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The Bohemian Masala, Varkala

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Thiruvambadi Road near Black Beach Kurakkanni, Varkala Town, Varkala 695141 India
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#14 of 67 hotels in Varkala Town
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It's another world, the Varkala beach resort. Built around the eco-concept, it borrows its architecture from the natural science of the tribals. The handmade cottages made with mud, clay and flowers ensure maximum natural energy air flow, translate that into cool even during summer. In the midst of a thick green cover, and a 5-minute walk from the cliffs and the beach, The Bohemian Masala stands apart from the other beach resorts in Varkala. The resort promising all the sensual pursuits of a traveller, such as traditional temples, beaches, an eclectic food scene, as well as Ayurvedic massages, is ideal for a peaceful, tranquil vacation. Lounge around in the hammocks in peace and quiet, sample the traditional Kerala fare, walk around its herb and spice garden, or just sit around and meet interesting travellers from across the world. Those times, when you do feel like a walk, step out and hit the beach, indulge in water sports, or try your skills at surfing.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Parking
Wifi
Adult pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Car hire
Taxi service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi, Tamil

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14Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
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Boliyan wrote a review Jan 2009
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Traditionally build cottages, clean and cosy. Helpful and friendly staff. Excellent food. Just lovely to be there, felt like being in a great family.
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Date of stay: January 2009
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your wonderful review. It's very motivating to hear such positive feedback. Hope you will visit us again, soon.
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jessmellow wrote a review Jan 2009
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My husband and I were really lucky to stay at The Bohemian Masala's new site in its first week of opening. We stayed for about 10 days in all, and had the most wonderful time. The Bohemian Masala isn't really a hotel. And one couldn't call it a resort either. It's more of a community. The staff are all incredibly friendly and helpful, and the owner, Susan, and her adorable, young and energetic son, Sunny, are perfect hosts! The BM is set back from the main and somewhat touristy strip on the cliff, in an idyllic and lush location. It's a stones throw from the hubbub though, so if you want to leave you're only a moment away from it all. It's closer to the smaller and quieter, but eqally picturesque 'black beach' and some lovely restaurants. The place has been designed
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Date of stay: January 2009
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your wonderful review. It's very motivating to hear such positive feedback. Hope you will visit us again, soon.
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Rosganiser wrote a review Jan 2009
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The Bohemian Masala was quite simply a wonderful place to stay - friendly, helpful, great setting and extremely comfortable. We never thought that staying in a 'mud hut' could be such an enjoyable experience. The team were friendly, relaxed, and just what you need for an escape from the hustle and bustle. The food and drink were delicious (you have to try the Pineapple Ginger Beer)! and all I can say is that we were not there for long enough.
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Date of stay: January 2009
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your wonderful review. It's very motivating to hear such positive feedback. Hope you will visit us again, soon.
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DavidRBristol wrote a review Jan 2009
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This is an exceptional place. it is based on traditional village house designs - that are naturally cool and beautiful. The staff are helpful and relaxed and Susan, who runs it, is putting a great vision into action.
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Date of stay: December 2008
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your wonderful review. It's very motivating to hear such positive feedback. Hope you will visit us again, soon.
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JakobEastLondon wrote a review Nov 2008
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After a fairly horrid train journey (should have booked 1st class!) we arrived in Varkala and randomly picked The Bohemian Masala for a couple of nights. We ended up staying 2 weeks!. The owner, Susan, and her staff made us feel very welcome without being intrusive. I think the owner spent some years living in Europe so they have a feel for Western expectations of cleanliness and comfort. However, it is their spiritual approach to hospitality that made our stay so special. We also liked their environmental awareness, using local materials, rain water harvesting and recycling - which made us feel better about the carbon footprint of our flights to India... The food, also using local ingridients and traditions, was some of the best we experienced - none of that oily
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Date of stay: January 2008
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your wonderful review. It's very motivating to hear such positive feedback. Hope you will visit us again, soon.
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PRICE RANGE
US$ 48 - US$ 50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaThiruvananthapuram DistrictVarkalaVarkala Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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