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Honey Beach Cottages
Reviewed 8 August 2011

The popular places that come to mind when planning a family trip to coastal Karnataka are Karwar & Gokarna. These main tourist attractions have a good number of beach resorts & hotels. Preferring a less crowded, but at the same time comfortable stay, we finalized on Honeybeach Cottages at Ankola.
Reaching Ankola, a small town, by Bus from Bangalore (overnight journey), we were picked up by a taxi arranged by the resort. The beach resort was nearly 7 Kms from the town, through a rough & isolated stretch of road. People with a weak back should watch out for the bumps or not risk it. My two daughters were shrieking & enjoying the ups & downs while self & wife were hanging on to the taxi to steady ourselves.
We reached the resort without losing any bones and were welcomed by a group of warm & friendly staff. The sound of the waves & birds greeted us and we suddenly became aware of the silence around us. The resort was well designed and rested on a rocky surface near the shore. Our cottage had a foyer, an independent bath area and a bedroom (with air conditioner). The bedroom was a little small for four of us. We realized that we were the only occupants in the resort with nearly 10 cottages.
We enjoyed the day on the clean beach next to the resort with not a soul to disturb us & a few crabs for company. We went on a trek in the evening up the rocky path to see the view of the shore line from the top of the small hillock. As privileged guests, the food was made to our order and quite suitable for my young daughters.
I booked a taxi for next day for a trip to Devbagh beach at karwar (abround 1 hour travel). We enjoyed the water sports and played around in the sea, before returning back to the resort. The staff had arranged for a camp fire & we enjoyed the warmth under the night sky before dinner. Another family joined us at the resort, but they stayed for only one night.
The third day started with an early trip to Yana Caves (1 & 1/2 hour travel). We trekked up for nearly 1 hour to reach the top. There is a small temple inside the huge rocks. Check yourself for small leaches after trek (salt is helpful in removing them). All adventure lovers would thoroughly enjoy this trek. We then moved on to Murdeshwar (another 1 & 1/2 hour travel) for a late lunch, visit to the famous Shiva temple and spent some time on the beach close to the temple. On the way back to the resort we stopped at OM beach in Gokarna for a short time and enjoyed a ride on water bikes. We relished the dinner at the resort and crashed out.
We happily spent the next morning at the beach near the resort and lazed away the afternoon. I had an ayurvedic massage at the Spa in the evening before taking the bus back to Bangalore. We were fully refreshed and energised at the end of the trip thanks to the friendly service, homely food and comfortable cottage at the resort. I would recommend this resort for couples looking for a private romantic getaway or families wanting isolated & clean beaches or people seeking an off the beaten track experience.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with family
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5  Thank SivakumarR
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

Honeybeach cottages is situated on the tip of a secluded coastal taluka in Ankola and is worth a visit once for a totally uncluttered break from your regular schedule. The property is well maintained and is very beautifully built. The in house kitchen also serves good food made to order. Rooms are normal and is a good getaway for couples as well as family members looking for a relaxed stay by the beach.

Goods - Food, amenities, service, sitting on the rocky shores at sunset
Not so goods - Very interior place, a bit costly considering the rooms inside, no water sports or adventure activities organized

The place is a scenic beauty but will start bugging you if you stay beyond 2 days as nt much activity can be planned there. You would rather plan a relaxed beach weekend there and head for nearby tourist attractions like Gokarna, om beach, and murudeswara.
I rate this property 4/5 on an overall experience

Room Tip: Bargain for the best prices as a package
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank sreespace
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Reviewed 17 December 2010

Location of the resort is really good but beware they will not give you any service, not even drinking water in the room. No body will bother about the cleanness of the room or ask you for anything.

We went for 4 days holidays and booked this hotel for 2 nights... we were almost decided to extend it there for another 2 days. However we changed our mind becasue the staff was rude, specially the waiters. None of the hotel workers were interested to service us. During our stay we (2people) were only the guest in the resort then also no one was bothered about anything except wishing us good morning/good afternoon. It was very evident that they were just not interested to please the guest in fact it looked like the staff wanted no guests to ever come so that they can enjoy and take full rest. The resort condition was also deteriorating, the electricals in the room was not working properly and the gardens were all getting dry.

After spending 2 days there we were thinking of leaving but on exploring a little we found a hut stay in the same beach... run by the same guys that have a small shack like hotel right on the beach. The price there was only Rs 300 per night and you cannot call it luxury but even there we felt better because at least the people were polite and welcome unlike those of the resort.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank sumsarch
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Reviewed 29 September 2014
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Room Tip: Чем малоэтажнее ваш домик и чем ниже он расположен, тем уютнее.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Alexputnik
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Address: Off Nh - 17 | Honey Beach, Ankola 581314, India
Region: India > Karnataka > Uttar Kannada District > Ankola
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Ankola
Price Range: $72 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
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