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Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Ranked #7 of 200 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
Certificate of Excellence
Poole, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“How good does it get?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

This hotel, its location, food, expertise, meet and greet routines, staff, all exceptional. If you book here try to get a room with a view over the harbour as you will get the sunset views. Go on a sunset cruise, fabulous. We were made to feel as if we were royalty.The hotel is not in the town centre, but we didn't leave the hotel areas so it wasn't a problem. Food here is not a problem, but the choice and variety will keep you busy! Taj have certainly made this hotel very special.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

I stayed for only two days, absolutely loved it, and am planning to come back.
Cochin is a paraides and the Taj is a paradise within the paradise.
The corner room I had was super nice. The service is impeccable.
The food at the Rice Boat is amongst the best sea food I've had.
And the massages at the Spa were top-notch.
Ask for Paresh and his Kerala-style massage - amazing!

Room Tip: Corner Rooms are stunning and worth it
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

This is an amazing hotel, with fantastic customer service. The staff make you feel special and would definitely go back there! The complimentary tea service and boat cruise are a definite must! Spa is superb!

The rice boat restaurant has delicious food!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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VincentRamos, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, 16 February 2012
Dear Ma'am,

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Vivanta By Taj Malabar

Its been an absolute pleasure to serve you, share a slice of Kerala culture.

Kerala is blessed with rich coastal resources, welcome you back to sample some more of it.

Wish you a great 2012!!

Regards
Vincent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

Once you step into the hotel, you are in a different world. Attention to detail within the lounge area is so beautiful - don't bother going outside. Morning yoga is a great way to start the day if you are motivated to attempt at a 'pigeon pose'. Breakfast at the balcony is the way to go and a short swim whenever you can fit into your schedule at the pretty infinity pool. Even better make the time for a massage in the nice and soft treatment bed, not the wooden kind which is also available if you prefer.

Room Tip: Window facing east will ensure you wake up to the beautiful and vibrant red sun rise.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

Stayed 3 nights here during a 17 night tour of Southern India. Beautifully appointed with flowers everywhere and friendly, helpful staff. Great waterfront setting apart from the view of the docks, but even they look good at night when the lights are on. However there is nothing outside the hotel - it seems set among industrial units. Would recommend the complimentary sunset cruise (we also saw dolphins), but having to wear lifejackets was uncomfortable and a bit restricting for taking photos.

Attractive infinity pool but the water was on the chilly side. We had a room with a side view of the water which was lovely although the glass partition between bathroom and bedroom was a surprise, but there is an electronically controlled roller blind if you're shy!

Food was excellent - large choice from the buffet at breakfast and dinner. Complimentary afternoon tea with snacks and pastries on the waterfront terrace was very popular. Had one dinner in the Thai restaurant which was quite good but not exceptional - however it was nice to be served rather than help ourselves.

A lovely place to stay as long as you don't need shops/restaurants close by.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Vivanta by Taj - Malabar

Property: Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Address: | Willingdon Island, Kochi (Cochin) 682009, India
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Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Spa Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,037 - ₹ 34,941
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Malabar 5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, Vivanta by Taj - Malabar is a fine balance between yesterday and tomorrow. Our lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. The heritage wing, built in 1935, reflect the inherent beauty of Cochin. And the tower wing houses newly renovated guestroom suites, each a delicate mix of the classic with the contemporary. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Vivanta By Taj - Malabar Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
Taj Malabar Cochin Kochi
Taj Malabar Cochin Hotel Kochi
Vivanta By Taj - Malabar Kochi (Cochin), Kerala

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