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Blue Water Beach Resort
Ranked #12 of 50 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
kolkata
1 review
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“Serene place with quiet, friendly staff: loved it”
Reviewed 15 January 2011

Highly recommended. Set directly opposite a spectacular beach, Blue Water has a mix of bungalows and large rooms, all with balconys, mosquito nets and some with A/C. Went for one night and stayed for almost two weeks. Staff work incredibly hard in a very unobtrusive way - some of the best I've come across so I hope the management understands their value! Very clean rooms with an immaculate shared garden (hand-clipped!) and far enough away from the clifftop bustle to completely unwind. Swam heaps. Very hard to leave. Worth every cent. Sarah (Australia).

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 January 2011

I stayed for my last night in the Trivandrum region after a month of a working placement & it was a decision I won't regret. I walked into the room and literally dropped my bag in awe; it was lovely. Clean, well presented and fully facilitated, the bed was large and romantically tempting (wasted on my own really!!!) & in a full 2 trips to India have not come across such a spotless bathroom with toiletries, towels and hot water.
The service was impeccable if not typically a little slow (but this is something you have to adapt to in India as a whole and wouldn't therefore go against them) and there was always someone around to help should I need it. The clientele; a mix of couples and families of different ages encouraged an ambience which was chilled and comfortable.
I stayed at peak season and although prices aren't backpacker friendly they aren't outrageous and for the location, view, impeccable grounds and indulgent night's sleep I got I would happily pay the same again. My only grumble was the lack of Indian options on the menu (especially at breakfast) so I went to eat elsewhere...after questioning this I understand that this is being reviewed.
Enjoy!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 11 January 2011

In five weeks in India this hotel had the worst service we experienced. The only good thing about this place is the veiw and the fact it is close to a quiet beach. During our four day stay everything was difficult - not one day did we not have to ask for our room to be cleaned (we gave up on the last day) for clean towels or to hunt for a staff member to ask for a menu for breakfast. For nearly $100 a night this level of service is terrible! The bungalow itself is basic - VERY basic and VERY dark. So dark you can't read at night. When we checked in we said we needed to pay by card - all of a sudden the machine was not working. When checking with outher guests who had paid by card it all of a sudden worked again! (Note there was a dirty pair of underpants in our room on the wardrobe from the previous guest - probably still there).

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2011

Odayam Beach, Varkala beats Varkala Beach hands down. The location of this Resort is superb. It is secure, clean and comfortable enough and with good service.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2010

We had a brilliant stay here. BlueWater is at the far north end of the cliff path, and so is very quiet. The bungalow we had was large and very clean, with a new mosquito net, and had great sea views. The staff wee incredibly friendly, and happily served meals in our room if requested.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Delhi
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Reviewed 25 November 2010

We opted for this resort in Varkala based only on the various good reviews on the web. I am glad that the choice was indeed a right one. The Resort is situated in Village Odayam, a bit away from the main Papanasham Beach, but not too far that one cannot easily walk to it. It is for those who prefer quite, serene and lazy stay watching the sea and enjoying good food.
From what I could see, no other resorts in the area are located so close to the sea. Not only that, it is in a quiet fishing village. So in the morning one can watch the fishermen pushing their boats and catamarans into the sea and return with their catch by 10 AM.
Rooms are clean and well maintained, if a little small. All huts have a nice view of the sea.
Staff are very helpful and friendly. Food is excellent if you do not expect typical Kerala dishes. The Nepali cook produces excellent seafood, awesome crab, great calamari, fingerlicking good prawns and possibly chicken too. But in Varkala who wants chicken? Cheap too!
The place does not have a bar. So if you want to drink, buy your own and drink in your rooms. Their mocktails are not bad though.
This is one place I plan to revisit, more than once!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Turin, Italy
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Reviewed 18 November 2010

We were been in this amazing relax place at the middle of Septmber .
There were few guest and so we had appreciated at all the place and its quiet .
The panorama is wonderful especially for the sunrise and for the sunset .
We would give a special thanks for the manager Radja and his staff, with their professionalism and their availability ,made our holiday very enjoyable.
For breakfast you must order bana pancake ...unforgettable!!!
Only one suggest ..they should buy some chairs for relaxing :)
Marco and Goria

  • Stayed September 2010, 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:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Varkala
#5 Family Hotel in Varkala
#5 Romantic Hotel in Varkala
#7 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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