Overall this is a superb hotel, having stayed in a number of 4/5 star hotels all over the world I can say this is one of the very best I have stayed in.
One of the other luxury hotel options is to book the Leela (another excellent hotel in Kovalam and currently ranked number one on TripAdvisor). A friend got married in the Leela whilst we were over and no doubt that it is an excellent hotel, but at twice the room rate I would still go back to the Taj given the option.
The rooms are spotless and serviced frequently, the setting and grounds are beautiful and well looked after, the infinity pool is a real highlight and everything I ate was excellent (I ate mainly Indian food, my wife had a couple of western dishes which were not so good- but it is a long way to go to eat Pasta).
The service overall was polite and attentive (especially the swimming pool attendants) and the Spa facilities were top class (UK prices).
Few minor niggles for me:
1) Imported drinks (particularly wine and spirits) are excessively priced (even accounting for the 100% tax on foreign drinks)- Johnny Walker worked out at nearly £8 a measure.
2) Fitness suite is relatively well equipped but very small considering this is a Spa hotel
3) A few children around which may or may not be an issue for you, but as a couple in a Spa hotel looking for peace and quiet....
4) Breakfast buffet is poor value for money at nearly a 1000 rupees pp (approx £13-£15), My tip would be to order breakfast from the menu- you can order individual breaksfasts for half the amount of the buffet (you can have it ordered to your room for no extra cost)
- 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