How does someone arrive at a place called Marari Beach ?
It all started with a holiday in 2005 starting at a nearby resort. During our first days we already met the manager and visited a place called 'Marari Beach Homes' with a beautiful setting right on the beach. 4 nice cottages, a little basic but with potential.
After our beautiful trip we never had the feeling of coming back home again. A couple of mails later with Motty, we started searching for land in Kerala. After 15 years of working as a couple in the Belgian hospitality business we were ready for a new challenge. Starting from scratch abroad with a small project so we can do what we like most, take good care of people.
Starting in 1993 at Boudewijnpark - Bruges - Belgium, after a one year stay in 1996 at Walibi (Belgium biggest attraction park) as F&B manager we started our own business in 1997 in Stavelot, the French speaking part of Belgium.
From the end of 2002 onwards we bought and ran a family hotel in the famous thermal city of Spa. During which time we also ran a holiday house attached to our private house. Honestly that was the part we enjoyed most as the contact with guests is so much more intense. Another strength we discovered over the years..a managing couple is more then 1+1 !
Back to the Keralan reality..Finally the search of the land didn't work out but another possibility was announced. Now we could organise our relocation. Beginning of February 2007 we moved to India hoping to get quickly into that home stay. Unfortunately it didn't work out so we had to search for something else. That something else is what was called ‘Marari Beach Homes'. Here we also found ‘the manager' back as one of our partners. After making plans & contacting contractors we started the renovations of the 4 existing cottages in august 2007. What makes this place special is that we mixed European choice of colours with typical Keralean furniture and fixtures. This all results in a very charming stay on an unspoilt beach which comes up to your own veranda.
As everything seemed to come into place : traditional cottages, contemporary finishing's, responsible luxury & a natural setting we thought that 'a Beach Symphony' covered it all.. and it didn't stop in 2007 we kept evolving by re-renovating our sea view cottages in 2009 & 2010 and adding a bath garden in our Sitar cottage in 2015 so all our cottages have an outdoor shower now.
Feeling ourselves super home in Kerala we felt like wanting to offer some more great places to our and other guests. Lucky we wer when we got the opportunity to add Vismaya Lake Heritage to our portfoli..a unique 2 room villa on the Vembanad Lake. Shortly we will open some more properties in 2016, all on the lake side. Each time creating different experiences but maintaining the same standards all over.
As we speak English, French, Dutch & some German we can help about everyone in his own language. Being experienced travelers we know what is important when you travel : like good mattresses, high quality white sheets, super soft and a lot of towels, well-furnished veranda's, a comfortable hammock & sun lounger and good food & hopefully what you will think is a perfect service.
We hope to welcome a lot of you to be a part of our Symphony and our other experiences offering you ‘a different stay & aspect of Kerala'.
Christel & Jan Arryn