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“A Keralan Delight - Superb Hotel - Amazing Staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove

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Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove
Ranked #2 of 51 Hotels in Kovalam
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76 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A Keralan Delight - Superb Hotel - Amazing Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

We spent 8 days at Vivanta Kovalam. What a superbly restful place in a lush tropical setting. Comfortable rooms with full amenities. Plenty of choice of excellent food at reasonable prices. But what really makes this hotel/resort is it's compliment at all levels of warm enchanting staff - always smiling and happy to assist in any way, that only Keralans can. We expected it to be good, and it was exceptional.

Room Tip: #300s for best views but #200s are fine and more sheltered - Lower levels in each block have a patio...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jameswarren126126
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

We stayed in Vivanta Kovalam in April'14 for 2 nights and must say it met all our expectations except few things. The Property is beautiful and they have amazing friendly staff. We were offered welcome drinks with smooth check-in, looking at our family size the room was upgraded which was nice. The property is around half a km away from the beach but the greenery and pool overlooking the sea makes for it. They have golf and archery along with some kids activities but we could not make use of it. Rooms are nicely done and wood work provides unique ambiance.

The only down side was the food, we got rubbery pan cakes which was promptly replaced and Thai curry was too watery, not acceptable from Taj.

Also, we planned to stay back one more night but couple of requests and no one seemed to be interested in even updating on if its possible.

Overall great Hotel but I might look for other options next time.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Navdeep4u
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

Hotel is what we come to expect from this corporation. Property is well situated at the beach, quiet yet close enough to main city by taxi. Well placed rooms sit facing the ocean, yet encapsulated in lush overgrowth. Services are top tier; food is excellent, spa services are luxurious, staff is warm, smiling and ready to serve.

My only regret is there is no beach at the property. I'm told the sand returns for only a month or two per year. I like swimming in the ocean and imagined being able to here. So if that's what you want, you'll have to travel 15-20 minutes to get to the public beach. That only may lead me to seek other resorts where the 5star hotel fronts sand beach and ocean swimming.

Room Tip: The lower garden rooms are easily accessible. Can't speak to the upper area room groups.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank drtike
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

Having spent one week at Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh followed by a week doing the golden triangle of Agra, Jaipur and Delhi, the Vivanta by Taj in Kovalam was my first port of call on a nine day trip through Kerala. I found the whole setup very comfortable and relaxing, with the accommodation just a short walk from the main restaurant and bar area. On the second night, we had an excellent meal in the beach-side restaurant (efficiently transported by golf buggy), and the view from the breakfast area over the infinity pool takes some beating.
All the staff were really friendly and helpful, attributes that I am pleased to report I found in most of the Kerala people I met.
Not sure what the hotel rates were as this was part of a package, but it would be hard to beat this place for a nice experience of south India.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank A4DJL
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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India
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253 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014

I am a Taj loyalist so whenever I travel, I prefer a Taj as you will get assured good service, comfy sleep, good food and an overall memorable time.
Stayed at Vivanta for 2 nights in a Ocean View Superior Room.
Overall, I had a very good stay, thanks to the team which goes an extra mile to provide a more than personalised service.
Check in: Smooth, hassle free. Was given a refreshing Coconut water drink and a cold towel. Really helped as it was very hot.
Room: Since, I was travelling solo, I opted for Ocean View Superior Room (base category). The view was not great but not something I will not complaint about because the hotel does provide other areas where you can get the ocean view.
Room was decently furnished with a comfy bed, huge bathroom and a small balcony. I had good sleep both the nights.
Breakfast: Served at the pool side restaurant called Jasmine Bay. Usual mix of fruits, cereals, Hot North Indian food and hot south indian live counters. Taste wise, this was ok. Service was good.
Had dinner at Jasmine Bay too. First night, I thought, food could be a little better and it was the second night. They have a buffet set up and also have a la carte but they obviously ask you to go for buffet. Its not bad considering its a mix of salads, south indian food, north indian food and 5-6 desserts. The view of course is very good as it overlooks an infinity pool which overlooks a lagoon and then the ocean.
Their sea food restaurant Bait has the best view. Its ocean front. I spent a lot of time here during noon and also watching the sun set. The view is amazing. I didn't eat as I am a veggie but I only went for the view.
In room dining: While this was a bit slow but I guess that's just the whole laid back resort feel.
Spa: Standard Jiva Spa facilities. Lapsong (masseur) is highly recommended.

Thanks to the team incl Aneesh, Ali (Restaurant Mgr), Ajay, Shyam, Lopsang and Ashik. I had a very relaxing getaway.
Scope for improvement: Increase food for veggies.

Room Tip: Opt for Ocean facing Superior rooms. They differ by Rs 500 from Garden facing. Totally worth it. Us...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank gary25
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
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.

Thank you for complimenting the staff. We have shared your compliments with all our staffs.

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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

We visited this hotel in January during a stay in four different places in kerela. This is a perfect stay for anyone who wants luxury with the added extras of beautiful gardens, beach, a lake with free boat ride rivaling mini backwaters. Staff went out of the their way to help in any way possible, & were very approachable and friendly. The pool has gorgeous views over the sea below and staff are very quick to provide towels and any drinks needed. We had booked both curries and bait restaurants prior to arrival with the help of Basil the restaurant manager, whom was very prompt in responding to my emails. When we visited Curries I unfortunately had an upset stomach due to a meal in a beach bar. The meal was gorgeous but i could not finish it due to being unwell the staff were apologetic even though it was not there error they gave discounts on the food. The next day Basil came tonfind us to see if I was ok and gave us free ginger and lime tonic to settle my stomach which is going above and beyond. The rooms are in a true Kerela natural style, luxury toiletries are provided the hot water is very welcome after other stays in india. Bait is well worth a visit gorgeous fish and my boyfriend had steak. The service is impeccable. We spent many an hour enjoying the hotel grounds so many flowers, hidden jacuzzis and insects to be found. Loved it all.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Sarah B
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
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.

Warm Regards

Mathew Thomas
General Manager
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Helsinki
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

We stayed at Taj Kovalam for a week in April 2014 and I must say that its one of the best hotels I've stayed at. The pool area is lovely and rooms very specious and modern. Aircon worked well. Offseason prices seem to be rasonable and our offer was extremely good, much less than the Leela in Kovalam.

We had a meal plan with one meal/day. The only confused service was in the main restaurant. There was an enourmos amount of waiters but still you had to wait for drinks, bill etc. I guess though this is the case in most of the better hotels in India. Also the restaurant failed to inform us about the meal package: what was included at lunch or dinner, if the soft drinks and water where included or not, as sometime they where priced and sometimes not. Sometimes we got a nill of some of the drinks and some of theme were for free. This confused us several times.

In April in Kovalam the temple festival is celebrated and the election campaining going on too, so the was quite a bit of noise from the street near by, so lounging by the pool was not very relaxing or quiet as there might have been 2-3 different loudspeakers blasting from outside. This noise also reached our room, which was strange as I was talking with an other hotel guest whose room was more up the hill, and she ahd not heard any noise from the street below the hotel. The noise did not stop when we whent to bed and continued at maby 5 am. Luckily I sleep witj earplugs, without it would not have been possible.

If you wand a beach where you can swim, this is not the hotel for you. It seems that the Leela in Kovalam in the only hotel with a proper private beach.

But in the end the stay was very anjoyable and I can warmly recommend Taj Kovalam.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank KataA
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Mathew T, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
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.

The beach here is a seasonal one and appears 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, which the Vivanta by Taj-Kovalam is committed to delivering to all our guests.

Warm 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 > 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 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Spa 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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Taj Green Cove Hotel
Taj Green Cove Kovalam
Taj Green Cove Resort
Vivanta By Taj - Green Cove Kovalam, Kerala

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