Arriving well after 1am, the manager, Deepak was on hand to receive and show us our rooms. Spacious, clean and colourfully furnished - exactly what was required after a long day of travelling from the north. After breakfast later that morning, his assistant, Sundays(sp?) escorted us to the beach, which is in easy proximity. In retrospect, being slightly away from the beach is an advantage, particularly if you're looking for some quiet time, as the seafront area tends to be quite busy into the night. Shops and restaurants are open for business.
Skylark - and its partner hotel, Sherin Cottage (opposite, where breakfast is served) are wonderfully tranquil places that quickly impress on you the famously laidback atmosphere that Kerala is known for.
In addition to which, both Deepak and his assistant were extremely knowledgeable about local services, and recommended places of interest and current events we wouldn't have known about otherwise. These included a good quality Ayurvedic clinic (important), spas for massage (ditto), a festival and connecting us to a superb houseboat operator for the backwater cruise which followed. We spent three very comfortable and relaxed nights at Skylark and I'd have gladly extended my stay at this charming hotel were it not for the cruise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Skylark is just opened after it has been renovated with new surfaces both in- and outside. It is really fresh with new mattresses, pillows and sheets. In garden there are hammocks and a small patio. Skylark also give guests access to a kitchen. It is really affordable and worth being mentioned at Tripadvisor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Skylark Hotel Varkala, Kerala