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“Nice accommodation on the beach”
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Varma Cottage
Ranked #20 of 82 Kovalam B&B and Inns
Dorset, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Nice accommodation on the beach”
Reviewed 17 February 2013

Stayed at Varma Cottages for 23 nights. Nice location on Lighthouse beach close to restaurants and shops. These are not cottages but are very clean and spacious rooms. We were in room 3 (view as attached picture) of seven rooms,comfortable bed,fridge,kettle,air con,TV and free WiFi .We were made most welcomed by the owner,Varma,and we settled in well, having paid for the room up front for our stay.
Normally the owner is based in Goa,he stayed a few days to oversee refurbishment to another room and garden area. When he was away the site was/is looked after by James and cleaner Leana who ensured our stay was comfortable,the room was cleaned every day to a good standard including patio and garden area.The bedding and towels chaged every two days (please renew the pillows!)....This is more expensive then other places around Lighthouse Beach but the location,rooms,garden with its lawn and nice flower pots,palm trees,security and surprisingly quiet position,even though next to other hotels hit the right spot for us. Our favourite times were sat on the patio in comfortable chairs with the view of the lawned garden and sea view. The power cuts were every day but only for short periods so it did not spoil our stay. Nice place if you wish to pay the price, but the service provided is good. Thanks to James for his help and conversation he has a long days 0600-2200 but still available as he sleeps on site. Great service. We may return next year!!! dated Jan/Feb 2013

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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bidabadnga, Owner at Varma Cottage, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Dear TripAdvisor,

Kindly permit me to bring it to your notice that we are no longer associated with
the ex Varma Beach Resort, having sold off the said property 3 years ago. It has since
been under new ownership and is styled as Vijay Varma Beach Resort.
The establishment owned by us is known as Varma Cottages, situated at Howah
Beach, Kovalam.
Therefore we kindly request you not to combine Varma Beach Resort and Varma Cottages
under the same caption, as one is not linked with the other. Please put the 6 reviews concerning our establishment from " Varma Beach Resort & Cottages" to " Varma Cottages" only.
This should make it crystal clear to would be guests and prevent any mix up in future.
Thanking you most heartily,
Yours truly,
Mr. Radhakrishna Varma.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2012

For me its the best place to stay in Kovalam, a clean and quiet place, and directly on the beach. There you have all the restaurants around but stay at a nice place with a wonderful seaview. Everytime we come here i feel like coming home.
The owner has a lot of experience what europeans like.

TonieG

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2012

Me and my spouse stayed here in the end of the season and for that reason got a discount. We looked around at different places before moving in here (after one night at the Beach hotel II) and found that this was the best value for money. Cable TV, AC and clean towels and sheets every second day. Though you have to pay the full amount in advance.

I found the bed hard, but my spouse did not mind. The room had some mosquitoes, but that was helped with a mosquito repellent that we bought in a shop close by (RS 49). One evening we had a centipede in our room, but I guess that was a rare case of bad luck.

The garden is beautiful, and the place is very calm, even though it is right at lighthouse beach. Sunil was a wonderful asset, and helped us a lot! His friendliness was the reason we stayed six days instead of the first planned three.

I would not recommend Kovalam as a destination. It is exploited and all about money. But if you still want to go you are right in the middle of it if you stay at this place.

We stayed in a double room with ac, no kitchenette.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Freshestest
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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2012

We stayed at Varma Cottages twice during our 2 months travel through Kerala. First stay was in peak season and cottages seemed expensive for what we got. But clean, attractive, a/c, TV and excellent location right on the beach. When we returned at end of our trip going into low season we ended up with fantastic big room on top floor with kitchenette and great view for much better value. Rooms are very clean, beds comfy, nice decor. The manager Sunil and assistant Lena were always warm friendly and helpful. Sunil kept the place very secure and tidy. Overall would highly recommend Varma's for a special experience of Kovalam.

Room Tip: Only room on top floor was excellent would recommend.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2012

I was impressed with the view, cleaniness, home away from home enivironment,I like the privacy, being a cottage, peace n quiet and yet only 100 metres away from beach n hussle n bussle, not far from the city,I recommend this place anyday, hope to go back soon.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Salisbury
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2012

I have just returned from two wonderful months in Kerala, and by far the best experience of the whole trip was the five weeks spent at Varma's Cottages on Lighthouse Beach. My friend and I shared one of the front cottages and could not believe our luck when we found the place. We had a fantastic bedroom, with an exceptionally comfortable king size bed, and very efficient air conditioning, with a remarkably quiet ceiling fan. There was also a small kitchenette with hob and fridge where we could prepare our own food on the rare occasion that we did not want to eat out, and an enormous, spotlessly clean bathroom, with great modern fittings. The place was a mini palace! And a reasonably priced palace too! These cottages are unique on the beach, they are in their own secure garden which is a real oasis of colourful plants and a very well kept lawn. There is truly nowhere else on the beach front like them. Varma sometimes stays at the property, and is a lovely host, happy to recommend places to eat and drink. The manager, Sunil, and the Housekeeper, Lena, are very friendly and happy to help, nothing was too much trouble. Lighthouse beach itself is a great resort. There is always something going on, from the fishermen hauling in an early morning catch, to colourful parades celebrating the latest festival. I recommend eating at the Malabar for their wonderful curries, having a beer at Jeevans with the crazy, friendly staff, and try the Rosti breakfast at the Swiss Cafe for a good way to start your day. All of these places are within two minutes walk from Varma's.

Room Tip: The three cottages at the front have the best views.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Varma Cottage
Address: Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam 403516, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kovalam
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Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Airport Transportation
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Ranked #20 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Kovalam
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Varma Cottage Kovalam, Kerala

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