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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We stayed here inn FEB 2018. we stayed for three days, went to another location as part of our travel plans and then back to the Lake Resort for a spot of RnR before heading back to the UK.

We just loved this place.

We live in a tiny village in the UK and two other couples had already been to this hotel and recommended it. I am very pleased we listened.

Top highlight was the general ambience of the resort. It is very nicely situated, peaceful and in particular has a traditional feel it is with a lot of wood used in the décor.

there are two places to eat and we enjoyed the food in both. We are big fans of seafood and were extremely well catered for a la carte. The buffet option in the evening was also of a high quality. plenty of unusual pre and freshly cooked offerings: meat fish and of course oodles of vegetarian options.

The infinity pool was (1) stunning and (2) never busy. I became especially fond of a sleep in a swaying hammock post lunch.

I did yoga at dawn each day and loved the relaxation as well as the positions in the practice we shared for one hour. I would commend the instructor who has the most hypnotic voice.

I used the gym (not great but OK, bike, cross training, running machine all old and bit crappy really and free weights).

I would like to make two special mentions and they are both about staff.

First all staff get the thumbs up from me. Very kind, engaged, helpful. However my number one dude was HARI. He is absolutely fantastic at his job on the front desk. So on a professional level tick tick tick. However the real gem of Hari is his helpful, charming nature. He really contributed to our stay advising me on onward travel, troubleshooting said travel, ordering early breakfast, cars for early departure etc etc. ten gold stars.

We took the hotel car to the airport when we left and I would highly recommend that
too.

Don't think about it do it.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Sanjayvklr, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Kumarakom Lake Resort!!

It has been our great pleasure to welcome you at Kumarakom Lake Resort and we thank you for sharing feedback on your recent stay with us.

It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback and we are humbled by your gracious compliments on the resort and its services. Positive comments from an experienced traveller such as yourself are most rewarding and will be shared with the entire team especially with Hari..

We sincerely hope that we will have the opportunity to serve you again and the pleasure of welcoming you back to the Kumarakom Lake Resort in the near future.

Warm Regards,
Sanjay Varma
Resident Manager.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We arrived by rice boat from Alleppey and landed at this resort - brilliant way to arrive at this paradise on the lake. The pool side rooms are elegant with historic furnishings based on the history of Kerala. Our pool room is at the end of a set of terraces which means it is rather quiet. We have a bathroom outside with the room as in keralan history bathrooms were outside. In the heat it doesn’t seem to matter and is rather refreshing. The whole resort has been built from restored original historic buildings from around Kerala and although the site is only 12 years old its buildings look centuries old and have a charm of their own. The food is the best keralan food choices we have had during our trip to southern India and the service is fantastic. This truly is a paradise and well worth a stay here.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Sanjayvklr, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Dear Guest,

Greetings from Kumarakom Lake Resort!

Thank you for taking out time to share your wonderful feedback for the comfortable and indulgent experience at Kumarakom Lake Resort.

It is truly a pleasure to know that you enjoyed the stay at the pool villa, Keralan food, activities and the warm service from our team. We have shared your feedback with our entire team, which is very encouraging.

We all look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back on your next visit to Kumarakom.

Warm Regards,
Sanjay Varma
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We very much enjoyed a four-night stay in a suite which had a pool and a view directly over the lake. The two-room suite was comfortable and well-appointed, but a bit dated, with two spacious outdoor garden bathrooms accessed from within the suite and walled for privacy (although using outdoor facilities might have been problematic in mosquito season). The resort grounds were verdant and immaculately maintained. All of the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast in the Ettuketta restaurant was buffet style, with excellent local dishes, such as freshly prepared dosas and tasty sambar. For dinners, we ate in the specialty seafood restaurant, Vembanad, and were somewhat disappointed. The fish and seafood were fresh, but overcooked and dry, and a little bland. One day we took a lunch/afternoon cruise on a houseboat through the backwaters, a highlight of the visit that should not be missed. The hotel's boats were reserved well in advance of our visit, but the concierge recommended alternative operators in the area. We booked with the Kumarakom Castle and were very pleased, especially with the quality of the fish and fresh prawns purchased during the cruise from a local fish stand right on the lake. The flavoring of the dishes was excellent and much better than the hotel's seafood restaurant. We also enjoyed (and found very interesting) an early morning stroll through the village as the children were walking or being driven to school, and we received choruses of cheery "hellos" from them.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Sanjayvklr, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your feedback about Kumarakom Lake Resort on Trip advisor.

It was a pleasure having you stay with us. We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the wonderful feedback you have offered for the team, our services and product. Thank you for your generous appreciation towards the Presidential suite, beautiful garden, breakfast in Ettukettu restaurant and the warm service from our team.Your feedback has been shared with the team and they are all enthused and thrilled to hear from you.

We have also noted your concern for the unpleasant experience at the seafood restaurant. Please allow us to apologise for the deficiency in services. It is feedback from our guests like you who highlight the areas where we need to improve, that helps us to ensure that our guests have a comfortable and delightful stay with us, every time.

We all look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back on your next visit to Kumarakom.

Warm Regards,
Sanjay Varma
Resident Manager

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

I stayed here with three other friends as part of a tour of Kerala, arranged by Audley Travel. Our rooms were villas which had direct access to the serpentine pool and what a treat that was! The villa itself was a little over-furnished and, although it was spacious enough, there was too much furniture. We loved the bathroom which was partially outdoor but with full privacy, of course. This resort is beautifully designed, with plenty of open spaces, gardens, canals and lovely walkways. The view over the backwaters was peace- inspiring and the setting for the infinity pool was perfect. We dined at both restaurants and the food was delicious, especially at the sea food restaurant. The gym was poor, the equipment old and sparse but the young man in charge was delightful. We borrowed the resort' s bicycles to venture out into the surrounding villages one day and what a rewarding experience that was....talking with the locals, chatting with school children, drinking coffee served by a lovely young man in the tiniest of cafes, watching some women washing clothes in the lake and preparing food outside their homes. The free boat trip provided by the resort to watch the sunset was very much appreciated. Finally, each and every member of staff whom we met had a smile on their face and a friendly greeting for us and ensured that we were given the warmest welcome possible.

Room Tip: Go for a villa by the serpentine pool.
Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
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Sanjayvklr, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your feedback about Kumarakom Lake Resort on Trip advisor.

It was a pleasure having you stay with us. We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the wonderful feedback you have offered for the team, our services and product. We are glad to know that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay and we shall continue to focus on exceeding expectations of valuable guests such as yourself. We have shared your feedback with our entire team especially with Sarath, the gym instructor, which is very encouraging.

We all look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back on your next visit to Kumarakom.

Warm Regards,
Sanjay Varma
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

One of the 7 hotels / accommodation we stayed in during our tour of southern India.

It came mid-point after a very busy start to tour. We had booked a one-bedroom boat but we ended up with a two-bedroom boat all to ourselves. This luxury boat came with three crew, including the chef. Sailing through the backwaters was definitely one of the highlights of our tour. It was an excellent 24 hours and thoroughly enjoyable. Everything was unhurried and it was a pleasure and a privilege to watch people go about their lives on the river network. Everything is accessed by boat and there are river taxis to take people to and from their homes and to take the children to school. It was such an education for us to see this different way of life. We also saw people and machinery working in the huge rice paddy fields so we finally saw the origin of Kerala rice which is infamous and available in the restaurants. All memories that we’ll never forget.

I must add that the river intersections can get very busy at times and the standard of “driving” on the waterways is the same as that on the roads. But all traffic flows meshed very nicely and we went through all the intersections without incident and it gave us the chance of seeing other boats at close quarters and to hear some of the party music that was playing. This give us a bit of excitement in what, overall, was a very peaceful cruise.

The boat itself was well appointed and most comfortable with an air-conditioned bedroom and dining area. Daily newspapers were provided. The shower room and toilet was as good as you’ll find in any good hotel but there was no hair dryer, we guess because of the limitations of the boat’s electrics. The TV came with a DVD player and you could choose some DVDs at the hotel before departure to watch after dark and when there is little to do. The food at lunch, dinner and breakfast was plentiful and delicious (really, an excellent selection) all freshly cooked by our chef, Pradeep. My wife has a nut allergy so we informed the hotel in advance of our arrival and all dishes were prepared with this very much in mind and Pradeep came out to speak with us and to see if we were happy with the nut free cooking and the spiciness of the food, which we were 100%. No alcohol is served on board but we bought bottles of beer at the hotel before embarkation. The crew were all delightful, spoke English fairly well and we felt secure at all times, even when we moored at night in M and N Block Kayals according to my Google Maps log. The crew do not stay on board during the night and instead stay in purpose built accommodation on the bank. All has been well thought through, e.g. once moored the boat’s electrics are connected into a mains supply connection on the bank so the generator is switched off and all is quiet. We moored with 2 other boats and watched the sunset in a cloudless sky. Purely magical!

In short, the cruise was stunning.

Our sincere thanks go to the management and staff.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Sanjayvklr, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Dear Guest

We are pleased to read wonderful review, following your recent stay at the House Boat with Kumarakom Lake Resort.

We were thrilled to know that you had such a great time in the House boat through the backwaters of Kumarakom. We are delighted to read your review about the House Boat cruise, freshly prepared food, friendly, polite and helpful staff and their service! Thank you for the compliments towards our House Boat team specially to the chef Pradeep on board. It will give us great pleasure to share your gracious praise with the entire team and the team will truly appreciate your generous comments.

We all look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back on your next visit to Kumarakom.

Warm Regards,
Sanjay Varma
Resident Manager.

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