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South Cliff | Janardhanapuram, Varkala, India
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Soul & Surf
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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15 reviews 15 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I feel like a traitor while thinking what to write in this review. As you will see below it will be a very mixed review. I love this place. This is our second visit to Soul & Surf having stayed two weeks around the same time in 2013 and were hoping that all the issues from our previous visit had... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We stayed for a few days at the Soul & Surf in Varkala, India, and enjoyed our stay. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the location was pretty amazing. There is a very quiet beach down the cliff, and the swimming is excellent. The food was ok. Breakfasts were included, but fell short on fruit, which is quite... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Loved it there we didn't actually stay there as they where fully booked but we did use the surf school (papanasam surf school) the teachers there where really good and super friendly had drinks at the soul and surf garden a few times as we love the view off the cliff Awesome place

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Mixed review, as you can read below. I'm really on the fence about this place, and will split it into positives and negatives to help your decision. Positives: + Enthusiastic staff: All the staff genuinely interested in your stay and keen to hang out over the breakfast table. Mostly UK travellers doing the working holiday thing of exchanging food and... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Everyone who works at the hotel is so lovely and friendly and th setting is wonderful. You just have to get one of Francos massages too, heaven!! ROOM............ I had three rooms at this hotel, I don't really recommend them. Considering what you are paying for a night (I'd chosen the middle option too) and compare it to local places... More

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Raffael K, Manager at Soul & Surf, responded to this review

Hi SwissTravelBear, First of all we'd like to say that we are really happy you had a great time at Soul & Surf. That's exactly what we are here to do. Just from your reviews about the staff, location and the various nights we know that you are exactly the kind of person that would have had a great time... More

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Spotted this beauty absolutely by chance. Was walking back after booking massage appointment and was in need of a great place for lunch and to kill some time. Went there for lunch (way before lunch time) and staff set us a table at their garden over-looking the beach. The resort is situated on the cliff and the view is breathtaking!... More

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London, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

My fiance and I stayed here for 3 nights in the really nice room in April. The room was great- nice cold working air con and lovely views. The bathroom on the other hand was no so nice! We did the yoga and some surfing, which was all done very well. The staff were all very nice and helpful. One... More

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Edward039, Owner at Soul & Surf, responded to this review

Hi There, Sofie and I are pleased you had a good time with us at Soul & Surf, but of course disappointed that you are comparing our prices with standard-service local B&B's and hotels. We can never compete with a straight up local hotel and B&B in terms of price, simply because we employ up to 28 staff (around 10... More

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6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This place isn't for everyone - but for those people who they are catering for, it is superb. This surfing and yoga retreat is the ultimate in treat. Setup with with a laid back and community minded environment, this little slice of heaven on the southern cliff in Varkala is worth every penny. Communal breakfasts and programmed evenings (dinners) are... More

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7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I'm paying £40 a night for a standard room having just woke up with a cockroach crawling in my hair (first time this has happened and I've been in alsorts of places so far). I have no AC and the place is filled with bugs. Not to mention the pillows are smelling from someone else BO and the bathroom stunk... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We spent three nights at Soul & Surf at the end of our trip to India. Booking was easy and staff helped us arrange transport from the airport to their door. The property is perched on the cliff with private access to a very quiet, beautiful beach (mind the waves- they can be pretty powerful!). We booked a room without... More

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Address: South Cliff | Janardhanapuram, Varkala, India
Location: India > Kerala > Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Soul & Surf Varkala, Kerala

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