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All reviewsodayam beachlotus pondthree brotherspalm treesnorth cliffsmall beachrun by a familyminute walklocal fishermendeluxe cottagesound of the waveshis teamamazing placevarkala areapeace and quietevery morningsmall restaurant
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

I just left today after a wonderful 7 night stay here. First and foremost, I would like to thank the owners, manager and staff for making my stay perfect in every way. Any request I had they took care of quickly and with a smile. I became ill last night and both the owner and the manager came with me to the local hospital after arranging a taxi and stayed with me until I was ready to come back. Such kindness!
The cottages are lovely and the grounds are kept clean with hammocks and lounge chairs under the coconut trees. There is a beach out front for swimming, although no lifeguards and one must be very careful of the currents. Sunsets are wonderful. The local fishermen are out early every morning hauling in their nets. Breakfast is good with fresh fruit and juice, although if you want local Kerala breakfast you will need to go into town. The location is removed from the busy north cliff and very peaceful and relaxing. It costs 150 rupees to take you to the cliff shopping/restaurant area and the staff will gladly arrange a tuk tuk for you.
The only downside to staying here is booking a cottage as they are busy most of the time. but the layout is such that there is never any crowded feeling.. I highly recommend Maadathil as a lovely place to stay in the Varkala area.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo
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Thank smg54
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Muhajir M, Owner at Maadathil Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Dear Smg54,

The entire family of Maadathil Cottages, Varkala would like to thank you for such pleasant feedback about your last stay in varkala with us..

We are grateful for your kind words of appreciation for our location and our friendly staff. Our team thank you once again for your kind words.

We hope to have the pleasure of your company on your next visit to the varkala.

Regards,
Maadathil Cottages

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Reviewed March 20, 2018

We absolutely loved our stay at this excellent, private, quiet, comfortable resort. Our cottage was well-equipped, roomy, and beautiful. We stayed in one of the original cottages, with a view out the front to the ocean and also out the back to the lotus garden - I definitely recommend asking for one of these cottages. The bed was the most comfortable one we had in 7 weeks travel around India, and the staff was exceptional. Three brothers and their uncle run the show, with each of them handling various jobs/responsibilities - but the person who really was the most helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and unstoppable, was Anas ... not family but without whom I can't imagine the place running even half as well. He and Thayyoob, the Uncle, are what makes this place tick ... Anas with his humour and smarts and geniuine friendliness, Thayyoob with his attention to detail and determination to make everything perfect as far as professionalism and cleanliness goes. The entire staff, however, are really attentive and friendly - with the exception of one waiter, who never seemed to be genuinely friendly to anyone.
We loved the location, 20 minutes walk from the hectic and chaotic Varkala Cliff, with our almost completely private beach area. The water is perfect, the beach is cleaned up regularly so is not full of garbage like much of the surrounding area... the cliff has a terrific sunset view. Breakfast is plentiful and tasty... and the rest of the food here was quite good.
We had a relaxing, fun, excellent time here and highly recommend it.

Room Tip: If possible choose one of the original rooms, backing onto the lotus garden - but the rooms are all great.
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank LisastevanP
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Muhajir M, Manager at Maadathil Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Hello,

Thank you for spending time to write a fantastic review.
We are really happy to read these kind of feedbacks , these are the motivation , fuel to do more and and more.

We are looking forward to your next visit.

Warm regards from team maadathil

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Reviewed March 19, 2018

Stayed at Maadathill cottages for a few nights and really enjoyed my time there. The rooms are lovely, spacious and clean, and the ensuite bathrooms are nice with hot water showers. All the staff working here are great. Really friendly people and I got to know most of them over the time that I spent here.The restaurant area is also nice, with plants and trees for shade. The food in the restaurant is delicious and made from scratch each time. At busy times they may ask you to chose a time for dinner so they can stagger prepation time in the kitchen. Indian breakfast can also be ordered the day before. Always a nice suprise to see what I was going to get to eat as I didnt give them a specific order for breakfast. The steamed coconut and banana cakes I got one morning were fantastic and the prawn masala was my favorite dinner choice. The accomodation is set a little way back from the beach where fisherman keep their boats and cast their nets each morning and you can hear the waves breaking from your bedroom. Bliss!

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo
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Thank Welshman_forty
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Muhajir M, Manager at Maadathil Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Hello,

Thank you for making good comments about our restaurant. We remember that the first moments that we met at restaurant, came for having food and later became one of the best guest , we would like to see you here again and again.

Warm regards
Team maadathil

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

We didn't get to stay as it was booked out but managed to stay at a neighbouring property. We did eat at the restaurant here on a number of occasions and enjoyed it very much. We ate some appetizers, rice dishes, breads, curries, prawns, calamari, and desserts. All very tasty and freshly prepared. Reasonable prices for this tourist area. A good 20/25 minute walk from the main cliff restaurants, but worth it. Great, especially when staying nearby

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank scott j
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Muhajir M, Manager at Maadathil Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Hello,

Thank you for a good review even though you are not stayed with us. Come and stay with us some other time.

Warm regards from maadathil cottages

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Reviewed March 8, 2018

Booked a cottage for mum and friend for 8 nights. Having seen the properties already, knew what to expect but the cottages, location and service and staff exceeded even high expectations. Perfectly located away from the buzz of the cliff, but within walking distance or easy tuk tuk. Serenity and peace, right by the beautiful ocean, cool breeze, good food at the restaurant and also nearby resort where one can also eat. By far, for the cost, the best stay in Varkala for the budget. The cottages are luxury, especially by Indian standards where it can be difficult to find good quality accomadation. And the staff....well they we’re just excellent, friendly, helpful and it was like being with family! Guests were so happy with their stay in Varkala and the Maadathil cottages really made this so! Thank you for contributing to our wonderful stay in Kerala....we will be back and will definintely recommend you!

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with friends
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Muhajir M, Manager at Maadathil Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Hello,

Thank you for sparing time to write a good feedback.

We are glad to hear that your mother and her friend enjoyed their stay very well. It was a wonderful time and you helped them to guide to see good places to see nearby. We are happy to see you here again and again.

Warm regards
Team maadathil

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