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Raheem Residency  Price Band:   £51-100 per room / villa per night
Raheem Residency
Swimming Pool
Beach Access
Ayurveda
Yoga
Landscaped Gardens
Restaurant
Dining Room
Swimming
Spa/Beauty
Boat Trips
Vegetarian Options
Dining
 

Drive through the noisy, bustling small town of Alleppey and when the road runs into the Arabian Sea, turn into this delightful old home. From a narrow garden frontage the Residency opens out like a veritable Tardis to lounges, bedrooms, a delightful upper floor open air restaurant and wonderful inner courtyard with private pool and surrounding sunbathing terraces.

Recent local tourism initiatives include regular beach cleaning, dredging the network of canals meandering through the town, landscaping of the banks and generally beautifying the area. The beach is wide, safe and as yet, hardly visited by other tourists.

 Built towards the end of the 19th century and bought by a Mr Raheem – textile merchant of Gujarat – for his family, it has since been occupied by several generations of his family until purchased in 2003 to become a boutique hotel, now under the watchful eye of its English owner, Bibi. A lady who has† embraced everything†South†INdian, including†an acolade in Ayurvedic medicine /†treatments.†

In the main house six spacious air conditioned bedrooms have traditional Keralan furniture, such as Raheem’s father’s four poster bed bought as a wedding gift in 1930.

 Converted from outhouses used to store coconuts is a further independent unit featuring a twin room and adjoining single.

The large reception hall/lounge is a joy, with glass shutters inside, wooden shutters outside, and an impressive carved teak ceiling recently exposed after many years. Immense double teak doors feature fan lights with the original glass in beautiful subtle shades. The pretty plaster work above the doors has been copied recently by new designers/builders in the region (Casa del Fauno)

Lonely Planet recommends the restaurant as the best in town and if our lunch was anything to go by, they are right. The menu was small, the food was light and delicious, just a perfect amount for a hot summer day. The dinner menu was much more extensive but sadly we had to move on before sampling. Next time !

Between walking the long, golden beach, lazing by the pool or browsing the busy streets of Alleppey you could embark on a trip by car or boat to the historic Port of Cochin or Kumarakom Island Bird Sanctuary.

Highs Lows
  • Feel like a visitor, not a tourist, in real Kerala, away from the ‚Äėmarble palace‚Äô mind set.¬†
     
  • Attractive pool and sun trap terraces with optional shade¬†
     
  • Attentive staff with ‚Äėcan do‚Äô attitude ‚Äď always on hand but never intrusive.¬†
     
  • Long, semi deserted beach a step away.¬†
     
  • Fabulous host
  • Rooms comfortable and interesting rather than luxurious.¬†
     
  • Rail track behind the house with regular trains which can be heard from the restaurant only but most customers love the British colonial¬†atmosphere it adds and waving to the passers¬†by.
      
  • Food delicious but no prizes for speed.
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