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Review of Villa Jacaranda

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Review posted 12/7/2006 view all
Michael Staniland from Bournemouth, Dorset
Beautiful guest house on the cliff top
Villa Jacaranda is a beautiful small guest house on South Cliff in Varkala, a lovely beach village in Kerala, otherwise known as "God's Own Country" as it is so gorgeous. Ajay, the owner, has created a high standard but relaxed and comfortable establishment that has four lovely rooms, with terraces or balconies overlooking the Arabian sea through the coconut palms. His staff is well trained, friendly and always helpful, and he made several really good recommendations for restaurants, shops and Ayervedic massage treatments that all hit the mark. Looking at the palm lined beach at a glance, yes you could be in the Caribbean or Thailand, but once you look closer you are definitely in India, and the elephant who lives in the field close to the Villa is a welcome reminder of that! This is a well run and charming place that will get me back to Kerala at some point very soon. Varkala is a laid back place that will welcome gay travellers without any problems. If you are flying in and out of Mumbai (Bombay as was) then that major international City has a number of bars etc that may be of interest, plus some great hotels and shopping, but be prepared for the terrible traffic. For internal flights in India I would highly recommend Jet Airways whose service is very good, particularly in a reasonably priced business class. One final recommendation for any trip to Kerala would be a night on the backwaters in a converted rice barge. Trips go in and out of Allepey and there are any number of companies - I used "Lakes & Lagoons" and had a great time - really magical watching the world wake up along the backwater.
Month and year of stay:
November 2006
Length of stay:
4 nights
Recommend hotel for:
singles,couples,young,older gay
Describe the hotel:
Mixed gay/lesbian/straight
Would I stay at hotel again?
Absolutely
My ratings on the following categories:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Rate the reservation process, either on-line or by phone.
Were the staff helpful and welcoming?
Exceptional
CURB APPEAL AND LOCATION
Was the property well located and externally attractive?
Exceptional
CHECK-IN
Was it welcoming, informative and painless?
Were the staff able to devote time to answer all your questions?
Exceptional
COMFORT AND CLEANLINESS
Was the bed comfortable, and the room and bathroom
well appointed and clean?
Exceptional
STAFF
Were the staff friendly, helpful and efficient?
Exceptional
DINING
Did the quality of breakfast or other dining services
meet your expectations?
Exceptional
DETAILS
How were the little personal touches that make all the difference?
Exceptional
VALUE FOR MONEY
Was your stay appropriately priced for what you received?
Exceptional

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