After 2 days stay in Santa Claus last week with some friends, we traveled to other places up to Kocchin, just missed Varkala very much so I decided to come back for a longer stay by myself. Now I'm here at Santa Claus for a week, and just decided to extend my stay for a week more!
Probably because of the nice and helpful staff in Santa Claus, Mr. Binu is such a helpful person, I feel here like a home. After traveling to some places, just wanna find somewhere nice to stay and relax! I stay in a sea-view room (there are totally 4 room with sea view), a few meters from the cliff, just a good distance that I don't hear the noise from the street, and can feel so close to the sea and sky! I can sit on the chair in the balcony for hours, just enjoy the sea, sunset, sky, people passing the street, or just read. It's such a relaxing place!
The staff are all very nice and helpful, trying to help me on almost everything, that's why I can feel so relaxed and safe when traveling by myself.
It's not a luxury place, with simple facilities, but just enough for me. :-)
The price is reasonable, if you compare it with those recommended on the Lonely Planet (such as Bamboo xxx), and you can always bargain. I think you can get a better rate if you confirm a bit longer stay over 3 days or above. And Santa Claus has a much better view than many others!
There are 2 nice restaurants just nearby: Mile Stone and SunShine. I have tried several restaurants around and found these 2 are above average, and the staff are nice too. Mr. Binu said if I go to SunShine restaurant and say his name, can always get 10% discount.
I really enjoy my stay in Varkala, nice beach and cliff, nice people (some people are a bit tricky too, just like everywhere, so still need to be careful, and don't forget to bargain for everything!)
Highly recommend you to stay in Santa Claus and enjoy a relaxing vacation in Varkala.
Oh by the way, there are several Yoga and Meditation classes here to attend too. I go to a German teacher, teaching Sivananda Yoga, the name of the place is "Sharanagati", they offer Yoga retreat too, but I'm not sure about the detail. However you can google it. :-)
Enjoy your stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is located right over the cliff and offers direct views of the Arabian Sea. We guarantee you a relaxed holiday amid peaceful environment. The building is made of ecofriendly materials and resembles a typical ancient Keralan building. This budget resort offers you clean and affordable rooms. The Papanasam beach, medicinal water spring, Ayurvedic massage centers, variety of restaurants and bars, shopping centers, ancient temples, etc are within 2 to 5 minutes walk along the cliff pathway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Santa Claus All Seasons Village Hotel Varkala
- All Seasons Varkala
- Santa Claus All Seasons Village Varkala, Kerala