You may be glad to hear that the India posts are finally coming to an end, thanks all for reading and hopefully this one will be a wonderful goodbye to South India.
We were spending our last few days at Marari Beach resort which was the perfect excuse for a bit of relaxation before heading back to work in cold England.
We were shown to our little villa which you should have seen our faces when we walked through the vintage door to be welcomed with our own private outdoor swimming pool. Each of the villas also have a quaint bathroom that has no roof, nothing like having a shower under the stars!
Amanda had arranged a few little treats for us which included our first evening meal was to be held in the ‘Farm Kitchen’. Marari prides itself on having its own garden for all the fruit and vegetables which they use in the kitchens and they offer a great experience where you forage for the food then cook up a storm before sitting outside and enjoying your meal.
The setup can hold up to 12 people on the one table but for our evening it was just the two of us and our personal chef who talked us through a couple of dishes. The highlights were a cold pineapple curry, beautiful lemongrass soup and the main dish was fish wrapped in banana leaves which had a rather intense kick!
It was a beautiful evening enjoying good food and an intimate setting outdoors.
The rest of our days were spent moving from our pool in the morning to a lovely nap by the beach in the afternoon rocking slowly in our comfy hammocks. Got through plenty of excellent books (recommend Bring Up the Bodies, A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Island) while relaxing and felt miles away from the bustle of London.
For both our other meals we discovered the seafood grill on the beachfront which on first look you only see the very expensive seafood set menu.
Now if you dig deeper and ask the waiters for the market fish prices off menu then you are in for a treat. You are taken up to the chef’s counter where various fish, prawns, lobster and scallops are resting on a bed of ice ready to be weighed up.
On our first night we went for a couple of prawns and scampi each which were delicious. In a light buttery sauce, the perfect texture and who knew scampi was like a prawn – why do we ruin it by cooking it in batter!
Following our ‘starter’ it was time for the whole fish that we had ordered which was delicious, moist fish which just fell off the bone. It came with some potatoes and wonderful traditional Italian grilled vegetables such as the gourd family.
The stay was incredibly peaceful and they really cater for all your needs with plenty of space to roam and be alone. They even have afternoon tea where a local man from the village comes with his trolley and serves South Indian coffee with treats, what more could you ask for!
It was up there with one of the best trips I’ve ever been on and a perfect mix of exploration, tourism and relaxation. Thank you again Amanda for organising such a brilliant time and I would recommend to any of you looking to go on a trip go to India!