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“Isola Di Cocco, Poovar, Southern Kerala”

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Isola Di Cocco Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Puvar
Reviewed April 1, 2013

An excellent four star hotel with five star service in a good location to explore southern Kerala. The staff are friendly and extremely helpful. The Hotel is located amid a coconut grove with bungalows scattered over a large area. If you want a bland international hotel with slick service this is not for you. It’s very much an Indian hotel where guests come first. From arranging excursions to providing for a special diet, nothing was too much trouble for Rangetha and her team. We stayed in a two room Heritage bungalow with an outside bathroom which was well maintained and spotlessly clean. There is a negligible problem with stray dogs – we saw two during our three week stay- this is exacerbated by some of the guest who feed them and thus creating a problem for the hotel staff. There were Indian families staying at the hotel but the children were well behaved and not intrusive. A very relaxing winter break which we will repeat in the future.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Isoladicoccopuvar, General Manager at Isola Di Cocco Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2013

Dear Mr.Steve,

Greetings from Isola Di Cocco!!

It was a pleasure reading your feedback & shared the same with our entire TEAM. Thank you so much for selecting our resort for your recent holiday & noted all your positive suggestions , remarks & observations. About the stray dogs as you said rightly some of our own guests were feeding them regularly hence it was very difficult for us keep them away, however we are happy to inform you that we caught & handed them over to the authorities to safely relocate.

Thanking you once again for spending your valuable time to review us & looking forward to see you again soon.

warm regards

Remesh Kumar
General Manager
Isola Di Cocco - The Complete Resort
Poovar, Trivandrum,Kerala, India.
Phone : 9567776661
gm@isoladicocco.com

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

We chose to stay in the room furthest from the restaurant, and we had a veranda overlooking the backwater, where we sipped many a G&T watching the sunset.

Great food, and lovely service, we were elevated after a week to the table out at the end of the "pier" in the restaurant.

I lasting memory is the open to the sky loo and shower in our room, reminiscent of African Safari lodges.
The Ayurvedic spa was unmissable, where the staff were totally professional, from the initial diagnostic appraisal, to the treatment.
On the medical theme, I was unfortunate enough to be bitten in the cheek by something I didn't see. My cheek swelled alarmingly, so we called the doctor in, who gave me one of the most thorough check ups I can ever remember, and left anti- biotic treatments, which cleared the issue up rapidly. To crown it all, his bill, which we paid on the spot, then claimed on insurance later, was SO reasonable, that we queried it, assuming it was an error.
Fantastic stay, great hotel, and wonderful staff ( apart from reception staff, who were a bit stand-offish)

We found the best way to get about, was to make contact with a taxi driver, and use him for the duration of the visit. This way, we visited Cochin, Tamil Nadu and the foot of India, the backwaters, and the tea plantations in the hills. Other guests uses the organised tours, but ended up paying more, with far lass individuality and flexibility.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

I have been to Isola Di Cocco Beach Resort with my family this year and we had a wonderful time over there. The serene ambience of the resort mesmerized us. The food and the service was very good. I would definitely like to visit this resort again in the future and will recommend the resort to all my friends.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We stayed for 14 nights in early February . We have stayed here before some years ago so knew what to expect!
The hotel is lovely and quiet , the grounds are beautifully maintained . We had a standard room which was spacious and clean.
The pool is very large and well kept , all the sun beds have umbrellas for shade.
The restaurant is very good we ate a la carte and all dishes were well cooked. It would be better if there was more choice on the menu maybe some daily specials. We were very well looked after by all the restaurant staff special thanks to Vishnu, for his care and attention.
We ate at Stephens floating restaurant one evening and found the food to be ok but more expensive than at the hotel.
I had several massages which were wonderful.
We went on two boat tours . One was one hour arranged by the hotel . Then a two hour trip arranged through Stephens . Both were excellent the longer one was especially memorable .
It is cheaper to walk to the main gates to get a taxi ( fixed prices) the hotel charge a supplement if they book for you.
The tailor at the main gates is very quick at making shirts of a good quality. We found his choice of material limited but found plenty of material shops in Poovar. The materials are very cheap about 50 rupees for the cheapest but good quality cotton.
Poovar is worth a visit or 2 an easy walk but also cheap by tuk tuk or taxi. Great barbers opposite the post office for a haircut or shave.
We also did a day trip by taxi to Trivandrum - temples, zoo, shopping.lunch at the Arita Niwas Hotel serve wonderful Thalis. Upstairs restaurant very good food a low price.
Also a trip to Kovalum for the beach.We ate lunch at the Lonely Planet a vegetarian restaurant - delicious food. Considering the heat it was preferable to stay put in the hotel and relax.
All in all we had a wonderful relaxing holiday and felt we were extremely well looked after by all the staff.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This was my 4th visit and it just keeps getting better ! the kind and friendly staff do everything to make your stay unforgettable .the resort is peaceful and spacious -birds butterflies,little squirrels roam the grounds ,with a breath taking views of the Arabian Sea and local serene backwaters. ,it has a huge pool and beautiful yoga classes with a local Very experienced Yogi .The Ayruveda centre and treatments are fantastic,caring doctors and therapist help you heal from stress ,aches and pains. The massage treatments are like nothing else ! The food and service in the restaurant was excellent. fresh squeezed juices, delicious fruits and mouth watering Ayurvedic meals. This is a very special place .

Room Tip: The deluxe suites are lovely as they have a sheltered and private outdoors bathroom and showers , as...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

A nice hotel if you want to do nothing but sit around and relax. The swimming pool is big, which is good because you can't really swim at the beach because of the waves. It was nice to take the boat across the river to the sand bar beach and lie around and watch the waves, though. There is nothing around the hotel so you're stuck eating and drinking there, unless you want to go into Kovalam (45 mins ~Rs1000). We never ate the buffet but the a la carte was pretty tasty and the drinks were affordable. There are a couple floating restaurants nearby that can pick you up by boat, but it took us over an hour to get our food served at the one we went to.

Room Tip: The "new" rooms are still in the middle of a construction site. We refused to stay there s...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

This is a fantastic place to stay in Kerala for them, who looking for ayurvedas treatments, this is the place for those who want to relax , peace and quiet . Excellent staff, very friendly,helpful..Good ayurveda, professionals doctors, speaks Russian, English,... Extremely professional personal. Very good kitchen, great waiters.. yoga, ayurveda treatments,. The place is amazingly beautifull, and all at the Resort helpfull ready to assist you in all your needs. If I have another opportunity to go to India, I will definitly go back to the Isola di Cocco

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Poovar P.O,Trivandrum | Kerala, Puvar 695525, India
Location: India > Kerala > Puvar
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Puvar
Price Range: $79 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Isola Di Cocco Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
("The Island of Coconuts"), a unique heritage resort cosseted by a coconut grove, residing on the banks of the river Poovar, at the juncture where the tranquil river embraces the roaring Arabian sea!. The resort is virtually encircled by water. Here nature offers you her bountiful best - a riverbank, a beach, lakes, ponds and backwaters. Look out from the resort , and you see the river beyond which is the delightful private beach and yonder, the sea. If you dream of relaxing in a heritage room or lying on the beach, lulled by the sound of waves and the rustling of palm fronds stirred by tropical trade winds, then Isola Di Cocco is just right for you. ... more   less 
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