Travel post – our experience at Cherai Beach – Les 3 Elephants
Whenever we are travelling to a new place, I am always weary if the place will be kid friendly or not. I have accepted that my kids will not sit in one place, like I had imagined they would when I was pregnant! I had the beautiful image that my kids would be the most well behaved ever. HAHA! I KNOW, RIGHT 😀
So i’m always on the look out for places that are tolerant towards kids and make us feel welcome and at home. Last month, we stayed at this eco friendly resort- Les 3 Elephants, Cherai and I was pleasantly surprised by their hospitality. From upgrading our rooms to ac rooms at no extra cost to being very friendly and accommodating, it was an overall pleasant experience.
They have 4 properties at a short distance from each other and a guest can visit and use facilities from any of the 4 places. What i liked was, they had rooms for every budget and to please a wide variety of needs. From massage/ health packages to relaxed, do nothing rooms – there is something for almost everyone!
The restaurant had only a handful of dishes to offer with a daily changing menu, but the food served was very fresh and the staff was happy to adjust spice levels for kids. I am guessing the limited menu is to reduce wastage and stick to their principals of being an environment conscious hospitality brand.
The rooms are basic but clean. If you are planning a stay at this property, don’t expect a spectacular star service kind of stay! The floors are red oxide, the roofs made of natural materials locally available and being out in the open, expect a few creepy crawlies to roam around freely. However, the beds are equipped with mosquito nets to keep insects and crawlies at bay and they make sure they keep mosquitos away with natural repellants.
The rooms are in various categories, facing the open garden space or the backwaters with a view of the Chinese fishing nets. Prices vary according to the category selected.
The resort provides airport pickup / drop and also organises transport for local sightseeing or a visit to fort kochi. Though pricy compared to uber/ ola cabs (which were almost impossible to get!), the drivers and cars provided were good. The resort also organises for a sunrise or sunset boat ride on the backwaters as well as a few more activites and options. I cant comment much on these as we didnt avail the same. Our aim was to go there and sack out, and that is exactly what we did!
Overall, we had a pleasant 4 days stay here. Though the cleanliness could be a tad bit better, I would definitely go back for the service, hospitality and the kid friendly nature of the place and staff!
*** The views expressed in this post and purely mine from our experience here and this is in no way sponsored by anyone***