The Taj Retreat at Varkala was the first Hotel in India we spent the night 2004), and has been in our consciousness ever since. Five visits in all.
However the prompt to write this review has been the recent refurbishment of the South wing rooms. They now have completely new En-Suites with showers, to a good standard. Other rooms refurbished include the Restuarant, small bar, and pool changing rooms. Finally the entrance lobby area has been made more welcoming, (the beautiful view of the sea is the same as ever).
Points to note this small resort/hotel used to be named a "Retreat" by the Taj group and that is still what it is, a beautiful, peaceful place to unwind and relax, within it`s beautiful setting.
Other plus points are: very long and famous beach, the many cliff top restaurants, a typical kerala small town a short autorickshaw ride away.
There have been assurances that the North Wing and Pool area are to be completed soon, this would indeed be the way to go, because the pool area could be beautiful. We shall keep tripadvisor readers updated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is set amidst tall, swaying palms and is 60 ft high on a cliff, Varkala is located 55 kms (1 hr 15 m drive) from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. The railway station is a 5 minute drive from the hotel. The hotel offers a choice of 30 elegant rooms including 2 suites. A multi-cuisine restaurant and 2 bars, meeting room, Ayurvedic center, WiFi and indoor/outdoor sports facilities makes the hotel an ideal getaway for the discerning leisure traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Gateway Hotel Janardhanapuram Varkala Kerala