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Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Ranked #7 of 205 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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15 reviews
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“Awesome view and excellent service”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

A great property in an island with excellent sea views and awesome sea food. Those who love fish this place is a paradise. The service at the place is excellent and top notch. We also got a complimentary sunset cruise with our package. They also gifted me with some spices pack and a small necklace for my wife as well when we check out. It was really a kind gesture. These little acts of surprises made our stay memorable.

Thanks to Shiju Nambiar for making sure our stay is comfortable and allocating us a very nice room in the corner of the property with excellent view. The hospitality of the staff is really amazing.

As it started drizzling in the evening, we couldn't try their sea food speciality out door restaurant, but made up for it by having dinner from Rice boat which serves kerala cuisine sea food.

We didn't had the time to try Jiva Spa there, but I am sure they will be excellent as well, as I tried Spa at other Taj properties and they were all awesome experience.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms in the corner. It has excellent views.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj Malabar Cochin!

We at Vivanta by Taj Malabar are really honored to have you stay with us and sincerely look forward to welcome you back to our lovely hotel once again.

It was a delight to have your feedback as this helps us to measure ourselves for the standards we have set for ourselves. I am happy to note that you had an excellent stay with us.

We trust the Vivanta charm will attract you again soon and it will be our pleasure to delight you. Looking forward to your continued patronage and assuring you of the very best in hospitality in the true Taj tradition, always.

Warm Regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Located in Wellington island, it is a bit far from the airport and the city. But that's what adds to the charm of the place... Lovely little place bang on the water. Outstanding views, a small lawn, good food, and the famous taj hospitality. The gym is very small though. And the walk through the island outside the taj is more enjoyable... Especially if it rains...
The sea food restaurant can be a tad smelly if you aren't a fish freak... And remember to ask for the heritage wing rooms. They have the best views. Or ask for the corner rooms in the new wing.

Room Tip: Ask for the heritage rooms
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj Malabar Cochin!

We at Vivanta by Taj Malabar are really honored to have you stay with us and sincerely look forward to welcome you back to our lovely hotel once again.

It was a delight to have your feedback as this helps us to measure ourselves for the standards we have set for ourselves. I am happy to note that you had an excellent stay with us.

We trust the Vivanta charm will attract you again soon and it will be our pleasure to delight you. Looking forward to your continued patronage and assuring you of the very best in hospitality in the true Taj tradition, always

Warm Regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma
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Udamalpet, Tamil Nadu, India
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Taj Malabar is more than the Taj. We have stayed other Taj hotels but the service here is Exceptional. Every hotel have positive and negative aspects, here absolutely no negative thing. The best thing in the hotel is the SPA. Jacuzzi is excellent, me and two children Ridhu and Samruth enjoyed very well. They offered drink during jacuzzi it was very nice. Service inside the spa and in the infinitive pool was good. Coach in the swimming pool gave us lot of technical points.

Please enjoy the speed boat. We stayed in the standard room, size is small but compact, very neat and comfortable. Sit near the window and enjoy the sea and the ships.

I stayed in hotel Excaliber in Losvegas, Grand copthorne in Singapore, Westin in Las angeles but I enjoyed the Taj malabar.

Room Tip: Sea view is better
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj Malabar Cochin!

We are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the hotel.

Indeed, it is the Taj way to ensure that all our guests receive the genuine warmth and hospitality that they deserve. We are very pleased that you felt well-taken care of during your stay.

We profusely thank you for your valuable feedback which encourages and motivates us in creating a beyond expectation experience each time.

Looking forward to your continued patronage and assuring you of the very best in hospitality in the true Taj tradition, always.

Warm Regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We decided to push the boat out a little (not literally, the one at the hotel had an engine) and stay here for the last couple of nights of our trip to India and we're very glad that we did. Our room was beautiful, with expansive sea views and the best surround sound I've ever seen in a hotel. The food at the restaurant was exceptional, although we couldn't keep up with the amount they were trying to serve us! We enjoyed the complimentary sunset cruise, as well as all the little touches such as the chocolates that appeared in our room each afternoon. Other than the price being a little more than we'd normally pay in India, there was nothing to fault this fantastic hotel.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj Malabar Cochin!!!

We are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the hotel.

Indeed, it is the Taj way to ensure that all our guests receive the genuine warmth and hospitality that they deserve. We are very pleased that you felt well-taken care of during your stay.

We profusely thank you for your valuable feedback which encourages and motivates us in creating a beyond expectation experience each time.

Looking forward to your continued patronage and assuring you of the very best in hospitality in the true Taj tradition, always.

Warm Regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We spent 3 days in this wonderful hotel. We had a couple of rooms in the heritage wing overlooking the small spice garden. The rooms were spacious with nice furnishings. Everything about this hotel is fabulous...location, food and above all the hospitality. The staff are courteous, friendly and very attentive. Many of them have been there a while. The boat excursions every evening and complimentary high tea are a treat. It's waterfront location is gorgeous! We loved every minute spent there....

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj Malabar Cochin!!!

We at Vivanta by Taj Malabar are really honored to have you stay with us and sincerely look forward to welcome you back to our lovely hotel once again.

It was a delight to have your feedback as this helps us to measure ourselves for the standards we have set for ourselves. I am happy to note that you had an excellent stay with us.

We trust the Vivanta charm will attract you again soon and it will be our pleasure to delight you. Looking forward to your continued patronage and assuring you of the very best in hospitality in the true Taj tradition, always.

Warm Regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma
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london uk
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We stayed here for two nights at the end of our India trip. The location is a little odd (on the tip of the man-made Willingdon Island - the old port area between Fort Kochi/Mattancherry and the new centre of Ernakulam) and does mean that one is reliant on either taxis or the public ferries to get around. However, it is peaceful and serene, not least when you lie at the end of the infinity swimming pool watching ferries, fishing boats and container ships go by.

It is everything one would expect from a Taj - beautifully maintained hotel and grounds; great staff; excellent and well priced restaurants and bar; and an amazing breakfast buffet. Free afternoon tea is served every day followed by a sunset cruise that is well worth taking (also complimentary) as it affords ample opportunity to see and photo the famous Chinese fishing nets.

I would have loved to have stayed longer here as we felt that we didn't explore Kochi quite as much as we should have done so we will definitely be going back to this hotel soon.

Room Tip: Go for a smaller room if it has a better view.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj Malabar Cochin!!!

We are very grateful for your note complimenting the services and facilities of our hotel. Our endeavor is to ensure each guest is given a seamless experience.

It is very rewarding for the team to realize that their warm, professional and anticipatory service very much contributed towards your stay experience. Indeed, it is the Taj way to ensure that all our guests receive the genuine warmth and hospitality that they deserve.

We certainly look forward to welcome you back in our hotel for another memorable holiday.

Assuring you of our best services and attention at all times.

Warm Regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma
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Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

I had a wonderful stay at the Taj Vivanta Malabar in early January 2014. We were worried that the remote location would be a problem, but we really enjoyed the short walk to the Ferry to Fort Kochin and used it every day we were there. From the service, to the buffet breakfast, to the spa, everything about our stay was wonderful. The only drawback was that the Prime Minister was visiting the hotel during the same time and that meant that the place was swarming with additional security. This took away from the intimate feeling that the hotel offers, but fortunately it only lasted two days.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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SumanDSharma, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj Malabar Cochin!!!

It was a delight to have your feedback as this helps us to measure ourselves for the standards we have set for ourselves. I am happy to note that you had an excellent stay with us.

We are grateful for your valuable feedback and we greatly appreciate your time you spent, as our guests’ satisfaction is our main priority.

Looking forward to your continued patronage and assuring you of the very best in hospitality in the true Taj tradition, always.

Assuring you of our best services and attention at all times.

Warm Regards,
Suman Dutta Sharma
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Address: | Willingdon Island, Kochi (Cochin) 682009, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Spa Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Malabar 5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, Vivanta by Taj - Malabar is a fine balance between yesterday and tomorrow. Our lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. The heritage wing, built in 1935, reflect the inherent beauty of Cochin. And the tower wing houses newly renovated guestroom suites, each a delicate mix of the classic with the contemporary. ... more   less 
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