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“Lovely place, but they may not honour your booking”

Pink Aana Bamboo Beach Resort
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Pink Aana Bamboo Beach Resort
Ranked #78 of 119 Specialty Lodging in Varkala
Reviewed January 9, 2012

It's a really lovely place to stay, close to the quiet beach where the fishermen come in every morning. The huts are basic but very nice and clean with a bathroom, a little sitting out area and your own hammock. The breakfasts are good, and you can eat here in the evening (good home-cooked food). However, we booked here for four nights to relax at the end of our trip, and when we arrived (having confirmed the booking twice by email and received confirmation in return), they told us they were full and would put us in a room 2km away for the first night. We weren't at all happy about that, and so they offered us a dingy room close by. Finally we found ourselves a nearby beach bungalow (at Magnolias, another good option) for that first night, which they agreed to pay for. At the end of the stay they had, of course, 'forgotten' to reimburse us for that first night but did do so in the end. It's such a shame because this is a nice, relaxing place to stay in a lovely location, and the cook couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. However the cynical attitude of the owner is a good enough reason to find somewhere else. I guess being 'Top Choice' in the Lonely Planet means they don't have to try very hard to get bookings, especially in the peak season.

Room Tip: There are only four bungalow, all are very nice.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

We read the review of this hotel in Lonely Planet so rang ahead from Kumarokom and asked about a cottage close to the beach for three nights. They confirmed that they had one available and quoted 3,500 rp per night. This was alot more than the 800rp quoted in Lonely Planet.
Given this is peak season I accepted that and told them I wanted to cottage. They asked me to send an email to confirm which I did.
We arrived, walked down a steep poorly maintained track from the road to be greeted by a very disinterested host who remembered speaking to me on the phone. They didn't have a cottage, but he showed me a dark, musty, unairconditioned room at the back of the hote which he wanted the same price for.
We were left looking for somewhere else to stay and fortunately found something for the same money but the manner in which they treat booking customers was appalling. Plus they are cashing in on their recommendation in Lonely Planet by charging exorbitant rates. There are much better options along Varkala Beach and I have lost confidence in Lonely Planet as well.

Room Tip: This is backpacker standard only
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

In contrary to the area around the cliff, the little beach in front of Pink Aana is very-very quiet. Every morning the fisherman bring in their nets, a great ritual to watch - male tourists are even invited to help. The rest of the day it’s like a private beach for a handful of tourists.
Pink Aana has 4 spacious, clean huts with basic facilities: a double bed, a closet and a toilet plus shower, all located in a beautiful garden. Don’t go here if you want luxury. But it is the perfect place for people who like to wake up with the sound of the waves. And who enjoy the quietness, the views. For more entertainment: Varkala is at a 5-10 minutes walk.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 18, 2014
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 15, 2013
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pink Aana Bamboo Beach Resort

Address: Odayam Beach, Varkala, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
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Ranked #78 of 119 Specialty Lodging in Varkala
Price Range: $43 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Pink Aana Bamboo Beach Hotel Varkala
Pink Aana Bamboo Beach Resort Varkala, Kerala

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