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Reviewed April 17, 2010

We spent two nights here in February and had a wonderful relaxing time. We had the ground floor room overlooking the beautiful garden. The room was lovely with nice detail in the furnishings and decor, a big, comfortable bed, and an large bathroom. Each morning breakfast was served on our private veranda! We liked the way Ajay and his staff were ever-present but never intrusive, and always available to help. We enjoyed little touches like the way the fruit was arranged in the bowl for breakfast - not just thrown in, but with pomegranate seeds placed on banana slices with pineapple pieces and other fruits arranged in geometric patterns! - and the jasmine left on the veranda in the evening. And toast from the best bread that we tasted in India.

The Villa is in a great location on the quieter South Cliff. It's just a few minutes walk to the beach, and a few minutes more to the busier North Cliff with it's restaurants and shops. The temple a short walk away is well worth a visit; we tried to imagine what it would look like in a festival with all those oil lamps lit. A few minutes in a tuk-tuk takes you to Varkala itself, and the railway station (we arrived and departed by train, which was an enjoyable part of our holiday in itself).

We feasted on freshly-caught seafood at two restaurants recommended by Ajay (some of the best meals of our trip), and found plenty of other places to kick back with delicious smoothies overlooking the beach as the day's catch was landed.

We'd have no hesitation in staying here again and would recommend it to all travellers. It's remarkable value for a relaxing stay in a beautiful house with character, a thoughtful owner and attentive staff.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank daisylou26
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Reviewed March 22, 2010

This winter I returned for my second stay at Villa Jacaranda, and it was even better than my first visit. The place is so elegant, decorated in a style that is subtle and never ostentatious. Ajay, the owner, employed local craftsmen and tailors to attend to every detail of the architecture and decor. The whole place is spotless, and the staff friendly but never intrusive. And Ajay is true gentleman, gracious and committed to fine Indian hospitality.

The room on the top floor has a lovely patio, and a view across palm trees to the sea. The beach is a quick walk down the road and down a cliff. There are actually no places RIGHT on the beach, as the area is built on a cliff. This (south) end of Varkala is much quieter than the other end. Of course, it IS India, so you will hear the occasional autorickshaw and motorcycls down the road...but I fell asleep listening to the wind in the trees and awoke to tropical birdsong. On this trip I never even made it up to the north end of the cliff at all.
I took all my meals in my room and wandered out only to play in the waves.

One thing to note, Varkala is not a swimming beach, so best to just wade in the water. One cranky guest, unfortunately also from my city of San Francisco, complained about having to walk ages to the beach with the lifeguard. Are you really going to entrust your life to a Varkala lifeguard?? Just bob in the water on the private beach down the cliff and forget the lifeguard.

It is not the cheapest place you'll find, that is for sure, but you definitely get what you pay for...a clean, relaxed, elegant stay. You could haggle for something cheaper and gaudier, but why bother? Once you travel around India a bit more you will be clamoring to return here! It is my favorite place in Kerala.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 21, 2010

What do we love here?
- Waking to see the Arabian sea beyond our toes while between crisp white cotton sheets...
- Fresh jasmine silently delivered to our veranda each evening...
- Peacefulness
- Mynah, kites, kingfishers, and other unknown birds in bright colours visiting our deck or swooping by...
- Ajay, - his help, personality, and quotable phrases...
- The staff - all kind, attentive, and collectively delivering hushed exchanges perfectly suitable for undisturbed peace...
- Romantic! Everything is visually sumptuous and languid...
- Fabulously civilized touches; linens, butter, tea, china, giant shower, artful flowers, and the fan (It was hot!)...
- Breakfasts on the veranda...
**Allow Ajay to commandeer your travel arrangements. He deftly arranges everything and will prevent you from needing to sort all the complexities of India.**
We want to come back very much!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2010

I stayed here with my husband for his 30th Birthday. We'd done some travelling round India beforehand and this was the ideal place to stop and catch our breath!

We payed the extra for room 4 and it was stunning! The view of palm tree's and the sea was awesome and the sunset each night breathtaking!! The attention to detail was excellent with flowers and candles everywhere which couldn't help but make you smile. The staff were great and helped you at every opportunity.

It was out of the main line of hotels and restaurants but we liked this as it meant that we got a little walk evey night and yet could sleep in the peace and quiet. Would certainly recommend it!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2010

My wife and I stayed at Villa Jacaranda for a week during our stay in Varkala and can honestly say that we were not disapointed. Whether it be taking breakfast on the roof top amongst the fantastic wildlife in the coconut trees or simply relaxing in the excellent rooms themselves, every detail well thought of, you will not be dissapointed.
Ajay and his staff cater for their guests to a high standard advising us of good local places of interest, backwater trips, local temples, Golden isle or simply arranging an appropriate time you require breakfast.
The comments noted in another review concerning the lack of hot water are completely unfounded as Ajay advised the staff will turn on the back up system as long as they are informed." Maybe taking time to listen would have helped that person"
The fans in the room are more than adequate in controlling the temperature required and the attention to detail throughout the Villa cannot go unoticed. Our room was cleaned daily, to a spotless standard, with fresh flowers placed everday.
The location of the Villa is excellent, a short 5 minute walk takes you to to the fantastic beach or 2 minutes further to the more populated North Cliff. Varkala village is a short tut tut ride away and well worth a visit to get a real feel of Varkala.
Quite simply Villa Jacaranda caters for all your needs and Ajay will not let you down. Thanks Ajay !

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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