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“The Beauty is so compelling, you just can't miss it!” 5 of 5 stars
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Turtle on The Beach
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   VPI/439, ITDC Road, Kovalam 695527, India   |  
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Ranked #9 of 48 Hotels in Kovalam
Mumbai (Bombay), India
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The Beauty is so compelling, you just can't miss it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

Turtle on the Beach perfectly defines an exotic holiday. However our experience was not confined to a holiday. Turtle was also the venue for our wedding. Apart from its beauty, Turtle certainly has excellent management services to its credit. Our satisfaction was their ultimate goal so everything was done as per our needs. We were thrilled by the feedback we received from our guests who couldn't leave with the promise to return. Turtle served a good variety of food with yummy flavors from North and South India. Our wedding experience is a ' never to forget one' not just for us, but for all those who witnessed it.

We spent the following two days at Turtle's skysuite and i am sure i will fall short of words to share the experience. The room is very cozy and it doesn't really take long to slip into a quite nap as you stare at the clear blue sea. The room is well equipped and has a personal jacuzzi on the terrace to add on to the fun. Room service is 24 hrs and fast. No staff would enter the room without a smile. Turtle offers a good variety of food at the restaurant. Care is taken of dietary constraints if any and the food is also customized to our taste.
with an extraordinary spread of wooden artwork, clay work all along the resort, turtle is a visual treat to those longing for a quite, serene, beautiful holiday in kerala. We will see you again soon Turtle!

  • Stayed May 2011, 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 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011 via mobile

I booked a last minute trip with a friend for some sun, sea and ayurveda treatments. I was there off season so the hotel was pretty quiet which was perfect.

I am a huge foody, especially Indian food and I'm fortunate to have been to a lot of restaurants including some high end places in London but I've got to say this place had the best Indian food I've ever tasted. The service was excellent and I was fortunate to meet the chef on the last day to thank him and his team for a great experience.

Overall I can't fault the place, the staff were super friendly, hotel was very clean, it had a gym and was a few minutes walk to the beach or kovalam, I'll definitely be back

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2011

We took a bet on the boutique hotel chain and our experience was amazing. Ask our kids and they would love to go back and stay at the same place.

1. When you are traveling with children, the twin turtle room is the best stay option. It has a floor within a room with a day bed which comfortably sleeps 2 children while the parents can sleep on the king bed below. The place above has a separate TV and a writing desk as well.

2. The kitchen has good food, comparable to a 5-star hotel but less choices in the buffet. Good options local flavor options in the menu.

3. Good swimming pool. Fast and good service

4. Easy access to Kovalam beach which is just behind the hotel. You may need to do a 100m trek from hotel to beach and come back wash your sand and have fun in the pool!

5. The only thing which I had issues with was the Internet. It was not free and it was slow as well.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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turtleTrivandrum, General Manager at Turtle on The Beach, responded to this review, May 23, 2011
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking time out to inform us about your experience.
we are most delighted to know that you have had a wonderful experience and found the staff and services up to your satisfaction.
The inconvenience with the internet service will be addressed and corrected.
We look forward to welcoming you back.
Regards
Mahesh T.S
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

We only stayed for 2 nights but it was the best stay in my first trip to India. We were welcomed as we entered the door. Check-in took about a minute and we were given keys to our room. Room was spacious as we booked a room for 3 sharing but only 2 stayed. Beautiful view from balcony. Nice bathroom with bath and shower. The hotel has a Aryuvedic spa on its grounds. Immediately my mom and I booked appointments for massages and pedicures and facials etc. The food at the Catamaran hotel was excellent. The restaurant service was excellent from the head chef right down to waiters and waiteresses. The Catamaran is open to non-guests as well. I had the best seafood there and the head chef prepared it especially for us. something off the menu. We were given 5star treatment all the time. The spa treatments were the best that i every had and has a aryuvedic dr there to give you advise on what treatments are suitable for whatever ailments that you have also taking into consideration the amount of nights you are staying at the hotel. The beach is a short walk down a narrow path which is under construction.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 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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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

We stayed there for 2 nights and wished we had stayed longer. The resort is a 5 start property closest to Kovalam’s authentic public beach as none of the other resorts like Taj or Leela have a frontage to the best public beach. We fully enjoyed the water sport activities in the public beach.

The resort is fully customized around a totally wonderful new theme, unique of its-own and had all the facilities one can dream of in 5 start hotel. We enjoyed the privileged to get upgraded to their sea facing honeymoon suite – courtesy their manager “Mahesh”…

The food was awesome, particularly the sea food.

To sum up – this is just an amazing resort and most DEFINITELY NUMBER ONE in KOVALAM and by happy for the value you get for your money.

I will defenitly come here again and again!! & recommend to anyone of the same.

Room Tip: Sea facing Honeymoon suite or Presedential suite
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  • Stayed April 2011, 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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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

Highly Recommend this place! Would go back there again!

Stayed here with wife and son(2.5 yrs old) for 3 days earlier this month, with the sole idea of doing NOTHING and just RELAX. Well, this is a great place to do just that. There were only 10 odd occupants due to the early off-season period.
The 'basic' Arabian Sea View room(1st floor) was king-size and more than sufficient for us with a huge balcony with a good Sea View. Air-con was excellent and the Room was
Service was excellent, right from the Check-in Greetings(courtesy Bopan & Annie) to the staff at Cataraman and the Coffee Shop. Staff were Very courteous and very cheerful/interactive with my son, lavishing a lot of attention on him. Room Service was very prompt and accurate, when we wanted to stay-in for a couple of times. Quality and Taste of Food at the Catamaran, right from the Breakfast Buffet(great for people with large appetites) to the a-la-carte Lunch and Dinner was excellent throughout.
It even rained one evening while we were at the swimming pool, which made my day(and kiddos). Loads of lightning and thunder during twilight, with some hot coffee at the balcony, awesome!
We were content with having long sessions at Cataraman restaurant, the Swimming pool (which my son went crazy about), long walks at the beach and the promenade in the morning and evening to catch the local flavour.
We also tried out the in-house Ayurvedic Spa for an hour-long Rejuvenation Full-body Massage. Truth be told, having never had one before, I can only say that it put me to sleep when it was almost done, and had to be woken up for a thorough bath(self-administered, of course!). They also have a in-house Ayurveda lady doctor, who can advise based on your health/history on the appropriate product/service.
The only time we ventured OUT was to visit the local aquarium(at Vizhinjam), which was surprisingly large(albeit badly maintained).
A big thanks to my main man Subin and his contacts Pramod and Kiran for helping to arrange for a great mini-vacation!

ASHOK

Room Tip: Go for Skysuite($$)or a top floor room by the pool
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2011

Stayed in a twin turtle room at this property from 5th to 7th March. The location is very nice & overlooking the beach. The twin room was a pleasant surprise giving complete family feel. The lower & upper beds have individual A/C's & TV which made life easy. The staff is very attentive & makes one feel at home. The beach itself is very nice with shacks offering fish & beer. The hotel has a very nice pool & health club. the food is nothing to complain about. I would highly recommend this hotel on any day.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: VPI/439, ITDC Road, Kovalam 695527, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kovalam
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#4 Business Hotel in Kovalam
#5 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#6 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Turtle on The Beach 4.5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
By blending the finest of art with the most sophisticated luxury, Turtle on the beach brings about a new grammar in holidaying in this part of the world. You will find it unique in every way you look at it, either as a whole or in parts that make it a whole. And that makes Turtle on the beach a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. ... more   less 
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Turtle On The Beach Kovalam, Kerala

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