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Vivanta by Taj Madikeri
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Madikeri
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“An unparalleled experience!”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

I visited Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri around the last week of Aug-2012, that was just the second week since they had commenced operations. Since it was a brand new property I went in expecting a slightly unsetelled place, but boy was I wrong !!!
The property was "brilliant", no amount of looking up their website, snaps of the location or reviews such as mine can prepare you for the sheer brilliance of the location.
I must add that the service is as great as the location, which makes it a complete experience. Starting from the GM, front desk staff to the last staff member on the property, everyone ensures that each guest is well takencare of.
This property has something to offer for every kind of traveller, a must visit in my opinion.

  • Stayed October 2012
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VBTMadikeriCoorg, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear Mr Charan

It was indeed a pleasure to have you with us.

On behalf of the entire team here , I wish to express my gratitude for your kind words about our hotel.

It has given us a reaffirmation that our private Eden in this breathing rainforest, offers an abode for our guests to ruminate.

Your testimonial will go a long way in encouraging us in our endeavor to provide the highest quality of product and service.

Your extended family here at the hotel now looks forward to welcoming you back very soon to what we now hope is your new home in Coorg.

Regards
Krishan Kant
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

In all the resorts that I have stayed at especially in India - This one is right on top leaving the others far behind. From the time you enter the resort you are blown away as the hotel is breathtaking and the views from every corner of the hotel makes your jaw drop in awe!!! A truly magnificent property that in my view truly catapults you to heaven!!!

The team at this hotel is so well trained and take such pride in being part of this resort that they go above and beyond their call of duty to make your stay so enriching so memorable. The service is truly outstanding and surpasses all expectations and this is at all levels be it the Front office Team, Housekeeping, F&B and event the executive team. They ensure that once you walk in you are truly at home and are truly pampered and taken care of. Imagine we had the GM of the Hotel Krishan Kant personally drop us in his buggy to our room! Wow is all I can say!!! Kudos to each and every one of them. Would love to list all their names but that list is so so long. In one sentence you blew us away with the level and warmth of your service!!!

The hotel itself is spell bounding - When you reach and walk into the reception you will feel for yourself what I am talking about!!!! Truly makes your jaw drop!!! Every detail of the hotel has been designed with such care and attention and all of it done keeping their guests in mind. The facilities are just awesome - Try their indoor infinity heated pool and jacuzzi's its a memorable experience. The outside pool is also just amazing and if the sun is out I would recommend you take a dip. The jiva spa as always is great and the therapies worth taking

The food is truly outstanding - We sampled all kinds of food - Italian, Thai, Coorgi and even Indian and they were all amazing. Kudos to their Executive Chef and their F&B Team.

If you are looking for a little peace of heaven in our part of the world then just pack you bags and go here it is a trip you will cherish!!! Imagine it is the only resort where before leaving we booked ourselves again to be back there in December 2012.

To the GM Mr. Krisan Kant Aggarwal - You have truly built a world class resort that I feel is one if the finest I have visited and you have a team that will truly take this to heights beyond compare. Congratulations and all the best!!!

Cant wait to get back to Vivanta by Taj Madikeri in December!!!

Room Tip: Book The Premium Indulgence Cottages - The Views are Breath Taking!!!!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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VBTMadikeriCoorg, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear Mr Prasad

On behalf of the entire team, I wish to thank you for staying with us for past two occasions.

Your comments gave us a reaffirmation that our private Eden in this breathing rainforest, offers an abode for our guests to enjoy.

Your extended family here at the hotel now looks forward to welcoming you back in month of April with group of friends and family to what we trust is your new home in Coorg.

Regards
Krishan Kant
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

This property stands apart. Right from the time you enter and see the breath taking view of the rain forest and the paddy fields to the rooms which are very spacious and the food that is excellent. All the people who work at the hotel have a sense of pride for their hotel and make the guests feel at home. This is because the GM Mt Krishan Kant himself leads from the front and leads by example. We came across many people and especially some of them whom I would like to mention are the chefs Johnson, Ali and Santosh, The housekeeping Nagesh, Jishu and Jishnu, the restaurants Gautam, Deepak, and Sanjay and the project manager Pramod were outstanding. The front office people Ankita and the team were also good. However a special thanks to Mr Krishna kant who is a gem of a person. I have always said Taj stands apart from all other hotel chains as the people do the work with their heart. many properties are good but what makes them better is the people. Taj Coorg is one such place where the people make the property more desirable. A must visit place again and again and again. The place has a soul and that is its people. Pray that this remains like this foe ever

Room Tip: All rooms are with excellent views. Sizes wary. But the smallest one is also very very big. So choos...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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VBTMadikeriCoorg, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear Dr Sherlekar

On behalf of the entire team, I wish to thank you and your family for staying with us.

Your comments gave us a reaffirmation that our private Eden in this breathing rainforest, offers an abode for our guests to ruminate.

Your extended family here at the hotel now looks forward to welcoming you back very soon ( third trip ) to what we now hope is your new home in Coorg.

Regards
Krishan Kant
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We visitied Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri first week of Nov. It took us about 6 hours to reach with rains from Bangalore and it only got worse when we got close to the property with narrow roads filled with water and heavy rainfall. With a 7 month old baby, when we finally reached Vivanta, we were a bit skeptical but as soon as we entered the lobby, we forgot all about the treacherous drive. What a great property, beautiful views from the rooms, amazing facilities, great pool (which we couldnt use cos it was kinda cold). The staff had arranged for all the things we had requested for the baby and the hospitality was just awesome. Kudos to the staff!
When we were not very pleased with the thai food in the room service, the chef made sure to cook us a great meal the next day for lunch. We just had an amazing experience, it is by far the best Taj property we have visited.

Couple of pointers:
It would be nice to visit when its not raining too much cos otherwise the view is just blocked with the mist, but for ppl those who enjoy rainfall it may work.

Because the suites give you utmost privacy and great views, it is a bit of a walk to the restaurant, lobby etc and its hilly area..but the staff will send you the buggys whenever needed.

We had a great holiday and will definitely like to visit again!

Room Tip: Get a room closer to restaurant, lobby if travelling with a baby.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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VBTMadikeriCoorg, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your stay and for an amazing review.

I am proud to be working with a team of fantastic individuals who with their tremendous commitment to quality service create unforgettable experiences for all our guests. It is so special to know that you were impressed with all your interactions with the team.

Your testimonial will go a long way in encouraging us in our endeavor to provide the highest quality of product and service. Your extended family here at the hotel now looks forward to welcoming you back very soon to what we now hope is your new home in Coorg.

Regards
Krishan Kant
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We traveled to Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri on 19th to 21th. And we have come back different people. This resort, that opened on the 15th, is Taj’s best kept secret. Nestled in a slice of paradise, it is a must visit for all.
Firstly, what this resort is not:

1.A place for multiple activities for uncles, grandparents, kids, relatives, etc. This resort is where time stands still, where you can sit and watch beautiful clouds grace mountains and the incoming rain.

2.A place where your 3 year old can run amok, I have one of those and the first think the GM told me was to be careful with small children. The resort has staff who are so wonderful and caring – they kept an eye on my children while we ate, etc.

3.Coffee plantation – This is about rainforests and the sounds of the forest with pristine mountain air that will bathe you every second and calm your soul.

4.Work in Progress – though the resort still has a few ‘pool villas’ and ‘presidential suits’ to be completed, don’t let that bother you. The cottages and villas that are functional are exceptional. The views are much better than what you will get from the ‘pool villas’

Any picture you have seen on the web and the official site pales in comparison to what you will see. It is simply breath taking, it is guaranteed to blow your mind away.

Drive from Bangalore: It’s a 5 hour drive from Bangalore and the road is superb (except for a 30 min stretch if you take a shortcut) up to the main town of Madikeri. From there on all you need to do is to follow the signs of Club Mahendra until the 0.5 km marker where you will find and follow the vivanta signage. A narrow road will lead you to the resort and takes you through the Madikera Golf course! It’s a beautiful old road (cemented) and an experience on its own. 10 km from Madikera town.

The resort: You will be greeted with a surprise that you will be stamped in your mind forever! (and I will not spoil this for you). The blocks are perched on the hillside of a rainforest and are at multiple levels making walking an option only for the fit. There are 20 buggies that will take you around. The resort is huge over 200 acers! (feels like a lot more!) The minute you arrive, stress melts away and you are absorbed into the vista.

We stayed at a villa that had one of the best views. 3 sides of windows ensures you cannot miss this gods slice of paradise. A huge comfortable bed, well designed bathroom are all very much what you will expect. In the room was also a beautiful fireplace that added a magical touch. Each is designed so that you get a great view but ensuring privacy.

Executive Chef Johnson’s fantastic food will ensure you will eat the best, freshest food you can get. The coorgs specialities of ‘Pandhi Curry’, and Koli Curry’ are to die for. You must visit his domain. The kitchen is spotless and resembles my operation theatre! The food is fantastic! You are assured to put on a few pounds. Food is served at 4 different resorts, which ever will suit your mood, we stuck to the main one that has exquisite views. A very memorable experience.
The staff of the resort are amazing. Despite the difficult logistics of a spread out resort, they take care of your every need. Even before you asked for. I must mention during my stay, the room safe was left unlocked with considerable valuables. The housekeeping staff locked the safe, called me and one person was waiting outside the room for my return. Not a cent was taken!

There are two pools, an indoor heated pool with a Jacuzzi and a huge outdoor pool. The view from the infinity pool is amazing. You will want to linger on and on, despite the cold!. A well equipped gym and activity center is present. The Jiva spa was given high marks by the wife who enjoyed a 4 hour treatment. A large amphitheater is under construction.

The GM of the resort deserves huge appreciation. From the time we arrived to our departure he ensured that the guests were well taken care of. I was so taken aback by his personal touch to every aspect, including knowing the name of a gardener (one of about a 100 I am sure) who was walking by! He ensures that is one place that does not have any of the problems of a resort but with all its glories. He has done a fantastic job on selecting, training and building the resort. He is without doubt the michelangelo of Taj to have created this resort.

This is paradise. And we wished we could stay there longer. I wold suggest you head over there as soon as you can. Its going to be difficult to get a room in the near future when more people discover this beautiful resort. Even for the owners!

Its definitely on my 100 places to go before I die list and am looking forward to my next visit.

Room Tip: Room 506 has one of the best views!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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VBTMadikeriCoorg, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear Dr Charit

Thank you so much for your amazing review.

I am proud to be working with a team of fantastic individuals who with their tremendous commitment to quality service create unforgettable experiences for all our guests.

It is so special to know that you were impressed with overall product and service delivery from the team. It is so inspiring for us to get to know from guests that they had a beautiful stay. This is the biggest recognition for all the efforts we put in. We can't thank you enough for this feedback.

Looking forward to welcoming your parents to our private Eden.

Regards
Krishan Kant
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

really impressed with the Vivanta by Taj madikeri coorg property , could not resist sharing our experience ,it took us around 7 hours to reach the property and even one km before the property you cant think what lies ahead !!!!!!!! The staff is great as the property is fresh and new they go out of the way to make guest feel at home. Good Job by Vivanta after staying at these property looking Vivanta in a new light

Room Tip: luxury indulgence rooms are the best bet
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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VBTMadikeriCoorg, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking out the time to share your feedback of your stay at the Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri, Coorg.

It was thoughtful of you to convey your delight , We are glad to have provided you with an memorable experience.

We do look forward to welcoming you back to your home at coorg.

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Krishan Kant
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

I had been to this resort in August 2012.

We left Bangalore on 22nd August around 08:30 am reached Taj Vivanta at 4 pm.
We could have reached earlier, if we would have started early and would have taken less breaks. We had our brunch at Kamath's.
We were in the luxury of nature for 2 nights and headed back to Bangalore on 24th August 2 pm and reached Bangalore around 9 pm.

The resort is huge. Its spread over 180 acres. It has around 60+ cottages, though not all are operational till now. We can either walk or can chose to get into their electric carts to move around within the resort The official opening of this resort is October 15. So till then you can expect some good discounts. I expect the prices to shoot up ones its launched fully. Most of the services like Jacuzi, indoor swimming pool, outdoor swimming pool, Pool/Billiards, Gym, Massages are already operational.

The resort is for those people who enjoy nature, quite surroundings. When we visited this resort, the approach road was still under construction. So getting out of the resort and getting in is not so easy.

Food: The breakfast/lunch were too good, lot of varieties. Though I did not find the dinner to be that interesting.

Rooms: The room were very spacious, with wooden floorings, TV, dvd, large bathroom etc.

Conference hall: The conference hall is huge. The outside view from this hall is beautiful and surrounded by mountains.

Staff: The staff was extremely co-operative, very helpful.

Activities: As such there is nothing to do in this resort apart from swimming, pool, jacuzzi, enjoying nature etc. But those who would like to have physical activities, can ask the resort to arrange biking and hiking. Its almost 10km trip in bike/hike, so those who consider fit, can try it out :).

On the whole, this is perfect place to visit with families and friends. Though I expect this resort to be lot costlier when it is officially opened.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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VBTMadikeriCoorg, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Madikeri, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you so much for stay and for an amazing review.

I am proud to be working with a team of fantastic individuals who with their tremendous commitment to quality service create unforgettable experiences for all our guests.

Thank you for sharing with us that you found the views , food and service the best in class.

It is so inspiring for us to get to know from guests had a memorable stay. I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to your home in Coorg , Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri, Coorg.

Assuring you the best attention and services always.

Regards
Krishan Kant
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Property: Vivanta by Taj Madikeri
Address: 1st Monnangeri, Galibeedu Post, Madikeri 571201, India
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Location: India > Karnataka > Kodagu (Coorg) > Madikeri
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Vivanta by Taj Madikeri 4.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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