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“A delightful place to stay.” 5 of 5 stars
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Kaiya House,, Varkala 695141,, India   |  
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A delightful place to stay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

I've stayed in Varkala on numerous occasions and Kaiya House is easily the best place I've stayed. It's clean, mosquito proof and attractively set out. It feels spacious with several nice areas to sit, eat, practice yoga, watch birds or do whatever you like. The breakfasts are splendid and give one a chance to eat proper Keralan home cooked food. Kaiya House is also really good value for money. Not only do you get a room and the great breakfasts, but drinks are provided at every opportunity, Debra gives all her guests a guided tour of Varkala and acts as an unpaid travel agent. She took us to local festivals which we wouldn't have found on our own and generally was incredibly helpful and friendly, without ever being intrusive. We'll be back next year if we're lucky enough to get a room. Book now to avoid disappointment!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this review, September 30, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to do a review. It was great having you in our place and due to the length of your stay and so many fantastic chats usually ending in laughter you've both become Kaiya House extended family. I look forward to seeing you again!
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

My girlfriend and I had just spent two weeks of volunteer work in the outskirts of Chennai before heading to Varkala. We thought that we would really appreciate some R&R after staying in Chennai. Kaiya House was the PERFECT retreat! Our friend Debra, who we both had worked with in Seattle 30 years ago, is the owner of Kaiya House. It was wonderful to see how she very successfully took her gracious hospitality and creativity and transformed this space into the award winning Kaiya House that it is today...a very charming, comfortable and peaceful place to stay. Debra did not miss a beat! She spent so much time making sure we were well taken care of and was a terrific tour guide, which she does with all of her guests. The Cliffs, about a 10 minute walk from the house, were spectacular and my friend and I spent days being pampered, shopping, dining out and going to festivals. On several occasions, Debra arranged for me to have a massage on her beautiful rooftop terrace. It was magical. The staff was amazing and served us a delicious breakfast every morning and always made sure we were safe and felt at home.
I am so proud of my friend and would encourage anyone traveling to Varkala, to check it out!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We stayed at Kaiya House for two nights in mid April, just a week before everything closes down in Varkala at the end of the season. Debra is a gracious and tremendously considerate host. We felt welcomed and taken care of the moment we arrived. We also appreciated the considerate emails and reservation process leading up to our stay. The house is thoughtfully decorated and laid out with individually styled rooms. We would have liked to stay in each of them for a least a night. Everything in the house is pleasantly clean, spacious and beautifully maintained. The roof terrace is a great place to hang out and meet fellow travelers, have breakfast, chai or a beer. It seems to invite yoga or drawing classes and Debra mentioned that she would like to see the space used to create art and exchange ideas. Kaiya House was a perfect place for us to rest from our busy travel schedule and escape the touristy bustle of Varkala Beach.

Room Tip: We were happy with the English Room, even in the mid April heat. The room does not have AC, but the...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KaiyaHouse, Owner at Kaiya House, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Thank you so much for the lovely review and choosing Kaiya House for your stay in Varkala. It was lovely to meet you and I hope our paths cross again. My only regret is that your stay wasn't longer.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Debra has a unique personal touch... felt from the moment of arrival, and visible throughout Kaiya House. Boutique Homestay is a very appropriate description.
After sitting down for a welcoming briefing and the ordinary Indian lenghty check-in formalities, Debra did something that no other host has ever done... she took us on a walking tour of the surrounding area, including buying bananas for the temple elephant, down to the beach, to the cliffs, and showed us the way back to the house for later on, as she returned earlier to meet the next arrival and repeat the tour.
The decor of the house is a collection of a lifetime of open mind and open heart.
The rooftop lounge is a favourite place.
I liked that the location was not right on the cliffs in the tourist area, but just a ten minute walk away from the helipad.
p.s. Breakfast is made to order and it is delicious.
Thank you Debra and family.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KaiyaHouse, Owner at Kaiya House, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and I thank you for your kind review. I'm also really pleased with the photos you posted, very unique view and it added your personal touch!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

A wonderful place to stay! Debra is an incredible host - not only does she show real attention to detail and ensure your stay meets every possible expectation, she is just so warm and welcoming you'll be feeling at home before you know it! She arranged everything we needed - from personal yoga tuition on the gorgeous roof terrace, to cooking classes with her lovely local family members to a personally guiding me along a wonderful sunrise walk by the coast.

The rooms are lovely, each individually and tastefully designed to a specific country theme, and the breakfasts are tailored to each guest. The roof terrace is a great place to have a few drinks, practice yoga, eat breakfast, dance the night away, play cards - or witness an amazing tropical storms.

I cannot wait to go back - and in fact extended my stay, preferring to remain at Kaiya rather than head over to the 5 star resort we had booked for our last two nights in Kerala.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Totally depends on taste - ask Debra to talk through the options on the phone if you're particul...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Yes the dancing on the roof was fabulously fun and the storm was wild! I can't believe the rain came all the way into the center of the rooftop! It was great meeting all of you and I too hope you return! Thanks you for taking the time to write such a lovely review!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

We intended to stay one night at the delightful Kaiya House and ended up staying four. The en suite rooms were spotless and the beds were very comfortable. In addition, complimentary refreshments were available all day. The house is a beautifully decorated space with an airy, relaxing rooftop where we ate breakfast, watched birds during the late afternoons and whiled away time chatting with our lovely host, Debra, who. beguiled us with her fascinating stories. She couldn't have been more helpful, from giving us a guided tour of the town, arranging trips / drivers when we needed them,down to the finer details of lending umbrellas, binoculars, etc. Other members of staff at Kaiya were also very friendly and accommodating. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this excellent value for money accommodation to any of our friends or family.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Thank you so much for the lovely review! I also enjoyed those chats on the roof and I was so pleased you choose to stay some extra days! It was really a pleasure to have you here.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

This is an excellent place to stay run by Debra, a very caring and helpful host. We liked the location as Kaiya House in not on the cliff but much more part of real Indian Varkala rather than being in the more tourist orientated area. The hotel is near the 2000 year old temple and bustling Temple Junction. If you want to get to the beach it's only a 10 minute walk. The breakfasts include a great selection of Keralan options. The new roof terrace is a nice cool palce to relax and read. The rooms are clean and comfortable with attractive decor. Debra is a really helpful and caring host and she will organise excursions to places of interest such as the backwaters. She also organised an airport pick up for us. and showed us nice walks and good places to shop. All highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
It was great to have you stay for a good amount of time. I'm pleased you liked the location and took full advantage of local things to do. I also loved that you spent quite a lot of time staying on the rooftop to just relax and read. That was exactly what I had in mind when I added it this past year. Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us and I hope we meet again.
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Address: Kaiya House,, Varkala 695141,, India
Location: India > Kerala > Varkala
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Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Varkala
#2 Family Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located only a 10 minute walk from Varkala's famous cliff tops, this lovely boutique hotel, Kaiya House, offers the traveler a calm and beautiful environment to enjoy the sights and sounds of India in a relaxed atmosphere. The 7 guest rooms all have a theme from different parts of the world ranging from the African room to the Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Native American and English.Suraj and Debra offer a unique experience of India in this family run business. Babuchi, Ledah and Ajit are there to take care of the guests needs and to provide a traditional Kerala breakfast. Other options would also be available with advance notice.Also available are private Pilates classes, yoga by appointment and massage. ... more   less 
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Kaiya House Varkala, Kerala

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