Blue Water Beach Resort
15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Excellent beach retreat
"We stayed here as the "relaxing break" part of our southern India trip, and couldn't have been happier with the place. The other reviews are accurate in that it's a good 15 minute walk away from the main cliffside strip of Varkala beach.... which is a good thing, as it means you're secluded from all the bustle that usually surrounds tourists in India. (But don't think you're entirely secluded - some great morning entertainment is to watch the half-dozen guys pretend to not be oogling the first few sunbathers of the day.)
If you don't feel like walking or if you forgot your flashlight, you can pick up an autorickshaw to or from the helipad (a handy reference point in town) for under Rs.100. But after one trip to town, we were happy to stay put at the Blue Water. Playing in the warm Arabian Sea waves, lounging in the hammocks, and reading on the veranda was more than enough entertainment for us, and if the restaurant food gets old (which it might, as it's good but pretty heavily catered towards the exclusively western clientele this place gets) there are a dozen similarly low-key resorts neighboring this one to give your mouth some variety.
One thing some people might not enjoy is the nearby mosque, or, more specifically, the early morning prayer. It's loud enough to wake you up when you probably want to still be sleeping. On the other hand, that's probably not an experience you get at home, so depending on the person, that might even be a bonus.
On the slightly negative side, there was no A/C in the room, but there was a fan. And while the hot water wasn't terribly hot and had little pressure, the cold water (a separate set of plumbing) had plenty of pressure and feels great during the day. So time your showers properly, and you'll be happier."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of February 2009
"Just got back from this Blue Water, this place is seriously special. Right on the water overlooking the Arabian sea, just like previous reports we saw Dolphins too!
Overall, this place is probably the best on the coast. Most of the other accommodation in central Varkala is pretty built up and busy, It has a beach straight out this front (and a very very clean beach too). I believe however that the beach disappears at some times of the year due to the tide.
It is about a 15 minute walk to central Varkala and this is a bit of a problem when walking back at night (as it gets pretty dark... but safe) I would bring a torch along.
Overall, this place was great, definitely recommend it. It's got a nice restaurant too!"
- Travel date: Tue 6th of January 2009
Lovely place - spotted dolphins from our verandah!
"Bluewater is a real gem of a place with two small beaches just minutes away, a good restaurant on site and just 10-15 mins walk along the cliff path from Varkala if you want a bit more liveliness. Dolphins swim past regularly and you can watch the fishermen set out at night with their lanterns bobbing out at sea. The bungalows are well equipped with a fan, sea views and an excellent bathroom and the staff are wonderful. They also can do ayurvedic massages for you on site. Really good value for money too bearing in mind that Varkala is quite touristy, its about Â£25 per night. Varkala itself is fine but the hawkers along the cliff front can get a bit wearing after a while so we were glad to be staying outside of it. Word of warning - take a torch! At night, the walk back is romantic along by the sea and the cliffs but it does get very dark and there's a small stream to negotiate too. There's also a nice walk to be had in the other direction towards Edava away from Varkala. Whilst we were there, lots of passers by asked us what it was like and were obviously a little envious of us staying there - really felt lucky to have found it but I think its best to book in advance as word is spreading that this is one of the nicest places to stay in the area!"
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of December 2008