I am staying 5-weeks at Golden Sands for yoga study. The rooms are basic / simple but very clean. Room has a balcony overlooking the pool on the 3rd floor. It's a beautiful view and a lovely courtyard. The scenery, sounds of the many birds, and smell of fresh flowers makes for a serene location. It's a 2-3 min walk to the beach. As a woman traveling alone, I feel it is very safe and I feel comfortable around Kovalam and in the alleys to the beach ok my own. Hotel staff is exceptionally lovely, hospitable, friendly, and kind.