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Reviewed 5 April 2018

The second homestay we've stayed at in Cochin so not loads to go on. Our first was really clean, had strong AC, TV and tea making facilities. Those are the weak points at Austin's – the AC is high up in the room and only seems to kick in in the night which to be fair is when we need it most. No TV or tea making. If we needed water we bought refrigerated bottles at 40p from Austin. They also made us the lovely tea we got in the morning later in the day too if we wanted.

The place was clean enough (and good for Indian standards) but not spotless. Would have benefitted from the lovely big windows being cleaned so you could see the amazing view better from inside the room.

The fast internet which we didn't have at our previous homestay was really welcome and we were able to watch Netflix with the kids in the evening.

Austin and his family are friendly and really lovely (hence the 5 star review) and will do anything for you. When searching around we found we were paying about 1000 rupees per night more for the sea view which none of the surrounding Homestays seemed to have. This included beds on the floor for our two boys (8 and 11). It made a special difference and was well worth it. There was a nice spacious balcony with views of the sea and the homestay garden below and it was really pleasant to sit out at.

Breakfast is brought to the table on the balcony outside your room and consisted of toast with coconut oil, jam, omelette, a pot of chai and a glass of mango juice. Perfect.

Go to Neena next door for lunch and evening meals. It's best to order the food a couple of hours or earlier in the day so they know how much water and fresh fish (straight off the boat) they'll need for you. As Neena is a homestay too there aren't any reviews for it as a cafe unfortunately. We found it a lot better than the places further up the beach which were good, but just not as special and homely. 690 rupees for 5 different vegetable curries, 2 fish curries, rice, bananas and water is the cheapest meal we've had so far in Kerala.

Austin's brother has a modern Tuk Tuk and drove us to Allepey and back for a boat trip (1400 rupees there and back, it's a fair way). He also organised a driver and car for our long trip to the Western Ghats at the end of our stay.

We stayed for 3 nights and wish it had been a day or two longer. We'd highly recommend people to stay at Austin's, especially families. Really hope to be back.

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Myself and my partner had the pleasure of staying here over New Years 2017, by far the best place I’ve stayed in India! Extremely welcoming, kind and friendly family, they couldn’t do more for you. Rooms were perfect plus you have an amazing view of the beach. Defiantly worth a visit.

Date of stay: January 2018
Thank rickyj602
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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Great location, just facing marari beach,lots of beach beds available on rent, great view from the balcony. We had ac room upstairs though we didn't use ac as it was not required. Neat and clean rooms, hot water available but not in the morning as they have solar heaters. Very nice family. I interacted with austin wife, she is a good cook. We had dinner and breakfast there. They acted promptly to our requests. Thanks austin and jasmine

Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank kalpanakhasa
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

We had a great time at Austin Beach Villa. We had two rooms on the top floor for ourselves and our children. The veranda is nice & shady with a great view of the beach, which is a minute’s walk away. The food was good (we ate breakfast and dinner) and served on the veranda. Mr & Mrs Austin were welcoming and loving this looked after our luggage after we had checked out as we had a very late flight, and organised a taxi for us. This is not a fancy place to stay but we were there for the sun, sand and swimming and were more than happy.

Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank 89KatherineB
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

We stumbled across Austin Beach Villa after some difficulty with the property we had originally booked and we were so glad we did!

Our room on the 1st floor (there are only 4 in total, plus a suite) must have the best views on Marari Beach! It was a good size, nice and clean and also quiet.

Jasmine and Austin were lovely hosts and the general community in that area are lovely - we met so many nice people.

If you fancy splashing out on a nice meal, the Marari Beach resort is just next door so we went there to eat 1 night and had delicious grilled fish.

Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Gordon_sandra
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