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Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   G V Raja Vattappara Road, Kovalam 695527, India   |  
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Ranked #3 of 47 hotels in Kovalam
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“A beautiful hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Lovely hotel with beautifully landscaped grounds. There are three restaurants: Bait, by the beach, which had the best service in our opinion, we had lunch here on several occasions and the staff were very attentive; Jasmine Bay, where breakfast was taken, and buffet style evening meals; and Curries, which was a dedicated Indian restaurant. Didn't have a bad meal here and the buffet selection featured an excellent selection of Indian food. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review.

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort and found the staff and services outstanding. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

A truly wonderful hotel with the most helpful and willing staff. The hotel itself is simply gorgeous, the rooms are spacious and clean. The bathroom was the best hotel bathroom that I have ever come across! We had a room with a beautiful garden view. The hotel facilities such as the pool, spa and gym are very impressive. I was a little doubtful that the hotel would appear in real life as presented in the many pictures that I had seen, but it really was picture perfect! When I look back at my own photographs, they actually look like they have been photo shopped ( I would not know where to start!)
The hotel staff are delightful, service is always with a smile and the food is to die for!
The beach is a short distance away from the hotel complex but buggy rides are available to transport you there. The beach is clean and there is a divine seafood restaurant and bar situated there, it would be a carnal sin to go to this resort and not dine at The Bait Restaurant.
Sheer indulgance, pitched at a perfect level. I felt all my stresses melt away within minutes of checking in and my heart getting heavy when it was nearing checking out/departure time.
A place that I look forward to returning to in the very near future and will recommend to one and all!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review.

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort and found the staff and services outstanding. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

Sad hotel... Rooms are full of flies, spiders, lizards ... They are unable to maintain the cleanliness. They could have done better, but for some reasons they are not upto the mark as Taj properties are. Won't recommend

Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review.

We have noted your comments will ensure to take corrective steps to enhance the quality of service in the concerned area.

We value your comments and it is only through such constructive feedback that we will be able to keep a check on our regular operating standards.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

It is the sound of the waves crashing against the property wall that will always be the first thing i remember when i think of our vacation at Taj Kovalam. We could see the horizon of the sea from our lil sit-out and sipping coffee to this stunning view was worth the money we spent on the room. My first recommendation is to pick a room with a sit-out and a view of the sea. You are not going to see the shoreline, because there isn't one by the property..but you will have the delightful sound of the sea playing in the background like your very own soundtrack for the vacation.

The property is not too far from the Trivandrum airport and a prepaid taxi is the best option to take. The cost is significantly lower than the airport transfer the hotel provides. Tired from our long flight, the wait to complete the check-in formalities was a tad annoying. The staff seemed unusually lethargic and slow to respond to our requests. This was particularly obvious in the coffee shop, getting the army of waiters to serve us water, a dessert spoon and even roti was more time consuming that completing the online reservation for our trip. This has not been our usual experience at other Taj Properties and we assumed we just planned our vacation at the wrong time.

I would recommend skipping the coffee shop and either walking over to Bait or opt for in-room dinning for your meals. Bait is without a doubt the differentiating aspect of the resort. The view of the sea, the quality of service, the fabulous food and their ability to serve a perfect strong cup of coffee has Bait on our list of favorite places to eat.

What i liked most about the property is you don't have to step out unless you desperately want a drive into the hustle of Kerala's capital city. There are enough options to explore and keep you occupied at Taj..even a lil boat ride for the lazy adventurer. So take you books along and be prepared to spend quality time with your loved ones on your trip to Taj Kovalam.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review.

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort and found the staff and services outstanding. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed here for 6 days after travelling around the north of India & it was an oasis of calm after the chaos of the Delhi, Jaipur & Agra.
Set in wonderful tropical surroundings with accomodation in individual 2 storey cottages made the experience tranquil and restful for us and our teenage children.
The rooms are beautiful with a turndown service in the evening & excellent work by housekeeping making animal sculptures out of towels!
The bait restaurant on the beach is fab, the other restaurant had an evening buffet or an a la carte menu & the food was great.
The staff were very attentive and made our stay very special.
There were some activities during the day & we did some archery, pitch & put, had a cookery lesson as well as having a chocolate making experience in the kitchen with Chef Vishnu.
The spa was wonderful and we loved the infinity pool & gorgeous views.
The pool staff brought us cold towels & fruit throughout the day - we loved our stay here.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review.

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort and found the staff and services outstanding. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence. We have shared your compliments to all our staff members, especially to Chef Vishnu.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed at the taj kovalam along with our 14 month daughter. We had asked for a cot for her and the staff was thoughtful to even keep a potty seat and baby bath tub in our room!
The location of the hotel is amazing. Our room provided beautiful views of the Arabian sea and even though they were a Lil away from the beach we cud still hear the waves in our room!
Service from the staff was impeccable!
We ordered for in room dining twice and the food was delicious to say the least!
They have lots and lots of activities and we just didn't have enough time to do everything! Hope to go back there soon!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, September 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review about Vivanta by Taj- Kovalam.

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Best location of Taj as well as the rooms are the best in itself. The food at the restaurant is so nice that you cant stop eating. The restaurant is near the swimming pool hence you feel so nice while having your dinner. The swimming pool is over looking the beach. And its other property is near the beach called BAIT. The sea food there is very famous.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, September 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review about Vivanta by Taj- Kovalam.

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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Additional Information about Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam

Address: G V Raja Vattappara Road, Kovalam 695527, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Business Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, is delightful in many ways. While to some it is one of the finest beach resorts in Kerala, to others it is an amazing backwater retreat. And there are those that love it for its hill resort layout. Now it's all that and more. There's a nice new buzz all over. In the renewed cottages and villas, the nouvelle restaurants, the high energy bar, and the spa where you'll go Ah! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Taj Green Cove Hotel
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Taj Green Cove Resort
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