North S.L Puram
Mararikulam North, Alleppey 688549, India
“The closer you get to nature, the easier it becomes to respect her. Look with fresh eyes, and marvel as she begins to reveal her secrets.” CGH Earth Marari Beach
The only way of doing nothing - is doing nothing. This credo is part of the Marari Beach Resort's philosophy in the Indian Kerala – about 90 kilometers of the airport of Cochin. Instead of having a „to do list" guests find rest, pure nature and the sea.
The morning begins with a walk with a naturalist – butterflies, frogs, birds, wild flowers, Lotos ponds – the eye is presented with rich nature. Stroll along the villages which surround the resort and get to know a traditional tea ceremony. In the organic gardens 13 different banana plant species are cultivated beside vegetables and herbs.
- Enjoy the fine art of undoing things
- Cooking courses in the farm kitchen
- Ayurveda wellness centre
- Walks with a naturalist
- Experience the authentic India
- Marari’s lietmotifs are space and silence.
“Lotus ponds are not just aesthetic joys, they also help sustain a rich biodiversity”
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Rooms & Amenities
Garden Pool Villas
Deluxe Pool Villas
- Culinary experiences
Kerala Cuisine with fresh catch from the sea
Seafood Specialities with fresh bounty
- Things to do
Get a tan
Learn to cook with spices
The Story of a vision, CGH Earth
The family enterprise CGH Earth was founded in 1954 with the casino hotel on Wellington Island, Cochinas the first hotel. At that time the today’s Managing Director, Jose Dominic, did not plan to stay in the hotel branch. Rather, he wanted to do his father a favor and return after two years in his original occupation.
However, when it was time to leave, he was so persuaded of the ideas and the concept that he stayed. In 2004 the first Casino hotel made the beginning of the enterprise CGH Earth in India. The meaning of “CGH” is “Casino Group of Hotels”. Nevertheless, CGH stands for the main values of the enterprise – „Clean, Green, Healthy“.
Marari Beach is not an average sun, surf and sand beach destination. The resort is a carefully nurtured biodiversity haven that attracts nearly 80 varieties of birds.
“Far from the madding crowd, and distant from the world of trendy hotspots and beach raves, Marari’s leitmotifs are space and silence. And little else. (Though you can be assured of endless amounts of both.)”
Marari Beach and ist Green Initiatives
The three R’s of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle have been put to use effectively and have helped in operation of the resorts.
Focus has been set mainly on
- Conserve nature
- Do not let the presence of the hotel impact adversely on nature and its goodness
- Use locally sourced materials as much as possible
- Reduce dependency on fossil fuels as much as possible
- The presence of the resort has to benefit the local community as much as possible
In order to achieve the above, the resort practices the following in detail.
- Energy Consumption
- Biogas Plant
- Water Conservation
- Waste Management
- Engagement in sustainable tourism initiatives
Marari beach is a resort based in the small village of Maraikulam in Kochi, Kerala. It is highly inspired by the rustic life of the fishermen folk of the village and these very village aesthetics are echoed in the architecture and the layout of this 3 star resort.
The architecture cleverly leverages the natural lighting and natural ventilation available in this spacious 36-acre property.
Natural Lighting: Almost all building in the property are constructed in order to achieve 92.15% of total BUA as naturally lit during daytime. This includes the reception area, the guest cottages, the Ayurveda centre, the engineer’s office, the staff mess and the restaurants.
Natural Ventilation: Although all guest cottages are air-conditioned, they are also designed to provide natural ventilation.
Envelope Insulation: The thatched roof provides an air-envelope insulation for all the guest cottages, which helps prevent heat transfer.
The engineering department of Marari Beach has custom assembled all the air conditions present in the property.
This has resulted in giving a greater power efficiency as compared to the domestic brands of ACs available in the market.
Marari Beach has a test cottage that is specifically dedicated to testing the energy efficiency of the assembled AC units.The “test-cottage” is actually one of the guest cottages, meaning it has the same dimensions, made from the same materials, as the rest of the guest cottages thereby giving an exact simulation for the tests.
The communication collaterals placed on the thermostat in each guest room further encourages reduced consumption.
F&B Service Energy Efficiency
Marari Beach has undertaken fresh food practices to reduce the need for refrigeration. Seasonal fruits and vegetable are used for cooking in the restaurants. Fish used for cooking dinner is procured locally in the evening.
Other Energy Efficiency
Naturally lit and ventilated reception area.
Capacitor banks are used for power factor improvement.
The key-tag systems in all 62 guest-cottages, automatically switches the lights off.
Communication collaterals displayed on the thermostat, encourages guests to switch of air conditioning when stepping out of the room.
Renewable Energy Practices
Marari Beach makes use of energy derived from waste, solar thermal and solar PV.
A biogas plant of a total capacity of 500 kg is present on-site. Food waste from the staff mess and the restaurants, is dumped daily into the biogas plant. The methane generated as a result of the anaerobic composting, is harnessed as fuel to cook food in the staff mess.
Water Conservation Practices
A lot of measures are taken at Marari beach to conserve water. These are as follows:
- Push taps in staff cafeteria
- No bathtubs in any guest rooms
- Glasses made available in guest bathrooms for shaving
- Sprinkler irrigation, irrigation done only in the nights
- Garden is watered with hose once every 3 days
- Coconut husks and used newspapers are used in organic garden to avoid water runoff from the loose sand.
- Plants are also cultivated into manure bags to prevent moisture loss.
- Local buffalo grass is grown to conserve water
- Communication collaterals placed in guest rooms for managing linens and towels
Low flow fixtures in all guest bathrooms
Marari Beach lays great emphasis on material reduction in the following ways:
Use of LAN for official communications has obviated the need for the use of paper.
No newspapers are delivered to the guest rooms individually. Newspapers and reading materials are available in common areas.
Common toilets have reusable cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
A Supplier policy exercised by Marari Beach contains the amount of plastic packaging from the suppliers. Metal containers are preferred over plastic ones especially in case of liquid items like oil and ghee.
Sanitary bags are made of old newspapers instead of plastic.
China bottles are used for guest amenities instead of plastic.
Metal bins used in guest rooms reduce the need for plastic bin liners.
Beverages in restaurants are procured in glass bottles or tin cans.
Avoided use of aluminium foil for wrapping food items during room service by using cane lids.
Coconut and bamboo leaves thatching and casherina roof frame avoids the use of concrete
Laterite stone and porous paved blocks for pathways reduces the use of materials.
Furnishings and Decor
Avoided cushions on sofas in guest rooms and common areas.
Minimal carpeting in guest rooms
Cane wardrobe minimizes use of wooden wardrobe doors
Food and Beverage
No tablecloths used on tables in restaurants
No tissue papers placed on each table. Tissues made available only on request.
In addition, it also avoids E-waste of CDs and DVDs
Low-Embodied Carbon/Recycled Materials
Marari Beach makes use of biodegradable and low embodied carbon materials
Food procurement practices play a very big role in contributing toward the carbon footprint of an organization. Food that is locally produced reduces the carbon emissions that arise from transportation. On the other hand, food that is organic reduces the carbon emissions that arise from the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides , etc. Consumption of organic food also plays an important role in the ecological perspective. It is therefore that we consider these two food procurement practices.
Engagement in sustainable tourism initiatives
Marari Beach undertakes various activities for the engagement in sustainable tourism initiatives development of the local community. These are as listed below:
Guests have an opportunity to go on eco-tours, bird watching trails and trails to the butterfly garden. One tour conducted every day for 3 hours gives 365*3 = 1095 hours.
Guests have an opportunity to visit and cook in the organic garden kitchen. 248 people participated in the activity lasting for 3.5 hours giving a total guest participation of 868 hours.
Guests also have an opportunity to visit the Ayurveda kitchen and garden. On average 5 guests visit the Ayurveda garden tour of 30 mins daily, giving a total guest participation of 912.5 hours.
Cycle rally is conducted in the village on World Tourism day. The rally lasts 2 hours with participation of 65 staff members and 20 guests giving a total guest participation of 40 hours.
During earth hour, the dinner is served in the lawn and the buffet is heated by firewood. For an average number of 35 guests, a total guest participation of 105 hours is achieved.