During our two weeks in Kerala we stayed in hotels, lodges and home stays. Most were very good but only Villa Jacaranda deserves a five star review.
Most importantly, it is situated in the South Cliff area - in my opinion the only place to stay - away from much of the ugly commercialisation, crowds and litter of North Cliff - and with access to the clean and much more beautiful southern beaches.
Add to this the well thought out design of this villa - with all four rooms having private balconies and delightful garden or sea views - and you begin to appreciate what a wonderful place this is. Ajay, the owner has a wonderful sense of style. The decor is both sophisticated and casual. Colour is used wonderfully throughout the villa, whether bright or pastel hues. All the fabrics and ornaments are delightful and the carefully orchestrated flower arrangements are a joy.
We had rooms 1 and 2, both facing the sea. The balcony in room 2 (first floor) was wonderful for a sunset drink and the downstairs garden balcony (room 1) was a perfect setting for the beautifully presented and delicious breakfasts.
Ajay spends time with the guests to make sure that you have as much information as you need, without ever being intrusive. He has created a wonderful culture amongst his staff - they just do everything well and make a stay at Villa Jacaranda a delight.
Two tips. The restaurant at the Surf and Soul resort next door is a wonderful place for a really fresh and delicious lunch and the ayurvedic massage at the nearby centre was absolutely outstanding - I have forgotten its name but you will pass it as you walk down past the school to the main beach - it is on the right hand side just down from the road and has a bright orange reception area - highly recommended
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bijou guesthouse in serene South Cliff area of Varkala overlooking the Arabian Sea. Just four individual rooms full of character, fragrant garden, lily pond & roof terrace. Ayurvedic massage and treatments nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Jacaranda Hotel Varkala
- Villa Jacaranda Varkala, Kerala