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Odayam Beach, Varkala 695311, India
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Mektoub
Ranked #16 of 69 Varkala B&B and Inns
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dharamsala, India
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Our train reached at an odd timing at Kollam railway station around 4am. it took us 45mins drive to reach parking space of meqtub. as we walked the pathways leading to Meqtub we were welcomed by the reflection of the dipping moon and the rhyme of the ocean waves. it should be less than two minutes walk but we may... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Searching the internet for a place to stay in Varkala was tricky. We didn't want to stay up on North Cliff, as we didn't want to wake up to tourist noise every day! Mektoub is easily the best place to stay. We booked 5 nights initially but ended up staying 10! It's just too easy to sit among the palm... More

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Trivandrum
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

After the long flight from Canada and a 3:30 am arrival it was a delight to find myself in a unique, simple guest room at Odayam beach. Having travelled extensively in Asia in the 70's I rediscovered here something of the ambiance and hospitality of those times that often seem long past. Set back from the beach in a lovely... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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10 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I stayed at Mektoub for about two weeks in December 2013. It is a pretty place with clean, airy rooms and is located within a 20-minute walk of the tourist cluster on Varkala Cliff. I left in disgust, however. The billing was dishonest, with double charges casually presented and surprise charges for "services" never mentioned when I checked in. I'm... More

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Berlin, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

A real Paradise We stayed Here 3 Nights. It was a Beautiful place. A Really Beautiful , Amazing And Fantastic Place To Spend holidays to stay. A little paradise in this world. A Lot Of Thanks god Helped me to find this Paradise.This Place Is Very Peaceful , Quite And Relaxing Beautiful Hotel And Helpful management . Management was very... More

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Schleswig - Holstein
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

To stay in "Mektoub" is an experience, you will miss, if you don´t try...:-) M - Much more than a homestay or Hotel, because the owner, Rafiq, is ful of love for everybody E - Enjoy the spirit of the natural garden with kingfishers, cows, fireflights, Sound of the see,... K - Knowledge and help of Rafiq for you in... More

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Lodz, Poland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

When you arrive in your tastefully lit and decorated, spotless room and find it sprinkled with fresh jasmine and scented with incense, you know you've likely made a good choice. :) So did we, and instead of staying for a night or two, we spent four nights in this fantastically peaceful resort, situated in a coconut palm grove near a... More

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Ahmedabad, India
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is the first review that I am writing on TripAdvisor and that is because Mektoub deserves to be well publicized here. I and my girlfriend were there in August '13 - just as the monsoon season was ending and Rafique - the owner - graciously gave us discounted rates. Our room and its sea facing balcony were tastefully lit... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We wanted to spend 2 weeks in Rafiq's paradise in January/February 2013, but we were not able to leave and so we spent one more week in heaven ... :) We were searching for a beautiful and special place in Varkala for a long time. Nothing attracted us as much as Rafiq's Mektoub. We were hungry for peace and tranquility,... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I have mixed feelings about this place The pluses - Rafiq is a very welcoming host and the rooms clean and are in a beautiful location creating an incredibly relaxing atmosphere, you are well away from the worst of Varkala The negative - the food is overpriced and of average quality - and as with other reviewers you only really... More

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Additional Information about Mektoub

Also Known As:
Mektoub Varkala, Kerala
Address: Odayam Beach, Varkala 695311, India
Location: India > Kerala > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mektoub is a Green Hotel with natural and endless wilderness, set in simple, peaceful, rustic ambience in Varkala, secluded and rightly placed in Odayam Beach where the traveler halts and rests. Mektoub is passionately eco-conscious, friendly and helpful, envisioned to bridge tourism and the local community pro-creatively through sustainable developments. ... more   less 

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