20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This is a great resort to stay in. They have full aryuvedic services plus meditation program etc.
The setting is right on the beach and only a 30 minute cab ride south of the Trivandrum Intl. Airport.
The prices start at 72 euros for a room, which is suitable for one person, or a couple.
The staff is super friendly, and the service is great.
Good food at the restaurant, and they have just built a new restaurant which is not quite open.
New pool above beach, and the grounds are gorgeous.
The resort supports an orphanage, hospital, and vaious other local programs.
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of March 2008
"We spent 7 days at Bethsaida and loved every minute. The location was exceptional and the staff are really spot on. We did very little except laze by the pool taking the chance to snooze in the sea breeze.
Perhaps the best place we stayed in Kerela."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of January 2008
A wonderful resort
"We had a fantastic stay here, 4 nights at the end our holiday after touring round Kerala for 2 weeks, we just wished that we could have stayed longer. All the staff were super friendly, food was great and the setting was absolutely perfect. Bedroom was huge, a handmade 4 poster bed (made by local craftsmen), large shower room and views past a hammock out over the sea. The pool was new and is how every swimming pool should be, raised above the sea, with just some palm trees and the beach to separate you from the waves - stunning. There was still some building work going on, but this did not interfere at all with our stay, and was carefully managed so as not to disturb. All in all a stunning resort!
What just added to the experience was the knowledge that our stay was helping the considerable charity work of the place, and we arranged to visit one of the orphanages (they run 2, along with a school for local children). We visited the boys orphanage that was just behind the resort, we went to the early morning service in the school hall and it was great to see so many smiling happy boys all with well pressed shirts sat in neat rows. It all looked incredibly well run.
If you want international hotel chains and formulaic service, then there are many other places along the same stretch of coast that will suit, but if it's individual style and a personal touch you want, then this place is amazing - we will be going back. Hugh and Helen, Clapham London."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of December 2007
Lovely site but shame it is currently a building one
"Interesting no other reviewer has mentioned that most of the hotel is currently a building site...they must be close to the management maybe...spent 5 days there which i guess means i enjoyed the stay to some extent....but there is severe work going on at present...i could mention a few things but i won't..its fine...it will be even better when the building work is complete but the reason why i am writing is this...the most concerning for us was that website states that the hotel is rather heavily geared towards helping out local the orphange, during our stay we requested 3 times at reception to visit the orphange so we could even donate/buy something, all we were told was to go and knock on door 403 (erm.. no thanks)....that was it....no visual text or advertising whatsoever about the orphanage on the hotel premises anywhere...which is wrong and worrying ....when an establishment makes such a strong statement on its website, and entice clients there with that...there has to be complete clarity....and there clearly is not.....
- Travel date: Sun 25th of November 2007
A very special place
"After an 20 hour journey from London, we arrived a bit worse for wear, but we were made to feel at home immediately. The people were very helpful, from booking to arranging trips, taxis, or giving tips on which train to take and where to buy the tickets. What's more, everyone seemed to enjoy working here. It felt a bit like staying with friends and we liked that. The location is gorgeous. There's a beautiful, clean beach (used by local fishermen in the morning, sometimes until lunch, but in the afternoon you have it mostly for yourself. We saw hardly any hawkers.) And while you're watching the latest catch being hauled in, you can dip into a very nice pool too.
The restaurant setting is very romantic - candlelit tables outside, you're overlooking the bay and watch the sun set. The food itself was fresh and tasty, although after a few days we felt the menu could have offered a bit more variety perhaps. Our room was nicely furnished, spacious and clean and at 80 Euros considerably cheaper than Surya Samudra next door (although clearly not as luxurious either).
The one thing we were less enthusiastic about where the treatments â the rooms you're in have open areas which means mosquitos are free to prey on you while you're trying to relax â not an easy task!
Overall, we loved Bethsaida, it has a special atmosphere. We had booked our room for two nights but extended the stay to five and would definitely come back."
- Travel date: Tue 20th of November 2007
Beautiful, relaxing - loved it
"I love this place - the staff are so friendly and you feel like you are in real India, not a manufactured place. And the food is great - we didn't get ill as we were told we would in India. There is a private beach and I hear there is now a swimming pool overlooking the ocean. The accommodation is also really good. Best thing is that the staff are super friendly and you feel really well looked after while you are there."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of September 2007
Magical, Beautiful, Friendly, Private, You have to visit.
"Where do I start ? Bethsaida Hermitage offers a unique combination of beauty, nature, comfort, magic, romance, adventure and the most friendly team of staff I have ever come across on my travels. The rooms are beautifully decorated, mostly by hand (eg, the 4 poster beds are made by hand in varnished and very ornate and beautiful wood), and you can see the local craftsmanship everywhere you look. The food is beautifully fresh and seriously tasty - the fish is often caught from your own private beach right in front of the accommodations. The swimming pool is right on the ocean and the beach is secluded and idyllic. you can always hear the ocean lapping on the shore wherever you are on the resort grounds. The place also funds several local charity projects which are also run by the owner of Bethsaida Hermitage so you know your money is going to some exceptional causes.
Bethsaida is the kind of place I want to go back to again and again, with the emphasis on community, friendship and having fun (daily yoga and meditation courses provide excellent ways of meeting people and also taking a total break from every day life), it will keep you coming back for more and more.
October to April are the best months but if you want to go for Ayurvedic healing i have learned that the monsoon season (june - sept) is best to gain the most benefit from you treatments.
This place is romantic, charming, friendly, secluded, inspiring, heartwarming and so very magical. The perfect place for a honeymoon, a quiet holiday or rest. It's a brilliant way of experiencing the true feeling of Keralan India - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any of my friends and family."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of September 2007
A very special place.
"Wow! this place was a real find. We would describe it as Quirky-Luxury-Paradise. If you want everything perfect and generic this is not the place for you. If you want a local feel, lovely friendly staff, comfortable rooms, beautiful gardens and a fantastic location this is the place for you.
Best of all, you get a nice warm feeling, knowing that the profit made from your visit is helping orphaned kids rather than a wealthy multi national hotel chain. On site (but not in your face) is an orphange for several hundred kids which is assisted by the profits made from the resort. We loved it and would recomend it to anyone wanting something a little different."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of February 2007