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Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good and bad!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012 via mobile

Booked the Vivanta by Taj from the UK after a colleague had recommended the hotel following on from his stay quite recently.
I was very impressed with the grounds which are beautifully maintained and extend all the way down to the beach front, very dramatic.
Staff were typically very attentive (particularly the restaurant staff who were extremely helpful).
My criticisms are that the room we stayed in (facing the sea etc.) was in dire need of refurbishment. A very tired and uninspiring interior. I would also say the same with regards to the main bar by reception which is quite neglected.
The main pool isn't great, tiles are coming away from the wall and floor and its not great for swiimming in (the shape is quite peculiar and it has no depth to it).
The speciality restaurant by the sea front had some ups and downs. The building is gorgeous and beautifully positioned by the sea, great to have a cocktail here. The food however is drasitcally overpriced and not a snip on actual Indian food you would find for a 10th of the price should you venture out from the confines of the hotel grounds.
Finally Kovalam is a dissapointment. Totally ravaged by tourism and not at all representative of the real India. We explored the area quite extensively and found it best to head further afield to find authentic food and and places to visit.

Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2012

We rounded out a two week trip in India and Sri Lanka with four wonderful nights in this Taj property. It provided the perfect setting for us to enjoy silence, the ocean, the attentive staff and the wonderful array of food that "Jasmine" produced every day!

The rooms were kept to high standards and the staff in charge of this checked in discreetly during the day. We also found the staff in "Jasmine" to be completely attentive and eager to ensure your time in their restaurant was a great experience. My wife enjoyed a couple of treatments at the spa and thought that they were decent.

If you are looking for "Beach time" then you likely will not like this hotel as they do not have a sand beach that can be used for swimming. We checked out two other local beaches, though, and don't know that this is a beach resort type town.

NOTE: We heard that they will be doing some "Off-Season" repairs on the pool, so if you are going to stay there this summer, you may want to verify that the pool is open.

Room Tip: We did not choose to pay for the "Ocean View" room and found that our slightly less expens...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Jamshedpur, India
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2012

Went in May 2012 for our anniversary. Beautiful property!! Only issue we had is that at the time of booking we opted for the Deluxe Allure Suite because we were told it comes with a private pool. However, when we got there, we got a suite without the pool. Anyway, the property is huuuge and gorgeously landscaped with little bridges and waterfalls all over! Lovely infinity pool with a view of the ocean, great sea food restaurant by the beach (unfortunately couldnt get in the water as the sea was too rough), good service! Definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ngurbaxani
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Miami
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113 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012

Taj at Kovalam is a bit of a chain hotel. Not a bad thing. Rooms are spread around a tight perimeter. Hope that you are not near the crowing roosters just outside ie ask for a room close to the lodge. The beachside fish restaurant is the best feature of the property, with much superior service to the rest of the property.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kolkata, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

We stayed there in third week of this month and I must say we had a wonderful expereince with Taj.

One thing I must add is that the beach not very near to the property and you have to walk down (around 1km) or avail the booegy service, which was avaialible all the time.

Opted for a Garden view room. The room had nice view from the balcony of thier garden.

The pool was very good. We had food at their Jasmine bay resturant (breaksfast and dinner) and we liked it. Kid's also enjoyed the stay very much.

I think, for the beach view rooms, the sea is actually bit far from the room (the beach is visible from a distance).

The sea was very rough during our visit and there was no way one can get down to the sea, beacuse of stones / boulders embarkment. But the general view from the Taj's private beach area was amazing.

There are lot activities like playing tennis, a complementary boat ride in the near by small lake etc are availible.

Although, I had a driver/car availible all the time, there are some Auto's (tuk tuk) availible outside the resort to go to other places nearby.

Overall, choose this place if you want to have a realxed and pleasant holiday at Kolvalam.

Room Tip: Beach view rooms, view of the beach is not a true beach view as it is bit far from the beach. You ca...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove

Property: Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove
Address: G V Raja Vattappara Road | Trivandrum, Kovalam 695527, India
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Region: India > Kerala > Kovalam
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) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
#2 Family Hotel in Kovalam
Price range (per night): ₹ 12,464 - ₹ 46,451
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove 5*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove, Kovalam, is delightful in many ways. While to some it is one of the finest beach resorts in Kerala, to others it is an amazing backwater retreat. And there are those that love it for its hill resort layout. Now it's all that and more. There's a nice new buzz all over. In the renewed cottages and villas, the nouvelle restaurants, the high energy bar, and the spa where you'll go Ah! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Vivanta By Taj - Kovalam Hotel Kovalam
Taj Green Cove Hotel
Taj Green Cove Kovalam
Taj Green Cove Resort
Vivanta By Taj - Green Cove Kovalam, Kerala

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