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Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

For starters,this was a last minute plan for us, a family of two adults & 2 kids. All we had managed to book was a garden facing twin room. On reaching, our triple requests for an early check-in, upgrade to a king sized bed and a sea view room were all met with! John from front office facilitated all this & took us on a tour of the property. The pre-monsoon weather of end May made it very pleasant all through.
The breakfasts and dinners were awesome and the senior chef and his team took care to see the kids had good choices. Arbindo Ghosh on the F&B team was always on hand for a lovely chat and to cater to us. My husband loved the gym and the spa facilities. I went for a yoga session which was held early morning in a beautiful setting! The travel desk offers reasonable choices.
Overall the property is very beautiful & well maintained, a lovely boat ride in the lagoon was also on offer. At check out, I was pleasantly surprised & bit embarrassed as well when I was handed a box of cookies that I had remarked were wonderful. Unfortunately I forget the name of the staff member who showed this caring side.
Kovalam beach is few minutes away by car, and most tourist sites in Trivandrum are not more than 10 or so km away. The drivers from Taj, particularly Shan are very helpful and well informed.

Room Tip: Most rooms are good. The sea view rooms are beautiful!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 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.

Mathew Thomas
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

We had enjoyed our stay at Taj Goa couple of years back and were looking forward to another great experience. In nutshell

Property
Very scenic , full of tropical foliage and trees , situated on a hillock overlooking the sea and backwaters, rooms are spread our through the property, electric buggies available for within the resort movement. Not exactly beachfront as beach is separated by a public road and a long walk from the room, not a big issue as there buggies at your beck and call

Food
We had breakfast and dinner at the Jasmine bay restaurant, excellent fresh food with live counters /grills everytime, enough and more staff, friendly and eager to please

Rooms
Clean comfortable cosy room, a bit cramped considering this is a leisure destination not a city centre hotel. There is only one comfortable chair inside the room. Bathroom is large and well equipped , even had an ironing board and iron

Kids
Has a pool , activity room for kids, tennis courts, buggy rides, so mine were very happy

Pool
Infinity pool with seaview , not very big, the jasmine bay restaurant faces the pool so if you are looking for privacy while swimming , perish the thought

Beach
Small beach, as the monsoon had started , the beach was missing , sea was too rough to step out.
Spa
Tried the spa, loved the experience

Room Tip: 3 series rooms have sea view and are close to the restaurant and pool
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 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.

Mathew Thomas
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

2 weeks stay in May 13 for a 40th birthday.

Because they are so few I will start with the negatives first, much more glowing later to come.

The drink prices in the hotel are a bit steep. £24 a bottle (2000rps) for basic local wine, £60 for the cheapest european imported. Cure to this is to visit the local government shop (off licence) its about 3 mins in a auto rickshaw (100rps) Prices there are about 20-30% of what the hotel is asking.

Hotel cars and excursions are very overpriced. Cure is simply to get the itinaries from the hotel and haggle with a taxi driver outside the gate, expect to drop your costs by half. Excursions are essentially hiring the car only anyway, all other fees are payable at your destinations.

Moans over. Because other than these the place was heaven.

Our room was 304, it has a brilliant sea and lagoon view. Is on same level as Jasmine Bay restaurant so less steps to deal with. Rooms are beautiful, well equipped, spotlessly clean (2 cleans a day). Sea view and upstairs would in my view be vital.

Service, well you want for nothing, though it can be a bit much at times. 200 staff for a hotel when full only holds 120 is a good ratio but it can be tiresome repeating the same inane "how are you, where are you going today" type conversations as staff do seem to have time on their hands sometime. But whenever you need something, a person is always ready to help.

Food, the jasmine bay restaurant does a very good selection of India and european food for breakfast and dinner. We only ate lunch twice so dont feel really able to comment. Food is good standard, exceptional in fact for our birthday dinner and leaving dinner which they cooked specfically for us rather than from the buffet. Bait and Curries didnt appear to being used much, perhaps as we arrived out of season and the hotel was never more than half full during our stay. But if Jasmine Bay is anything to go by then the food there would also be very good.

The Jeera bar was closed for refurbishment during our stay and judging by amount of work I would suggest it will not be open again until Autumn. This was a bit of a shame as it should be the evening focal point as once the sun goes down there isnt much to do.

Some personal thank you's to the people who really helped make our stay really nice, Chefs Vishnu and Nickson for my cooking lessons and recipes to bring home. Chef Das, for the 2 special dinners that we had, some of the nicest food I have ever eaten. Waiters, Sujit and Muktar Ali for looking after us at dinner and the light relief of the silly banter. Managers Basil and John for dealing with our queries about language, culture, trips and anything else that crossed our minds to ask.

Would I go back, well much more of the world to see so maybe not, but I would definately use Vivanta by Taj again if this is their standard.

Room Tip: 304. Sea view, Top floor of 4 cottages, brilliant views.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 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.

Mathew Thomas
General Manager

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

truly superlative expereince at Kovalam Vivanta in May 2013 .
Let me begin from the check in expereince itself. Extremely seamless process ...we were very impressed with the fact that they recorded every bit of the personal information. A coonch shell garland and tender coconut was an unexpected surprise. The lady at the front desk made us really feel welcomed and offered us a property tour as well.
Room was decent. A tad bit small however with all comforts.
However then we had a not very pleasant experience with food. We had ordered khichadi for our 18 month old bundle of destruction and we were aghast when we found not one but three hair strands. We brought it to the notice of F & B Manager Rejo ; he seemed to be really shocked and promised us to make it up next day.
Apparently next day was our anniversary and the gentleman invited us for a 4 course meal at Curries. It was a super experience to dine at a candle lit - flower & balloon decorated table. Food was excellent. Adequate choices offered. The dessert & chocolate cake made the meal complete.
It was indeed a lovely dinner and Rejo did make us experience the true TAJ style of hospitality.

Breakfast at Jasmine Bay is another divine experience. Relaxing at the infinity pool completes your vacation.

Do not miss the Bait : probably the most picturesque restaurant I was have across.

Thank You Taj for making our vacation & anniversary so mesmerisingly beautiful.
Thank You Rejo !

We are definitely coming back.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 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.

Mathew Thomas
General Manager

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We stayed for six nights at the suite with lap pool, and it was amazing. The pool (depth 4.6 feet), had a fabulous view of the sea. The staff, especially those at the restaurant were extra courteous and friendly. Special mention to Mr. Aurobindo. During our stay we were treated to Kathakali and Kalaripayattu performances. There is a taxi stand just below the hotel for those who want a cheaper means of transport than the hotel car.

Room Tips: Go in for 300 series plus. In lap pool variety, room 405 is better than 401, as the former has better view of the sea.

Room Tip: Room Tips: Go in for 300 series plus. In lap pool variety, room 405 is better than 401, as the forme...
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 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.

Mathew Thomas
General Manager

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We recently finished a tour of Kerala with a relaxing stay at the Vivanta by Taj in Kovalem. The hotel comprises of stone faced two storey units dispersed over a lush tropical hillside. The marriage between buildings and nature is harmonious and a visual delight. We had a garden view room meaning we had no sighting of the sea but instead a view onto beautifully maintained gardens. This was a very acceptable alternative to the more expensive units with a sea view. The room was spacious and well furnished with large bathroom and walk in shower. The main restaurant and pool were alongside each other and both enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the sea in the distance and intervening landscape. The restaurant and pool staff were superb and did everything to make our stay enjoyable and relaxing. A highlight of the hotel is the 'Bait' fish restaurant, which is a comfortable walk to reach within the hotel and located on its own beach. Here again the staff were amazing as was the food we enjoyed each evening. The hotel is away from the sea but each evening we enjoyed a stroll to the public Kovalem beach, which attracted many locals and Indian tourists. Each day we visited Lighthouse Beach, which is a ten minute taxi ride away, where we again mingled with locals and Indian tourists on the beach and in the boutiques lining the beach. For me the atmosphere conjured up an image of the 60's when backpackers came en masse to enjoy the climate and freedom found in Goa and Southern India. In fact I imagine things are still very much as they were then and still a delight for visitors. Overall the hotel is well run and with a high level of service and friendly personnel epitomises everything we enjoy in India.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 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.

Mathew Thomas
General Manager

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Beautiful serene location with music of the sea, moonlit sky and gentle cool sea breeze. Everything set for a nice birthday party. Good healthy dishes and a colourful strawberry cake . Thoughtful chef and waiters help arrange a beautiful hut to cut the cake.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 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.

Mathew Thomas
Genearl Manager

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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
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#1 Business Hotel in Kovalam
#1 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range: $218 - $948 (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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