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Blue Water Beach Resort
Ranked #15 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Chichester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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“Sunsets and dolphins”
Reviewed 12 February 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights and had an amazing stay. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms were beautiful and we could sit on the balcony and watch the sunset. It's just down from the cliffs and the beach is great for jumping in waves. Best of all were the dolphins seen in the sea at sunset. Wonderful.

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Reviewed 8 February 2014

A relaxing spot located just far enough away from the busy end of Varkala for it to be more chilled out. The grounds are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view. Moving from the beach to the resort is easy. The food in the restaurant however, was not so good and was the most disappointing part of the hotel. Their fish dishes were good but majority of other items were not. The staff were very attentive and friendly. This was the most peaceful place we stayed during our travels around India. Watch out for the tax added to the cost as it came as a surprise to us even though it was advertised. The walk along the beach to and from the main strip is dark and a little dangerous feeling at night time so getting a tuc tuc is the best option.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

BW is on the beach front and one can walk just down to the beach directly from the resort, it’s too close to the Sea " Fabulous" and best part is one can relish food on the sea facing beach restaurant which has a roof top wood cabin as well as open garden restaurant.

The entire property is Beautiful and every cottage has a beach view, we stayed in one of the wooden non AC cottages which were wonderful. The new cottages also have a great view of the beach, which is all Air Conditioned. Quality of service was just good, BW has a friendly atmosphere and even top management was at your service which was really impressive.

We could stay only for 3 days due to our tight schedule, any way we would definitely come back in August. We recommend these cottages for long stays not less than a week.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Stayed 3 nights here last week. Location is superb right on a clean beach. Up on a slight rise with lots of places to sit and relax, in the shade, with views over the beach and along to the cliffs of Varkala about 1km away. Sit and watch the traditional net fishing off the beach while having breakfast. 20min easy walk into town along the water with a few restaurant/bars along the way. Food was good if a little more expensive than in town. If you are looking for a 5 star hotel this is not for you. If you are travelling on a tight budget this is not for you. Its clean, basic but well put together (mossie nets over bed, aircon in some rooms), away from the hassle and haggle of town, and VERY relaxed. After numerous walks to town i'd say this is the pick of all the places along the beach to stay.

Room Tip: We were given 2 of the 4 rooms in the 4 room block. They were fine. An extra 10 meters to get in t...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

This a nice place to stop when walking down the beach next to the Arabian Sea
relaxing atmosphere ideal for just a cup of coffee or a meal sitting in the lovely gardens of this resort which is at the heavenly odayam beach area.

Room Tip: Did not stay only stopped for coffee
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Turkey, Texas
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

" I was wandering for a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of a sunset from a wooden cottage very near to the beach ... when i came to Blue water - Varkala i stopped my wandering and stayed 4 days here .it was so unexpected and i enjoyed my full days there with full satisfaction of my mind . The rooms are clean and functional and the staffs and manager are always attentive "

"know where to find the sunrise and sunset times and note how the sky looks at those times at least once."

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

We spent three nights here in December 2013. We enjoyed our stay, but the price was not right, and travel arrangements made by the management turned out to be questionable. I would seek a different spot if I were to return.

First, the good stuff: the location is excellent, right on the beach front. You are a very short walk (thirty seconds down the hill, to be honest) from a clean, swimmable beach and the beautiful warm water of the Arabian Sea. You can watch traditional fishermen at work in the early mornings, right at that same beach. The resort is at the far end of the tourist beach, and it's actually a pretty long walk to the main tourist area - which keeps it quiet and secluded. The grounds are well kept. The staff are totally welcoming, friendly, and competent. The food at the restaurant was delicious - fantastic curries, a nice simple breakfast; we had our favorite fish meal there. The room was comfortable.

The not-so-good. Perhaps the rooms were done up nicely a few years (or more) ago, but at this point some amount of decay and wear and tear is setting in. A light fixture in our room was loose and fell (though didn't break); the framing around the bathroom door was rotting/shedding. There were strange leaking/clicking/pattering noises in the wall one night. Again, the room was comfortable, we slept well enough, but it was not a great spot, particularly considering the price.

The questionable. The construction noise was quite grating, and one night it continued almost to 8pm (right through our dinner). More importantly, we asked the manager to arrange a trip to the Alleppy Backwaters for us. He set up a taxi to Alleppy, an overnight houseboat trip in the backwaters, and a taxi from Alleppy to Munnar. We prepaid for everything. In hindsight (compared to other long-haul taxis we hired), I think he grossly overcharged us for the taxi rides, and he set us up with a third-rate houseboat (the crew were great; the bathroom had roaches). I emailed the management to request their response to my assessment, and I received none.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Blue Water Beach Resort
Address: Beach Road | Odayam, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Varkala
#5 Family Hotel in Varkala
#5 Romantic Hotel in Varkala
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Water Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private seaside resort adjacent to Varkala Beach. Each independent wooden cottage is made in the traditional Kerala style and has unobstructed views of the Arabian Sea, with private verandah, comfortable furnishings and en-suite facilities. Our multi-cuisine restaurant, raised on coconut stilts, affords glorious views of the Kerala coastline. Private and spacious gardens provide a secluded environment for a relaxing holiday. Amenities include Ayurvedic treatment, yoga, internet access, travel desk and money exchange. ... more   less 
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