There is almost nothing bad I could say about Kaiya House simply because it was just such a wonderful stay for us. I found out about Kaiya House through TripAdvisor reviews and went there with some expectations in mind, but our expectations were still beyond exceeded with the beautiful home and services from Debra, Babuchi and Heman.
We arrived a little earlier than expected at the house and our room was not ready so Debra brought us to her beautiful rooftop, served us some tea, and spent some time explaining to us how her guest house works and some quirks of dealing with locals around Varkala. We respected and appreciated this. We were then brought to our rooms which were ready quicker than we expected! Did I also mention that her whole house has got to be one of the cleanest I have seen in Kerala!?
The room we got was called "Japanese" and it was simply decorated with Japanese style furniture and paintings. I believe most, if not all, of her guest rooms have a four-poster bed which we thought was so vintage and elegant at the same time! We had chosen a non-AC room which was not a problem in the tropical weather since the fan worked out perfectly fine for us. The toilets are clean and towels are provided. The beds clean and comfortable for a good night's sleep. There was also wifi available in the rooms if you need it.
Debra also brought us on a free walking tour of areas around the beach which was where we wanted to spend most of our time so it was really useful. She showed us some things she enjoyed and also gave her recommendations on restaurants and bars by the cliffs which had a beautiful view of the ocean. Somehow or rather, despite how busy she may get entertaining other guests, Debra is always there to greet you either in the morning or in the night when you return to the house.
Whenever we needed anything, there was Babuchi or Heman to help us, be it with breakfast, laundry services, or just getting a fresh lime soda. One thing I was really impressed with was that they bothered to make us a fresh cup of coffee on our first morning after we got back late for breakfast after some surfing, and the original cup of coffee had gotten a little cold/stale. We were perfectly fine with having that stale coffee but of course having a fresh one without asking too much for it was just perfect.
I would recommend this place in a heartbeat for anyone wishing to visit Varkala and looking for an oasis to rest and relax in. Thank you Debra and team we will see you again some time!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Kaiya House Varkala, Kerala