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Vivanta by Taj Bekal
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Bekal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 27, 2013

I think this is one of the best 5 Star Hotels I have been within India which is perfect for a nice relaxing break or a wonderful honeymoon stay.

The property extends to over 45 acres and the rooms are just a few meters away from the ocean. The place is serene and quite peaceful.

Rooms were done up really well.

The Jiva Spa is 145000 Sq.Ft which is extremely large and well built.

The Hotel however had failed in a few aspects.

After spending $200 for a couples spa session which includes a romantic pool we were offered Bajjis which are a local dish which is best served in roadside stalls rather than in a 5 Star Hotel let alone after spending $200 for a couples spa session. The Spa Therapists obviously lacked training and did a very poor job in these sessions. it is unfortunate that they have such a wonderful property with really huge Spa which is purpose-built but lacked in the most important aspects of providing trained manpower.

All this apart we asked not to be disturbed each night after ordering for in-room dinner. However to our surprise we get calls at 10 PM asking if they can clear the food trays. Even after we said to come in the morning and slam the phone they still come and ring the door bell. Obviously something terribly wrong.

What can be termed as one of the best hotels to stay in with one of the best experiences was ruined by things that you would least expect in a chain run by the Taj.

Quite unfortunate.

Room Tip: All are well located. you can ask for the rooms closer to the beach or the pool.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Well all thanks to the trip adviser reviews, we landed up in Vivanta by Taj Bekal this month on their monsoon offer. The very sight of the hotel is extremely pleasing and gives you an impression of some kind of Kings' Holiday resort. When I entered the hotel along with my wife and child, it was feeling like we have come to our very own transformed home which now has a very very rich outlook. The reception desk as written by other guests in this forum is fast and efficient and enlightens you with what is in store for you in the coming days. We booked ourselves in the deluxe delite with plunge pool and that turned out to be the best decision i had taken besides the Taj stay. Rooms were fantastic and sit out with day bed, plunge pool and bath tub were very very good. In-room dining experience was just awesome. Still cannot get over the call that we hear when the food arrives...."In-room Diiininining ". The activities arranged by the Taj through Muddy Boots was just too good. On the day of check out, we were delayed due to strike in kasargod... and the staff was more worried than us...since we has to move ahead to madikeri. They only said to us" dont worry leave it to us". They prolonged our stay at bekal which was again fantastic and arranged for Cab, informed the next hotel at Madikeri ...what more can you ask for??

The final check out was not so good for us...since we had to LEAVE:). It was like entire hotel staff including the GM seeing us off with a nice send off gift.

It is a must visit for all you guys!!!

Room Tip: Deluxe Delight with Plunge Pool....dont even have second thoughts..
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

My wife and myself were booked for 3 nights stay at this place by our children on the ocassion of our 35th marriage anniversary. We checked in on 10th October. the road was very bad and we had driven all the way from Bangalore to Bekal. Check-in was smooth and we had a nice welcome drink. The room with sit out was nice and as per Taj standards the bed, bath room aminities were nice. Since this is not the season of travellers, there was no much occupancy.
In-room dining was good.The breakfast buffet had good South/North combinations. But most of the cottages/rooms were found not maintained properly, especially outer part such as typical Kerala style canopies were in bad shape.This may be due to heavy rains during the current rainy season.
There were no much activities due to limited occupation. I had a nice spa experience in their famed JIVA spa. The walk to beach was like a village trip.
But the experience is not up to Taj standards, compared to the other Vivanta properties.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

just back from spending two days at taj vivanta, bekal and still under the spell of some of the best days in my life. loved the place like anything and would give them all stars. great people, awesome hospitality, lovely rooms and good food, what more can one ask from a vacation. the only regret is that i didnt go for a room with private courtyard or plunge pool, but the hanging cot on the balcony made up for the loss to a great extent.

my family - especially my daughter - too had a great time, dividing her time between the beach and the pool, while i just vegetated in sheer luxury. this is a property that i would recommend to anyone, who wouldn't mind spending a little dough for a great deal of awesomeness.

would have been great if they had buffet lunch and dinner as well, as the breakfast spread was simply heavenly, both in taste and versatility.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank nibujohn
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

An ideal holiday destination , perfect location with backwaters and the beach.We stayed in a lovely room with backwaters view. The day bed swing in the Sit out was quiet a relexation. Jiva spa is highly recommended to all for its excellent services. Ankitas Yoga class is a must do during the holiday. The resturant needs to improve as its of 3 star standard. However the in room dining services was good and will modify the menu to your needs. The staff are warm and friendly.

Room Tip: You can choose room with private pool to sit out
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank entdoctor
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This hotel is located right in middle of the Kerala backwaters. You can chill by the scenic backwaters, lazing on their lounge chairs. It doesn't just stop there. There is also a beach attached to the hotel. Besides, the property in itself is beautiful with sculptures and ponds adding a mystic feel to it. But the highlight of my weekend was definitely their villa! The villa completely beat my expectations. I have been to other properties in Kerala with plunge pools. But most of their plunge pools are the size of a regular Jacuzzi. However, Taj Bekal villa's plunge pool was a actually "pool" in the true sense. It was as large as a small to medium sized pool. It also had a small water fountain attached to it. The sound created by it further added to the relaxing experience. But the courtyard was not only the pool but also had a large swing bed, an open air bath tub and shower. One evening, we had a barbecue experience in our courtyard itself. The hotel provided us with everything from the barbecue to readymade marinated skewers. The hotel staff went out of their way to ensure that our experience at their property was fun and relaxing at the same time. They were all professional and well trained. This hotel was Taj hospitality at their very best. The reception staff(Aditi and Jermin) were especially helpful and made our stay all the more worthwhile and comfortable. Their spa was grand and luxurious and relaxing all at the same time. They have their unique Jiva ayurvedic experiences with doctors as consultants to guide you as to what would be most suitable to you. Their food was good as well. Their breakfast had a large spread and great south Indian food. They also offer the traditional Kerala meal Sadya on a banana leaf. All in all, I would definitely recommend this hotel to anybody looking for a serene and relaxing weekend.

Room Tip: One must stay in the villa with the plunge pool if you wish to truly enjoy your stay there
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank kapur2
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Great location off the beach with river flowing in the property. Very good food, prefer indian and Italian and a healthy and nourishing breakfast spread. Good in house activities of kayaking (on river), archery and indoor games. Gra Jiva is has an amazing layout, very big treatment rooms and professional team - totally worth the experience and a must do. Stay here for at least 3 days if not more to let the serenity soak in and enjoy multiple spa treatments. Private pool villas are awesome. Courteous and warm staff.

Room Tip: Go for the pool villa
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Chiripal
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Additional Information about Vivanta by Taj Bekal

Address: Kappil Beach, Bekal 671319, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Kasaragod District > Bekal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Bekal
Price Range: $155 - $431 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj Bekal 5*
Number of rooms: 71
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