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Vivanta by Taj Bekal
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kappil Beach, Bekal 671319, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Bekal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“WOW! Amazing place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Me and my wife stayed at the Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, Kerala on August 2012.
Its AMAZING!!! :)
Let me tell you in brief and i ll rate accordingly.
Also I have posted some snaps of the resort.

Resort (location) - Excellent! (10/10)
You can see the backwater which joins to the sea. Its a different view.
The whole resort was green as it was drizzling.
Wonderful and unique style architecture.

Rooms - Excellent (10/10)
We stayed in one Twin bed Cottage with sit-out.
The private sit out with bed sized swing with carved celing on top and backwater view was amazing

Staffs - Excellent (10/10)
Neatly dressed with a smiling face. They were there for everything you need.
Special Thanks to Mr. Gopi (who drove the Golf cart). He was very keen in explaining the resort and taking us thru the resort as it was drizzling.

Food - Excellent (10/10)
Our package was excluding the meals. We had dinner and next day breakfast.
Dinner was buffet. Great for non-veggies, Fish, Chicken, Mutton, Sea food, Live pasta,dosa..etc... ( Sorry! No idea what was the veg stuff )
We took the in-room dining for next day breakfast. We gave the order and it was told that it will be delivered on 10:05 am.
Trust me, when my wife told me the time is 10:05. I heard the bell rang and here its is our breakfast READY !!! :) Perfect timing
They have a very good bar in fact i did not try.

Spa (JIVA) - Good (9/10)
It was said to be one of the biggest of Taj.
I had used only the sauna-steam-jacuzzi. It was good.

Activities - Good (9/10)
Fitness centre, Fishing, Cycling, Swimming pool

Ambiance - Excellent (10/10)
I am sure couples will have a romantic time. Families will have a great time.
Kids have entertainment room and they have cycles to roam around the resort.

Tariff - Good 9/10
If you get everything you need, I think the tariff is decent enough for a stay in Taj ;-)

Time to visit: Any time. (That's what I feel)

Overall our stay at the hotel was extremely pleasant and we had a wonderful holiday. Definitely 10/10.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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New Delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is one place the Taj group can be really proud of. The staff is courteous to a fault, the design of the property is in absolute consonance with the surroundings, the food is spectacular and one cant find anything that does'nt taste good. I loved the small shop within but more so the pool and the small-but-great collection of books in the in-house library that have been chosen with care. For the price, its a stael. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

My husband and I stayed at this resort for 3 nights (from 16th August to 19th August, 2012) and our stay there was perfect. What impressed and touched us the most was friendliness of the staff, the human touch in inter-acting with us which made us feel at home and welcome. Here I must mention Mr. Vikram Patil in particular, who with a welcome smile would approach us and inquire about our day. When he came to know that it was our New Year, he sent us a beautiful cake. The buffet breakfast was excellent - unfortunately I was not able to do justice to it as my stomach had taken a beating. He was kind enough to pack porridge and some fruits for me which I could partake on my journey home. The resort is beautiful right on the Kappil beach with backwaters meandering their way through the property. We have warm memories of this resort and would certainly go back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I visited Taj Bekal between Aug 12 and Aug 15, 2012 along with my family of two 4 year old kids and wife. The resort itself is fabulously beautiful and is sandwitched between the sea and backwaters offering splendid views along lush green meadows and swaying palm grooves. Its gorgeous and simply green, almost feels like a tropical paradise.

The food is lip-lik-cious. Worth visiting just for the food. The service is outstanding. My daughter was sick through the vacation and the resort arranged for a doc, her medicines and extended us help through our stay. They also arranged for kids meals during our return journey.

On the bad side, our superior backwater facing room was located at the fag end of the resort near their waste disposal plant and we experienced some terrible smell. The resort staff were kind to recognize the problem and arrange for another room immediately.

The jiva spa is awesome and is must-do at the resort. The staff is very friendly and our kids enjoyed being at the creche. We didn't have time for the pool, but it seemed very popular with everyone. There are cycles for both kids and adults and we had a lot of fun cycling around.

Everything things at the resort has been well planned from the room interiors to the resort layout. Forbes has rightly rated this place as one of the most exotic places to be.

Room Tip: Doesn't matter. Would recommend to pick the cheapest room since you spend most of your time with...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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51 hotel reviews
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

This Resort in sleepy village of Bekal in God's Own country is Splendid ! Awesome set up, bang on Kappil Beach, sandwiched between the sea and the river. What makes it more better is the quality of service bestowed on you, specially by Mr.Unnikrishnan, the chef - Tendulkar, Mr.Manoj, Mr.Ajay.. to name a few.. Awesome property, Great Jiva Spa.. (the biggest among Taj) and lot of activities lined up for the guests (like Kayaking in the river, Archery, cycling). Also to mention about the rooms, the Swing in the sit out adds a lovely flavour to the room. The food is also first class with awesome spread in Lunch and Dinner Buffets.. Overall a great place with excellent hospitality

Room Tip: Take the rooms facing the river.. awesome view
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

good food and very good hospitality,specially Mr. Samir Gopal, Dev tendulkar Unnikrishnan,and overall staff is too sweet and very cool and makes you feel homely ,as stayed at the Premium indulgence villa with pool...

This is the best holiday i had till today ........

Room Tip: pool villa
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012 via mobile

The hotel is big and all the rooms have backwater views you have got private beach also the rooms are huge complete with all the amiinites you want the main attraction here is the jiva spa which is huge and good masages the food is very good staff are good and helpful

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kappil Beach, Bekal 671319, India
Location: India > Kerala > Bekal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Bekal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj Bekal 5*
Number of rooms: 71
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