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Oceano Cliff
Ranked #22 of 93 Specialty Lodging in Varkala
Bavaria, Germany
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“Very good value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

Friedly and efficient staff. Excellent food. Good ayurveda treatment and massages - got rid of my cold and stuffed nose in 3 days. To be recommended for anyone seeking a quiet and restfull (and recharging your batteries) time in Kerala.

Room Tip: Get a top floor ocean view (well the garden is there first but very exotic)
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

The small wooden gate that leads into The Oceano justifies its tagline, ' the unexplored south cliff'. As soon as you walk into this Ayurvedic resort, you are treated by a ensemble of small and serene white buildings engulfed in lush pleasant greenery and amidst all this stands out your host Maria's smile.

Price:
Double rooms with good lighting, ventilation and well kept bathrooms. starting from INR 950 during off seasons excluding taxes. Worth every penny spent.

Service:
You are always greeted with a smile at the oceano and although the menu is limited to few dishes, the food served is fresh and delicious.

Atmosphere:
Lush green landscape with well paved pathways cutting though them, connecting your little abode to small dining huts lining the cliff which offer you a breathtaking view of the untouched south cliff. And if one wants to get their feet wet or get a tan, they have a private access to the south cliff beach.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

The Oceano is a small resort located in the quiet South cliff /
Pabanasam beach area of Varkala. We booked 2 of their cheapest twin
rooms (INR 950rs during off season, incl taxes) for the 4 of us. Check
in was fast and smooth; Maria the manager is very helpful and
efficient. She arranged for a taxi pickup and also for another taxi to
sightsee.

ROOMS
Rooms are very clean, simply but tastefully decorated and come with a
spotless attached bath with toiletries. There are about 8 rooms in
the same building, spread equally in ground and first floors (like a
lodge) so not really aesthetic but perfectly adequate for a short stay
(or the budget conscious!).

Room size is compact, but may be it's because we stayed in the most
basic category - I took a look at their suites, and they are quite
large, with their own sitting room and balcony. Our rooms too had a
common sit out area. No TV or AC in any rooms in the resort; only one
plug point in our room (none in the bathroom).

FOOD
Their in-house restaurant serves delicious meals. We had both lunch
and dinner here, ordered a mix of Italian and Indian specialities. Not
cheap but quite worth it for the taste and their impeccable service -
but quantity can be a little more. Special commendation for their
kitchen staff... very smiley and polite guys.

For lunch, we had: spaghetti in creamy spinach sauce, crispy vegetably
fries, cheese naan, chapathi, ladies finger masala, kerala vegetable
masala, vegetable fried rice and mushroom fried rice. For dinner, we
had: Grilled tuna kerala style, cauliflower fry, roti, chappathi, dal
makhani, egg fried rice, plain rice, kerala rasam, mix veggie thoran.
For drinks, we had hot lemon tea and watermelon juice. Lemon tea = Do
not miss it!

RESORT
The resort itself is beautifully landscaped, with awe-inspiring views
from their open restaurant. Plants and shrubs thrive in the resort. So
naturally a bit of creepy crawly life should bt expected. If you are
the type of person who screams at bees or earthworms, you
will be screaming a lot here ;)

Being a clifftop resort, a steep path down the cliff, with several
stairs, is accessible to the guests, who will be accompanied by a
staff. The small cove-like beach at the end is fantastic. Guests are
discouraged from swimming, though, because the current is too strong.
Only during the peack season (Dec-Feb) is the sea calm and receded
enough to attempt (cautious) swimming or walk along the shore.

SIGHTSEEING
Since we were there only for a day, we just had time to relax in the resort,
visit the nearby Janarthana swamy temple and a drive to the Odayam beach
to meet a friend. It was very east to sightsee from the hotel because Maria was
always there to book us a taxi, even when we wanted one in 5 minutes, she
made it possible. Apparently Varkala is walkable everywhere but I didn't try it
because my mother has early onset arthritis. But based on a later experience
(in Alleppey), I think what the kerala people say as walkable is not walkable
at all if you are elderly or unused to long walks!

BOTTOM LINE
I highly recommend THE OCEANO, especially if you are coming to Varkala
for the first time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

Found this place listed on very few travel websites. Perhaps that IS the beauty of the place. "Unexplored South Cliff" is the USP of this Hotel. Although difficult to access by Varkala standards, I would recommend this place to anyone who has their own mode of transportation or does not mind walking a bit.

Our host Maria Leonor was by far the best host I've seen in a long time. Warm yet professional. With excellent tips on how to go and what to do. The staff too seen to have taken in her warmth. Always ready to help and sometimes share their own experiences and anecdotes.

The room was fabulous; had a living room, a nice bed, a sit out/veranda/patio and a fabulous fabulous bathroom.
The view, perhaps one of the best in Varkala. The fact that they have private access to the beach itself should interest a lot of people.
Lush green gardens and the dine by the cliff feature, again, all mind blowingly awesome

The cons; well, room service wasn't the best. Room was the same as I'd left it when I got back after a day out at North Cliff. Perhaps a room phone?

Food, not too much of choice, and slightly pricey

Toiletries and basic amenities, I suggest they be provided without actually having to ask for them. It's irritating when you have to ask for a tube of toothpaste in the morning and then wait for it and then find out that you were charged for it. Not nice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

We stayed in The Oceano at the end of a busy holiday in southern India and it was just what we needed, close enough to visit North Cliff but far enough away that the beach is very quiet.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Mumbai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

If you are looking for lovely rooms, perfect sunset views, great beach, fresh food and friendly staff then this is the place to stay. The ayurvedic treatments were lovely and the yoga classes accessible and well taught. We will definitely return here. It is truly a retreat.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2012

Situated on the quieter South Cliff, this place is great. Lovely, clean rooms. Beautiful views over the sea. Good food. We only stayed one night but could have done a couple more.

Didn't find the staff to be rude or bossy, just attentive.

Room Tip: Wood Loft has a wonderful view to the sea. No A/C but fan worked well. Good mosquito nets. Quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Oceano Cliff
Address: Oceano Cliff Road | Near Perumkulam, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 93 Specialty Lodging in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Oceano Cliff 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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