Palmleaves Beach Resort
20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A nice, peaceful hotel with excellent service
"We stayed at the Palmleaves Beach Resort for almost 2 weeks during our 1 month vacation in India, and we had a great time. The hosts, Matthew and Annie, and our waiter, Ramesh, did everything in their power to make us feel at home, and the food and the service was outstanding.
The hotel is situated directly on the beach, and besides the local fishermen we had the beach all to ourselves. The beach is nice, clean and peaceful, but the currents can be forceful so one has to be a bit cautious when going for a swim. But Matthew knows the area well and we could just ask him if we were uncertain whether it was safe to go for a swim or not.
Besides relaxing on the beach and reading books, Matthew also took us for a day-trip to the south peak (Kanyakumari) and a 3-day trip in the mountains were we visited tea-plantations and wildlife parks. An amazing trip that I would highly recommend to other guests!
The hotel is in the small village of Puthenthope, so it is really peaceful and quiet - perfect for a relaxing holiday. Only 5 minutes away by autorickshaw or car is the village of Kazhakuttam where one can find supermarkets and other shops, and the state capital Thiruvananthapuram is only 20 km away. We had such a good time at Palmleaves that we didn't bother to visit the touristy beaches of Kovalam or Varkala, but they are only a short car-ride away for those who would like to go there for a day-trip.
I highly recommend Palmleaves Beach Resort to anyone who wants a nice and peaceful vacation in lovely surroundings on a hotel where you feel at home from the moment you step over the doorstep."
- Travel date: Fri 16th of April 2010
Very friendly and quiet
"My wife and I stayed here very recently for a week. As everyone else has said, it is in a quiet location and you will have the beach to yourself. Perfect if you just want to relax, but be aware that there are no other restaurants or bars etc close by.
The owner Matthew will take you to visit other places in Kerala if you wish, which I highly recommend. We spent 1 night at a Tea plantation and working farm which was great, and also 1 night at a wildlife park which was stunning. He also took us to see numerous other sights including a morning boat trip in another wildlife park. A busy few days but amazing scenery and a nice contrast to the very quiet hotel.
For us, a few days seeing the sights of Kerala and then time spent relaxing on the beach were perfect. Worthwhile taking a plug in mosquito killer though, we did and did not get bitten, but I could see without it they may have been a problem."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of March 2010
Quiet and Peaceful
"Palm Leaves Resort is a family run business set in a quiet and peaceful area. Annie (the hostess) is an excellent cook and Matthew (the host) will go out of his way to organise trips and tours for you and to make sure that you are having a pleasant stay."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of March 2010
Pleasant but not exceptional
"As per other reviews, the location is perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Trivandrum. Lovely beach (reasonably clean) with local fishermen going about their work but strong currents in the sea so not suitable for children.
Rooms are okay - large, clean and reasonably furnished. However beds are rock hard and room has lots of mosquitoes/insects - we had two cockroaches, huge spider and a host of other smaller insects in our room which my husband got rid of. This is to be expected in a property directly on the beach but the owners could do a lot more to minimise this ie several mosquito colis in the room at strategic points, regular screening/treatment for cockroaches etc.
We also had no hot water in our room. We did not complain as given the temperature this was not a problem. Food was simple and good but hugely overpiced for what we got - comparing this to other homestays and the simple restaurants in Trivandrum and other parts of Kerala. We had better food on the houseboat in Alleppey - both in terms of variety, quality and value for money. Because of the location, you have to eat here in the evenings as the centre is about 45 mins away.
Annie and Matthew are pleasant and welcoming hosts. Palmleaves is a nice play to stay but not exceptional."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of March 2010
Clean, simple and relaxing
"We stayed here for three nights. It really is in a remote location, with not much going on round about - but that's just what we needed.
We didn't do much - walked on the beach and read our books. We did manage a couple of walks to the local shop.
Good place to relax and unwind. Annie and her family (especially Anita) are all very friendly and welcoming. We ate in each night - Annie's dinners were very tasty.
Our room was large - basic but clean with a/c and doors leading to a verandah and path directly to the beach.
Only downside was the amount of mosquitoes - but we bought spray and coils to detonate the wee buggers!! We managed not to get bitten.
Would recommend if you are looking for peace and quiet with a lovely family."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of March 2010
Restful and beautiful place - friendly and helpful hosts
"We enjoyed our stay at Palmleaves, located near Trivandrum and away from the main southern Kerala beach resorts of Kovalum and Varkala. Our hosts Roshan (Matthew) and Annie could not have been more gracious and welcoming and the food prepared by Annie was delicious. Roshan is an encyclopedia of local knowledge and an excellent guide to Keralaâs places of interest. The location on a quiet endless sandy beach, facing the sunsets, dotted with traditional Kerala fishing boats, is beautiful. It will appeal to those who are looking for a quiet get away and the more personalized small hotel experience."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of March 2010
Home away from Home
"Being a tamil canadian, based in asia on biz, had an opportunity to get away for a 6 day vacation. Selected trivandrum which is known to have many similarities to northern sri lanka, surrounded by beautiful beaches, comfortable tropical climate & greeny countryside.
On my arrival, found a well designed, comfortabley furnished two-level quite resort surrounded by lazy, typical south asian country side friendly neibourhood, palm trees, white sand & extremely clean beach. The staff, which includes the owners Mathew & Annie, are very plesant with no formalities, but just so friendly & efficiant. From that moment onwards its the same experience, simply a home away from home.
Its the homely atmosphere that stands out throughout & my favourite was the freshly cooked food, just so simple, healthy & refreshingly different from regular hotel/restaurant menus. Just ask for your favourite dish & you get the exact way you liked to have, whether its western, asian or specific kerala cuisine.
Even though the location is not in middle of a regular tourist spot, the management arranges adventure trips, house boating, kovalam/varkalam tours & authentic ayurvedic massages very cost effectively.
Overall Palmleaves Beach Resort offers an affordable, beautiful relaxing experience for someone who wants to get away from the snow, windchill, cold, hustle of city & professioanl life."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of February 2010
We loved it
"Palmleaves is a delightful place. Matthew and Annie, our hosts, went out of their way to make certain we had a lovely time. For example, when the India Prime Minister's visit to Trivandram meant we could not get a driver to take us to Kanniyakumari (the bottom of India) Matthew, the hotel owner, drove us there himself. Along the way we learned much about Kerala, his life and enjoyed his company. The home cooked meals were the best food we ate in Kerala. The hotel is charming and comfortable and I think all rooms have balconies that look through palm trees onto the beach. Our room certainly had a fantastic view and balcony, with AC.
The hotel/homestay is in a quiet fishing village about 40 minutes from Trivandram and 15 minutes from the airport. Each morning we watched fishermen bring in their nets and in the afternoons we simply sat on the beach looking onto the Arabian Sea... PERFECT
We wished we could have stayed longer."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of January 2010
Nothing is too much trouble
"My family and I stayed at the Palmleaves hotel for a six day break over new years eve. We needed a break from the UAE and decided that we would try India for the first time. ased on recommendations from this website I booked us into the Palmleaves Hotel for a relaxing break. And relaxing it was, Mathew and Annie are the perfect hosts. Many of the Hotel staff were family and the whole package was just a delight.
The beach (a very short stroll from the back of the hotel) was fantastic although with some good size waves which my two kids enjoyed immensely. You can watch local fishermen bringing in their catches and my kids even helped pull in a net with a local fisherman (on his small boat). Mathew regularly patrols the beach area ensuring you are left alone although it is not really neccessary as there was barely any people around and those that were just really wanted to practise some English.
The food in the hotel basically comes straight out of the sea on to your plate, Annie is a fantastic cook and the dinners were always welcome at the end of a hot day. A big buffet dinner and fireworks were laid on for New years eve on the beach. It was an incredible night and one that will live in my memory for many years.
My one complaint of the whole holiday was the mosquitos, but then I should have purchased more anti-mozzie spray !! I cannot fault Mathew, Annie, Shravney or any of the other family members/staff for this.
I will be heading back (hopefully later this year). Congratulations to the Palmleaves for such a delightful holiday."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of January 2010
An Oasis of calm
"We have just arrived home after a short stay in India, the latter four days in Palm Leaves Resort. After a disappointing houseboat trip and lost luggage, we were in no mood to suffer more of Kerala's offerings and were very wary of our new base. Owners, Annie and Mathew immediately dealt with that with a combination of tremendous hospitality and eagerness and our concerns fell away, leaving us ultimately with very happy memories of the region.
Food is excellent; we literally chose what we wanted at every meal time,which with three difficult children was not an easy task but dealt with happily. Annie is an excellent cook and it's worth the trouble to try out the local favourites.
Mathew accompanied us on a day trip to the hills, which is a fabulous contrast to the coastal region. An excellent driver and Mathew's learned commentary made it a wonderful day with a climb to a waterfall,a refreshing swim in the river and up to the hill station, all accompanied by great input on plants, trees, customs etc.
As a finale, due to local ATM difficulties and departure time pressing on us, we had problems settling our account. Annie waved the issue away and said, "pay us when you get back". That incident is typical of the remarkable family-like operation and attitude to running their hotel
Kerala, like India, assaults the senses in all ways. "God's Own Country" unfortunately, is in many areas, a rubbish dump, born of ignorance and poverty. If you can get over this, the wonderful smiles of the locals, the stunning geography and the abundance of fresh food makes it a fascinating trip. Palm Leaves Resort will give you a better insight than any of the pretend 5 stars at Kovalam Beach and at a fraction of the price and with the ocean surf beating only 100 metres away."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of December 2009
"we had a great time in this great resort with its very friendly owners, we would like to come again and stay longer"
- Travel date: Mon 16th of November 2009
âPALMLEAVES BEACH RESORT â HOME AWAY FROM HOMEâ
"We are extremely happy to write a review of Palmleaves Beach Resort in Kerala, South India. Beautiful Kerala is described as âGodâs own countryâ and provides a peaceful haven for international visitors, particularly those interested in development projects. We can recommend Palmleaves Beach Resort as we know personally very well the area where the Resort is situated, Puthenthope, a coastal village in Trivandrum, Keralaâs capital and the people living in this village. For some time, we lived in the nearby village involved in Community Organisation work for the Social Service Society of the Diocese of Trivandrum. The village Puthenthope is just beautiful; located near the Arabian Sea on the one side and the canal accessing to Kadinamkulam Lake on the other side. A boat trip in this lake is immensely pleasurable. The people in this village are very peaceful, welcoming and friendly. We also know very well the Team managing the Palmleaves Beach Resort. They are our friends. Three Kilometres away from the Resort and near to the Lake, is a village called Marianad, created from scratch and developed as a unique Community Development Project, which became the model for, at least, one legislation for the welfare of traditional fishermen in the State of Kerala. When the Community Development work first began, Marianad was a pilgrimage centre for development tourists. The history and development process of this village provide ample lessons for any visitor interested in the field of international development.
As people working in the field of international development, through our Charity based in the UK, we encourage and recommend international tourists to experience the homely feeling, by selecting Palmleaves Beach Resort at Puthenthope to live when you visit India and use the opportunity to visit various developmental efforts in South India. Apart from providing good food, accommodation, friendly and homely atmosphere, our friends at the Resort are equipped with information and contacts throughout South India, to meet the developmental quest of any international visitors.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.
Director, VOD International
London UB6 0AL, UK
Email: [email protected]
Web: [email protected]"
- Travel date: Sun 18th of October 2009