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.