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Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
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“What a great place with amazing staff!”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

What a great place to take a family for a holiday. The staff are amazing! We spent a week at this place and loved every moment. Would especially like to thank the following staff members:

Shiami who provided ice to our room every day, Head chef Elago and Das, Vishanu the smiley chief who cooks great breakfast, Rohini the trainee, Sijith for his coffee, Noble, Ali, Basil and Saji for great table service, Sahidul for his selection of wines and Aurobindo for being one of the most friendly people I have met. Finally the pool staff Rajen, Manu and Jijo and Srisdi for morning yoga.

The staff is what makes this amazing hotel. Well done to all of you.

  • 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 25, 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.

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 July 15, 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights. The stay was good but cannot quote the experience as great.
The property is quite confusing and the way they project on their website, it's quite different.
Being a 4 star hotel it doesn't have proper bar where you can hang out.
Overall facilities of the hotel are ok.
But ya, the spa is one of the best ones.

Room Tip: The sea view rooms are actually not sea view
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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 25, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam!!

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

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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mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2013

My stay in taj kovalam was for 3 nights n 4 dayz (11th -14th July ) well no words to describe how gud the location was it was a place which made me feel like home & also gave me relaxing n stress free stay . The plus points of the place the people whom I would say are the hero's of taj no doubt they Wl alwayZ keep the customer's happy that I'm confident of, Shaaji n Winfret the chef frm curries . They nt only made my stay comfortable but also made my wedding anniversary special . On the other side one more person who was a real gem was Dhanish from the sea fud Resturant which is known a BAIT plz do visit the location n ambience is fantastic . I would also like to mention the girl who was Bengali Dunn knw her name but she was also one of the best . One the first day we did boat ride n our rider was sanal who is also a gud Archer . A pleasant time we had during the ride n he was gud in clicking pic .. Now the complaint part the only which i have due to which I wasn't able to extend my stay in TaJ Kovalam was becoz of the mistake n negligence of the guy at reception Anil . The only word which he had to say was Sorry & nothing else . He is nt prompt nor he had given us the detail information of the daily activities . He was the only one who has disappointed us a lot . I was suppose to meet Mrs. Louis who was the Senior most & also Anil's boss but unfortunately couldn't meet her as had left a message at reception which I guess didn't reach her as wanted to complain for Anil's foolishness. I guess he is only gud at welcoming the guest & nth else and he also knw what blundered he has done for which I Wl also be writing a formal letter to Taj . Now nthg can replace apart from it it was gud . Putting the pic of people whom I would alwayz recommend the visitors to rely on but dnt hv Shaaji pic but he is very famous guy in Curries . Would highly recommend people visiting kovalam to stay at Taj it's really worth .

  • Stayed July 2013
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, July 25, 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.

Also we have noted comments about the front desk staff. We have taken up the matter with the concerned manager who will take corrective action to enhance the quality of service.

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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Gurgaon
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

After a great research & thinking, where to stay in Kovalam during our short holiday , we chose Taj Kovalam, and we are really delighted after our experience of staying with them that it was our best decision & choice. I don't think any other property on this stretch of beach can measure upto them. Cozy cottazes surrounded by greenery all around, friendly & courteous staff, excellent food of one's choice . You name it its there. As regards courtesies - it starts as you land at their reception & end only when you depart. One must try their sea food restaurant "BAIT" on the beach, at dinner time & when you need not hear any music from your iPod , sound of wind & waves are as enchanting as the iPod music . Would be definitely visit it again for a longer stay.

Room Tip: We preferred the rainy reason but you can have yours. Room on the upper end can give a better view o...
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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mumbai
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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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Jaipur, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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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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 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Family 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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