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Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
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“Beachless Wonder”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

We stayed at Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam in the first week of May, 2013 for 3 nights. It was the first trip to kerala for our son. We wanted him to see the lush greenery of coconut trees, the backwaters and the awesome beaches. Having previously had great experiences at Taj resorts, we booked into this resort, after confirming that the hotel had its own private beach. On arrival, we were welcomed with shell necklaces. A short while later, we were being led to our room. Down we went a steep flight of steps, and then another, and finally reached our room which looked like coconut covered cottage from outside. Inside, the room was very spacious n had a balcony with a nice view of the gardens. After resting, we went to grab a bite….n to our dismay we found out that reaching the restaurant involved another climb firstly up the steep flight to steps to reach the reception and then up another step of high steps to reach the dining area. Since my wife has a back problem, she has been advised to keep climbing stairs to the minimum. The thought of doing this routine 2-3 times a day filled us with foreboding. We then went in search of the beach n water. The property is very huge…n required us to take a buggy provided by the hotel to reach it. We were very disappointed to find that the beach was there, but no sand ….instead huge boulders prevented us from entering the water, and the waves were very rough. My son specially was very sad. This was not the sandy beach that we have been looking forward to!! We felt disappointed because one of the primary reasons for our choosing Kovalam and this hotel was easy access to a beach. This apart, the service provided by the entire hotel staff was top class and matched the high standards set by Taj. The food was excellent and again up to Taj standards. Overall, we were left a little disappointed due to lack of a proper sand beach in the hotel as well as the rigors of the numerous stair climbs we had to undergo during our stay.

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

Beach at our resort is a seasonal one and normally appears in between November and February.

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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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Vivanta by taj, kovalam kerala is a very good property and a must stay resort at kovalam simply because of many reasons.
Friendly staff - staff at the hotel are very friendly, cooperative and are willing to give in 100%, from the biggest to the fishing coach at the resort are very cooperative with respect to everything.
Great food- the food is amazing and just the right flavor. Chefs are also willing to make up a customised dish which is not listed on the menu. The only one problem with the breakfast menu was it was same for all the three days i stayed at the resort.

Like many travellers to kovalam i was anticipating between leela kovalam and taj kovalam and i am glad i chose taj kovalam as it was much happier stay than it would have been at leela. simply because when i visited leela one of the evening for the dinner the service at leela kovalam is horrible with staff having no sense of hospitality.

I hope this genuine feedback can be useful for many other travellers.

Room Tip: choose the garden view as it is as good as sea view or anything else.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, 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 June 30, 2013

luxurious but small rooms , excellent service, fantastic food , lush green property , whtever you demand they do it they dont have word "NO" in there dictionary , only bad thing is that when i visited there in sept 2012 i wasn,t told abt that there main pool is closed for renovation , other thing is that for vegetarians there buffet menu doesn't have many varieties , but overall food quality and taste is superb

Room Tip: take sea view rooms on heights choose upper floor room in place of ground floor
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, 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 June 29, 2013

Stay at the Vivanta by Taj - you won't regret it for a moment. From the beautiful view and location to the employees who don't miss a beat, it's an amazing experience that I still remember like it was yesterday. They greet you traditionally and give the kids ice cream and umbrellas, the welcome iced chai is lovely and not 1, not 2 or 3 but FOUR bellman brought our luggage to our room and swarmed around ensuring all of our requests were accomodated - from moving around furniture to getting extra towels. Out of the India hotels we went to, Vivanta was by far the best.
As if that wasn't enough, it's a great value to boot!! You'd expect to pay top dollars for this kind of location, view and service but it's a 5 star resort at a 2 star price!
We will absolutely be going back, it makes the 14 hour flight over almost worth it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, 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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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

I stayed at the hotel for one day, and I must say it was one of the best stay experiences so far. I had high hopes after reading all the reviews on tripadvisor, and all my expectations were exceeded.

Property is very beautiful, in fact a destination itself. Check-in took big long, and I expected my room to be ready at 2pm (which was normal check-in time), but it was not. However the welcome was very warm. Big surprise was an upgrade to sea-view room (I booked garden-room) as I was silver member of Taj Inner Circle. And the room was simple awesome! Check out the pics I am sharing. Though the beach was bit far from the hotel, hotel room had a wonderful view of the same. Bathroom was big and bath tub and shower stall opened in a small garden. Rooms are spread across hotel in a nice zig-zag structure and they use golf carts to ferry guests from reception to rooms, to beach side etc.

Hotel had few activities planned for the guests. I missed few of those, but did boat ride. Location of Bait restaurant is probably the best in the entire Kerala. Dinner at Jasmine Bay was a let down though. I opted for buffet dinner after insistence of a server at the restaurant. Nothing in vegetarian South Indian! since staff to guest ratio is high (which is good in a way), some people at the hotel try to be too friendly with the guest (which is also not bad) and end-up asking 'how do you find the food, sir', 'let me help you sir' too many times (which is bad). I wanted my own time during dinner, but the person kept on bothering me after every 5 mins by bringing something or other to eat, which I could have taken myself as it was a buffet!

Another not so great thing was timings to use facilities such as swimming pool, Jacuzzi etc. Time window is so short, and it doesn't start early morning and does not continue beyond afternoon. Its after all a resort so these facilities must be open most of the times. But I would so these are minor things and can be taken care of easily.

Morning yoga session with the instructor was a bliss! I fell asleep right after the session, and felt very relaxed. Breakfast more than compensated for the poor lunch that I had a night before. I just didnt want to check-out, but I had to. Check out experience was great too, and I received a complimentary gift of Kerala spices in a beautiful case.

Best part of any experience is attitude of people, and Taj scores heavily on that front. Simply outstanding! I am definitely coming back, and will stay for longer.

Room Tip: Sea-view room is worth paying extra for
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, 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 have noted your comments about the Jasmine Bay restaurant and will take corrective steps to enhance the quality of service.

We value your comments and it is only through such constructive feedback that we are able to improve ourselves and ensure they do not recur.

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 June 24, 2013 via mobile

We started our week long vacation from Cochin, then to Kumarakom and finally Kovalam. We stayed at Taj Kovalam for 3 nights. After a quick check-in, we were taken for a tour of the hotel. The lobby staff also called for a buggy and took us to their seafood restaurant 'Bait' and showed us around the lagoon and beach. The entire property is well maintained and gives the feel of a tropical forest. The hotel has buggies to ferry guests around.

We were extemely tired after the long drive from Kumarakom but on entering the room we were delighted with the splendid view of the sea. The rooms are well maintained and have a huge bathroom with a bathtub that overlooks a small garden. The long french windows allow you to just sit back, relax and enjoy the uninterrupted view of the sea with boats passing through the day. The rooms / cottages are at various levels thereby ensuring privacy and uninterrupted views. We were lucky to get a room on the 3rd level which had easy access to the pool, the restaurant as well as the lobby. We couldn't have asked for anything better.

The food at the Jasmine Bay was not upto the Taj standard. The menu was repetitive both at breakfast and dinner. I reckon the menu needs to be better planned so that guests who are there for more than a day have variety. We ordered room service twice during our stay and the food was absolutely delicious.

I would especially like to mention Vishnu the Executive Chef at the Jasmine Bay restaurant who is very friendly, courteous and interacts with guests during service. This gives a personal touch to the whole dining experience.

Moving on to housekeeping....they are well mannered and prompt and helped make our stay comfortable.

Our entire stay was enjoyable and we left with sweet memories of this beautiful place!

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, 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 have shared your compliments to all our staff members.

Your comments on the Jasmine Bay restaurant has been taken up with the Executive Chef who will take corrective steps to enhance the quality and taste of food.

We value your comments and it is only through such constructive feedback that we are able to improve ourselves and ensure they do not recur.

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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Delhi, Delhi, India
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Words are not enough to describe the service provided by taj people.The moment you enter the property you will see the warmth and kindness of the staff.Breakfast was dlightfull and variourty of choises.the pool near restaurant was ultimate,take a beer and relax as long as you can.Golf carts are avaible round the clock to feel the property even JIVA spa was great,they gave us brief explanation regaring different therapies.Above all a life time fun and must visit padmanabh swamy temple in trivandrum

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank shobhit85
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, 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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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 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Luxury 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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