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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 #4 of 49 Hotels in Kovalam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
UK
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Lovely Hotel...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We thought we'd treat ourselves and weren't disappointed, the staff were very nice and very helpful, the room was lovely with a balcony, day bed, huge shower with plenty of little extra's... The hotel is a short walk down to the beach. The buffet breakfast was a little disappointing, there wasn't much choice although anything cooked to order was good, I had french toast but they also offered many traditional Indian dishes...

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Much was expected when i drove into Taj with my family, as usual the people working are excellent and they treat you well. Location and the hotel as such is extremely good. But where it fell flat is the actual restaurant, they unfortunately are not well equipped to handle all guests the same way. The buffet spread is not up to the mark and more importantly the service is unfortunately horrible when compared to other Taj. I have to say that this is probably the worst Taj comparing to some of the other awesome places they have.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

I won't say much. The experience was excellent - the room, the view of the lagoon and the sea, the food at the restaurants and finally the service right from check in to a speedy check out. The food was surprisingly not as highly priced as we initially expected. Aneesh was prompt and courteous with the check in procedures, and so were Aurobindo and Ali Mazrat in the restaurant and Sanal (I hope I got the name correct) with the little things. The people at Bait though couldn't match up to the standards set by Aurobindo and Ali Mazrat.

Room Tip: Sea facing room is a must. Don't even consider the garden facing ones.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay here the staff were excellent especially Shaji in Curries. The staff in curries were excellent with the chef giving us advice on the food selected and the way in which the food was cooked. We were especially treated on our last night with the private dining room being decorated for us and we got a tour around the kitchen. I cannot emphasise how good the staff are here. They are exceptional and were always keen to help. The environment of the hotel was excellent and all the staff were courteous and friendly. They really worked hard to make you feel special. Bino was great on the bar also and we would definitely go back given the opportunity. I like the way the staff came around and asked if you would like any other drinks when the happy hour was coming to an end, this policy was also replicated at the end of serving time during meal time which was also really good. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We have stayed in lots of Taj properties but by far, our stay in Taj Vivanta Kovalam has been our best hotel experience ever. Everything was amazing - the destination, the property, the food, and above all, the staff.

The property is a little treasure tucked in a hill side, overlooking the magnificent sea. They have their own beach (visible only in the winters) and a lagoon. It feels magical looking at all the greenery around and the boat ride in the lagoon takes you to another world. Not to forget, the beautiful sea breeze hitting your face.

The hotel has a lovely pool and the view of the sea and the lagoon from the pool side makes it just perfect.

Coming to the food, what you expect from Taj and much much more.

Our room was a garden facing room which opened up into a lush green cove and it felt as if we were in a cocooned forest. The room could have been a little bigger but the bathroom almost made up for it.

And finally the staff, what can we say, they are the friendliest we have come across. Their smiles are genuine and they go out of the way to get to know you. They treated our little infant daughter like a princess, with all the surprises and the goodies that she got as gifts. They took special care of her meals without any extra charges. My special compliments to the head chef of Jasmine Bay and Bait. Also would like to mention Mr. Biswas at Bait for arranging for my favorite banana chips.

Thank you Taj Vivanta Kovalam, you really made our stay memorable.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
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 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

Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We stayed with family and found the service to be exceptional, infact they upgraded one of our three rooms to suite which was having a private pool... tell you all Ladies & Gentlemen...its worth spending money on this property specially if you are travelling with family & kids, ofcourse need to spend a little high compare to other properties but for sure you will not regret....

Room Tip: take rooms on higher floors sea facing to have a heart breaking view
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Amritsar, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Any property of Taj , you say it is always a perfect Holiday Destination. But so far as many properties I have visited , Vivanta by Taj - Kovalom is the most beautiful , relaxing and hospitable property. You really feel that is how one wants to be taken care of when on holiday. And the property's Architecture, location and facilities cannot be written in words and only be experienced by self. One word is OUTSTANDING ...

Room Tip: Always take sea facing room . It's worth spending some extra ...
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
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 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

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 Business Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam 5*
Number of rooms: 59
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:
Vivanta By Taj - Kovalam Hotel Kovalam
Taj Green Cove Hotel
Taj Green Cove Kovalam
Taj Green Cove Resort
Vivanta By Taj - Kovalam Kerala

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