We spent 17 days here. It is a delightful, traditional, Kerala house in a very friendly village. The house is almost directly on the beach. Preman, the owner is a gem. A genuine, trustworthy and kind man. He is absolutely dedicated to ensuring a trouble-free and enjoyable experience for his guests. He met us at Trivandrum, having bought us some groceries, checked us in and showed us around. He also put us in touch with Raj, a great taxi driver who took us to the supermarket and the beer store. Preman came by most days to make sure we were happy. (we were) The house itself is very comfortable with good airconditioning in the front bedroom. The porch is great to hang out, listen to the ocean and enjoy a Kingfisher kept cold in the efficient fridge. The kitchen is basic but just fine for a salad lunch and toast and coffee although there are good burners if you feel more ambitious. Next door is an excellent restaurant so we didn't cook. The village centre and market is a good walk and friendly, and up the road are several small shops. Altogether Marielin Villa is ultra relaxing and excellent value. Preman has a tailor shop and I had some clothes made, for a very fair cost, that I am very happy with.
Debra from Kodaikanal
Stayed Wednesday 21 January 2015 with Family
We stayed at this villa for one week in January, and thorougly enjoyed our stay. The beach here is very quiet and undeveloped, yet just a short drive to Kovolam. There are a few restaurants on the beach just steps away from the villa, and it's walking distance to the village if you want to buy food to cook in the kitchen. The villa was perfect for our family of four -- two large, nicely furnished rooms, each with its own bathroom. The deck is a beautiful place to sit and listen to the ocean. The wifi worked well. The owner was attentive to our needs, and arranged transportation to and from the train station. We would definitely recommend this place for a relaxing vacation.
Sarah from Paignton
Stayed Sunday 12 January 2014 with Friends
We have just returned from our 7th visit to India! This was however our 1st time to kerala after going to Go a every year so we didnt know what to expect! To be on the safe side, we booked our 1st week in kerala and the 2nd in Goa. Although we still love Goa and had a great time there, we wished we had stayed longer in Kerala! Marielin villa was an amazing find. The location was stunning and it was excellent value for money. The owner Preman was a really lovely man. When we arrived (there were 4 of us-2 couples) he was there to greet us and had stocked the fridge with all the essentials we needed, including beer! He also arranged scooter hire for us so we were able to get around and explore. The location is idyllic. Nearby Kovalam was great to visit but it was so peaceful back at the villa, we were always glad to get back there. It had everything you need for a lovely relaxing week and Preman couldnt do enough for us, we really felt like we had made a true friend. He is also an excellent tailor and my friend and I had some traditional Indian outfits made by him! All in all, I would definitely recommend Marielin villa to anybody and really hope to be able to go back there again. Thank you Preman, we had a wonderful time.
Rachel from Bath
Stayed Saturday 28 December 2013 with Couple
This Villa was a very good find.
Good value for money and had all the basic necessities for our 6 night stay.
The pictures are very accurate and gives you the India feel lifestyle.
Preman the owner, was very good and as our air conditioning was not working he went out of his way to fix it over the christmas and new year period.
He was very welcoming and would always ask if we were ok, he would come and find us at breakfast at the restaurant next to us.
The villa was kept clean by Sandra the housekeeper, she worked hard and changed bed linen almost everyday.
We loved sitting outside on the balcony watching the world go by and wave crashing in the sea, it was just so relaxing, quiet and almost forgot you were in India.
We would go to the restaurant next door owned by Philip, we was a nice man to talk to and get to know what is around to do in the area. We ate there at most meal times, menu good, food good and chef is excellent.
Walked to the beaches down from our beach and was lovely.
We got a Taxi to the fishing village and walked around to the mosques and to light house beach Kovalam. It was facinating to see how the people live and history.
Kovalam beach is more commercialised and busy, we were glad to have been where the villa is.
I cannot say anything bad about this villa, it may need a revamp but it was what it is and it is India, it was great value and recommend to anyone thinking of renting, it was a great experience, and after travelling a lot the first week, it was nice to relax the second week
Ian from RUDELLE
Stayed Saturday 26 October 2013 with Couple
Marielin Villa is set in a lovely position amongst the coconut groves about 50 meters from the beautiful,sandy,quiet beach.Wonderful for paddling along the waters edge,but you need to be a strong confident swimmer to venture further into the sea.
The villa is spacious,with a large verandah,a great place to sit listening to the arabian ocean and watching the setting sun.The bedrooms are large with good clean shower rooms.The kichen is basic but adequate, ok for making drinks and a fabulous fresh fruit salad for breakfast,there is a large fridge but not particularly well equipped for cooking.However, the two small restaurants nearby offer all meals at great prices,so who wants to cook anyway?
Preman is a delightful man and pops in most days to make sure all is well.He cares for his guest and nothing is too much trouble.Preman will also advise on sightseeing trips with a very good driver.
Staying amid a real community gives a taste of what life is like here and a chance to meet and chat to some of the local characters going about their daily routines,but...if you prefer a more sanitised/tourist version of India,maybe you should stay in a hotel.
Nicole from London
Stayed Tuesday 26 March 2013
I stayed at this property for 3 weeks, the ownner Preman was amazing, what a friendly helpful guy. Anything you want to see or do just ask him. He visits most days to make sure you are ok, he arranged a mobile phone for us with an indian sim - it was so cheap to call the UK, i think we paid 1000rp (£12) and it lasted the whole time we was there. He also arranged a Moped for us (if your brave enough to drive their crazy roads). He filled the fridge with essentials for when we arrived (even a few bottles of Kingfisher) and he kept the place clean and changed our bed sheets regularly, the 2 seperate double bedrooms come with their own wash basins/vanity areas and shower-rooms. We took our own Hammocks and spent many evenings chilling on the balcony listening to the waves crashing. There are regular power cuts everywhere in kerala so take a hand torch with you, this didnt effect anything, if anything it added to the ambiance of our evenings. I would recommend this house to anyone.
Thanks preman for looking after us x
Dean from East grinstead,
Stayed Tuesday 06 November 2012 with Couple
After ten wonderful nights at Mariielin villa we thought we had to say something about the great service we received here. After getting picked up from the airport at 4.30 am by Preman and his excellent driver Daz, we arrived at the villa where Preman made us a light breakfast of eggs, bread, tea and freshly squeezed juice and also fetched us beer. ( on request due to the time difference and because were English!) He then left us to enjoy the sun rise which revealed our new backyard.... Sitting amongst a grove of palm trees our villas balcony looks out beyond the sandy beach to the beautiful Arabian Sea. The villa was lovely and had everything we needed, including a good book selec tion... the surrounding area was quiet but had a couple of restaurants along the beach. We especially enjoyed Thiranthipuram(?) right next to the villa whos chef Raj cooked up some of the best curry Ive ever eaten and some of the best fish and chips! During the day Preman came round late morning to tidy and see if we needed anything. He even made brekkie before we went out for a day trip to local attractions with Daz. By night for us it was eating at one of the few restaurants or popping in to Kovalum for the evening then back to the balcony for a few drinks. We had a great time and would definitely recommend to a family and couples who would like to relax and enjoy each others company... Admittedly we were very early in the season so it was quieter than normal and the sea was a bit rougher than later in the year, as weve found further up the coast at Goa. Preman is the star of the show where nothing is to much trouble even organising our forward journey after sorting out an excellent houseboat for a special day and night on the backwaters... Doing everything with out being obtrusive . Marielin villa and Preman are a special couple who wed like to meet again in the future.
Karen from Edinburgh
Stayed Monday 29 October 2012
We didnt know what to expect when we were met at the train station by Mr Preman but from the moment he picked us he his attentiveness and service were faultless. The villa is basic but all that is needed for a stay in Kerela. Preman introduced us to the people who own the restaurant below the villa and although the food is good, except breakfast, order at least 2hrs before you want to eat. We also bought prawns locally and they cooked them for us. The villa is situated on a spectacular piece of Kovolam Beach and very private with two small hotels close by, when compared to the main Kovolam beach it is perfect. A few hawkers selling their wears but not intrusive. Preman organised a houseboat for us which was fabulous, although a 4th drive from Kovolam. Anything we wanted Preman made sure we had and he even called after the houseboat to make sure all was well, he definitely understands customer service, but if you are not used to having some one around your villa on your holiday
you could find it intrusive. It is India after all so. Ot everything works as you would expect but we had a great time and would highly recommend.
Marion from Esher
Stayed Monday 23 January 2012
The 10 day stay at Marielin Villa near Kovalam was our first experience of India and exceeded all our expectations of a real value for money villa. My partner and I were wanting a real get-away-from-it-all holiday and the villa met all our requirements. The location in a coconut grove is idyllic, with the sights and sounds of the deserted beach with you at all times. There are about 6 family graves near to the villa, but this does not detract from the atmosphere, and indeed adds to the serenity of the area, especially when they were decorated with garlands one morning.
The local hotel serves amazing meals at very reasonable prices, and with beautiful sunset views.
If you are looking for a luxury villa with nightlife and all modern day facilities, then this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking for a quiet, down to earth villa, giving you a glimpse of the real Southern India - then this is it. The villa has air conditioning, fans, wet rooms, TV and a basic kitchen, but we made little use of the kitchen as we ate out, and no use of the TV. Who needs TV when you have a beach to yourself ?
Preman and Rajesh (taxi driver) ensured that our stay went without a hitch, and organised all trips and visits we wanted, making suggestions for visits we would not have known about. Preman visited us every day to ensure we wanted for nothing. After leaving the villa to go on a houseboat trip which Preman had helped organise, he called to ensure that all was OK ! You cant ask for more attention than that.
We will be returning for another glimpse of paradise next year.
Robert from Hoveringham
Stayed Tuesday 01 March 2011
An excellent base for our trip to Kerala made even better by the owner Preman. Nothing was too much trouble for him and everything we asked for was done with a smile. He arranged trips for us to the Backwaters, changed money for us and even made clothes for us!!
The property itself is a haven of tranquility and such a contrast to the frenetic journey from the airport. It is about 50 metres from the almost private beach and the warm Arabian Sea and has some very good restaurants within walking distance. We had some memorable evenings sat on the verandah watching the sunset with our G&Ts and likewise in the mornings with breakfast on the verandah watching the waves roll in on the almost deserted beach and the sun shining through the palm trees - heaven!!
John from Ferryhill
Stayed Tuesday 08 February 2011
We have just come to the end of our 17 day stay at the wonderful Marielyn villa which is right on Mullor beach, near Kovalam, Kerala. The Villa is like a paradise and is rustic but a great place to spend a relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas of Kovalam. That said it is only a short drive away in a rickshaw (tuk tuk) to get to Kovalam and lighthouse beach if you want to experience the shops and restaurants there. We also took a two day break on a houseboat on the backwaters but found out after we had booked it that our great host and landlord Preman was able to get every excursion at a much discounted rate so be warned! Just let Preman know what you want to do and where you want to go and he will arrange everything to make this a dream holiday for you. Nothing is too much trouble for him and he checks in every day to make sure that his guests are comfortable and have everything that they need. Also do not worry if your bags are late to arrive at the airport as Preman is an expert tailor and can make any clothes that you want.
You would also be advised to bring snorkelling gear if you are a confident swimmer as the fish life around the rocks is something special. You can even dive for fresh mussels whenever you see the local fishermen out in their canoes doing the same. This will provide you with a very fresh and free meal! I also took a fishing rod and caught fish every day that I fished!
As for restaurants, we can recommend the Kadaltheeran which is right next door for amazing Indian, Western and even Nepalese food, all prepared to your own individual taste. The only disappointment that we had was having to leave this amazing area.
Will we return? Yes at the dro p of a hat.
Martinus from London
Stayed Monday 04 October 2010
The cottage is in a great location. The manager Prem, was extremely helpful.
Villem from Tartu
Stayed Saturday 03 July 2010
We had a great time in the villa - it has all the necessities and the landlord was also very helpful. It is very near to the beach, practically on the beach, so it was great to go for a swim or just enjoy the view of the beach from the porch. The weather was very nice though it was monsoon season - mostly sunny and very warm even during nights. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, will definitely visit again will recommend it to our friends and family. 5 out of 5!
Madeleine from Martina Franca
Stayed Monday 01 March 2010
Would rather keep it a secret than tell everyone about this amazing villa on Nellikunnus deserted beach. We will go there again... with an empty suitcase next time... as Premans excellent tailor made me a lovely white linen shirt and trousers... if only I had had more space!
Malayalis are such happy friendly people and the food is delicious!
Madeleine from Martina Franca
Stayed Friday 08 January 2010
A superb location on a very peaceful, palm fringed bay - a dream come true! Chilled out on the verandah, plopped into the sea, ate delicious food next door at Khadaltheerams on Thapovans terrace or at a candlelit table almost in the sea at Harrys Shack.
Preman was charming and extremely helpful.
Have booked again for another holiday in March.
aminul from bristol
Stayed Tuesday 15 December 2009
as excellent relaxingpeacefull holiday we want book again near good restaurant delicious food the rickshaw driver rajesh and landlord helpful
Adam from Horsham
Stayed Friday 30 October 2009
Wow what can we say! When you wake up to the sounds of crashing waves every morning and watch the sunset over your beach every evening. This place is amazing and would highly recommend it to anybody who wants to get away from all the hussle and bussle.
The villa is modest but has everything you need or want, including a jucier to enjoy freshly squeezed pineapple juice and fresh fruit for breakfast, to be enjoyed on your private veranda, overlooking the beach. What a way to start your day.
Paradise would be the right way to describe this place. The food is great and the people are friendly, including our host Preman. Who is always prepared to help and nothing is too much trouble.
We would recommend a couple of days on the backwaters, a trip down to three oceans and tamil nadu which can be done on the same day as a trip to the wooden place. All of which Preman helped us organise, which meant no stress or hassle and means we could just enjoy our time in Kerala.
We will be going back to kerala and will be staying at this villa again and have and will be recommending staying here to all our family and friends.
A holiday to remember made special by Preman.
Thank you once again are dear friend Preman
Sarah from Beverley
Stayed Saturday 05 May 2007
This has to be the most amazing holiday we have ever had, the location was fantastic and Preman the owner was absolutely incredible and nothing was too much trouble for him and I cant wait to return as soon as possible.
Sarah from Beverley
Stayed Saturday 05 May 2007
Me & my wife arrived in march 28th for 2weeks, and like the previous review the photos on the web does not do it any justice!!! We also told this to Preman the owner, who could not do enough for us. you are only a 15 min drive from the busy resort of kovolom (thats if you want to leave paradise) But every now and then you have to just to get a few groceries, as you can imagine as my wife said it was our own littlel piece of paradise.
Next to the villa are a few restarants but harrys shack at coconut bay is a must if you like your prawns or any food.
We ate at all the restraunts around the villa and had no problems at all.
I would suggest that if you like a little tipple and not just beer to bring duty free.
All in all we had a lovley time and will be coming back soon.
Sarah from Beverley
Stayed Saturday 05 May 2007
We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived to find a mustard-yellow villa sitting peacefully amid the palm trees, with the soft sound of waves breaking on the beach. This was paradise. And every day we stayed made it harder to leave in the end. Preman our landlord and host bent over backwards to fulfill our needs. Preman made sure we wanted for nothing. All in all a great holiday and excellent value. We would recommended to anybody who wants a peacefull holiday. The photos on the web site did not do it justice.
We have just returned home from out third time at this wonderful villa after staying for a month. This is our favourite place in the world to come and relax and next year (2014) it will be even better with the refurbishments that Preman, the villas owner is planning.
With snorkelling equipment available and now, a two person catamaran also available to rent this is a great spot for more confident swimmers.
You could also try your hand at a cooking competition pitting your culinary skills against Premans wife, Reena. I lost the tiger prawns challenge, the mussels challenge and the kingfish challenge, three in a row!! I am now perfecting some recipes ready for next year.
We would also recommend that you use Premans cousin, Raj who is the best and safest driver we have had the pleasure of sharing a taxi with.
If you want to take a look at the video that we shot while we were there then copy paste this link into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEdexmMj6Bo
You will need to book well in advance as this has to be the most popular traditional Kerala villa that you will find in the area. I could not imagine that you would find better value for money anywhere in Kerala.
We spent Christmas 2012 and New Year at Marielin Villa - the perfect place to relax and experience rural life by the beach. There are restaurants close by or you can simply enjoy fresh fruit and veg bought on the beach or from the local village, a short walk away. The villa is spacious, clean and tidy. Preman the owner makes you welcome and can organise trips to interesting places in the locality. He has a tailoring business - silk and linen shirts that are great quality and value. This our 4th visit to the villa and totally recommend to people who want to experience incredible India.
This was our second year staying at this property. Last year we stayed for two weeks but loved it so much we stayed for one month this year (2012). We have also booked the villa for one month next year and here are the reasons:
Preman, the owner is meticulous about taking care of his guests and usually checks in at least once each day to make sure that everyone is comfortable and they have everything that they could possibly need. The Villa is very clean and comfortable and just perfect for a totally relaxing vacation in the sun. For confident swimmers there is free snorkling equipment available and the fish especially around the rocky areas are spectacular. You can dive for fresh mussels or Preman can arrange to get them for you fresh from the local fisherman. Fresh fruit is also available daily and is delivered right to your door. Also if you want to do any sightseeing Preman can arrange this for you much more inexpensively than any of the local tour operators. If you need a taxi or a tuk tuk again this can be arranged for you at the best possible cost. One day we wanted fresh coconuts and Preman simply climbed up one of the trees by the villa and brought down several for us to sample. Amazing!
Most evenings we sat back on the front porch and ate a meal that we had prepared in the more than adequate kitchen while listening to the sound of the surf, just a stones throw away. A half day fishing trip on a local catamaran cost us around £8 or $10 US dollars and we landed plenty of fish to eat that evening. So if you want a very relaxing vacation in a really peaceful location then this is the place for you. If you want to be rubbing shoulders with all of the tourists then Kovalam beach would be the place to go. If you want to rub shoulders with the real India then I would highly recommend this villa.
Our first time to India...a great place to stay...quiet and comfortable...very relaxing. Rooms are clean, kitchen has everything you need. Villa is out of the way of the more touristy area so you are not hounded by people. Preman did a great job and checked on things every day to make sure we had what we needed. Great restaurant nearby and folks are very friendly. Beach was clean and quiet with close proximity to enjoy touristy area only a quick ride away. If you are accustomed to four star hotels with people waiting on your needs this may not the place for you. You might be more comfortable elsewhere. We have read a previous review that commented about the graves nearby being a bother but we had no issues with this as they are apart of the village that is next door and part of the cultural surroundings and several centuries old. This place suited us just great...we were able to vacation inexpensively while really being able to relax and enjoy our surroundings. We would definitely stay here again.
Two weeks in January had a rest on a country house with a family. Weather was fine, the pure sea, not populous beach, palm trees, singing of birds in the mornings - a silent quiet place for the pacified rest. On a country house there is all necessary for comfortable residing., including small kitchen. It is possible to prepare fresh juice, tea, coffee. An excellent combination of the price and quality. There was a possibility to observe a real life of the local population living in the neighbourhood, that also makes impression. Nearby there are 2 excellent ?yurvedichotel where it is possible to make a massage course, little shops with a wide range of beautiful things and souvenirs, small restaurants on a beach. Operating Preman very positive person, is benevolent, does not forget about needs and desires having a rest on a country house. We recommend for fans of quiet, weakening rest
Marielin Villa is the perfect location for living the dream. Preman thank you for making our stay so wonderful. From the welcome to leaving your property we had the most fantastic time over Christmas and New Year.
You go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the waves and can walk along a quiet beach, have a pineapple juice or lemon ginger at one of three restaurants.
The villa exceeded my expectations. With a well organised kitchen you can attempt to make curry or salad bought at Mukkola market about 2km away. Or you can buy fruit on the beach. It has everything you need, comfortable beds, the shower room is a wet room and a terrace with a resting chair to relax after a day on the beach!
Easy to get to Trivandrum or Kovalam if you want to explore more of Kerala.
Thank Rajesh (taxi 5111) who is the best driver in Kerala.
I would totally recommend Marielin Villa. We will be back!
Namaste - Fifi - London
The property is perfect for a quiet getaway. We are a couple in our late 20s and wanted somewhere to relax. Preman who rented the villa to us is very nice and helpful. He couldnt do enough to help us.
We stayed at the villa for a few days and it was definitely the best holiday weve had this year! The villa is beautiful and in a v peaceful setting. Weve had morning walks on the beach and kids have splashed and paddled in the water (although the sea is not advisable for swimming in).
Lots of places to visit nearby. Looking forward to going back for another lovely holiday!!
A fantastic property in a fantastic (albeit quiet) beach front setting. Preman was extremely helpful and couldnt do enough for us.
Mulloor is small and quiet and was beginning to shut down as it was the end of the season when we left (April.) The current in the sea can be strong so it may not be suitable for less confident swimmers.
A perfect place for a relaxing and peacefull holiday. Preman the landlord was very helpfull and nothing was to much trouble. The litle restaurant Khadaltheeram next door had delicious food.
Well..what can I say? We had a fantastic stay. Premen the owner was available everyday for help if needed. The views and the sound of the ocean right on your verandah was fantastic! If you need a place to chill this is it. We had three lovely ladies who came from the beach everyday and prepared us fruit, there is a juicer in the villa so you can make your own fruit juices, which with your duty free can make some nice cocktails! We had been working hard and this was the perfect break with no hassle. Premen even met us at 3am at the airport! Also the tuk tuk driver Raj was great! As for eating the two places next door on the beach did great food, the one right next door did us Masala Dosa everyday and they were delicious! Go and try it you will love it!
This is a really lovely secluded spot. Preman, the landlord is very willing to help and if you have the chance, ask him about his tailoring business! Fantastic! If you want to kick back and relax this is the place for you. Quiet, private and charming. If you want to be in the middle of the action, then maybe dont come here unless you are willing to pay for regular travel costs into the bigger towns etc. Preman can organise a driver to take you on day tours if you require. Great food in the resorts around. Try Topovan=m for the best fish curries I had in Kerala! Also Topovam Resort has excellent Ayurvedic massages.
This is a lovely villa set on the beach.Two ensuite bedrooms, care and thought put into decor etc.
Weather in late January was sunny and warm. There is a choice of places to eat or spend the day. Alternativly, the local village is a short walk away and the busy tourist beaches of Kovalim an easy drive away.
The villa has everything you might need on holiday and the owner took great care of us - really nothing was too much trouble. Also he has information on places to visit and very willing to set up trips (we went to the cape of India, to an ancient wooden palace and to a temple. on anotheer day we took a trip north to a colourful festival.
Very happy to recommend this property for a relaxing holiday. Jim and Linda
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Stayed 17 Jun 2006
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