It is really a heaven on earth. The property is less than a year old and Taj unquestionably has done an excellent job in architecture, landscaping and keeping nature untouched. The river flows 100ft from our room and merges with the sea, so you get best of both the world of backwaters of Kerala and beach, although backwaters are not comparable to Komarkom and Alleppey (backwater breadth would be 60ft compared to thousands in Kumarkom). The rooms give a feeling of villa style living, the room is aesthetically decorated, bathroom is very spacious with separate shower and bathtub, the sit out is huge with almost a queen size bed swing and a table to have sip of coffee in morning/evening overlooking the river. The hospitality as usual of Taj staff is courteous and unparallel in the industry. The resort (rightly called than a hotel) is friendly for kids and activity loving parents with features like creche, infinity swimming pool, Kayaking, Archery, Cycling and a Xbox in kids area. The best feature is the Jiva Spa, it is sprawling and largest in Asia. The Jaquzzi and Sauna are free, rest are chargeable. There is only one multi-cusine restaurant, Latitude, but amazingly delicious Indian food and large spread to accommodate different tastes of palate, one doesn't misses the concept of multiple restaurants even with our 5 days of stay. Although, I learned they are opening a seafood restaurant at the beach in a month's time. They have a nice well stuffed bar, Ivory. For Sightseeing, Bekal Fort (7 kms from resort) and Ananthapura lake temple (30kms) are worth the visit.
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