Nestled among the lush green flora of coastal Udupi and set in a rustic ambience, the Paradise Isle Beach Resort at Malpe beckoned us after a weary journey from Mangalore.
The resort, which boasts ethnic architecture with a touch of modernity, offers a plethora of facilities. Once in the cottages, hear the gentle whooshing of the sea, and be greeted by great views of the Malpe beach.
There is something for everyone here. Foodies can indulge in an appetising breakfast followed by a sumptuous meal that is a blend of the ethnic and Continental.
The butter garlic sautéed calamari and the stuffed mushrooms have us craving for more. The resort also houses a food court and a coffee shop that offers over 60 varieties of coffee.
At the Ayurvedic Spa, indulge in an aromatherapy body massage, salt glow and a beauty-enhancing detoxification. To supplement this experience, there is a fully-equipped health club with facilities for badminton, table-tennis, billiards and swimming. There is also an in-house discotheque.
But, the bounty here is the array of water sports. Feel the spray of the salty seas on a jet ski or venture out on the banana boat.
There is also a boat ride to St. Mary's Island and a tour over the tranquil backwaters that combines a sight-seeing trip of the cultural beauty of Udupi.
How to get there
Paradise Isle is approximately 60 km from the Bajpe airport and also from Mangalore. The resort provides transportation services
Accommodation costs between Rs. 1500- Rs. 9000 depending on the choice of rooms. Meals and other services cost extra. The charges for the water sports are Rs. 200 per person. For details log onto www.theparadiseisle.com or call 0820-2537300 / 2537791 /2538777 /2538666 or email your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Things to do
For those in the mood to laze around, the beachside is the best place to be. One could also go on a boat tour around the backwaters of udupi and indulge in photography. The resort also houses a health club, spa, food court and also has water sports of various kinds.