Been coming now for 7 years as a solo traveller. I love this cottage and the location is perfect. Within 10 minutes walk you have a choice of 3 beaches, through coconut groves or down a lovely main road to Lighthouse Beach.
Angie and Den are the perfect hosts-shopping, eating, massage, trips etc. Whatever you need they can tell you how to do it, when to do it and how much it should cost which if you're on a budget is essential for travellers like me.
Qinni as the manager is a brilliant driver and source of information and I would highly recommend him-he has the "knowledge", local foodie too! How can you eat for under a £1??
Angie and Den employ so many local people. Can I mention Wassenda who keeps the cottage and villa spotless and Shagondola who will do your washing and ironing-never seen my whites so white-ever.
They also support so many local charities and they are the reason I am coming back
Visited for 3 weeks in January till early February. The cottage is always cool, clean and comfortable. Angie and Den are great hosts as always. The garden plants are lovely and the secluded area of the cottage is good but walkable distance to most places. We spent more time going to Sumudra beach this time. Good restaurants within walking distance down the back track(take a torch for return)
This time we particularly liked :The Lobster Pot: down the back track, sand floors but good food. We also like :The Seagull: on the front on Sumudra Beach. I love the biryani there and am dreaming of it already for next year. We took a prolonged trip mainly by train this year to Ooty, to do the mountain railway, riceboat, fantastic as always and to Cochin which is getting a bit trendy. Looking forward to next year already!
I have stayed at Alarek cottage several times now, this time with a friend rather than family. The cottage is in a good location but far enough off the front to be peaceful. However it is a short walk to the beach in either direction. It is in a local area not just touristy. You will hear the temple music early in the morning and at other times, quite charming but it can wake you!. The cottage is kept very clean by Vasenda and has all you need. Angie and Den are great hosts and are very knowledgable about the area. Nothing is too much trouble to ensure a good stay. It is always great to have Kwinny waiting for you a the airport. He is an excellent driver and will also take you on any trips you wish. Shegondala visits and takes laundry if required, she will also cook at the cottage if you wish. We did not do that this time but have in the past. Locally the little shops on the road have all you need without having to go too far away. The use of the roof terrace is good, we enjoyed both massage and yoga there. Many restaurants in both directions, within walking distance. Torches well provided for the inevitable Indian power cuts. I will be returning again and am reluctant to do a review as the cottage is becoming so popular!!
Oops. Wrote my review on the villa instead of the cottage so here goes again. Still have jetlag and now back at work but my heart is still in beautiful Kerala. I always go before the season starts and find it so peaceful and relaxing. The cottage is beautiful and Angie and Den have made some fab renovations. Wonderfully clean and with amazing staff- Kunni, Vassenda, Shegondola and Mohan (sorry about my spelling of your names). They make you feel so welcome and they are like my second family now. This was my fourth year and I can honestly say it gets better each time. As a solo traveller I feel very safe and Kunni will always check at least once a day that I am ok. Have met some lovely people over the years and I don't think I will ever go anywhere else! Counting down to next year already.
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