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“Beautiful and peaceful respite from urban India” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bethsaida Hermitage
Ranked #9 of 51 Hotels in Kovalam
Baltimore, Maryland
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“Beautiful and peaceful respite from urban India”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

Spent four days at Bethsaida with girlfriends and decided that the Ayurveda massage was superfluous. Lovely staff, gorgeous grounds and a tidy beach, where we swam, watched fishermen pull in their daily catch and negotiated with ever-present, but cheerful vendors.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

A friend and I have just spent a week at Bethsaida Hermitage resort and we thought we had landed in heaven. The location is sensational with wonderful views of and breezes from the ocean. The daily treatments are fantastic, the food superb and the yoga brilliant. The staff are very friendly and professional. It follows Ayurvedic practice fairly closely in that there is no alcohol and the diet is totally vegetarian.

If you want a place to regain or find inner peace and a healthy body and mind without being over the top you can't beat this place. Prices are very good including the cosmetics, beauty treatments, and garments and all proceeds go the owner's philanthropic operations including orphanages, schools and an elderly people's home.

Thank you Bethsaida Hermitage for a wonderful life-changing experience.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Borough London
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201 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

I visited the Bethsaida Hermitage with my wife and daughter just after Christmas 2013 and was impressed by the beautiful location, private beach, lovely garden and two very good swimming pools.
On the negative side the resort does not normally serve alcohol which is very unusual for India. In addition the rooms are quite basic with no bath in the bathroom. The restaurant is OK but, meat and fish is only available from the a la carte menu.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

An amazing resort which we stumbled across 2 years ago due to friends staying next door which we have now visited 3 times. Amazing grounds, 2 beautiful swimming pools, an excellent restaurant, fab treatments, comfortable rooms (non a/c not so good in Dec/jan), beautiful beaches and very professional staff. We had our 2 children with us and the staff welcomed them, however, most of the guests didn't seem too bothered apart from 1 very grumpy man who didn't like them waking him in the afternoon! Fab yoga classes from Joseph who did an advanced session at 8.15 every morning. A real gem, can't believe it wasn't full as far superior to the hotel next door which charges double the price. Heavenly, we will return!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

My name is Nukusheva Aigul, from Kazakhstan.
This summer I spent fantastic pleasant time at Bethsaida Hermitage. Well - established system of customer service creates really comfort conditions for relax and effective treatment.
During stay at Bethsaida Hermitage me and my mother took an excellent treatment, good rest, gained strength, and received a great charge of vivacity for the rest of the year.
The main thing I loved there is their hospitality and my special thanks to:
Lalu - for advertence and great patience during our negotiation at the beginning :)
Sudarshan - for great treatment and caring attitude during our stay
Andrew and Freddy - for great service and tenderness for our caprices
Ajala, Shiba, Sunila, Giriju - after their procedures I was like born again :)
And if some day I go to Kerala - it will be only Bethsaida!
Best regards,
Aigul Nukusheva

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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94 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

My husband and I came to this hotel for the second time. Very attentive doctor. Excellent massage therapists. Great staff. Very tasty and varied diet. Yoga classes. Library. Large and very beautiful area. Variety of rooms for every choice and different prices. Two waterpools. Sand Beach. Drugstore. Shop. Gym. Beauty salon.
This is a wonderful hotel! We feel here at home. I hope we will come here again.
I recommend!
p.s. This hotel is not for children! This is a treatment and rest adults!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

This hotel was an excellent choice for us, after having been rushing around in mumbai. Very relaxing, amazing service (perhaps a touch ott with constant enquiries as to whether you wanted more food at the buffet! but better to have that than anything less), the grounds are just beautiful and the rooms were perfect with some nice homely touches. It is about 10km away from Kovalam, but the hotel arranges a taxi to get there at your convenience. However, you do pretty much have everything you could need here - restaurant, shops, cafe, spa etc. I did worry that being a resort it would just feel like anywhere in the world, however the fact that you can get tasty indian cuisine, and go walking in the grounds makes it a distinctively indian experience. There are local fishermen who you can see working in the mornings which is quite fascinating.

Lonely Planet certainly doesn't do this place justice, but perhaps it's just a bit out of date. My only criticism would be that the reception staff aren't entirely helpful - whilst there's always someone there, they don't necessarily have the authority to do much, meaning we had to keep coming back when someone more senior was available. oh, and they did try to overcharge us on some of our services, but we managed to resolve this easily. Anyway, these are tiny things, which didn't really impact on how awesome our stay was.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Bethsaida Hermitage
Address: | Pulinkudi, Mulloor. P.O, Kovalam 695521, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kovalam
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
#6 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bethsaida Hermitage 3.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ayurveda Resort. 5 Residential Doctors 24 x 7, 25 Treatment rooms, 105 guest rooms, Private beach, 2 ocean view restaurants, 2 swimming pools, shop, theater, spa, gym, etc ... more   less 
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