhance our already-awesome-holiday, and boy did they!! Every meal cooked by our in-house chef was down right authentic home cooking and a joy in itself.

Chef de Cuisiine with the line up of items yet to be grilled on our BBQ Night.imageimage

King Fish Fry

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Prawns Ularthiyathu

Breakfast orders are discussed the night before and it would be a shame if we hadn’t opted for the authentic Keralan breakfast menu.

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Puttu and Kadala Curry

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Appam and Vegetable Stew, fresh Watermelon juice.

Palm tree paradise – take advantage of the solitude right now, before the rest of them do.

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Lay on your back, watch the swaying palms that tirelessly work through out the day..image

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My adorable nephew and niece..

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Spend the time picking shells or building sandcastles or watching the fishermen go about their day — either way, the time seems to run slow, very slow.

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