We spent a few days in Coconut Lagoon at the end of a two week trip around southern India, in order to have a bit of down time before we took the long flight home.
Having decided to spash out, we opted for a heritage mansion. I'm not sure that this was such a good idea. As one of the other reviewers mentioned, the mansions are two story with slightly suicidal creeky steep stairs to the ground floor bathroom. Not great in the middle of the night. The first mansion we were allocated (202 from memory) was very close to the lake, but very small. It felt a bit claustrophobic, and you could hear the neighbours on both sides. We then asked to move, which did happen after a request and follow up. This mansion was at the end of the same block of four, but far larger with far more natural light. A lot nicer.
In retrospect, there's a lot to be said for the privacy of the bungalows although they are further from the lake.
We ate at the main restaurant in two out of three nights. The food was good, with lots of Indian choices, flavoursome and spiced to a level that was comfortable for foreigners. However, it would have been nice if there had been more than one european choice (pasta with tomato or cream sauce and cheese) on the alla carte menu - after a few weeks in India we were looking forward to something plain. And you don't always want a buffet every night.
There was a wine list (all Indian wines) with a decent red house wine, available by the glass, and beer was well priced. The dinner musicians were also outstanding - apparently they play in the local temples.
Breakfasts were good - plenty of european and Indian choices. Kerala is a great area for interesting breakfasts like dosas.
I really have to mention how good the staff in the restaurant were - super friendly, encouraged to talk to guests when they weren't serving and all in all they gave the impression that they genuinely enjoyed their jobs (thanks for the cricket updates Mohammed) . When we left the resort they came out to wave us off - it might be a standard thing, but it was still touching.
Two last things to mention quickly:
The minibar was quirky - cashews, beer and soda water only - but very well priced.
The two free activitiies we tried - the sunset cruise and bird lecture - were both professionally run, and worth doing.
All in all, a nice experience even if there were a couple of things that I would have liked changed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coconut Lagoon is CGH Earth group's 'celebration of Kerala' on the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom. Built on a coconut grove with water channels in between, this is truly a unique experience for the guests. As a responsible tourism venture, this eco resort brings alive the culture of the place as well as take good measures to protect the environment through its many recycling and protection processes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coconut Lagoon Hotel Kumarakom
- Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom, Kerala