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Palm Tree Heritage
Ranked #2 of 49 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
1 review
“Perfect”
Reviewed 4 October 2011

After two months in India, this was the perfect retreat. It was away from the beaten path a little more south, and waking up to the ocean AND the call to prayer from a nearby mosque was too beautiful to pass up.. Babu was the most gracious host on e could ask for....very helpful with all our questions and request.
The accommodations were luxurious and spotlessly clean, with views directly onto the ocean. The food was AMAZING. We ended up eating there nearly every night with their fresh catches of seafood that kept the menu always changing. Joseph, our waiter, was the best, and would make anything happen. If I ever go to Varkala again, I wouldn't even consider staying at another place. It felt like home in paradise.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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77babu, Owner at Palm Tree Heritage, responded to this review, 20 March 2015
Dear Friend,

Hope everything is ok.

Thank you so much for the beautiful review. Its help us with the business a lot. We will wait for the next opportunity look after you and your family.
Also, please recommend our place to your friends and your family we will take good care for them.
Please visit us again and enjoy our little paradise.

Thanks & Regards

Babu
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

This is the perfect hotel for those who wishes the best standard of rooms, perfect cooked food, helpful and friendly staff, tips and suggestions on where to go in Varkala, a "private" beach just outside the door.

I was there for 4 nights with friends and also took the boat trip arranged by the owner Babu. Babu is a very friendly and service-minded man who can arrange anything you wish. Just ask him and he will say "no problem".

The rooms are clean and have really high standards with the most comfy beds ever. The AC is nice for hot days, so is also the fridge. Outside the room there is a nice veranda to sit on. The bathroom is huge and the shower is luxurious.

There is a nice walk to the cliff where you find various shops and restaurants, it takes about ten minutes, but after the sun set, ask Babu to send for a rickshaw as it gets really dark.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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77babu, Owner at Palm Tree Heritage, responded to this review, 20 March 2015
Dear Friend,

Hope everything is ok.

Thank you so much for the beautiful review. Its help us with the business a lot. We will wait for the next opportunity look after you and your family.
Also, please recommend our place to your friends and your family we will take good care for them.
Please visit us again and enjoy our little paradise.

Thanks & Regards

Babu
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nyc
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

We reached out to Babu to help us navigate our first few days in Kerala and everything was just so wonderful. Arriving at crazy Cochin airport in the rain at 4AM, it was a spiritual moment to see a taxi driver with your name on a placard. Everything else was just magical, on-time, and beyond expectation. We first had a brief stay in Fort Cochin (center of town and close to everything), a luxurious night in an Alleppey backwaters boat, and transport from Alleppey to Odayam. Palm Tree Heritage is very new and appears like it is being thoughtfully restored. The staff are kind and attentive, the room was large and clean, the internet worked (!), and the night sky...wow. As a New Yorker where the sky just kind of browns, I've never seen so many stars - the whole Milky Way was visible. Further afield (we wandered for hours each day on foot), North Cliff is kind of annoying but very difficult to avoid, South Cliff is sleepy, and the other direction is natural and unspoiled by resort culture. We ate almost all meals right at Palm Tree - the highlights being the seafood. Everything is hygienically prepared, so you never have to worry about the fruit or the salad. Just a wonderful time, thank you Babu!

Room Tip: Get an A/C room if you can afford it. That just goes for India in general.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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77babu, Owner at Palm Tree Heritage, responded to this review, 20 March 2015
Dear Friend,

Hope everything is ok.

Thank you so much for the beautiful review. Its help us with the business a lot. We will wait for the next opportunity look after you and your family.
Also, please recommend our place to your friends and your family we will take good care for them.
Please visit us again and enjoy our little paradise.

Thanks & Regards

Babu
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

I stayed here in low season with my girlfriend for four nights and it took a lot of will-power to leave. We had a choice of two beaches to ourselves each day and were looked after like family. Babu and his staff are totally informal but have paid every attention to detail in making their home, your home too. The rooms are beautiful, traditional and luxurious. Everything WORKS, and I mean everything. The kitchen staff will make you food at any time and even give you a shout when the fresh prawns come in so you can eat them while they are practically still moving.
I happen to travel a lot for work and have stayed in an uncountable number of hotels. Simply put, this is a benchmark in the dreamy, secluded and 'family-run' beach retreat everyone dreams of booking.
Do yourself a favour and make the trip. I would say our experience was heightened due to it being low season and so very quiet on the tourist front but even in high season, there aren't enough rooms for this to ever feel any less personal and private.

Oh, and look out for Johnny the cutest dog you will ever meet.

Thanks again to the staff, and sorry it has taken me so long to write this review.

C

Room Tip: All rooms looked great. We had what can only be described as ;the palace room'.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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77babu, Owner at Palm Tree Heritage, responded to this review, 20 March 2015
Dear Friend,

Hope everything is ok.

Thank you so much for the beautiful review. Its help us with the business a lot. We will wait for the next opportunity look after you and your family.
Also, please recommend our place to your friends and your family we will take good care for them.
Please visit us again and enjoy our little paradise.

Thanks & Regards

Babu
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

We just returned from a six week journey around India and we really enjoyed our stay at Palm Tree. We contacted the owner Babu to help with our trip itinerary and coordinate our transfers in Kerala. He patiently answered our numerous emails and took care of all bookings prior to our arrival. We had a great English speaking driver in an spotlessly clean AC car who picked us up at the airport in Kochi and drove through Kerala over the next few days until we reached our last destination in Trivandrum. Babu also arranged our hotels in Kerala including Tea Bunglow, Muthoot Houseboats and his own Palm Tree.
Please do not hesitate to use his services, he was very professional, never pushy, very knowledgeable of the area, and we were happy with his prices which we paid after our arrival. His arrangements were smooth and all the properties were excellent in service, hospitality, and decor.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Palm tree It's a wonderful property overlooking the beach The rooms are reallly spacious clean and decorated with beautiful carved furniture and amazing views. The hotel is a great value and the freshly caught seaood for dinner was delicious.
Babu I can't thank you enough, we had an awesome time and we really hope we get a chance to visit with you again. I highly recommend Babu's services, the warm, caring staff, and the eco friendly hotel is a commendable example for those in the area. Do not hesitate to stay here. It's a gem!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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77babu, Owner at Palm Tree Heritage, responded to this review, 20 March 2015
Dear Friend,

Hope everything is ok.

Thank you so much for the beautiful review. Its help us with the business a lot. We will wait for the next opportunity look after you and your family.
Also, please recommend our place to your friends and your family we will take good care for them.
Please visit us again and enjoy our little paradise.

Thanks & Regards

Babu
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Leutershausen, Germany
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

The small hotel is quite new and very well maintained. Rooms spotless clean, matressess very pillowy. Staff very friendly and dedicated. We got tea at 4 am before we left for the airport! Food - table at the beach- was excellent. 10 min footwalk to main beach, but small beach directly in front. In August the sea has been very rough, so swimming wasn´t possible, but you could go inside till over knee. They just build some more rooms, nearly finished.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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77babu, Owner at Palm Tree Heritage, responded to this review, 20 March 2015
Dear Friend,

Hope everything is ok.

Thank you so much for the beautiful review. Its help us with the business a lot. We will wait for the next opportunity look after you and your family.
Also, please recommend our place to your friends and your family we will take good care for them.
Please visit us again and enjoy our little paradise.

Thanks & Regards

Babu
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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

Super location, quiet, secluded and yet we got to watch the fisherman launch and return on their small boats everyday. Service is great. The teak woodwork on the doors and furniture is beautiful.

Room Tip: We had the double room which was amply spacious for 4 people.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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77babu, Owner at Palm Tree Heritage, responded to this review, 20 March 2015
Dear Friend,

Hope everything is ok.

Thank you so much for the beautiful review. Its help us with the business a lot. We will wait for the next opportunity look after you and your family.
Also, please recommend our place to your friends and your family we will take good care for them.
Please visit us again and enjoy our little paradise.

Thanks & Regards

Babu
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Property: Palm Tree Heritage
Address: Odayam Beach, Varkala 695311, India
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Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Varkala
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Varkala
#1 Family Hotel in Varkala
#2 Romantic Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Palm Tree Heritage 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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