Need to know
49 garden villas, 10 pool villas, three deluxe pool villas
Midday, but if the room isn’t booked afterwards, this is flexible. Earliest check-in date, 2pm.
Double rooms from $222.43 (INR14,420), excluding tax at 19 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
At the hotel
Swimming pool, Ayurvedic spa, free wireless internet, bookhouse, tennis courts, beach volleyball, shop, yoga, meditation, music classes. In-room amenities: air-conditioning, minibar, tea/coffee facilities, wide range of natural bath products.
Our favourite rooms
If you fancy a pond view, go for hut number 10. If you want to stay where Paul and Heather McCartney did, earmark 17.
Mosquito repellent, relaxed clothing for yoga/meditation.
Pets are welcome. Kerala is a no-smoking state, but you can smoke in the rooms.
The hotel is very child-friendly: little Smiths under five stay free, and the restaurant can accommodate picky eaters (they have highchairs, too). Activities that might suit kids include martial arts demos, cooking classes and an escorted village walk.
Marari Beach has won a few environmental awards for its commendable programmes, from its bio-gas and sewage treatment plants and solar-driven water-heating and rainwater harvesting schemes to the organic vegetable gardens and composting.