This is a relatively new property by vivanta set on a pristine beach and backwaters. About 1.5 hours from mangalore airport, the place reminded us of what goa would have been like when it started out. We hear now that around 20 resorts are being planned in the area. So get there before the place gets overrun.
We had the top category room (with a private plunge pool) and an outside sitting area overlooking the backwaters. Everything about the place from the rooms to the service was fantastic.
The hotel has private access to a beach which is completely clean and largely secluded. and one tip...you can walk along the beach to bekal fort in about 30-45 minutes and avoid paying rs. 900 for the nice but expensive hotel taxi.
Which brings me to some teething challenges:
- there is nothing to do outside the resort besides a few small excursions, so after 3 days the place can become dull
- they do good local food, but could pay more focus to fresh sea food and doing other options besides Kerala style curries. Having said that the head chef was more than accommodating for any special requests
- because all activities are confined to the hotel. It can become expensive over a short stay. The basic price of food/treatments is in line with top end prices, but add the taxes on top and it adds almost 25% to the final bill
On balance the price is worth paying for the luxury you get and the service is signature taj, so they will make sure you are well looked after
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