We were greated warmly by the reception staff and escorted immediately to one of their more private Beach Chalets with a terrace which had a beautiful view of the garden and the ocean. Our room was cheerful and quite roomy with lots of space for luggage. The bathroom also was spacious with a large shower in very good condition. There was always hot water when we needed it. The power would go out often ( which happens in India ) but then their generator would kick in immediately so it was never an inconvenience. The room was cleaned daily with clean towels and change of bed linen by a very friendly cleaning lady.
The beach was not private but only a few people come here other than guests from the two Hotels nearby. There was a friendly woman selling fruit everyday with whom we often had good conversations. The local young men would play ball in the evening so you would not want to sit on the beach at that time which was no problem. Most people watched the sun set and then would leave the beach area anyway.
The huge waves in the sea was great for body surfing so was a lot of fun. The outdoor pool was also very clean and a great way to cool off during the heat of the day. The garden area was very well landscaped and kept clean by the gardener working all the time.
The dining room and terrace have great views of the sea. The complimentary breakfast were very good with a variety of delicious south Indian food as well as eggs cooked to preference. The dining room staff was always very courteous and helpful. We ate a few of our meals at the resort but also tried a few of the many restaurants on the walk downhill to Lighthouse Beach along the promenade and the side back roads.
On the way to the Lighthouse, the tuc tuc drivers wait for passengers. We found a very courteous and friendly young man with whom we negotiated a price for a two hour sightseeing tour. He took us to most of the other out of the way beaches which were pretty amazing.
We enjoyed walking through the fishing villages nearby everyday. Some of the women invited us into their homes for some Indian hospitality serving us a cup of chai. They do not have much but were willing to share with us.
On a further walk to the main village and harbour, we watched the fishing boats come back with their catch each morning. Everyone from the villages all came out to wait for them. The fish market had a variety of fish at reasonable prices and wish we could have bought some.
The harbour was a perfect place for taking pictures.
Also the reception staff was very helpful on our last day with our airline boarding pass on the computer in their office since the one we brought along was not working great.
Each night we would fall asleep with the sounds of crashing waves which was very relaxing.
After our six night stay at this lovely resort we were sorry to leave.
We would certainly recommend this resort to anyone wanting a quiet, peaceful holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An idyllic holiday resort by the beach, Soma Palmshore has everything you need to take a break from the mundane – to relax, to refresh and to relive every moment.Located at the Kovalam Light House Beach in Kerala, which is popular world-over for its palm fringed beach, the sun, the sand and the surf, Soma Palmshore offers you much more than just a beach vacation. A comfortable stay, a delightful cuisine, the rejuvenating experience of Ayurveda, the soothing effect of Yoga, an experience of the local tradition and culture…and much more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Soma Palmshore Beach Hotel Kovalam
- Soma Palmshore Beach Resort Kovalam, Kerala