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.
- 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