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“peaceful guesthouse with fabulous host”
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Villa Jacaranda
Ranked #6 of 105 Varkala B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Our second visit to Villa Jacaranda and just as good as the first time. Very peaceful and relaxing and our lovely host Ajay was always on hand for a chat and information about the area. So nice to sit out on private balcony (room 2) overlooking the garden and out to sea with breakfast. The staff are very friendly and attentive without being over the top. Only comment would be to have real South Indian filter coffee as I am a coffee freak! We will return...

Room Tip: Room 2 has a private balcony
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

.. this really says it all. It's a haven of peace, style, tranquillity, somewhere you can really, truly unwind and feel at home, in the beautiful surrounds of Varkala's South Cliff. Elegant décor, low key, care and attention taken on every detail, discreet yet friendly staff who look after you just as you wish, nice touches on a daily basis such as jasmine strings left on your terrace and candles lit around the garden and terraces in the evening, kingfishers that love playing around in the garden pond... Ajay and his close team have created a wonderful, wonderful place to stay. I can highly recommend it, and shall be going back soon myself :-)

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

A lovely peaceful place to stay in the much more tranquil area of South Cliff. With a pretty garden and close to a private beach. Staff friendly, helpful and efficient. Clean, comfortable room with good en-suite and plenty of hot water. Fresh flowers - a nice touch and was impressed with the night watchman's arrangement of petals in a bowl of water by the steps up to the rooms. Breakfast delicious and beautifully prepared, served on a terrace over-looking the garden. What more could one wish for. A big thank you to Pramod and all the staff who helped to make our stay so pleasurable, your hospitality was much appreciated.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Hilary9
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

After an intensive trip through India's North, I spent all by myself four nights at Villa Jacaranda, room no.2. An excellent choice! Clean, very friendly and helpful staff, silent, with an excellent breakfast on your veranda, which is also an nice place to read your book and enjoy the day. after three days I was again revitalized and ready for the nice little excursion to the temple on the lake - a different experience to all the crowded Hindu temples before. Last but not least I would also rcommed the neighbouring Ayurveda center, where I enjoyed a three day package.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

Having just spent 2 weeks touring my family around Rajasthan , Villa Jacaranda was a great place to stay . A room and garden out of Elle decoration , the candle lit garden at night was gorgeous . Pramod and the other boys and ladies looked after me and cooked delicious local food which I ate alone by candle light ! By day , swam at the Black Beach, less touristy ( and no thongs) than the stunning main beaches.
Villa Jacaranda is certainly a notch above the numerous cliff top hotels , private and intimate .
Thanks Ajay !

Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
3  Thank STEAMSHIP48
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

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

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Villa Jacaranda is a small, clean, peaceful, 4 rooms accommodation on the south cliff of Varkala. You are basically staying in a very well taken care of house while you have full privacy as the rooms are independent with their own balconies. I stayed in room number 4 on the top floor which has its private huge veranda with sea view in the distance. Very peaceful with amazing gardens where you can relax and feel like at home. The people working there as well as Ajay make sure that you everything you need while they will provide you very practical information about the broader area. Breakfast is served at your balcony the time you will request and you have choice of various things. The room aren't ariconditioned but the fan especially during the month of February when we visited was enough to keep us cool during the night. There is a great Ayurveda spa centre right next door and if you are staying at villa jacaranda you can also receive a 30% discount which made it an excellent deal. I would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Room 4 at the top is private with a great veranda.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Villa Jacaranda

Address: Temple Rd W South Cliff, Varkala | South Cliff, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 105 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range: £72 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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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Villa Jacaranda Varkala, Kerala

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