Zuri Kumarakom is a new hotel (about 4 years old) and has the latest luxuries in an area where one usually goes for old world charm. As a result, it's the best of both worlds - a fantastic location on the banks of the largest freshwater lake in Asia (Lake Vembanad) with all the luxuries of a top-notch resort.
The hotel is on the backwaters of Kerala, a very popular tourist destination, and it takes about 2 hours to get there from the Kochi airport. Once there however, you enter another world - the resort is spread over a huge area, but doesn't necessarily have too many rooms... there is a large man-made lake in the center of the resort that ensures everything is spread out and you get plenty of space...
The rooms are large and all have balconys. We had 2 standard interconnecting rooms and were very comfortable. We also had an opportunity to see the private villas... which were in a word SUPERB. If on a honeymoon or other romantic vacation, that woudl be a perfect location - large villa with bedroom and separate living area... private pool overlooking Lake Vembanad with bushes surrounding the pool for absolute privacy. In between the standard rooms and private villas, the resort also has another set of cottages which are slightly smaller and on the banks of the interior man-made lake.
The resort will send across golf-buggy's for you if you need help getting around... but we loved walking around... the views are awesome and seeing the sun set over the lake from the swimming pool was ethereal.
The only downer was food choices - there is a multi-cuisine coffee shop/ buffet restaurant and a speciality seafood restaurant; so there is some limitation there, but that was just a minor point. With 3 young daughters (3 1/2, 2 and 1 years old) we were very happy with the multi-cuisine restaurant.
The staff was very helpful and attentive and we were impressed with the service all over the resort.
One other area which might be a reason to visit by itself is the spa - a huge facility next to the swimming pool with 25+ treatment rooms and a very wide range of treatments available. My wife and I availed a treatments for each of us and we were extremely happy.
Overall an excellent location and one I would definitely go back to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If heaven was a place on earth, it would be on the banks of a breathtaking Vembanad Lake that spreads serenely over 205 square kilometres of picture perfect beauty. And it is. Set in 18 verdant acres on the shores of the Vembanad Lake and just 2 hours from the Cochin International Airport, The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala, Resort & Spa is a five–star deluxe spa resort in Kumarakom, set at the heart of the beautiful Southern state of Kerala–fondly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’. Standing directly beside the Lake, this Kerala resort offers spacious living–dining rooms, traditional Indian–style bedrooms and individual gardens with private plunge pools.Opened in 2006, The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa is the winner of the 2007 and 2008 ‘Best Resort Spa Hotel in India’ title. Home to the largest spa in South India, Maya Spa offers not only western and oriental therapies but also authentic Ayurvedic practices at our resort in Kerala. The distinctive Body Temple, picturesquely situated on an island in the centre of the lagoon, is the perfect location for yoga, meditation or simply quiet contemplation.The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa is perfect for an extended break with its idyllic location and world–class amenities. The hotel offers many leisure options, including a large swimming pool with water–spouting elephant sculptures and a luxury spa in Kumarakom with Ayurvedic treatments. The Lime Tree, Laguna Bass and Trunk Call Bar serve very good Indian and international cuisine. Experience the heavenly beauty of Kumarakom in all its tranquil glory. Recreated and preserved to awaken every sense… to experience pure bliss. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Zuri Kumarakom Hotel Kumarakom
- Zuri Kumarkom Hotel Kumarakom
- Zuri Kumarkom Kumarakom
- Radisson Kumarakom
- Kumarakom Radisson
- The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala