This winter I returned for my second stay at Villa Jacaranda, and it was even better than my first visit. The place is so elegant, decorated in a style that is subtle and never ostentatious. Ajay, the owner, employed local craftsmen and tailors to attend to every detail of the architecture and decor. The whole place is spotless, and the staff friendly but never intrusive. And Ajay is true gentleman, gracious and committed to fine Indian hospitality.
The room on the top floor has a lovely patio, and a view across palm trees to the sea. The beach is a quick walk down the road and down a cliff. There are actually no places RIGHT on the beach, as the area is built on a cliff. This (south) end of Varkala is much quieter than the other end. Of course, it IS India, so you will hear the occasional autorickshaw and motorcycls down the road...but I fell asleep listening to the wind in the trees and awoke to tropical birdsong. On this trip I never even made it up to the north end of the cliff at all.
I took all my meals in my room and wandered out only to play in the waves.
One thing to note, Varkala is not a swimming beach, so best to just wade in the water. One cranky guest, unfortunately also from my city of San Francisco, complained about having to walk ages to the beach with the lifeguard. Are you really going to entrust your life to a Varkala lifeguard?? Just bob in the water on the private beach down the cliff and forget the lifeguard.
It is not the cheapest place you'll find, that is for sure, but you definitely get what you pay for...a clean, relaxed, elegant stay. You could haggle for something cheaper and gaudier, but why bother? Once you travel around India a bit more you will be clamoring to return here! It is my favorite place in Kerala.
- 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 on offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Jacaranda Hotel Varkala
- Villa Jacaranda Varkala, Kerala