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Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom
Ranked #5 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

We stayed in this hotel for a week in November and found it to be a wonderful place to relax. The setting of the hotel was fantastic, and there are many activities that you can undertake too - fishing on the lake, bike riding, going on a house boat, spa treatments and more! The food was fantastic and the service could not be faulted either. The rooms were slightly basic.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Sibi_Mathew, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback.We are glad you had an enjoyable time with us.
We do look forward to welcome you back to our resort very soon.

Thanks and regards
Sibi Mathew

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Reviewed 14 February 2012

We visited for a second time after a week here in 2011. It is an intimate property ( 28 rooms ) in a natural setting which feels like a retreat as although apparently full most of the time there is a sense of having it to yourself. The combination of the historic main building, the lagoon and lake, the trees and flowers and the plentiful and colourful bird life give the property a host of physical assets. Most of all though is the continual evidence of skilful management and well trained and genuinely customer focussed staff who strike a perfect balance between looking after you and giving you your own space too. The hotel group has a particular set of values which everyone there seems to be genuinely committed too - as a guest it makes you feel very special. Second visits are sometimes a mistake, our previous wonderful experience was surpassed this time - should mention that the quality of the food and the service with it was top notch. We couldn't recommend this hotel strongly enough.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sibi_Mathew, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your splendid feedback.As I shared with you we are indeed honoured that you have stayed with us again and have chosen this as a home away from home.We are delighted that we could live up and exceed your expectations even this time around.
The natural settings and the relaxation that the property offers makes any length of stay short.Living the hectic lifestyle that one lives today,our settings offer the perfect relaxation that any busy individual desires in order to recuperate.We look forward to welcome you again back to our resort very soon whenever you plan your next vacation.It will be a pleasure to be of service to you yet again.

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Sibi Mathew
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights and got an upgrade to a pool villa on the last night. Activities are thoughtfully organized - evening cruise in the backwater followed by banana fritters and snacks. Different cultural dances and music during dinner, chef and staff were keen to make guests feel at home and comfortable. Cooking class, pottery lesson, fishing in the pond, guided walk to the bird sanctuary is a must at 6.15am (go all the way to tower 2 rather than distracted by the country boat offers).

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sibi_Mathew, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your thoughful feedback.We are delighted that you had a very pleasant stay with us.Whenever it is possible,we like to delight our guests with special gestures such as what we did in your case.
We are glad you enjoyed all the activities in the resort.These keep a guest engaged within the resort itself .
We look forward to welcome you back to the resort yet again very soon.

Thanks and regards
Sibi Mathew

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Reviewed 12 February 2012

We spent three nights at the Vivanta in Kumarakom recently and while it was expensive it lived up to our expectations and more. We were in the pond facing rooms for the first two nights after which we got upgraded to the pool villa for the final night which was a nice touch. The rooms are massive, well furnished with authentic Keralite furniture and bric-a-bracs. The shower is outdoor but well protected from insects by a wire net that covers the open area. It is also very private in case anyone is wondering. The ceiling fan in the bathroom also helps further and keeps things a bit cool. The beds were extremely comfortable and there was a plentiful supply of complimentary bottled water and fruits in the room. One must take advantage of the complimentary evening cruise in the lake followed by the evening tea and snacks while taking in the beautiful sunsets from the hammocks or seats. You are also right next to the bird sanctuary to which the hotel organizes guided bird walks in the morning around 6:15. It is well worth getting up early for it. We saw plenty of birds. All meals are served at the on restaurant that has an indoor and alfresco setting. Food is multi-cuisine but we only ever tried local Keralan dishes. Breakfast was a massive buffet spread with both continental and Indian dishes some of which change daily. Make sure you befriend head chef Shihab and also attend his cooking demos. We tried our hand at the pottery and local style line and hook fishing in the pond. There are some rabbits and geese to keep kids entertained as well. This was by far the most serene experience we had in India. Exceptional service, outstanding location and excellent food. Like many guests however avoid staying for only one day. You really need a couple of nights on minimum to enjoy and unwind. For the health conscious the is a swimming pool, gym and you can also run around the property on the walking track. Bicycles a also provided in case you tire of walking.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Sibi_Mathew, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking out the time and writing such a detailed feedback for us.We are indeed touched by your gesture.We are indeed pleased that we could live upto your expectations.Thank you for your note on the various activities ,meal experiences in the hotel.I am sure it will encourage a lot of visitors to firm their choice when they are planning a holiday to Kerala.
You have also rightly pointed out that one needs to spend at least a couple of days in the property to experience it thoroughly.
We look forward to welcome you back again home in the near future.

Thanks and regards
Sibi Mathew

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Reviewed 30 January 2012

We booked the heritage room and it was beautiful and spacious with really high ceilings! Also, our room has 2 bathrooms, though i suspect that not all the rooms has that.

Wonderfully attentive staff, always willing to go out of their way to organise birding trips and village walks for us, despite the fact that there are only 2 of us! We also enjoyed the sunset cruises and free snacks!

The food in the restaurant was good but a tad expensive considering the much cheaper food we had elsewhere in Kerela.

The best part of the stay has to be when we got upgraded to a pool villa for our second night!!! We had our own verandah, private pool and outdoor bathroom! Only downside to the pool villa is the queen-size bed, just wished that the villa also had the king-sized bed that we had in the heritage room... Also, the night noises were a little spooky in the pool villa and I did get woken by some wierd thumping on the roof in the middle of the night. But all in all, it was a wonderful experience :)

Would love to stay here again (soon!) :)

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom

Address: 1/404 Kumarakom, Kumarakom 686563, India (Formerly Taj Garden Retreat)
Region: India > Kerala > Kottayam District > Kumarakom
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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kumarakom
#2 Spa Hotel in Kumarakom
#3 Family Hotel in Kumarakom
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kumarakom
Price Range: ₹ 12,309 - ₹ 44,937 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom 5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kumarakom is a popular tourist destination in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Located on the picturesque Vembanad Lake, Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom, Kerala, is a 30-minute drive from the Kottayam railway station or an hour's drive from Cochin city. Kerala's backwaters surround the 140-year old colonial bungalow which houses this resort. ... more   less 
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Taj Garden Retreat Hotel Kumarakom
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Vivanta By Taj - Kumarakom Kerala

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