Fodor's Expert Review Vivanta by Taj–Kovalam

G. V. Raja Vattappara Rd., Kovalam, Kerala, 695 527, India Fodor's Choice

Acres and acres of manicured gardens, set among hundreds of palms, facing the beach and the backwater, make the Taj’s enormous resort easily one of the best places to stay in Kovalam. Rooms are set in the hillside; golf carts can take you down to the delightful nine-hole golf course, a seafood restaurant, and to the sand and lagoon. Rooms, done in green to match the green outside, have rich wood floors, louvred doors, and shuttered windows peeking into the bathrooms, which have gray mosaic tiles. Kovalam's Lighthouse Beach is hardly more than a kilometer away. In this heavenly microcosm you have an opportunity to experience the best of Kerala—the scenery, boating and sailing, local food, and perhaps ayurvedic treatments and massages.

PROS

  • super location
  • two restaurants and a bar
  • top spa
  • handy to shops, a few local restaurants, and Lighthouse Beach

CONS

  • can be pricey in high season

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Romantic
Sceney
On the beach
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 471-661–3000

HOTEL DETAILS

59 rooms, 9 suites
Rate Includes: Free breakfast