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Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
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Bangalore
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“Expensive but worth it!”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Not the best service but fantastic views! Ambiance was exactly to our liking ( my mum being specially picky). Was a lovely home away from home for the period of our vacation in this laid back easy town. This is the perfect retreat for travelers with a set budget and travelling with family. The staff was very helpful and there smiling faces kept the day bright. Also they were sweet enough to offer us coconut-free food once when we were overdosed on the flavour of it.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review 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.

Regards

Mathew Thomas
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed at the Vivanta by Taj hotel at the beginning of April for 11nights. Having visited this hotel previously and throughly enjoyed the excellent service this hotel offers, our friends decided to join us. this year.
Again the hotel lived up to every expectation and beyond. The staff at all levels were outstanding under the leadership of Mr Thomas - Hotel manager.
Our party were introduced to traditional Indian breakfasts by the restaurant staff although the variety was extensive.
The Bait restaurant was a wonderful experience, the food, location and service was amazing.
The Pool Staff were very attentive and looked after us very well especially ensuring we were not over exposed to the very strong sun.
All in all we had a fantastic time and hope to repeat this.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review 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.

Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We used this hotel at the end of a two week tour of India which started in the North at New Delhi, and ended in the South in Kerala. The schedule was full, and we planned our stay at this hotel to give us a couple of days rest before our flight out. It's location is stunning, on a 10 acre hillside site down to it's own private beach. On arrival, as usual at Vivanta by Taj hotels, the front of house staff sat us down with refreshments, in this case fresh coconut, while the check-in process was completed. We were then taken on a tour of the site by golf cart, which are used extensively to transport guests from one activity to another. There is a beautiful beach front restaurant, which offers outdoor dining under the stars, with the sound of the crashing waves of the Arabian Sea on the private beach. This is a popular venue, so advance booking is essential. Again, there are several restaurant choices depending on the type of food takes your fancy. Breakfast is served in the Jasmine Bay, which overlooks an infinity pool, and also offers a limited amount of al-fresco dining in the evening from the extensive buffet, or a la carte menu. The staff in all restaurants gave us exemplary service and were obviously passionate about their work. All the hotel buildings are designed to look like thatched huts, to fit in with its tropical hillside retreat surroundings, and the rooms are scattered around the site in similarly clad units, rather than being housed in one large hotel building. The effect is spectacular, and offers the visitor the feeling of being at some 'desert island retreat'. We enjoyed our stay here immensely.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review 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.

Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

A beautifully designed place with a great eye for detail. Thoughtful, friendly and attentive staff and a lovely, scenic location.

The Bali style landscaping and rooms are a delight, the beach and lagoon area private and peaceful. The golf carts make movement convenient for those having difficulty with steps or steep inclines.

The property does not have a direct beach access for most months of the year, but they have a long path right alongside the beach (rocks between the path and the sea) and lagoon. They also have a restaurant and loungers in this area. The infinity pool in the main area with its scenic view makes up for the lack of access to the sea.

The spa experience and the food were both excellent. The staff was particularly impressive as they seemed genuinely interested in making each guest feel comfortable and looked after.

The property is at a little distance from the main Kovalam beach, so the choice of transport is between local rickshaws and expensive, but trustworthy and comfortable hotel cabs. A convenient day trip to Kanyakumari was also possible thanks to the travel desk.

Ideal for those looking for a restful, relaxed and luxurious vacation.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review 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.

Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

After spending a week touring the Golden Triangle we wanted to spend a week relaxing in Kerala.
The Taj is a wonderful hotel, It's only 1/2 an hour from the airport. The facilities are great, a nice bar, lovel pool with views down to the beach. The beach area was pleasant with good facilities. The jacuzi was disappointing, it obvioulsy hadn't been cleaned for some time so we didn't venture into it. There are 3 resturants, Jasmine buffet, Currys al a carte and Bait which was a seafood restaurant on the beach (we didn't eat in the latter). The buffet meals were generally good. We had a nice meal at Currys.
Our room was modern, spacious and very clean.
There are a couple of resturants outside the hotel (a lot cheaper) which were ok. The main beach (Lighthouse beach) is a short ride in a tuk tuk - these were always available outside the hotel. The only problem with Lighthouse beach was the hawkers ... they do not take 'No' or an answer and are a real pain.
Generally we thought the Taj was a lovely hotel, the staff were all very friendly but the service was slow and I mean slow. It took ages to check in, ages to be served at the bar, ages until drinks arrived and ages to settle bills at reception.
Having said that, we'd stay here again.

Room Tip: If you want a room with a view request room numbers 300 and over.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank gerilittlechild
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review 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.

Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Started our Kerala tour with a coupke of nights here. Fabulous hotel with very friendly and attentive staff. We had a room high up (number 404) and the view was incredible. Bait restaurant was amazing, table on the beach with the waves crashing nearby. Our 6 year old son loved it; whilst on the face of it the hotel is more of an adults playground, it caters very well for children also. Looking forward to going back.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank AlnMeg
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review about Vivanta by Taj- Kovalam.

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.

Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

This was our first trip to India and will not be the last! We arrived at 0430 and were greeted with cold flannels warm smiles and a natural friendliness from the staff. Garden rooms were cleaned and towels replaced every day, sometimes three times a day,nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The pool staff helped us every day to find a sun lounger, and we're constantly moving the parasol to keep us in the shade. Food was first class, self service but many choices of either Indian or English fare, the Bait restaurant was a delight, the staff superb. We took the tuk tuk from the hotel down to Kovalm beach most nights and had a fabulous time.
Unfortunately we had to leave for another hotel as a wedding party from uk had taken every room we hope they had a great time. The gardens and pools made the hotel, the fact that it was small with only 58 rooms made it magical, please do not expand! The spa was enjoyed by my wife and the gym by me all first class.

Room Tip: Room 216 upstairs garden room high ceiling and very quiet. Only one level down fom restaurant and po...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Richard B
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

Thank you for your review about Vivanta by Taj- Kovalam.

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.

Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove
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
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#1 Business Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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