We stayed at Casino, Marari Beach, Coconut Lagoon, Spice Village, Spice Cruise and Brunton Boatyard, the very gracious Visalam and the absolutely charming Maison Perumal. It was the most fabulous holiday we have ever had in India, and even surpassed our past visits in 2006-2008, and we back after two years gap—during which time Antony Suresh from CGH Earth reservations was with us in the UK—on 2011, 2012 and 2013, which we wouldn’t have imagined possible.
Anthony has been absolutely fantastic. It is thanks to him that we had the meticulous care and attention at each of our destinations. He was regularly in touch making sure that we were happy and had everything that we needed. He organised our trip perfectly and arranged for Joseph, an excellent driver at Casino, to take us to most of our various destinations during our trip.
Anthony has organised our six trips with CGH to Kerala perfectly and it is thanks to him that we keep returning. We always have an incredibly warm welcome and are made to feel like family. He is a real joy and is a pleasure to know and deal with. We are really proud to say that he is like a wonderful son to us.
Spice Village is a wonderful, eco-friendly place with helpful staff and we wish we could stay longer. It is definitely on our list of places to go back to. The breakfast was delicious and staff more than helpful. The food, especially the famous karimeen (pearl spot fish) during our stay at Spice Coast Cruise was excellent.We will cherish for life the fishing from the houseboat. We loved the canoe ride through the channels and lagoons and the Ayurvedic massage at Coconut Lagoon. As always the service was exceptional.
Brunton Boatyard is a classy little gem hidden in Cochin. Chef Ajeeth and his team create magic. Our darling was Marari Beach, where we had an amazing and unforgettable experience. The General Managers at all the resorts are good, but sorry, Subi is our favourite. Marari is a great place to experience sun, sand and nature unadulterated, with attentive, friendly, impeccable service, authentic food and lovely little touches everywhere, like the well-decorated rooms (our’s was a garden pool villa).
And since it is India, I must also commend KA Joseph, the driver at Casino! We felt very comfortable and safe with him at all times. Like someone who takes great pride in his job, he was always immaculately dressed, and the car was absolutely spotless. There always were fresh bottles of water at the start of each journey and he was always ready and waiting on time with a big smile. Antony Suresh, we consider like a son. He is a diamond; an enduring,priceless gem. No praise is too much for him. Thanks so much for creating memories.