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Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Look at our ratings for this hotel - what more can we say!
We had all our meals there as well as breakfast - they were all of the same high standard.
Attention to detail was impressive.
It was a wonderful place in which to relax and chill after a two week tour of South India.

Room Tip: If you enjoy being lulled to sleep by the sound ot the ocean, choose a premium indulgence sea-view c...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

The property is in a stunning location, but that's only part of the story. What really sets Vivanta Kovalam apart is the excellent quality of staff - all of them trained to a very high standard, and eager to help you make the best of your trip.

The suite we stayed in had a lap pool, which was the source of great delight and joy. The furniture in the room was tasteful and unobtrusive - giving you plenty of space and light. The bathroom was bigger than a lot of hotel rooms! We had a free upgrade - which made our experience better!!

The staff at the spa, particularly the manager of the spa made our trip even better. The F&B staff was excellent - we even got a packed lunch prepared for us on one occasion - as we were going to be on a flight. They made us special 'chukku coffee' when they heard one of us wasn't well. The breakfast buffet isn't as good as some of the Taj hotels - especially the Vivanta range - but the other restaurants make up for it.

But there's one thing that slightly rankles and it is the quiet expectation of a lot of staff to be tipped. It's unavoidable in many properties across India - but when you pay through your nose - you sort of wish someone would just say - don't bother - we don't accept tips anyway. It takes the anxiety of having to looking for 50 rupee notes all the time!

Room Tip: If you can - opt for a suite - the space does make a lot of difference!
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

A fabulous hotel complimented by friendly staff who go the extra mile to make your stay enjoyable.
Rooms are clean, large, comfy with good air conditioning. Views overlooking the Arabian ocean are just idyllic.

Staff are really exceptional; we were looked after like royalty in the restaurant and bar by Mukta Ali and Solfikar; who literally made the experience a 5* one. I hope management understand what fabulous employees they have with these guys.
Stay here; it's worth the price tag !

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review .

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort and found the staff and services outstanding. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

This was my first experience in a Taj property, and I had heard from multiple sources that they are amazing, and this truly was. On arrival, we were greeted by very cheerful and polite staff - Anil and Viva (I usually never remember the names, so they were really good). To our delight, we were even upgraded to a sea view room. The location and property is amazing. The architecture of the hotel is very nice and the rooms well organised. They have a private beach, and even give a free lagoon ride, which is connected to the hotel property! They also have an open air Jacuzzi, and the beach restaurant Bait is probably one of the best thing about Taj (it is rated as the best restaurant on Tripadvisor, and truly deserves so). But the best thing is the amazing staff, they are so courteous and eager to delight the customers. We got a VIP treatment. We had to check out at 3 am in the morning, and they still time to arrange a departing gift for us. The stay in Taj Kovalam was one of our highlights of the trip. It’s a pity we were there only for 1 night. Would highly recommend this place.

Room Tip: Sea view room !!
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review .

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort and found the staff and services outstanding. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.

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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Tastefully done property, Vivanta trademark specialities, comfortable rooms with nice sit out areas. The bathroom was lovely with an outdoor experience. Private sea front with sea food speciality restaurant. It was great chilling out on the sea front and strolling around. Fnb needs improvement specially during buffet. The waiters mess up catering g multiple tables and forget serving. We were served burnt Appams a keralite speciality. They can take lessons from taj, kumarakomtge sister property.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review .

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort and found the staff and services outstanding. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

From the seashell necklaces and coconut water given upon entering to
the smiling staff throughout the stay to the GM Mathew Thomas
personally greeting us, my mother and I were treated as if we were the
only guests at the hotel. What truly sets this place apart is the
staff throughout the property, including the restaurant Jasmine Bay
(see separate review, also pasted below). Golf carts were always
available to take us to the room, any requests were timely, archery
was an absolute hoot (especially since the staff member helping me
would encourage me despite my poor performance), and the lagoon boat
ride was relaxing. Not a single staff member would pass without asking
how everything was going.
The rooms are what you expect from a five star property, though a bit
small. Higher rooms that are sea facing are probably the bests
otherwise your view will be obstructed by trees (though still
beautiful).


Jasmine Bay
Summary: My mother and I ate here six times, three for breakfast and
three for dinner. That tells you the quality and service we
experienced.
Service:
There are probably a handful of restaurants that I have dined at which
have had better service, all of which are 5-10x the price of this
place. Muktar was our waiter the first night, and his enthusiasm was
absolutely radiant. Many others also played a part in each of our
meals, and they would check up on us constantly without being
intrusive. If we were waiting a while for our food, Muktar would get
an item or two from the buffet, not to mention letting us get our pick
for dessert. And if all that wasn't enough, the staff provided a Bon
voyage slice of cake (which was succulent). The executive chef, Mr.
Shanmugam, came to visit us on our last night, an appreciated gesture.
All in all, if you go once, you will want to dine at this restaurant
for every meal during your stay.
Food:
The buffet breakfast is an exceptional spread with local Kerala items
(idli, dosa, wada, sambar), cereals, fruits and an
omelette/pancake/waffle/ anything else you can imagine station. The
omelette can use a little more flavor (and I still had at least one
every breakfast), but everything else is nothing short of delicious.
Regarding dinner, the first night we had Kerala vegetarian items, both
of which we loved. The other two nights we left the menu up one of the
chefs (Winfred) since we were so impressed. The second night we had
avial, which was mediocre, and bhindi/tomato with local flavor, which
was good. The final night my mom requested khichdi (Indian porridge),
which was made without any hesitation. I also had the best paneer
tikka masala of my life. And I have had a lot of paneer tikka masala.

Room Tip: Higher rooms that are sea facing are probably the bests otherwise your view will be obstructed by t...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Saurabh S
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your wonderful feed back about our resort.

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort and found the staff and services outstanding. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.

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Reviewed December 5, 2012

I am happy to inform that a recent stay at the Taj Kovalam beach resort was pleasant and relaxing. We had business meetings at a separate banquet hall close to the rooms where one had to travel by battery-operated Buggies and I was fortunate to stay in room 100 which was closest to the meting area.

The staff gave a warm welcome, arrange transport to rooms, the beachside was very close and with security guards at all beach areas, this resort is especially safe for overseas guests.

Highly recommended. I stayed there between 14-17 Nov 2012.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review .

We are most delighted to learn that you have had a wonderful experience in our Resort and found the staff and services outstanding. Your feedback will most certainly add impetus in our quest towards excellence.

We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of the very best in services, facilities & hospitality in the true Taj tradition, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.

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Address: G V Raja Vattappara Road | Trivandrum, Kovalam 695527, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Kovalam
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) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range: $151 - $569 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove 5*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, Kovalam, is delightful in many ways. While to some it is one of the finest beach resorts in Kerala, to others it is an amazing backwater retreat. And there are those that love it for its hill resort layout. Now it's all that and more. There's a nice new buzz all over. 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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Also Known As:
Vivanta By Taj - Kovalam Hotel Kovalam
Taj Green Cove Hotel
Taj Green Cove Kovalam
Taj Green Cove Resort
Vivanta By Taj - Green Cove Kovalam, Kerala

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