This review is a little late as we stayed here about 4 months ago but I have only just managed to get around to it now.
First impressions - the resort is definitely in need of a little upgrade & some basic renovations.That's not to say the property isn't well maintained but it is very dated & could do with some local flavour & character in the common areas at least.
But what it lacks in interiors, it makes up in service. The staff is warm & friendly & will go out of their way to take good care of you.
We stayed in a charming villa with a private garden right on the beach & for a city dweller like me, it was amazing to be able to wake up & see the waves breaking a few metres from your doorstep. Or to laze away an afternoon lying back in a hammock with a book. However, one feedback I would like to give is regarding the housekeeping - the grass was not trimmed well in the villa garden & I hesitated more than once before I finally stepped out onto it. There was a little cemented area just outside our patio where you could wash the sand off your feet before you stepped into your room - I couldn't use this at all as the grass was so overgrown around it, I preferred to stay away. There are also a lot of crows here which makes for a lot of mess (esp when they eat the little fish on the garden tables & chairs) so perhaps the housekeeping can make it a point to clean these regularly?
Food was excellent throughout the resort - even in the coffee shop (which, in most hotels, serve good, but uninspiring food). The Upper Deck restaurant served some excellent Mediterranean dishes but it was extremely expensive & the staff must learn that sometimes 'less is more' when it comes to service.
The restaurant that had us raving was the Bayview seafood restaurant right on the beach. Chef Thiru has a way with seafood that not too many chefs can boast of & his food, combined with the setting & the beautiful waves, made this an experience I remember vividly even after all these months. For us, complete foodies, Chef Thiru's seafood preparations will be a prime reason for us to return to the Taj Fisherman's Cove. Service at the restaurant was very good; friendly, warm, good recommendations & just the right amount of attention given to us by the staff; a refreshing change after Upper Deck. We also found a lot of locals from Chennai driving down here over the weekend, always proof of good, fresh food.
The Jiva Spa at the resort is one of the best I've experienced, though prior booking is required when the resort is full which happens quite often when there is a conference group.
The best part of the resort, though, is quite simply, the beachfront. For me, a Goa regular, the clean blue water, long unbroken stretch of golden sand, stretching in both directions as far as the eye can see, and unspoilt by shacks was a refreshing change from beaches of Goa. The waves are different too, higher & faster & I wasn't surprised to find a lot of surf shacks further down. We spent most of our evenings walking the length of the beach as the sun set over the waters.
If you'd like to get out, a trip to Mahabalipuram is a must for the fabulous Shore Temple while a visit to the Madras Crocodile Bank & snake venom collection centre a few kms down the road from the resort is also worth your while.
Overall a charming resort that grows on you the longer you stay. Definitely plan to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove, Chennai, built on the ramparts of an old Dutch fort, is now riding on a fresh new wave. Yet it remains the charming beach resort that's almost one with the Bay of Bengal. Where fun lovers return for good times. There's a nice new buzz however. 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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- Vivanta By Taj - Fisherman`s Cove, Chennai Hotel Chennai (Madras)