If you would like to experience the small luxury lifestyle resort kinda place but without the humongous bills, then this is the place. The resort is very small, about 30-odd rooms, very, very picturesque, has this really beautiful lagoon. The overall service intention is there, the senior staff are very concerned, but the others clearly show a lack of understanding of the Taj brand, maybe more training or taj culture immersions will help. I know I am being finicky here, but its a Taj brand, there are expectations.
The activities, though simple, can keep your kids enthalled, fishing in the small lagoon, pedal boating, clay stuff, just the kinda stuff that can keep them busy in a very happy way.
Criticism: Clearly the property isn't well cared for in a larger context. The staff are doing all they can to keep it spic and span and functional, but the layers of add-ons on an ancient property are so painfully obvious that one wonders why a full scale renovation or restoration hasnt been attempted. It can be such beautiful property.
The spa massage options were limited to technical ayurvedic stuff. What happened to the regular massage treatments?
Overall, the resort has an intimate and relaxing feeling, enjoy while its still affordable!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kumarakom is a popular tourist destination in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Located on the picturesque Vembanad Lake, Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, Kerala, is a 30-minute drive from the Kottayam railway station or an hour's drive from Cochin city. Kerala's backwaters surround the 140-year old colonial bungalow which houses this resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vivanta By Taj - Kumarakom Hotel Kumarakom
- Taj Garden Retreat Hotel Kumarakom
- Kumarakom Taj Garden Retreat
- Vivanta By Taj - Kumarakom Kerala