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Reviewed 28 March 2020

We stayed for two nights at the end of our Indian holiday, which turned into three nights as our final hotel cancelled our booking following coronavirus outbreak. Debra was very happy to help us out during our moment of crisis and let us stay another night. Kaiya house is a lovely relaxing place with a gorgeous roof terrace which is great for sitting in if the sun is too hot for venturing out in. It is clean and the breakfast (we chose the western option with muesli, fruit and yogurt) was exactly what we were craving after 2.5 weeks of curry. Debra is a unique and very attentive host who paid great attention to making sure her guests were happy and safe. Our only issue would be the barking dogs which woke us and we found the bed a little uncomfortable. Would definitely return.

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 March 2020

We had a fabulous time in Varkala staying here with Debra and her team. The rooms are attractively decorated in various themes. They are clean and sealed against mosquitos! There is also a roof area to relax in. Debra is very keen you should see the best of Varkala, so a guided tour of Varkala beach is included. She also organises trips to local festivals, a tour of local sights and meals with a local lady who is an excellent cook. Debra is very caring.

Room tip: All the rooms are nice
Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 13 March 2020 via mobile

We stayed for 5 nights and had a very relaxed time - after a nice greeting with cold towels Hyman took us for a short walk so we could orientate ourselves (first time that has happened in India) and that was a very nice way to set us up for the week. You are 10 minutes walk or a R50 ride from the North Cliffs which are full of restaurants and the main beach - or - Beach Road which is less bust and less touristy. It is pretty central without being bang in the middle of all the tourist hustle and bustle.

The room is good, functional and well decorated (we had a non A/C one - the Japanese Room) and everything worked, breakfast is included as is limitless tea and coffee (very nice if you are an early riser and sit watching the world drift by from the roof).

Debora will also fix outings for you with known / trusted guides and these trips were good. She also gave us her Tuk Tuk Driver’s mobile and Appu would come and collect / drop is off if we were going out (nice knowing the guy that is collecting you in the evening and nicer knowing you are not getting ripped off).

The roof is just great for sitting and chilling out at any time of the day -it is also nice being just far enough away (but walkable) from the main tourist area.

Great place and Debora is a great host.

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank GavinJ594
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Debra Yurica, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2020

Thank you so much, it was such a pleasure to meet you both and I wish you a continued great experience in India until you fly home. I do so hope we'll meet again and really appreciate your detailed review.

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Reviewed 6 March 2020

There comes a time, especially when traveling through India, that you just feel the need for a "time out," to have a bit of comfort, communication, and caring. After a month traveling through India, I found that place at Kaiya House. From the moment I was greeted with a cold face towel, I started to unwind from being road-weary.

Debra is the consummate host, paying the utmost attention to every detail. Her staff is attentive yet not intrusive. And she has fantastic recommendations for tours, massages, restaurants, and even a network of rickshaw drivers who will show up to collect you at the end of a long hike.

The "made to order" breakfasts were some of the best I've had in India. And sitting on the breezy rooftop is a great place to begin or end the day. Just lovely all the way around!

Date of stay: February 2020
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Debra Yurica, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2020

Thank you so much for making time to write this review. I'm really happy you enjoyed my home and had a good time here. Hope to see you again one day.

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Reviewed 28 February 2020 via mobile

Places like Kaiya House are why we like homestays rather than hotels. Our host, Debra, has a huge heart and she and her team really made us feel welcome. She knows her festivals and the hidden places to visit around Varkala. Her home is full of wonderful artefacts collected over many years. We had a lovely time meeting fellow travellers on her amazing rooftop space. Four poster bed was firm, cold shower only (welcomed), air con in our room. Excellent breakfasts too!

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Dashlife
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Debra Yurica, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2020

So lovely to meet you and really happy to know you've made great memories, that is so what travel is about. Hope we meet again, a pleasure to have you here. Thank you for making the time for this lovely review.

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