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Carnoustie brings the beauty of scotland
  • August 2012

Carnoustie Group has come up with a monolithic Beach Resort and Ay­urveda Spa at Cherthala, Alappuzha. One would wonder the meaning of Carnoustie. It is a place in Scotland. Carrying the beauty of Scotland to the sublimity of Kerala, Carnoustie is the only resort which boasts of an exclusive beach resort, of course showcasing its guests with tints and hues of Kerala. Marari is an acronym to tourist beach, yet it is a place to relax and fortify the feeling of calm and serenity. Close to the world famous backwaters of Alappuzha, it is just 90 kms from the Kochi International Airport.

Once away from the highway, a small road takes one through the actual Kerala, away from what is cultivated for tourists and close to what Kerala at ground level is, to the super luxury resort, Carnoustie. The winding road does not let the imagination wander to the opulent expanse of property that awaits its guests with open arms. The first look of it in itself is a pleasant surprise.

Eagling across forty villas on twenty five acres of property right next to the Ma­rari beach, the guests get to sit on the easy chairs at the balcony of their villas and en­joy the beauty of sunrise and sunset at the horizon of Arabian Sea. Twenty six of the villas have a private pool. There are catego­ries of villas, entry level villas are 1250sqft which goes up to 2500sqft, and as we move up the ladder the increasing splendidness of the villas further amaze us. Special care has been planned for Carnoustie’s reverend guests. Guests while here will be pampered to the extent that Carnoustie’s guest service agent will help them choose from the bath menu and even run it for them. They will have the option to choose from the Pillow menu their choice of pillows.

Land in-between the villas and the sea is planned with an amphitheater and a yoga deck. The coconut trees around serve as the tyeing end for hammocks to give you the perfect environment to read your favourite book with your favourite version of cocoa. The balconies of many villas face this side giving a splendid view of the various moods of the majestic Arabian Ocean. It is bound to be ideal for the laid-back souls.

10 kms from the resort at Mo­hamma, Carnoustie is developing a marina where a range of water sports activities will be provided. This will be for those who wish to explore options apart from the serene beaches of Marari. There is going to be organized activities like, cycling, archery, pitch, sailing, house boat cruise, beach volley ball and other adventure activities for those who prefer it. Unable to come up with a full fledged golf course, they have come up with a ground for golf putting because they cherish their golf lover guests and as they say, golf is an addiction.

Carnoustie has a separate building constructed exclusively as their Ayurveda and spa zone, where the guests can enjoy therapeutic treatments with the traditional Indian medicines and learn the art of attain­ing longevity via Ayurveda. It is also the haven created for peace and tranquility, the perfect place to rejuvenate with luxury in the lap of nature.

Generally, adhering to the same con­cept across the villas, Carnoustie carries the ‘plumeria’ flower theme to its core, with the plumeria flower theme expanding from the rooms to the bath­rooms and to the gar­dens around. The muti-cuisine restaurant is an intricate structure of bamboos, designed by Indonesian architects. There is also a sea food restaurant. The seafood specialty restaurant is so special that only 14 guests can dine at a time and will feature tasting menus and wine pairing. Interestingly enough, they would be introducing innovative concepts like a Kerala afternoon tea served in a three tier stand against an English afternoon tea.

With a double storied Ayurvedic spa and wellness treatment area and in-house doctors, Carnoustie is sure to be the choice of tourists. The spa features 5 treatment rooms and a couple of treatment rooms along with a beauty salon and fitness and wellness area. At the end of its formative stage, Carnoustie is planned as a super luxury resort for those who want to find tranquility in the state of Ayurveda.

Carnoustie is an eco-tourism resort which has adopted the green policy and is committed to the environment. They follow efficient conservation techniques, minimal lighting and use recycled water for its landscaping to preserve the natural resources. The villas are designed to reduce energy and water consumption and the use of exhaustible material is bare minimum. The slippers provided inside the rooms are made of jute. All the waste from the resort gets recycled. The green team appointed by the resort ensures that procedures are maintained and monitored. The resort also manages a herbal and vegetable garden for which chemical and fertilizers are not used; the compost usually comes from food waste. Keeping up with nature, the use of jute, bamboo and Rattan mats is extensive. There are cloth bags instead of plastic laun­dry bags, pens and pencils are not made of wood but recycled cardboard, reprocessed plastic and scarp wood.

The General Manager of the property, Mr. Alex Koshy is brimming with innova­tive ideas for the resort. He says, “Ours if a super luxury resort. Our main clientele is expected to be the crème de la crème of foreign and domestic tourists. We want to give our guests a comfortable and com­pletely relaxing stay. There is no off season or peak season, all seasons at Carnoustie will be special, but we will be having dif­ferent packages like Ayurveda package, honeymoon package etc.

That having said our USP is going to be our personal touch. Most resorts of such grand stature have a very formal aura but here at Carnoustie, I would be personally meeting all our guests.”

Guests at Carnoustie would not have to check in at the reception desk, rather they can go straight to their villas and the check-in would be done later. This proves Carnoustie’s concern for their tired guests who are thus saved from the hassle of fill­ing in the formalities of the form as soon as they enter the resort. Also, all the esteemed guests will get a handwritten welcome note by the General Manager of Carnoustie Re­sorts, adding to the idea of personalizing with the guests. Taking a step further, at the time of leaving, the guests will receive a gift from the GM and another note asking them for their comments and suggestions and bidding them adieu. They insist that they would rely on guest feedback and will ensure that each and every comment for improvement gets acted upon. All this together would surely be the key to long lasting relationship of Carnoustie with its guests.

Carnoustie recently played host to the Femina Miss India contestants who had vis­ited Kerala for a round of the competition. Carnoustie became the humble choice to showcase Kerala at its best. The contestants of the Femina Miss India got a bemusing welcome and stay at the Carnoustie Resort. Now it is your turn to get set to be pam­pered rotten.


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