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Mektoub
Ranked #25 of 98 Varkala B&B and Inns
Reviewed 1 February 2013 via mobile

We have stayed for a week at Mektoub beach resort at Odayam beach. We have had a beautiful week thanks to the owner Rafiq and his fantastic staff. The beach in front of the resort is very quiet compared to the cliff beach but anyway you have everything you need, some restaurants, umbrellas on the beach for rent and if you the cliff is just 15 minutes walking.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

Ahhh... where to start. ...Rafiq, the owner, is one of the most beautiful people we have met. Kind, compassionate, humble, and full of life. A true pleasure to have met. Our room was great... spacious with two balconies overlooking palm trees and the beach. Quiet oasis from the chaos of india. Much gratitude... we will be back.

Kristin and Colin (usa)

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

First things first: Rafiq, the owner is an absolutely lovely person, always greeted with a big, warm, welcoming smile. And the name - Mektoub (meaning fate) - says everything. It was true fate that we found this place in Varkala. After traveling in India for 5 weeks, this place was by far the best place we stayed in for a reasonable price. Just 3 km or a 15 min walk away from lively Varkala Beach, here you have the chance to relax and find yourself. The Bungalows built out of the same bricks the local fisherman use to build their own houses, the place fits perfectly in its surrounding. Having no boundaries around this little resort really gives you the feeling you are not trapped in a resort but part of the landscape. We would definitely recommend you stay here.
Thanks for everything Rafiq, Judith and Elliot

Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
4  Thank JudithK1206
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

This is a lovely, earthy, beautiful and gentle place. It is in step with the natural environment of the area and the livelihoods of the local fisherman who work on the quieter and more rustic beach of Odayam just in front. The rooms are clean, comfortable; many with balconies and lush, warm sea breezes. We loved our philosophical chats with Fariq, who is so kind and considerate to his guests. The staff team were also kind, respectful and great. Low key and rustic, its a great escape.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

no words to describe ,best place to stay in kerala
awesome manager-rafiq(gem of a person)
awesome food
awesome staff
awesome ambience
very neat and clean
feels like u r not in varkala somewhere else
ideal for any one family,couple or single travellers

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 December 2012

This was my second time to stay at the Mektoub in Verkala. This place has the perfect combination of comfort and nature. The rooms are simple and elegant, with a rustic feel, just moments away from the beautiful uncrowded Odayam beach and surrounded by lush palms and grass. One drifts to sleep to the sound of crashing waves and wakes to the sound of the buffalo in the fields behind. Rafik, the manager makes the stay extra special with his gentle approach adding to the complete relaxation of Verkala.

Steps away from a great yoga and ayurvedic centre, so there really is everything you need for a healthy and rejuvenating vacation, away from the hustle and bustle of the cliff, but still close enough to head there in the evening if you fancy.

I can't recommend this place enough, and will hopefully keep coming back!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank SarahCunningham
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Reviewed 6 December 2012 via mobile

Mektoub resort is on the far side of Odayam beach or black beach. It's a place to relax and enjoy the quietness broken only by the crashing waves.
The cottages / rooms are sea facing, clean, spacious and well maintained. Rafiq and his team makes sure you are well looked after.
The north cliff is around 15 minutes by walk but ýou can also hire a tuk tuk by asking Rafiq to arrange one.
Had the most hearty breakfasts at mektoub followed with pots of coffee.
The restaurant wasn't up and running when we were there but the team was to reach next week.
All in all a very beautiful place with beach access, excellent service and clean spacious and well maintained cottages.
Hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Additional Information about Mektoub

Address: Odayam Beach, Varkala 695311, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range: £24 - £53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mektoub is a Green Hotel with natural and endless wilderness, set in simple, peaceful, rustic ambience in Varkala, secluded and rightly placed in Odayam Beach where the traveler halts and rests. Mektoub is passionately eco-conscious, friendly and helpful, envisioned to bridge tourism and the local community pro-creatively through sustainable developments. ... more   less 
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