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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
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

This is a diffrent experience , The rooms are Excellent , The service quallity are above standards , I had best of my time travelling to propretry

You need to visit this proprety if you are travelling to this part of world

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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, March 8, 2014
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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We actually planned a business meeting at the Taj Kovalam, and were looking forward to it. However, we had a terrible experience from the moment we checked in. The rooms were shabby, it seems that they haven't been renovated now for over 3/4 years. The airconditioning in the rooms was all over the place, sometimes it would be freezing, the other times it would be so warm. The food was terrible, it actually seemed stale, over spiced and under cooked at the Jasmin restaurant. We were there on a conference, and the conference room was really cold, freezing, the carpet was stained, the equipment was not working, the tea / coffee was luke warm, and the cookies were stale. We had planned a beach dinner, which they cancelled in the morning due to the prospect of rain. At 5 p.m. (the dinner was at 8), since there was no rain, we asked if the venue could be shifted back to the beach, and there was a clear refusal. The final nail in the coffin - my boss left behind an envelope of money accidentally in the room, which was stolen almost immediately. The hotel has refused to acknowledge that one of it's staff members could be involved - when there are clear log in details on which staff member enters which room. All in all, a nightmare, and Taj really needs to get it's act together - the two day conference was one of the worst that I have attended, and we shall really recommend that Taj be removed from our list of preferred hotels.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Faridabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Exactly what you expect at Taj,Everything Meticulously planned & executed.Right from check-in to delivery of anything we requested.On top of that the location was breathtaking.We requested for a trip on nearby island & that was an experience to go on backwaters & to have the boat by ourselves,later driver was courteous enough to take us around city & on return dinner by pool & meditation center was worth remembering.Only glitch was the Reservation at their beachside restaurant we never got that may be less space or may be staff wasn't tracking that well.We got a very unfriendly look when we dropped in though other staff who took us there was quick to manage that.Over all good experience & worth going back albit call them and make all reservations a week in advance atleast!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, March 8, 2014
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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Having visited the Maldives and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean this hotel and location is an excellent alternative. While it cannot compete with the reef and water cottages the rooms are excellent and the view and layout of the suites very comfortable. The staff are excellent the beach and lagoon beautiful and the gardens and infinity pool excellent . The quality and variety of food is also excellent and if you gets itchy feet there is much to see in the area. Add this to your bucket list

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  • Stayed December 2013, 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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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, March 8, 2014
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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Vivanta by Taj was a pleasant surprise. I had booked two nights there after a 20 day ayurvedic treatment nearby. The property is impeccable in all terms. The landscape and architecture is a visual delight. The property is divided into two parts - rooms and beach area. The beach is well-maintained with an adjoining lagoon (which took my breath away at the first sight). The restaurants are world-class, especially Bait that serves fresh catch in multitude of spices. I also attended a cooking class, anchored by very polite Das of Jasmine Bay. Also, the yoga class was very professionally-managed, and I can say that because I am an ardent Yoga practitioner.

Vivanta is an ideal place if you are looking at peace by the sea, only pleasantly disrupted by natural elements such as birds and high speed winds.

The only downside was that the staff near the beach has this uncanny habit of suspiciously checking if one is staying at Vivanta. One or two times is fine, but it gets rather irritating, and also insulting. The other being that some of the areas near the rooms are very ill-lit, and I almost tripped off the stairs once.

Still, it's a beauty that I'd love again despite its minor handicaps.

Room Tip: Dont waste money on Sea Room View, as it hardly offers a sea view - unless you want a bigger balcony...
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, March 8, 2014
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.

Your feedback about lighting has been taken up with the concerned manager who will do necessary steps to enhance the lighting.

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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

One can't stop admiring this property from the time you enter the resort...

This was our last destination in Kerala and we were celebrating our wedding anniversary... I couldn't have asked for a better end to an amazing vacation... Taj knows hospitality and service.. they are simply the best at it...

The staff is extremely warm, welcoming and friendly from the moment you check-in at the reception...Rooms are nice and cosy.. we had the sea view cottage...

The highlight of the hotel is definitely the pool and the view from the pool.. We could just sit at Jasmine Bay (the restaurant by the pool) all day... the view of the infinity pool overlooking the beach at a distance is simply breathtaking... the buffet also taste amazing..

Our first night at the resort, we tried the highly acclaimed sea-food restaurant Bait... first impressions of the restaurant are superb... sitting by the beach hearing the sounds of the waves with a a lovely voice singing classic English songs while playing a guitar.. you just cant ask for more... However, a personal opinion... i preferred the food at the buffet restaurant and at Curries... but the ambiance of this place was amazing...

The beach was very clean and inviting... the hotel has a lot of activities to choose from also... another amazing view is from the lagoon area looking towards the hotel and the rooms..

The property has many such zones where the view is inspiring and breathtaking...

The property is serene and I must say we thought that 2 nights was less for this property.. could not give complete justice... will surely return.. thank you to the guys at Taj Kovalam for a memorable holiday...

Room Tip: Rooms that are higher up have better view of the sea... choose 301 level rooms, or 401 level, or 501...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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, March 8, 2014
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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Stayed their for 4 nights and 5 days for our honeymoon. We had a sea view room and the experience was fantastic. The breakfast was monstrous with everything you ask for and the staff going out of the way to fufill your requirements. Dinner served in restaurants is excellent and reasonably priced for a 5 star hotel. Service was always prompt and they responded within 2-3 minutes. They also allowed us to use the jacuzzi pools even after the scheduled cut off time.


Dont miss out to have a candle light dinner in Bait restaurant. You will get a table right on the beach and you can enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach listening to the waves and gazing at the stars. All and all an awesome experience

Room Tip: Get a room on a higher level to get a wider view
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kovalam, responded to this review, March 8, 2014
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.

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 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Family 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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Taj Green Cove Hotel
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