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Blue Water Beach Resort
Ranked #15 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Reviewed November 10, 2013

The first thing to mention is that the general manager makes this hotel. For his helpfulness and attentiveness alone this hotel is worth a rating of 5.

We were travelling from Alappuzha when we were informed that due to the wildcat strike there would be no buses or Taxis. One phone call to the manager here, and he had arranged everything. Outstanding service.

The hotel itself - beach huts were beautiful, comfortable and clean. Food was excellent.
A couple of minor points - WiFi range was poor, and the path to the main varkala strip is unlit at one point; it can be treacherous at night. A torch is required and you might get a little wet! Though you can easily get tuk tuk easily to the hotel.

Location was perfect, bar at night time. Very close to the beach and the main a trip. Would happily stay at this hotel again. The atmosphere was unbelievably tranquil.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Blue Water is located on the south cliff, its a quieter and more secluded part of Varkala. The resort has a little beach right next door. The north cliff is a twenty minute walk along the Arabian Sea - that's where all the action is - shops, restaurants and the crowds that go along with it. In hindsight, choosing to stay at the south end was a masterstroke, you get the best of both worlds - a quiet morning to soak in sun after a dip in the sea or a loud n rocking evening is just a short stroll away. The cottages here are cosy and earthy and close to the water - every night you are lulled to sleep by the sounds of sea. The resort is managed by Sreekumar and he has a small but an amazing team. They are thoughtful, ever present, and endearing and went out of their way to make sure our holiday was perfection personified. Never once heard them say 'no'. Shout out to Naveen and Francis as well. Sreekumar also doubles up as the chef and he certainly knows his way around a kitchen. If you are there make sure you eat the Kerala beef and parotas or stuffed squid....the stuff dreams are made of. Its spicy and rich...not for the faint hearted, be prepared for a food coma after those meals :)
Am sure, if you looked, you'd find a more affordable place, or a more luxurious one too….but with Sreekumar and team at Blue Water, it’s like coming home. And I can't wait to go back again, and again and again.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea facing cottage...I'd recommend an air conditioned one.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

We were very lucky. The place is beautiful, well away from the cliff to be quiet, but close to restaurants (accessible by a charming coastal path). The general manager, Kumar and his employee Francis treated us like royalty, anticipating our desires perfectly. In addition, Kumar has great cooking skills, preparing us delicious dishes using fresh local produce. thank you again!

Mael and Alix (from France)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

a very nice, clean and friendly place! we enjoyed our stay a lot. the food is delicious and the resort is a dream. the staff is very friedly and polite and the bungalows are awesome.

it is located about 5-10 minutes from the main beach by feet which is good because you can just walk along the beach and you are located in a quiet place at the ocean.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our stay here was fantastic! Despite going during monsoon season, the staff were so friendly and helpful and personable...we even made friends with the chef (an amazing cook by the way!), were amazed every night by the delicious meals he made for us! The manager even got us a fresh coconut from his home because he found out that we hadn't tried one yet. We would definitely come back.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

In summary, Blue Water is a beautiful situated resort, with fantastic views, lovely cottages, nice food and excellent service. I can highly recommend staying there. It is a 10min walk from the hub-bub of Varkala, and all the better for it.

We arrived to a greeting from the owner of the hotel, a very nice man, along with the manager who seemed keen to impress and offer good service, which we definitely received.

Our cottage was beautifully decorated and the bathroom the cleanest and actually largest we have ever experienced in India. The combination of an extremely comfortable bed (with strong AC directed at it) and the sound of the sea throughout the night made for a restorative and peaceful night's sleep every night during our stay.

The food we were served for dinner was amazing - platters of fresh spiced prawns and red snapper fish, which we ate on the terrace overlooking the sea and the beach below. Absolutely idyllic.

The following day, as we walked to Varkala & further, we quickly realised that Blue Water was easily and by far the best resort in the area. The less-than 10min walk into Varkala along the beaches is very pleasant, and leaving the hoard of touts in Varkala-proper to walk back to the hotel in it's serene and calm surroundings was just delightful.

I do have one suggestion for improvement though: we felt that the resort would benefit from having a more transparent pricing system, in particular an itemised price list for food and drinks, even if that means a very simple set-price for dinner and another for lunch. If I stayed here again I would ask for a price list for all food and drinks upfront, before ordering anything, and an itemised bill at the end of my stay.

Overall, an extremely relaxing place to stay with clean rooms, very comfortable beds, right next to the sea and the perfect distance away from the main town, I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for room 1, it's the biggest and definitely the best
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here over new years. We arrived and were shown to our beach hut. it was the one third from the front so we could see the sea from our bed, amazing! the bathroom is perfectly fine, the air condidtioning wasnt working the first night but they fixed this for us the following day. its location is perfect. it is right on the beach, a small stroll down to the volcanic sands. it is a little further away from the main strip of the Varkala road where all the restaurants and shops are so you dont get many people walking past.

The breakfast is really lovely and you can sit and watch the fisherman pull in their catch in the morning if you are up early enough, also dolphins if you are lucky. the lunch and evening meals are average, you can get more choice if you walk into Varakala but ok for a quick snack.

For new years eve they had a little band palying local instruments and a large drum band playing, which were really good, and we saw in the new year in one of the hammocks they have dotted around.

If you are looking for somewhere with an amazing view and relaxed then i would definately recommend it, the photos on its website dont do it justice. there isnt a pool but you dont need one as the beach os so close, and they sell coconut water in the coconut in the beach for next to nothing which is lovely. when we return to Varkala we will be staying here again.

Room Tip: while we were there they were building some new huts that looked bogger than the ones already there...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Beach Road | Odayam, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Varkala
#5 Romantic Hotel in Varkala
#5 Family Hotel in Varkala
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Varkala
Price Range: $40 - $126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Water Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private seaside resort adjacent to Varkala Beach. Each independent wooden cottage is made in the traditional Kerala style and has unobstructed views of the Arabian Sea, with private verandah, comfortable furnishings and en-suite facilities. Our multi-cuisine restaurant, raised on coconut stilts, affords glorious views of the Kerala coastline. Private and spacious gardens provide a secluded environment for a relaxing holiday. Amenities include Ayurvedic treatment, yoga, internet access, travel desk and money exchange. ... more   less 
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Blue Water Beach Resort Varkala, Kerala

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