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Clafouti Beach Resort
Ranked #18 of 49 Hotels in Varkala
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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88 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Fairly decent place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2013

I went here for a small break for 3 days. Resort was under renovation so dint have access to the beer parlour and restaurant. But thats fine. Food is easily available outside . Once we land in the station we can get an auto for Rs80 which will drop u there. Clafouti also arranges the auto rikshaw back if you tell em to . I enjoyes my stay. Rooms are a bit congested . But then again , it aint a 5 star :) . As I said , its fairly decent.
This place can be made better though. Staff is good. They also have a massage parlour , but dont get too friendly with the guy in that...After he does your massage , he asks you for your facebook id and tries to get overfriendly. Yeah he is the main guy there in the massage section , hes got his own office and all....Just dont get too close to him :) Avoid the massage sessions there.

Advice to foreigners. - Avoid interacting to strangers in the local crowd..cos they can be after ur money.

Room Tip: Rooftops are better. Go for the costlier rooms , dont go for the cheap ones , its unclean and stuffy...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Trivandrum, Kerala, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

We stayed only for one night (2 adults+ 2 kids). But we had a good time. Access is a little difficult with the last stretch of road very narrow and almost non existent. The property is very small adjoining the main Clafouti restaurant along the Cliff walkway adjoining various other hotels/restaurants. The room was a tad small, traditional finish. The common areas is very well landscaped and maintained. The Cliff view is awesome and there is a small common access via a steep stairway to the beach below. There is no room service which was a let down esp. travelling with 2 kids. The restaurant was a great. Those who have been to the Kovalam beach front hotels will get deja vu. The menu is almost the same. But the difference is considerable. The seafood was very well cooked not overdone to rubber like consistency like in most Indian joints. The 'bakery items' were not that good at all. Just average. The price for food and board were very reasonable.
We will return!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

We stayed in their basic rooms without aircon but found that it was fine. Obviously no frills and no luxuries in terms of decor but it is well positioned right on the cliff, just a short walk to the steps down to the amazing beach which we were able to swim in every day, althought the lifeguards do seem to be rather overzealous in trying to get people to stay close to the shore and away from the rocks at the extreme northern end. After 2 weeks of touring around Kerala it was nice to be able to relax and enjoy the wide choice of restaurants and tourist shops. We found a good tailor on the clifftop who made us up some shirts and trousers at good prices and if you like haggling you can do the same.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Madurai, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

Are you a real lover of Food, Never miss to drop in to Clafouti Beach Resort. Good Sea Facing Arrangements, Cool Breeze 24/7, Smiling Attenders, Quality Food in Reasonable Timing, More options to have, Real treat to your taste buds and more over very economical in price.

We stayed about 3days and 2nights in varkala, we had all 3breakfast, 3lunch and 2 dinner at Clafouti Beach Resort.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

Since 3 years we visit Varkala Beach and have massage at Ani's Ayurvedic Centre at the Clafouti Beach Resort. My wife and I use this therapy every year to regenerate and heal our bodies. Along the basic massage we had all kinds of special treatments, like Kizhi, Dhara, and Pizhichil. These hot oil massages go deep into the tissues and help with Arthritis and all kind of weaknesses. We can only recommend this Centre with friendly people and reasonable prices.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013

Stayed in Clafouti with my wife just for a couple of nights. The rooms are wooden cabins, tidy and traditional. We could enjoy nice views and the constant sea breeze from the patio right in front of our room. The restaurant serves local as well international food, and the staff were quite welcoming and polite to us. The papanaasam beach is right next door, few fleeting steps away from the property. We took the ayurvedic massage and by far that was the highlight of the trip, we left really relaxed and happy we chose this place for our short errand. If any regret, it was that we couldn't stay any longer. Special thanks to Amal the young masseur, you were great.

Room Tip: Avoid the "local shops" and hawkers nearby. Total rip-off.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2013

The cabin type room was a little surprising, dark and woody, but overall we enjoyed our 2 days stay. We had a room upstairs, which was actually more private so nicer. The Clafouty restaurant wasn't too bad either, although we preferred the Cafe Del Mar for breakfast as their cofee was the best.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Clafouti Beach Resort
Address: Near Papanasam Cliff, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Varkala
#6 Spa Hotel in Varkala
#8 Family Hotel in Varkala
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Clafouti Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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