The Bethsaida Hermitage resort is in Kovalam which is about 45 minutes from Trivandum. It is a gorgeous place that is about 20 years old with 90 rooms and bungalows where we stayed for two nights. The staff couldn't have been better. There are teak furnishings in the rooms and tile floors. The bungalows are rather sparse inside, but they are clean, air conditioned and have refrigerators that provides you with water. But it doesn't matter, because the Arabian Sea with sand beach is outside with lush gardens everywhere and sofas to lounge on outside the rooms which are nicely separated from each other. The focus of the resort is on Ayurveda treatments, diet, massage, etc and many of the people at the resort art there for two weeks or more. There are two dining rooms. One serves only Ayurveda diets. Since this was not our focus, we chose the other restaurant. Tables were set up outside on the lawn overlooking the beach and ocean and was very pleasant in the cool evening. Food was so-so, but the service was professional and convivial. We had a good sleep and enjoyed the breakfast in the morning. We enjoyed the surroundings so much that we ate dinner at the resort the next night while being entertained with a mediocre dance performance in a lovely setting. We found out that the hotel is connected with a Carmalite Mission and contributes money from the resort to support an orphanage for boys that adjoins the hotel grounds. That in itself would be a good reason for staying at this resort.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bethsaida Hermitage Hotel Kovalam
- Bethsaida Hermitage Kovalam, Kerala