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“A relaxing ayurvedic retreat” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Thapovan Heritage Home

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Thapovan Heritage Home
Ranked #16 of 51 Hotels in Kovalam
Certificate of Excellence
Denmark
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A relaxing ayurvedic retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2009

Thapovan is a secluded Heritage Home situated on the S. Kerala coast and close to Trivandrum International airport. There are a variety of cottage type accomodations both small and large and all are well appointed. The staff are happy to help you with ideas both on and off the site.......but my friend and I were more than happy to stay on the large site and enjoy the excellent relaxing ayurvedic massage treatments.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2008

My fiancé and me decided to get married in India, as this is the place where we first met. We wanted a nice and private Hotel. On the net I stumbled across the Thapovan Hotel. I showed it to my fiancé and he right away loved it. The Hotel has only 30 cottages, which are arranged, in a beautiful subtropical garden. We got in contact with the hotel and they were more than happy to arrange a wedding for us. The communication was only by email and I have to say even though I was first a bit worried about arranging a wedding ceremony overseas, the staff at the Thapovan Hotel managed to take my fear, as they were more than helpful. Each email I sent got answered right away and they even made it possible to find a Christian priest for us. At our arrival in Thrivandrum we got picked up by the Hotel and drove about 30 min to the Hotel. We were speechless, when we arrived. It was even nicer than on the pictures. It was a dream! Lush green subtropical gardens, everything well maintainted and with an eye to detail, even hammocks were available. Everything was build with an excellent eye for detail and a lot of love. The German owner made sure all buildings are in the typical keralan style and out of teak wood. The cottages are bright, clean and big. The hotel has its own private beach, which is accessible through stairs. It is set up on terraces with sun beds and umbrellas.
The beach itself is fantastic, white sand, palm trees and warm nice water with some waves! Food wise you can choose between, European, keralen and ayurvedic style food. All of it is delicious. The staff at Thapovan is fantastic, friendly nice and absolute helpful. The Hotel even offers Ayurvedic massages and therapy. There are 2 doctors at the Hotel. In regards to our wedding it couldn't have been better! It was our absolute dream wedding! Everything was arranged perfectly. We didn’t have to worry about a thing. It was a dream! If you want to treat and pamper yourself and you are looking for a dream holiday, this is your Hotel!

  • Liked — The lush subtropical gardens
  • Disliked — Not a lot to do outside the Hotel, you have to take a tuktuk to get to Kovalam
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank SinaDave
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2006

GREAT ESCAPE TO THAPOVAN HERITAGE RESORT IN KOVALAM, KERALA, INDIA
Run by the perfect host and owner Andreas (born in Germany but he lost his heart to Kerala, India) this resort is an example of what a Westener needs to relax from the busy Western life. The resort has a terrace with a beautiful view over the nature around Kovalam and has a beach-club with an excellent place for Ayurveda-treatments and beautiful rooms overlooking the sea. The staff is trained in the hotel and has a full year contract. They are not send home in the rainy season. The rainy season is no reason to stay away by the way, because Ayurveda can be enjoyed even better in that season. Many of the fellow guests turned out to be regular returning guests visiting the resort any time of the year. We have stayed there for a week and did a full Ayurvedic program and were physically ready afterwords to see the rest of beautiful India with its beautiful people. Packed with ideas and suggestions of Andreas and his helpful staff we traveled around the South of India and felt very safe everywhere. We recommend Thapovan Heritage Resort for your stay in Kovalam. We own a hotel ourselves and could see the positive difference with many of the collegue hotels in Kovalam! If you go there once you run the 'risque' of going there again!
Bert Ververs and Erica Klijn from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Additional Information about Thapovan Heritage Home

Property: Thapovan Heritage Home
Address: Nellikunnu, Mulloor P.O | Thiruvananthapuram District, Kovalam 695521, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kovalam
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Thapovan Heritage Home 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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Thapovan Heritage Home Kovalam, Kerala

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