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“Floating cottages in Club Mahindra's Ashtamudi Lake Resort” 5 of 5 stars
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Club Mahindra Ashtamudi
Chavara South, Thekkumbhagam 691584, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thekkumbhagam
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“Floating cottages in Club Mahindra's Ashtamudi Lake Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I visited Club Mahindra, Ashtamudi Lake Resort, which is 15 km from Kollam Railway Station and stayed there for four nights. The Resort is bang on Kerala’s second largest lake – Ashtamudi Lake. The coconut trees on opposite side of the lake looks so small as that of match sticks. As the water is greenish & clean, no iota of smell is there. It is an interesting property of Club Mahindra providing floating cottages. We must appreciate that providing all the requisite essential services in the floating cottages from the base of the resort might be a challenging and arduous task, involving technical issues. It is unique experience to stay in a floating cottage and enjoying cup of tea in balcony of the floating cottage, gazing the vast neat & clean lake before us. We were group of two couples. And there was complete privacy for both the couples, with independent approach to washroom and the entry door within the floating cottage. We spent two nights in a floating cottage and two nights in the permanent structure rooms at the base of the resort. The permanent rooms are even better, as they are spacious and all are facing lake, giving decent lake view. During my past few stays I was missing good evening party games, but that vacuum has been well filled by the Fun Zone Manager Mr. Ganesh in the Ashtamudi Resort. Very innovative and new party games were enjoyed by the good gathering of guests attending party games in the resort. The check-in was very smooth. We were served good mocktail as welcome drink. The staff is very co-operative. I particularly noticed positive co-operative attitude of officiating Resort Manager Mr. Manoj Pillai, Resort Front Desk Manager Ms. Neethu, Mr. Jithil, Mr. Hareesh Kumar, Security staff Mr. Baby Thomas. The Resort has own House-boat which can accommodate good number of guests and other water games. The resort is well maintained, neat & clean, spacious, narrow & long, newly built, etc. I noticed one of the floating cottage was getting completely refurbished and I was told by the Resort Manager that one by one all the floating cottages will be refurbished. But it will take time as one floating cottage may take around two months in getting refurbished. I would like to enjoy a refurbished floating cottage. The Restaurant of the resort too is floating in Ashtamudi Lake, though it is spacious also. Enjoying good food with lake view experience has been possible for me only because I have Club Mahindra membership since 2004, without which I could not have afforded the room rents for these luxury accommodations. I availed buffet with good spread, of-course choices are more for non-vegetarian. I had a good picture with Chef Mr. Ratheesh feeding me soup, which is attached. Restaurant Manager Mr. Riyas Abdul Rasheed personally met me during breakfasts and lunch and enquired about the food, which was worth appreciating. He arranged fresh baked chapattis, cheese omlette directly from the kitchen. The resort’s swimming pool has neat & clean bluish water. The resort has put number of nets tied with coconut trees for relaxing by the guests of the resorts. I also enjoyed cycle provided by the resort for which no charges were asked. One remarkable thing in this resort is that Govt. ferry point is just adjoining the resort. Enjoying ride in the ferry is worth experiencing for non-Kerala persons, which also gives good connectivity to the resort with Kollam City. Good activity room, including a computer with internet connection is available for use by the guests of the resort without any charge. Badminton, Table tennis, carrom boards, etc. are available in open in the resort. Children play area with good variety of rides is available in the resort. Battery operated car for carrying guests and luggage within the resort is also available. There is separate block for Massage services, but I did not avail. I did not enjoy bathing with the quality of water in the washroom of the resort, which perhaps is due to heaviness in the water or its recycling. I feel Kerala to be better destination for tourists than Goa, as in Kerala you also enjoy lakes & back-waters, in addition to sea beaches. On my return to Delhi, in my dreams during sleeps, I feel my room is surrounded by water and on waking-up I take few moments in realizing that it is my home.

Room Tip: Floating Cottages. If four guests to be accommodated in the Floating Cottage, then two Hotel Units...
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ClubMahindra, OBM - Project Manager at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Hi Harjeet,

We are really glad to have received your positive feedback and specifically the detailed comments you have provided. It helps us improve our services further and additionally, provides insights as to what our members really like. We work hard to ensure that your holiday experience is truly memorable. Our resort staff will be absolutely thrilled to know that you not only enjoyed the ambience but also the dining experience and the evening games at our resort. Additionally, our resort staff will be extremely delighted to receive your compliments. Thank you once again and please continue to provide us your feedback as it helps us serve our members better and ensure a wonderful Club Mahindra experience. In case you wish to provide us with any further information please visit our Facebook page and click on the “Listening Post” tab.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

We stayed In the floating cottages. It's an ultimate experience. Food is excellent. It's better if you have your own vehicle or a Taxi. Play area for children should be bigger. Kollam and Allepy towns are near by. Verkala beach is 65 km down south which is a must go destination. Overall experience is 9.5/10

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ClubMahindra, OBM - Project Manager at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Hi,

Thank you for your feedback and we are absolutely delighted to know that you vacationed at the Club Mahindra Ashtamudi resort. Our staff at the resort will be thrilled to know that you not only enjoyed the dining experience but also the ambience and the activities our resort offered. Please continue to provide us such feedback as it helps us gain insights as to what our customers really value. Thank you once again and look forward to welcoming you again at our other resorts soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Kerala was on cards for quite some time. We planned a 10 day trip, covering Kochi, Kumarkom, Ashtamudi, Poovar and Kanyakumari. Due to some last minute schedule issues, we cancelled Kumarkom and Poovar, and were bit apprehensive about the trip.

When we started from Kollam ( Quilon ) to Kochi, our Tuktuk driver, due to some communication gap, reached at the other side of the lake. He took us to a boat jetty, people there were very helpful. They told us that, again going by tuktuk may took another hour and half, so better to go by ferry boat. We boarded the boat from this unknown spot, they charged us 18 Rs ( Yes, water transport is very cheap in Kerala ) and dropped us on a jetty next to CM Ashtamudi.

Ashtamudi turned out to be a fabulous place. We were lucky to get 1 BR floating cottage for 3 nights. It is once in a life time kind of experience. We did some boat rides, speed boat to Arabian sea and Munroe Island, but spent most of the time admiring beauty of Lake Ashtamudi, from balcony of our floating cottage. There are some small chinese fishing nets in water, visible from the cottages. It was a unique experience to watch fishermen practicing their trade.

The resort is small, only 7 acres, but very beautiful and cozy. CM Ashtamudi team makes sure that waters around the resort stay in a cleaner shape. Only issue was food price, which costed around 1300 bucks per person per day for members, which is high in my opinion. Rooms are huge, fully made up of wood, and can easily accommodate 4 adults.

If you love nature, then this is the place for you, full of charm and tranquility.

Special thanks to Anuroop from member relations, who helped us multiple times.

If you are in Ashtamudi or Kollam, dont miss to visit Kollam Lighthouse, a fantastic place, open from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Room Tip: Floating Cottages for that unforgettable experience.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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ClubMahindra, OBM - Project Manager at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Hi Nadeem,

We are really glad to have received your positive feedback and specifically the detailed comments you have provided. It helps us improve our services further and additionally, provides insights as to what our members really like. We are glad you liked our accommodation and hope you enjoyed the various activities at the resort. Additionally, the points that you have brought to our notice which will be shared with the resort management on a priority basis. Thank you once again and please continue to provide us your feedback as it helps us serve our members better and ensure a wonderful Club Mahindra experience. In case you wish to provide us with any further information please visit our Facebook page and click on the “Listening Post” tab.
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Kolhapur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I stayed at club mahindra ashtamudi for 3 days with my husband.. the location was so beautiful and peaceful.. the food was yum and the staff was always there for us with so much respect and smile.. we stayed in floating cottage and that was so good i mean i cant explain it in words the location was full of serenity and peace we used to wake early and would sit in the balcony for hours... i wasnt very happy while going to ashtamudi but i found it just WOW... it is my one of the most favourite resorts in club mahindra..

Room Tip: the floating cottages are the best..
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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ClubMahindra, OBM - Project Manager at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Hi,

Thank you for your feedback and we are absolutely delighted to know that you vacationed at the Club Mahindra Ashtamudi resort. Our staff at the resort will be thrilled to know that you not only enjoyed the dining experience but also the ambience and the accommodation our resort offered. Additionally, our resort staff will be extremely delighted to receive your compliments. Please continue to provide us such feedback as it helps us gain insights as to what our customers really value. Thank you once again and look forward to welcoming you again at our other resorts soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

It is small but one of the best properties of CM and if you manage to get a floating cottage then it's a unique holiday experience. This property is situated on the banks of lake kollam, and if you are staying in floating cottage then your balcony directly opens up in the lake. One can spend literally hours watching lake.
Best way to go to this resort is probably by Konkan Railway (from Mumbai) and get down at Kollam railway station and resort is just 12 km away.
Food quality is good but lacks non veg food items.

Room Tip: Book 4 months in advance to get Floating Cottage.
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ClubMahindra, OBM - Project Manager at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Hi,

Thank you for your feedback and we are absolutely delighted to know that you vacationed at the Club Mahindra Ashtamudi resort. Our staff at the resort will be delighted to know that you enjoyed the ambience at the resort. Please continue to provide us such feedback as it helps us gain insights as to what our customers really value. Thank you once again and look forward to welcoming you again at our other resorts soon.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Another memorable Trip to club Mahindra property at Ashtamudi from 8Feb14 to 11Feb114. It took us 4month advance planning for Family get-together and to celebrate the first birthday of my Nephew and Niece .
Booking: We were looking for 2nos of 1Br floating apartment, it takes us lot of pain to get a booking from website which is unfriendly and lot of continuous request to call center starting with NO, not possible, It’s very easy to get reservation in train. We were kept waitlist for 2 ½ month and daily visit to website to check availability.
But thanks to Mahesh Reddy customer relation manager came as a tension reliever who always give assurance to have patience during non-availability, waitlist period of 2 ½ month .We have done the flight booking from Mumbai to Trivandrum since 3month in advance we got better price.
I also got the contact No of Mr. Manoj Pillai Resort manager who has helped during period, advised us to book hotel unit and later stage will convert to Floating unit on availability. Thanks once again to Mahesh Reddy and Mr. Manoj Pillai at last we got confirmation voucher for 2 no’s of 1BR 10days before journey date .
From Airport to Asthamudi booked prepaid taxi charged Rs2020 no bargain outside as advise by trip advisor member it took us 2 hr. to drive 90 km narrow with narrow road reached resort by 11;30am.
Our guest reached early from Bangalore at 7:30 since normal check-in time was 2:00pm thanks to front office staff and Manoj Pillai, they were given room for freshen up ,later shifted to 1 BR [7723] at 9:00am .We were welcome with traditional ticka and welcome drink, electrical operated vehicle took luggage to our room 1BR FLT [ 7721] ready on arrival , have a walk to the beautiful property. The floating cottages though not spacious with wooden interiors and the feeling of staying on water three side. we relax on day one, sat in room gallery with 3 no’s fishing rod provided by activity center Mr. Ganesh and after lot of patience, I caught one medium size fish it look like Karimeen, that was one of the most memorable moment .We kept it live till 6:30 in bucket filled with water ,changed water every hour for oxygen to fish, by evening handed over to restaurant. Mr. Rizaq restaurant manager and Mr. Sandeep cooked & served us the same fish during dinner with other menu. The floating restaurant we chose to sit on the outside and dine while taking the views of the lake. We preferred 2 days ala- cart and one day fun dining coupons for breakfast, lunch & dinner, live counter during breakfast, once again compliment to chef and his team,.
Activity:Mr Ganesh from activity center help us to celebrate the first birthday of my Nephew and Niece with club Mahindra member ,beautifully decorated with venue, packed with lot of games, music, dance. Once again thanks to Mr. Ganesh who has made my Brother in law to dance during activity after 30years. Next day for the boat ride offered by the resort ,my son Vrushal took almost 930 snap out which 468 no’s of memorable Snap scenery, bird ,village etc. during 3hr boat ride .The ride by the back waters gives you a great chance to explore the unique vegetation of the area.in evening kathakali by activity center show us various mudra and end have snap for memory.
We wake up early morning to view the sunrise and local fisherman fishing with Chinese fishing net which start during sunset and ends at sunrise.

Negative: Housekeeping Service response time needs to be improved bit seems understaff take minimum 30 to 45 to address any request for drinking water, cleaning of toilet etc.

Room Tip: Room tip:1BrFlt for privacy prefer last one-7723, good for fishing with rod and unblocked view of b...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ClubMahindra, OBM - Project Manager at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Hi Manoj,

We are really glad to have received your positive feedback and specifically the detailed comments you have provided. It helps us improve our services further and additionally, provides insights as to what our members really like. We work hard to ensure that your holiday experience is truly memorable. Our resort staff will be absolutely thrilled to know that you not only enjoyed the ambience but also the dining experience and the evening activities at our resort. Additionally, our resort staff will be extremely delighted to receive your compliments. Furthermore, the points that you have brought to our notice which will be shared with the resort management on a priority basis. Thank you once again and please continue to provide us your feedback as it helps us serve our members better and ensure a wonderful Club Mahindra experience. In case you wish to provide us with any further information please visit our Facebook page and click on the “Listening Post” tab.
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Rajkot, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We stayed in 1 BR floating cottage. very good ambiance and design. excellent view of back water during morning and evening. Peaceful.

unfortunately in our floating cottage, toilet was stinking badly, even staff could not solve this issue. management need to look at the proper maintenance of cottages.

boat riding is good.

suggestions:

pls serve more traditional food on banana leaf, it will be value addition to your restaurant.

Pls add more fun activities at all your resorts till late night atleast till 10

consider to develop sound proof dance floor for families

Room Tip: book floating cottage but inquire about smell in toilets
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ClubMahindra, OBM - Project Manager at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Hi Dhawal,

Thank you for your appreciation and glad to know that you enjoyed the ambiance at the resort. Additionally, the points that you have brought to our notice which will be shared with the resort management on a priority basis. We work hard to ensure that all our members have a pleasant experience. Thank you once again and please continue to provide us your feedback as it helps us serve our members better and ensure a wonderful Club Mahindra experience. In case you wish to provide us with any further information please visit our Facebook page and click on the “Listening Post” tab.
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Address: Chavara South, Thekkumbhagam 691584, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thekkumbhagam
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