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“A perfect homestay in Varkala”

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Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 49 Hotels in Varkala
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“A perfect homestay in Varkala”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

I have been visiting Deshadan Resort in Varkala for 4 years at the different times: alone and with my groups from Sweden. Just back home in Sweden I miss all of India, people over there and pretty much Deshadan. It is a perfect please for to feel You home: clean, nice, personal, beautiful. Cottages are very individually made, swimming pool gives a good relaxation. Aesthetics and good taste meets You in everywhere, like a super service! Ayurveda center is just fantastic. Stay and enjoy, You get value for every rupees and much more!!! Once You have stayed in Deshadan You will always come back there. My very warm recommendation for everybody!

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful and quieter: Ask manager, he is so nice!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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anup1, Manager at Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 3, 2012
Dear Merlyne,

Thank you so much for your great support to Deshadan Varkala.

We have nothing else to say instead please keep recommending to your near and dear ones.

Eagerly looking forward for your visit to Varkala.


Regards

Anup Balan
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

It was a family trip with my husband and parents. We stayed in Deshadan for three nights and it was one of the greatest moments of us…. me and my hubby stayed in a room called CHETTINADU and my parents stayed in SHILLONG…the interesting thing is here all the rooms have been made on different themes… there is good swimming pool and a restaurant near to the pool…the food is very nice even though there were not much Indian dishes for the breakfast may be because most of the people are foreigners…but they have prepared some Indian dishes for my parents…the beach is 2 minutes walk away from the resort and it is one of best hygienic beach that I have ever seen in India…all of us had a great ayurvedic massage at the treatment center and we had a nice chat with the doctor, he suggested some medicine for the my parents for their ligament problems…the staff were amazing… everyone has got a smile on their face…overall it’s a very nice place relax and we will back here for sure…

Room Tip: get the beach towel and enjoy the sunset...try some good sea food dishes at the beach restaurants...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank Ashapurna
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Vadodara, India
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

We had a great time at this place. We were travelling with a kid and it was very pleasant for her as well. the swimming pool is great and so are the hammocks in the garden. The food was really wonderful and so was the service.We had a candlelight dinner and the arrangements were made very nicely.

It took some time for the hot water to come but it did come and felt great.

Room Tip: pick a room next to the pool
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank traveltainment
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anup1, Manager at Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 3, 2012
Dear Sir,

It gives us so much happiness to read such wonderful comments.

Thank you very much for giving us an opportunity to make your stay a memorable one.

Looking forward for your revisit at any of our Deshadan properties.

Regards


Anup
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Siliguri, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2012

Just as a matter of chance, we somehow got agreed to go to Kerala. We booked the 3 star Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort package for Varkala through one of the websites (www.antilogvacations.com). Our tour operator picked us from Trivandrum station & our 4 day trip started This is a small resort about a 5 minute walk from the cliff which overlooks the lovely sandy beach.

When we got there and saw our rooms, we found our room was poolside, which was excellent, the ones upstairs also seemed nice. The manager Mr. Abhilash welcomed us, made our check in very comfortable. The hotel is a short walk from the beach and has a lovely swimming pool with jacuzzi.

Here are some of the things that we liked-

1. The swimming pool, we spent a lot of our time there perhaps bcoz of our rooms location.
2. Delicious breakfasts included in the room price.South Indian stuff- Idli,Dosa etc
3. Ayurvedic massage- I found it was worth a go but expensive
4. Nice large rooms, very comfortive.
5.TV with cable, well why that was really important is we people are crazy sports fans, could not afford to miss my MAN United matches.
6. Free wifi, the speed was also fine.
7. Close to the beach just 200 mtrs away.
8. Good & Cheap services by our travel agent

Some of the dislikes-

1. Lacked the ethnicity, wish it had more of the kerala flavour.
2. Pool water was a litter murky on one of the days.Rain water perhaps

Overall, we found it great value for money. The only thing missing what will make you realised you are not at the Hilton or in one of this 5 stars was the fridge missing in the room. Anyways nice job by otel,We enjoyed our stay but if you want to experience the real India, my advise would be you should stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Ramanuj N
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anup1, Manager at Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 22, 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you for highlighting your experiences in detail regarding the stay at Deshadan Varkala.

Our basic motto is provide services with a smile.

The overall ambiance in the property is a mix of Indian art and culture.

The pool is the highlight of our property which also includes neat and clean rooms

We expect your visit to kerala again and also request you to enjoy Deshadan Hospitality.


Regards


Anup Balan
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

When we first visited Varkala at New Year we stayed at a much cheaper beachfront property which was basic. Fine, but lacking in comfort, hot water, nice towels etc. So after a visit to the backwaters, an ashram (which was filthy) and a horrible hotel in Tamil Nadu we returned and booked into Deshadan. And thank goodness we did! It's incredible value for money. Clean rooms, which were serviced every day. Delicious breakfasts included in the room price. Helpful friendly staff. Delicious fresh lime juice by the pool (it was delightful to have a pool and not have to brave the beach every day). The service is extremely good. And it's only a very short work to the beach. Stayed somewhere just that little bit nicer saved our holiday, thank you Deshadan!

Room Tip: Our room was poolside, which was excellent and the ones upstairs also seem nice.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank louchoc
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anup1, Manager at Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 22, 2012
Hello,

It is indeed our pleasure to find that you could enjoy Deshadan Hospitalities after certain bad experiences you had in other properties.

Deshadan believes in providing clean, relaxed and homely experience to all our valued guest.

We would like to continue with the same service standards to all our guest.

Wishing you the very best best for the year 2012.

Regards


Anup Balan
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

This resort (Varkala) was well worth a visit, and the hotel was fine. Not exceptional. here we finally got the massage that was included on the tour itinery, but the guide had tried to remove and tell us we had to pay for!!! We rebelled and in the end we did get it included. Ayurvedic massage. Not really massage, but worth a try.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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1 Thank rbbarry
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anup1, Manager at Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 9, 2012
Dear Sir,

We are extremely sorry to find that you could not enjoy the Ayurveda message.

We have spoken to the tour leader with regards to the Message inclusion in the package.

The issue have been sorted out and we hope that such incidents doesn't happen again in the future.

Wishing to seen you soon.

Warm Regards


Anup Balan
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed December 25, 2011

I stayed here 1 night, and then down the street at Signature the next several nights, and vastly preferred Desadan. Although a bit more expensive, it was worth it. Great location (just back from more pricey beach-front places), nice room, tv with cable, free wi-fi, good breakfest, welcoming staff. As in most places, you get more for your money when slightly back from the main stretch.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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1 Thank halitozis
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anup1, Manager at Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 9, 2012
Dear Sir,

Our motto is to provide the services which is value for money.

We are working hard to provide the best possible service standards which will be an everlasting memories which all our guest can carry back home.

Wishing a great year ahead.

Warm Regards


Anup Balan
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Property: Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort
Address: Kurakkanni Cliff, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Varkala
#8 Romantic Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated just 200 metres from the Papanasam cliff at Varkala, Deshadan offers the best of everything. Be it the cuisine, the facilities or the comforts. At Deshadan you can explore a wide variety of holiday pleasures. Once you have had your fill of the beach choose to laze around in the deluxe A/C rooms facing the pool. Rest assured with mouth watering dishes with smiling service. ... more   less 
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